Are Liverpool Now In The Title Race?
For so long it seems to have been a 3 horse race, maybe even 1 horse race, with quite a few people (including me) believing that it is Manchester City’s title to throw away. But now, surely we all have to start taking Liverpool’s chances of winning the title a lot more seriously.
Brendan Rodgers’ team are 6 points behind Chelsea, and at this stage of the season – with just 13 games and 39 points to play for – that is a big gap to close on a team as good as Chelsea.
There is also Arsenal and Manchester City to take into consideration, and even though Arsenal got smashed on Saturday, they are still second in the league, only 1 point behind Chelsea, and 5 ahead of Liverpool.
Some bookies have Liverpool as short as 11/1, with most coming in at 12/1. I get the impression that the 14/1 on Liverpool could soon vanish if they give Fulham a good hiding in their next match on Wednesday night (away at Craven Cottage).
Liverpool’s home form of late has been scintillating, they have destroyed Everton and Arsenal in recent weeks, and they are two of the best defensive sides in the Premier League. With form like this, they have to be taken as a serious threat.
They also have no distractions of Europe, unlike the 3 teams above them, meaning they can solely concentrate on the Premier League – they do have the FA Cup, but as we have seen all to often in the past, that can be sacrificed if required.
The draw away at West Brom a couple of weeks back is the sort of result they cannot afford though. Those are the sort of matches we have seen Manchester United win ugly in the past, when they were winning league titles (in what seems like light years ago at the moment).
Slip ups like that can’t happen if Liverpool are too close the 6 point gap, starting with their visit to Craven Cottage on Wednesday. These are the bread and butter matches, the ones where you just have to get a result, regardless of the performance.
With regard to a top 4 finish, the best price currently available for Liverpool is 4/11 with Bet365 (£200.00 in Free Bets available).
There is still a belief that City and Chelsea are out of site, as both are 1/100 for a top 4 finish, one bookmaker even has them both at 1/500. Arsenal are a best price of 1/7 with Skybet for a top 4 finish.