Liverpool hasn’t been league champions since 1990. That is far too long for a club of this standing. They have sat back and watched a multitude of teams lift the trophy since then. Teams like Arsenal, Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Manchester City and of course their fierce rivals Manchester United. This season could just see the end of that barren run because Jürgen Klopp is building something special this season.
They reached yet another semi-final this week by beating Leeds United 2-0 in the EFL Cup. Jürgen Klopp would love to win the EFL Cup, but it’s the league title that they all covet. It’s going to be very difficult for any team to win the league this term. The competition is very hot. Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are going to be there or thereabouts come May. It is also becoming apparent that Chelsea will come very close too.
Healing the Scars
Steven Gerrard may soon be back at Anfield in a coaching role. His recent retirement marks the end for perhaps the greatest player ever to wear a Liverpool shirt. Gerrard was also at the centre for what was one of the most memorable slips in football history. His slip that let in Chelsea to score, which gifted the title to Manchester City in 2014 will be remembered for years.
It is on a par with John Terrys’ famous penalty shootout slip in the 2008 Champions League final that would have won the cup for Chelsea. The scars from the Chelsea game still haunt the Liverpool fans. If Klopp could end that hurt, then he would surely go down in Anfield folklore. The next leg of their title challenge sees them travel to Bournemouth.
A Tough Place to Visit
The Vitality Stadium is becoming a tough place to visit for any team. Both Everton and Tottenham have gone there this season and failed to score. Eddie Howe has built an impressive team on the south coast. Once again they have made a solid start to the season and have 15pts so far. The bookies have Bournemouth at 4/1 to beat Liverpool with Coral and William Hill quoting those odds.
You can also get 16/5 on the draw with William Hill too, while the best odds for Liverpool are 8/11 with Boyle Sports. It is difficult to oppose Liverpool when they travel to any club in the bottom half of the table. The Premier League is the toughest league in Europe by none. There are no easy fixtures and Sunderland frustrated the Reds for long periods last week before conceding late goals. Liverpool only managed a 0-0 draw against Southampton recently at St Marys, and so the value seems to be either in backing Bournemouth or the draw.
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