Liverpool have weathered the opening third of the season admirably, and following the frenetic recent Merseyside derby, Brendan Rodgers’ side now face a series of what their increasingly optimistic fans will perceive as winnable games.
Certainly, since Rodgers took charge at Anfield, his teams have been far more capable of dispatching the so-called smaller sides in the league – especially at home – with the ease one would expect from genuine title contenders.
However, unlike under his predecessors, Kenny Dalglish and Rafa Benitez, the Northern Irishman has struggled embolden his players with the self-belief to exert their dominance over the sides around them at the top of the table. dThis inability to establish the required consistency has been Liverpool’s biggest problem ever since their last title challenge in the 2008-09 campaign, and with Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea lying in wait for the Reds over the festive period it is key that they pick up maximum points between then and now.
Liverpool now travel to Hull ahead of home fixtures against Norwich and West Ham, and will be wanting to add nine points to their tally before entertaining Andre Villas-Boas on December 15th in a game.
With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge showing such fine form in front of goal – both players currently being backed heavily by Betfair customers to finish the season as leading scorer – and the return of the mercurial Phillipe Coutinho to pull the strings behind them, Rodgers will be quietly confident of still being in the hunt for Champions League football by the time January rolls around.
Betfair.com offers a wide range of competitive odds for those that agree with that opinion, and with United and Spurs both struggling so far this season, this may finally be Liverpool’s year.