Liverpool broke into the top six on Boxing Day with a win away Aston Villa and it wasn’t the only boost to fans’ hopes of Champions League qualification of the evening.
Virgil van Dijk, scorer of Liverpool’s second goal at Villa Park, told reporters: “Hopefully the injured players can come back soon, and hopefully we can welcome some new players at our football club.”
And almost as if the Netherlands captain had inside information on the signing of one of his international teammates, PSV soon confirmed they had agreed to sell forward Cody Gakpo to Liverpool in a record transfer deal.
The fee is reported to be between £35million and £45m.
Gakpo was strongly linked to Manchester United, having scored nine goals and assisting another 12 this season. No player across Europe’s top seven leagues has as many goals and assists combined as the PSV attacker (he’s matched only by Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, with 18 goals and three assists).
With the Reds having confirmed an early January signing, read on for the latest Liverpool betting odds.
Liverpool to win Premier League odds
Liverpool fans will have felt agony on the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League season having gone so close to winning the title. Although they never actually led on the final day, only being level with eventual champions Manchester City at one stage, they came agonisingly close to pulling off a dramatic turnaround.
The Reds ended the season just one point behind Man City having won 28 of their 38 games across the campaign, drawing eight and losing just twice — fewer than any other team in the Premier League. With that photo finish, there was optimism heading into this campaign of another close title race.
However, it’s safe to say things haven’t exactly started brightly for the Merseyside club. Already 15 points below current table-toppers Arsenal, and seven below the reigning champions, Liverpool would need a seismic shift of momentum to swing the pendulum back in their favour, though this being the Premier League, nothing is ever a foregone conclusion — and we’re only about a third of the way through the season.
Klopp has already conceded that the title race is over for Liverpool, but with this being such an unusual footballing calendar, owing to the autumnal pause for the winter World Cup, there are likely to be plenty more twists, turns and moments of script-defying drama.
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Of course, Liverpool’s hopes of changing the complexion of their season have taken a major setback with the recent news of Luis Diaz’s injury. The creative marvel sustained a knee issue that forced him off in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal. He later sustained a set-back and isn’t due to return till next March.
The injury must have factored into the decision to sign Cody Gakpo, who was heavily linked to one of Liverpool’s biggest rivals in their quest to accomplish their most important aim…
Liverpool top four finish odds
Klopp has said his primary target in the Premier League will be to ensure a top-four finish doesn’t also fall by the wayside. It’s now been six years since Liverpool last finished outside the Premier League’s top four, ending the 2015/16 in eighth as Klopp had to come in to steady the ship following Brendan Rodgers’ departure.
After that, Liverpool secured back-to-back fourth-placed finishes but they haven’t finished lower than third since — including their first league title in over 30 years in 2019/20. So understandably, Liverpool remain with relatively short odds to finish in the top four in 2022/23, with Paddy Power offering 4/6 for that to happen.
Liverpool odds to win the Champions League
The other agonising result for Liverpool in 2021/22 was their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, who they will face in the upcoming Round of 16 after finishing second in their group behind Napoli.
Liverpool started the previous Champions League in perfect fashion, literally, winning all six of their group stage games to finish top ahead of Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan. Despite that, Liverpool were handed a potentially tricky last 16 tie against Inter Milan which they won 2-1 on aggregate, though they did lose their perfect start in a 1-0 defeat in the second leg.
However, after that Liverpool looked comfortable in the knockout stages. First they beat Benfica 6-4 on aggregate, which included a 3-1 win away from home in the first leg, before knocking out Villarreal in the semi-finals.
But a seventh European Cup was just too big of an ask against a Real Madrid side that eventually claimed their 14th.
And this season things didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts as Liverpool fell to a shock 4-0 reversal at the hands of Napoli on matchday one. Klopp has managed steady the ship in this season’s choppy European waters, beating Ajax and Rangers in their following two games at Anfield — and he will be hoping to take that momentum into the second half of the group phase.
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Other Liverpool Premier League odds
If the Premier League is looking like an uphill battle, the Reds remains firmly in the mix for the Champions League and both domestic cups, which they are yet to appear in. Klopp claimed two pieces of silverware last term (the FA Cup and League Cup), and Sky Bet are offering plenty of markets for them to repeat that feat.
If you fancy them to defend both cups, you can get odds of 40/1 for Liverpool to win the FA Cup & League Cup. Sky Bet are also offering odds of 50/1 for Liverpool to win the FA Cup & the Champions League, or Liverpool to win the League Cup & the Champions League at 66/1. There’s even a market of 250/1 for Liverpool to win the FA Cup, League Cup & the Champions League.
And if you feel Liverpool have run out of gas, then you can get 1/2 on Liverpool not winning a trophy (excluding the Community Shield) at all.