By William Hill
Last Updated: 7th January 2019
Liverpool have drifted from 8/15 to 4/5 in the Premier League outright betting after losing 2-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, but while the momentum has momentarily shifted in the direction of Pep Guardiola’s men, the Reds remain rightful title favourites.
Here are a handful of reasons why they’re still the best bet to be crowned champions at the current odds.
The four-point lead
Let’s start with the most obvious. They still have a four-point cushion at the top of the shop.
This indicates not only that they can afford to ship a loss and remain ahead of City, but that they’ve been more effective than their chief chasers so far.
A glance at the league table also suggests that they’re less likely to suffer that defeat than the Manchester club, with the Etihad ‘L’ their sole league reverse of the season (Guardiola’s side have lost three times already).
The miserly defence
Despite shipping twice to City, the Reds still boast comfortably the best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded an impressive six times less than next-best Chelsea.
Having such a mean rearguard severely diminishes their chances of sustaining the defeats their rivals need them to suffer if they are to be overhauled.
Convenient fixtures for rebuilding momentum
Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester, West Ham and Bournemouth await in the next five league assignments for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Liverpool have beaten each of them on three successive occasions in top-flight action.
The men in sky blue must face top-six bogeymen Wolves, Arsenal, Chelsea and an away trip to Everton inside their next six games.
Having already dropped points against two of those side this term, there’s plenty of hope for Kopites that one or more of those fixtures could prove a stumbling block.
Man City’s Champions League preoccupation
Liverpool have won the Champions League in recent memory, whereas City have yet to guild their ascent to the European football aristocracy with a victory in the UCL.
Having taken the Premier League title in record-breaking fashion last term, the Etihad outfit are far more likely to focus on lifting the continental trophy if they get within grabbing distance this season.
Old heads in camp have title-chase experience
Alongside Klopp’s Bundesliga-bred title-winning know-how, there remains a thread of hard-won Premier League title challenge wisdom at Anfield, with captain Jordan Henderson, Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge all still around from the ill-fated 2013/14 tilt.
Communicating the lessons the trio learned along the madcap path to disappointment in that campaign could offer crucial insight to their teammates on the run in this time around.
The Reds’ squad is also dusted with plenty more league top-tier title winners from across Europe, including James Milner (Man City), Fabinho (Monaco), Virgil van Dijk (Celtic), Georginio Wiljnaldum (PSV), Sturridge (Chelsea) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Basel and Bayern Munich).