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Liverpool Season Preview for 2019/20 With Odds and Predictions

| June 18, 2019 12:00 am PDT
Liverpool Odds and Predictions for the 2019-20 EPL

I continue my series dedicated to the English Premier League teams and the upcoming season with Liverpool.

The Reds had an absolutely astonishing campaign that saw them win a maiden trophy under Jurgen Klopp. The German manager is building a dynasty here, and it seems like the Champions League triumph could be only the beginning.

The supporters, the players, the board, and Klopp himself almost certainly expect more trophies in the seasons to come.

In this post, I will take a look at the campaign that just ended and use it as a starting point of my preview of the 2019-20 season. I will check the betting odds for Liverpool to win some trophies and share my predictions.

Liverpool 2018-19 Season Review

It’s funny how Liverpool had a truly remarkable season that could’ve easily ended without a trophy. The club was exceptional in the English Premier League, earning a total of 97 points. Two years ago, this would’ve brought the title and a new record tally.

However, Manchester City’s enormous investments and the hard work of Pep Guardiola raised the bar to impossible levels. Liverpool came close to dethroning the champions, but they finished a single point behind them.

I’m sure that the supporters won’t take that too hard after what happened in the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp and his men reached a second consecutive final in the competition after one of the greatest comebacks in the semis.

Without some of their best players and trailing 3-0 after the first match, Liverpool was capable of beating Leo Messi’s Barcelona. The Reds then went on to finish the job and defeated Tottenham in the UCL final.

Despite some struggles in the domestic cups, no one would argue that the 2018-2019 season was a monumental success for Liverpool. But let’s take a closer look at what the reasons behind it were.

I would say that the manager and the board worked hard to recruit the best possible players for the team. Liverpool struggled at the back in the past two seasons, and fixing that was the main target. It all started in January of 2018 when Virgil van Dijk was bought, and then the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson followed in the summer.

Both men cost the club tons of cash, but they were totally worth the investment. Those two are the heart and soul of Liverpool’s defense. The team stopped leaking stupid goals. In fact, it often could afford to sit deep and defend a lead thanks to the new-found resilience at the back.

Jurgen Klopp made sure that wouldn’t affect the exceptional attack of Liverpool too much. It was the main force behind everything good last season, so the German was keen to keep it efficient.

The likes of Mane, Salah, and Firmino tormented their opponents in both England and Europe. While they were not as good as last year, it was as close as required for the Reds to thrive.

The balance in the squad wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of the full-backs and the midfield. They made sure that the side fluidly executed Klopp’s famous gegenpressing style. Their constant movement on both ends of the pitch was absolutely crucial.

The overall impression is that every single member of the squad knew his job and made sure to complete it. Add in the fantastic support of the Anfield crowd and the world-class manager. All the ingredients of greatness were there, and it seems it will stay that way.

What Liverpool Needs This Summer

It’s hard to find a weakness in a team that earned 97 points in the English Premier League and won the UEFA Champions League in the same season. And yet, every side can be improved, and Liverpool is not an exception.

I don’t think Jurgen Klopp has to do something with the core of the defense and the goalkeeper. His starters should only get better, as most of them are either in their prime or just entering their best years.

However, I do feel that the manager needs to find some cover for his full-backs. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson have been phenomenal. They have also been healthy for most of the past two seasons. If some of them get injured for a longer period, the side could suffer.

And yet, Klopp is working so well with the Liverpool academy that I expect him to find proper back-ups there.

What might need some investment is the middle of the park. This is an area of the pitch where Liverpool has too many hard-working guys and not enough flair players. The likes of Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, and Henderson look too similar to me.

Don’t get me wrong; they are all fantastic players that can contribute to the attacking phase of the game. But they are not purely creative midfielders. Probably one or two players who are specialists in the final third would do the job.

On the other hand, who needs more attacking talent from deep when you have players like Salah, Firmino, and Mane? Those guys are absolutely devastating and scored a total of 69 goals between them in all competitions.

Other guys like Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri provided a spark from the bench on multiple occasions, while Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is coming back after a lengthy injury.

If Jurgen Klopp manages to keep most of this group at the club and happy, Liverpool will be a strong contender once again. However, I do feel that a midfielder of real quality could improve the side.

There are some rumors about a return of Philippe Coutinho that suggest Klopp agrees with me. I don’t expect to see the Brazilian in Liverpool once again, but this is the type of players that the Reds might use.

Liverpool Betting Odds for 2019-2020

Let’s take a look at the betting odds for next season and share my predictions for Liverpool’s chances in the different competitions.

Liverpool to Win the EPL3.65

Despite Liverpool’s heroics last season, everyone expects Manchester City to retain the English Premier League title. I can certainly understand where this is coming from, but a price of 3.65 for a team that just managed to collect 97 points?

I see no reason for Liverpool to be worse in the next campaign. The manager Jurgen Klopp will be there, the core of the players will most likely be there, the confidence of the club is sky-high, and the supporters will be behind the team in every match.

In fact, I believe that the EPL will be the big target. The Reds haven’t won the league for almost 30 years, and the fans dream of lifting that trophy once again.

At the same time, City and Pep will most likely be obsessed with the Champions League. I wouldn’t be completely shocked to see the two clubs switch roles in the next campaign.

While the reigning champions will once again be the team to beat, a price of 3.65 is probably good enough to back Liverpool.

Liverpool to Win the UEFA Champions League9.00

Can Liverpool reach the UEFA Champions League Final for a third year in a row? The only answer I could think of is: “Why not?” The team has a strong defense, a devastating attack, and the confidence of the reigning champion.

On the other hand, a bunch of teams from all over Europe should be stronger next season. The likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, and Bayern Munich are expected to invest and improve their squads. Man City will also be focused on the UCL, so the competition will be fierce.

Liverpool is certainly in the mix, but the price of 9.00 is probably about right. I wouldn’t back the team at this point.

Other Domestic Competitions

The League Cup and the FA Cup haven’t been a priority for Jurgen Klopp in the past two years. I don’t think anyone in Liverpool minds that, but I think we might see a change here.

The squad of the Reds is starting to grow, so there is more depth now. Klopp will be rotating once again, but the second-string players will see the domestic cup as a huge chance to earn a place in the bigger competitions.

And yet, the prices for the FA Cup and the League Cup right now are around the 8-9.00 mark. I would wait for a while and see what the draws bring in the early stages of both tournaments.

Final Words

Keeping the momentum will be Jurgen Klopp’s main target this summer, and I think he should be able to do that. One or two quality signings added to the core of the squad would be enough for Liverpool to stay competitive next season.

I think we will see another exciting fight for the title, and the Reds will be in there. Do you agree with that, or do you think I might be missing something? I would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

In the near future, I will be adding similar blogs for the rest of the English Premier League. In the meantime, you could check out my post that grades the performance of each EPL team during the 2018-2019 season.

Jerry Summer

Jerry Summer has a wide-ranging interest in gambling and the gambling industry. He's made a living out of both playing poker and betting on sports.

The English Premier League and the NBA are among Jerry's primary areas of expertise. He's knowledgeable about many other sports, too, along with poker and several casino games.

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