The Reds were amazing last season – period. With consistent performance in the Premier League all season long, and an incredible run in the UEFA Champions League, they caught many people and bookmakers off guard. On the verge of the new season, let’s see how Klopp’s squad was predicted to rank in the season 2017/18, and what is expected from the Reds for the upcoming competitive year in both, transfers and trophies.
This can give you insights on how different bookies and the public made predictions through the year, and what you can take in mind when placing bets next year. If however, you’re not happy about your bookmaker’s odds, you can always check for a new sportsbook. After all, there are many different alternatives out there.
The Premier League
As one of the most competitive leagues in the football world, the Premier League is known to be a top priority for most English teams. The Reds were expected to fight for the Europa League and finish on the 5th place, right beside the Gunners. Most bookmakers gave 14/1 odds for them to take the PL title. But season 2017/18 was really successful for the Liverpool squad. They managed to stay above Chelsea and Arsenal, and fight closely for the third place till the last fixture of the season. With only 5 lost games and 21 wins in 38 matches, Liverpool showed consistent form and carried out the season in some style.
One of the players that really stood out and often times, was the key to taking the 3 points, was Mo Salah, who scored 32 goals and was announced as Premier League’s Player of the Season.
Liverpool’s side will have to work hard to continue with its run in the Premier League next season, and possibly introduce some big signings to strengthen up the squad. One of the bigger transfer rumors that’s going around, is the transfer of Lorenzo Insigne from Napoli – but we’ll see what happens.
UEFA Champions League
Liverpool’s run in Champions League was one of the most pleasant surprises all year long. Grouped with Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor, the Reds managed to confidently take the first place and secure their spot in the playoffs. Their odds for winning the UCL were 14/1 across most bookies.
The the real magic started happening in the playoffs, when Liverpool made its way around Porto, Manchester City and Roma, reaching the final against Real Madrid. This surprised everyone, especially when they beat City in the quarter finals in an impressive 2 leg match.
Given that this was Liverpool’s first participation in the UEFA Champions League after 7 seasons, this run has been really successful – even though they lost in the final. So, next season should be even more interesting for Klopp’s team.
Liverpool just wasn’t into domestic cups this season, and everyone noticed that when the football action started. They joined the EFL cup in the third round, and were instantly eliminated by Leicester, even though they were favoured to win by every bookmaker. But the fun stuff followed after they dropped out of the EFL cup, as we can see now when the season ended.
FA Cup wasn’t much of a fun for Liverpool, as they entered the competition in the third round, and were drawn to play at home against Everton – a match they won 2-1. But this was it for 2017/18 FA Cup for the Reds, as they lost in the next leg against West Bromwich Albion, and were eliminated from the competition. They were clearly the favorites in the match, but the now-relegated-from-PL WBA played a really good match.
Given that they were crushing it everywhere else, we can easily assume that Klopp didn’t have the FA cup as a priority this season.
So that was Liverpool’s season in review. We had a quick look at the competitions the Reds played, and how they were predicted to play. Having in mind everything that happened this season, maybe we can look at Liverpool as a serious candidate for the Premier League title in the 2018/19 Premier League run.