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Liverpool now second-favourites behind Manchester City for title

| 19.09.2016

On the whole, Jurgen Klopp will be delighted with his side’s start to the season, excluding a minor blip away at Premier League returnees Burnley. They’ve arguably had the most difficult opening fixture list of all the top-flight big boys, with trips to the Emirates, White Hart Lane and most recently Stamford Bridge.

But their incredible start has seen their odds of lifting the title fall to just 11/2 from 12s at the start of the season.

Arriving last October, Klopp was given the task of turning Brendan Rodgers’ flops into a side capable of competing with the best in the league again.

And although the Merseyside outfit could only manage an eighth-place finish last campaign, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has since had a full pre-season with his side in preparation for this year, and he’s been able to bring in his own crop of players for help, spending just short of £70m in the process.

One of those buys has arguably been the best pieces of business of the summer, with Sadio Mane arriving from Southampton for roughly £34m.

The Senegalese international has been a constant thorn in opponents sides since his arrival to the Premier League back in 2014 – but under Klopp he’s been simply stunning to watch.

A healthy 11 league goals have been shared between seven players so far this season, something which will be of great relief to Reds fans, given that their main striker Daniel Sturridge is yet to find the net.

Though Manchester City are 8/13 favourites to win the Premier League for the third time, Liverpool’s early form has suggested there could be some value in the 11/2 for them to go one better than they did back in the 2013-14 campaign.

Standout performances include away wins at Arsenal and Chelsea, a draw against a tough Tottenham Hotspur side and a 4-1 demolition of last year’s champions Leicester City. It’s safe to say Klopp means business.

And you can expect those odds to continue to tumble over the next few months, with Liverpool’s toughest test on paper between now and Christmas being a home game against Manchester United.

Other than that, his challenging opening six games have meant the next batch of fixtures for the Reds are all arguably winnable, with home games against Hull City, West Brom and Watford soon to come.

Liverpool welcome Hull City to Anfield next in the Premier League, where the hosts are huge 2/9 favourites to take all three points.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.