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Title odds sharpen focus on Premier League's key contenders

Can Jürgen Klopp and his currently injury plagued side make a serious title challenge as we hurtle towards the business end of the season? The bookies still think so.

 

Liverpool, Leicester, City, United and maybe even Spurs. At the turn of the New Year it looks to be anyone's title. It's so tight at the top that a draw at home to current league leaders Manchester United and two dropped points has seen Liverpool slip to three points off the pace and fourth place. 

 

Stalemate can't separate old rivals

 

There were questions hoping to be answered for many Liverpool fans at the weekend when Klopp's side went up against the old foe at Anfield. A solid first half should've seen Liverpool go comfortably ahead and demanding of a response, but it wasn't to be. 

 

Chances weren't finished, yet a number of slick passing movements and ease on the ball against an in form but indeterminate United side will have many fans encouraged in uncertain times.

 

It's true United had the better chances in the second half and a draw was probably a fair result at the end of the day but it left no party on the Anfield pitch satisfied.

 

City take their chances

 

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City were certainly encouraged by proceedings, stomping to a late evening 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace, and moving ever closer to clinching top spot with their remaining game in hand. 

 

The bookmakers had City pinned as favourites to lift the title this season, almost before the Reds had even seen last season's Premier League trophy aloft. Having weathered a difficult period with their own injury woes, it looks to be turning around. 

 

It's led a number of those who've already backed Liverpool to win the title to rush to cash out with a wide range of instant withdrawal betting sites offering quick and effective cash outs and withdrawals as the odds are starting to shift - but not all is lost.

 

Can Klopp reinvigorate a war weary side?

 

The answer is yes. Much is currently being made in the media of a three game league goal drought in the league but Klopp was quick to downplay the importance of current form in front of goal. Just as everything seemed to go in against Palace, "that's just football', he stated. 

 

Positives can be taken away from the match against United with all three first choice forward men still fit, and a patchwork defence done proud by tight performances of midfield men Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.

 

Klopp has built a side that have experienced the tough travails of working their way up to the top. Although they have become accustomed winners over the last couple of seasons, the senior personalities in the dressing room will certainly not take it for granted. 

 

A fixture against a Burnley side well drilled at the back will prove a stern test of Liverpool's resurgence in attack, followed by a visit to London to match up against title hopefuls Tottenham.

 

Liverpool are currently being backed by most bookies at around 7/2 as second favourites to reclaim their title, currently the highest price so far this season. Expect the odds to shorten considerably if they go on a blistering run of form as is certainly due. 


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