Just as we thought the Reds were starting to cruise towards a top-four finish, they go and draw at home to Bournemouth on Wednesday.
The 2-2 scoreline was a desperately frustrating one, and it now puts pressure on Jurgen Klopp‘s side to respond this weekend.
Visits to Stoke are never particularly enjoyable affairs, but to use the old cliche, winning is the only thing that matters.
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Liverpool’s struggles against weaker teams once again came to the fore against Bournemouth, and they will really be under spotlight this weekend.
Not many will feel particularly confident about backing a Reds win, although their current odds of 17/20 do look tempting. You could almost double your money.
We don’t like to bet against Liverpool, but should putting some money on Stoke potentially cushion the blow of defeat, the Potters are 16/5 to prevail.
The draw is 13/5, which would not be good enough for Klopp’s side.
Divock Origi has been showing signs of returning to the form that made him Liverpool’s first-choice striker this time last season.
The 21-year-old was one of the biggest positives against Bournemouth, leading the line well and scoring with a header, and he is 7/5 to score anytime on Saturday. Backing him to be first goalscorer (9/2) could also be well worth your while.
The 26-year-old is 3/1 to register at some point during the game, and his well-timed runs into the box will be important against a resolute Stoke team.
Daniel Sturridge could feature, which is a very welcome boost, and the striker is 9/2 to score last. If he plays, it will likely be from the substitutes’ bench, so you don’t want to back him to strike first.
Liverpool romped to a 4-1 victory the last time the two sides met, back in December, but the Reds don’t look as fluent in the final third right now. Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana being out certainly doesn’t help, in that respect.
Because of this, goals may come at a premium at the Britannia Stadium.
Backing under 2.5 goals (19/20) in the match looks worth a punt, and if you feel a 0-0 draw or 1-0 win either way could be on the cards, under 1.5 is 11/4.
Our scorecast tip is Origi to score anytime and the game to finish 1-1, at 22/1.