Liverpool’s chances of cup silverware in 2017/18 – Betting Preview

19 June 2017

Liverpool have gone five years without a trophy, but will things change in 2017/18? The current odds suggest they have a chance of ending the drought.


The last time the Reds tasted glory was in 2011/12, when the penalty shootout triumph over Cardiff City at Wembley saw the League Cup secured.

It has been a disappointing spell in Liverpool’s history when it comes to silverware, with only one trophy this decade, and just two since the 2005 Champions League success.

Under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds are going places, however, and they look in a strong position to challenge across four competitions next season.

Champions League

CARDIFF, WALES - Saturday, August 20, 2016: The UEFA Champions League trophy. The UEFA Champions League finals take place in Cardiff in May 2017. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Securing a top-four finish was always the primary goal last season, and the 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough on the final day ensured just that.

Champions League football will be back at Anfield for just the second time since 2009/10, assuming the two-legged qualifier is overcome in August.

Liverpool’s chances of winning a sixth European Cup next May are admittedly slim, but this club has a knack of producing something special in Europe’s greatest club competition. The Reds are the eleventh favourites to prevail in the football betting, with current odds of 25/1.

European giants Barcelona (5/1), Real Madrid (5/1) and Bayern Munich (11/2) are the three teams who top the pile, while Chelsea and Man City, both 12/1, are the highest ranked English sides.

Not a single team will fancy going to Anfield in the knockout stages, if they can get that far.

 

FA Cup

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 18, 2017: The official match ball on the pitch at Home Park before the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay match between Plymouth Argyle and Liverpool. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It has been 11 years since Steven Gerrard’s heroics at the Millennium Stadium against West Ham, with Liverpool appearing just once in the FA Cup final at the new Wembley, since it reopened in 2007.

An eighth FA Cup crown has continued to evade the Reds, with their defeat to Chelsea in the 2012 final the closest they have come.

The Reds are joint-fifth favourites to win it this time around, with the odds very much reflecting how the bookies think the Premier League title race will pan out.

Liverpool are 9/1, along with Tottenham, with Arsenal (8/1), Man United (13/2) and Chelsea (6/1) all ahead of them in the reckoning.

City (5/1) are the favourites, once again outlining what a threat they are expected to be in all competitions in 2017/18.

 

League Cup

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates with the Carling Cup Trophy

No team in the history of English football has won more League Cup titles than Liverpool, with Klopp attempting to seal a record ninth crown next season, winning his first trophy at Anfield in the process.

As mentioned, the last time the Merseysiders tasted silverware was in this competition in 2012, and while it is the least important of the four, lifting any trophy should never be sniffed at.

Once again, Liverpool (10/1) find themselves alongside Spurs in the betting, with their four rivals ahead of them.

City are the favourites (6/1), but in truth, there is not a lot in it, going to show how evenly matched the top six clubs are these days.

They will all be battling for glory throughout the campaign, and if Liverpool could get their hands on at least one cup, it would be crucial in instilling a winning mentality and ending the five-year wait for bragging rights.


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