After a slow start to the season, Liverpool have picked up their form under new manager Jurgen Klopp and sit eighth in the Premier League – just six points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds have produced a number of impressive performances, none more so than their 4-1 victory away at Manchester City earlier in the campaign but have struggled with injury issues in recent times. We consider their current form and evaluate whether or not they will finish in the top four this season.
Okay so Liverpool have one of the strongest starting line-ups in the top flight but their squad has been whittled down to its bare minimum in the last few months. For some reason, and it could well be down to Jurgen Klopp’s famous “gegenpress” style of play, Liverpool’s top stars keep on picking up injuries.
The likes of Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho have all spent time on the touchline this season and Klopp’s frustration at Liverpool’s misfortune has been clear for all to see.
Despite their struggles with injuries, the Reds are challenging for silverware. Liverpool are 2-1 up on aggregate in their Capital One Cup clash with Stoke City and will book their place in the final of the competition if they avoid defeat in the second leg.
At the time of writing, Coral price Klopp’s men at 6/5 to lift the trophy – it could be a great football bet as rivals Manchester City are trailing to Everton on aggregate. With a bit of luck, Liverpool could go all the way and Klopp will get his hands on silverware in his first season as manager.
In terms of their league form, Liverpool are performing well. Although they lost 2-0 to West Ham in their last outing, the Reds have improved – albeit slowly – and now stand a genuine chance of snatching a top four spot.
In fact, as of January 11th, Klopp’s men are 5/2 with Coral to finish in the Champions League places. This could be this weekend’s recommended football bet as it’s likely that the odds will shorten if Liverpool continue to improve and climb up the table.
Liverpool have a promising group of young players and many will believe that the Reds could sneak a top four spot this season. With just one or two signings in January, Klopp’s side will stand a great chance of defying the odds and earning a spot back in Europe’s elite club competition.
The Reds aren’t a bad side and with a bit of luck on the injury front and consistency against the Premier League’s “lesser” teams, there’s absolutely no reason why they cannot finish in the top four this season.