If a 30-year wait for a league title wasn’t long enough, poor Liverpool had been forced to wait a few months longer to finally be crowned Premier League champions.
The global pandemic postponed the Reds’ celebrations for a little longer with Klopp’s men sitting 25 points clear at the top of the league and just two wins away from a long-awaited coronation – but after a 0-0 draw behind closed doors to Everton and Man City launching project restart with two emphatic victories, they’re going to have to wait a little longer.
Anfield will host Crystal Palace this evening, which was a fixture many will have earmarked as the game in which the Reds would finally secure top spot, but a win here still wouldn’t make it mathematically done, paving the way for the chance to go to the Etihad and complete the job instead.
Jurgen Klopp opted to rest Mohamed Salah for the short trip to Goodison Park but will be tempted to throw him straight back in to the action over the coming weeks after Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino all struggled in front of goal.
And the same goes for Andy Robertson, who was sorely missed against the Toffees as Liverpool struggled to replicate the devasting form that has seen them lose just one game all season. With those two star players back in the starting XI, surely the Reds will officially crowned Premier League champions by next week.
The bookies, who are currently offering a range of sign up bonuses and welcome offers, believe so, too. Liverpool are, as expected, the odds on favourites and as short as 3/11 to beat Crystal Palace this week and despite Man City’s project restart form, will no doubt be the favourites to secure the title on the current champions’ own patch.
But with the title all-but wrapped up for Liverpool, with the Reds currently 1000/1 with all bookmakers to win the Premier League this year, attention is beginning to turn to whether they can successfully defend it next term. Many bookmakers are yet to set their odds for next season’s champions but you can expect Liverpool to be not far off evens to win back-to-back trophies and if they can enjoy a productive transfer window then they will surely be the favourites to do it all again.
Klopp will have been disappointed to miss out on Timo Werner to Chelsea, but with Jadon Sancho a heavily reported transfer target, the Reds are already tipped to strengthen what is already an incredibly strong and world class outfit.
Not all is settled yet as there is still competition over Sancho, who has several odds regarding his future transfer after this summer. Liverpool are standing in a fair place at the charts with 15/2 according to 888. However here too Chelsea and Man Utd are with better odds of 4/1 and 3/5 at Paddy Power and 888 respectively to secure the talent.