Following Manchester City’s surprise defeat at Crystal Palace today, bookmakers have dramatically shortened their odds on Liverpool winning this year’s Premier League. William Hill are now offering 11/10 on Liverpool claiming their first league title since 1990.
With 18 games played, Liverpool top the table with 48 points. Last season’s champions, Manchester City, lie in second place with 44 points having lost two of their most recent three games.
Liverpool are having their best ever start to a season, remarkable for a club which has won the top division on 18 occasions. So far they remain unbeaten in the league, with 18 games played. Reds coach Jürgen Klopp warned fans this week that wrenching the title from Manchester City would be a formidable task, possibly requiring a record points total.
“We cannot start a party,” he said, adding that, “so far it looks like a real special season. At the end of season you need 105 (points) to be champion – it could be.”
Third Time Lucky?
Only twice in the last ten years has the team topping the premiership table at Christmas failed to win the league trophy. However, on both occasions that team was Liverpool. In 2009 Liverpool surrendered their lead to Manchester United, while in 2014 Manchester City managed to overtake them.
The suspicion that recent Liverpool teams lack consistency, plus the championship experience of the Manchester City squad, and their manager Pep Guardiola, means that City remain odds-on favourites to win the league, and are currently available at 4/5.