Injury-Prone Liverpool Still Has Chances for Defending the Title

Liverpool waited to win the title 30 years, which was a frustrating and pretty painful period for all those who love this team. But after snapping the drought last season, things are much different at Anfield. Both the fans and the players feel much better, not having any pressure, but with a clear goal to defend the trophy. 

So far, the Reds are on the right path. They were first for some time but allowed Manchester Untied to jump over them. Apart from these two sides, Leicester City, Manchester City, and Tottenham are also in the mix, as well as the other team from Liverpool, Everton. 

The bookmakers believe that the Reds are second favorites for the title, with 4/1 odds, sandwiched between two teams from Manchester – City is the top candidate, 4/5, and United third, 8/1. Leicester City is 20/1 to grab the silverware, but remember that they had far slimmer prospects a few years ago yet ended on top. Jose Mourinho and Tottenham, who were pushing well until recently, are 22/1, closing the top 5 list. Everton 60/1, and Chelsea at 80/1 are next, with Aston Vila 150/1 and Arsenal 300/1 follow this duo. 

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Jurgen Klopp’s team’s main strength is the fantastic offense, which is going through a crisis lately. Many thought that the injury-shredded defense would create more troubles, but the situation is different. It is hard to believe that a unit with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino could ever get into a cold-streak. But that is the way it is now. 

Salah is still one of the top nominees for winning the top goalscoring award. Harry Kane leads the way 5/2, Salah is next 12/5, far ahead of the competition. Leicester’s legend Jamie Vardy comes third, 5/1, Heung-Min Son 7/1, while Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes sits at 13/1. Everton, too has its favorite, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 14/1. 

Other Reds’ forwards aren’t that high on the list. Sadio Mane is 40/1, Diogo Jota, 100/1, the same as Roberto Firmino. 

Liverpool’s attackers will have to start pounding pretty soon; otherwise, they might slip a few times more, which would create a bigger gap between them and the top spot. 

Injuries have been the worst enemy of the Reds over the past few months. There hasn’t been a player from the starting lineup without some health issue. Virgil Van Dijk’s absence is something that heavily damaged Klopp’s style of play. Thiago Alcantara had numerous problems following his arrival from Bayern Munich, not catching the proper rhythm. 

Naby Keita isn’t consistent and has numerous troubles consistently, the same as Joel Matip. Joe Gomez is out for a long time, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s name is regular on the injury list. The situation is that aspect is horrifying for the Reds. 

But at some point, these guys will be back, which would be a massive relief for Klopp, who not only has to think about the Premier but the Champions League as well. 

The 2019 champions have a very tough task in the round of 16, as they meet with last year’s semifinalists, RB Leipzig, who was eliminated by PSG back then. The first game is in Germany, and Liverpool is a slight favorite, 11/9. Odds on RB’s win are 9/4 and 14/5 for a draw. English club is 2/7 to progress to the next stage, and RB to make an upset and eliminate the rivals is 5/2. 

There are plenty of problems for Liverpool at the moment, but be sure that this team, even with all these adversities hammering them, is capable of defending the EPL title. Not just that, but to win the Champions League or some other trophy.