They are one of the most popular teams in the UK but Liverpool’s popularity is such that they can boast a huge fan base right across the world. After dominating the English first division in the 1970’s and 1980’s the Reds have yet to claim a Premier League title but the arrival of charismatic German manager Jurgen Klopp has given the club a real boost and the Glory Days look set to return to Anfield.
Liverpool are a real draw for the TV cameras too and as we know, live coverage is likely to see a number of enhanced odds deals appear from around the sportsbooks.
Liverpool Football Club was actually formed after an acrimonious split from their city rivals Everton. Club President John Houlding left and established Liverpool FC at their famous Anfield ground back in 1892 and they joined the official second division of the football league at the start of the 1893/94 campaign.
Promotion to the top flight soon followed and Liverpool started a long run of First Division trophies by claiming the title in 1901 and again in 1904. A first FA Cup final appearance followed in 1914 but it ended in defeat with the Reds losing out by a solitary goal to Burnley.
Prior to the Second World War, Liverpool claimed two further first division titles but had to wait until 1965 before claiming their first FA Cup victory. Legendary manager Bill Shankly was then to guide the team through a long period of success and although the current Liverpool side, hasn’t quite matched that record, their overall list of silverware is a seriously impressive one.
To date, this famous club has won no fewer than 18 first division titles, seven FA Cups and five European Cups, including their famous Champions League win in 2005. Recent seasons haven’t quite been as productive but you would not write off Liverpool in any competition that they happen to be playing in.
The 1970’s saw the start of a long period of dominance as far as English domestic football was concerned. 11 wins in the old first division came between the start of the decade and the climax of the 1989/90 season and across that same timescale, Liverpool also claimed three FA Cup trophies and four league cups.
There was success in Europe too with four European Cup trophies between 1977 and 1984. The club claimed a respectable amount of silverware prior to that period and the Reds have taken some major trophies since but there’s no doubt that their Golden Period came in the twenty years from 1970 onwards.
Liverpool’s record in major competitions over the last four seasons reads as follows:
|Season||Premier league||FA Cup||Champions League / Europa League|
|2016/17||4th||4th round||Europa League Semi-finals|
|2015/16||8th||4th round||Europa League Beaten Finalists|
|2014/15||6th||Semi finals||3rd in Champs League Group – Round of 32 in Europa League|
|2013/14||2nd||5th round||Did not Qualify|
Liverpool have disappointed in the Premier League since running Chelsea so close in the 2013/14 season but the arrival of Klopp seems to have turned them into title contenders once again.
Those figures also show that while they are a little inconsistent, Liverpool have the capacity to go a long way in whichever cup competition they are involved in.
Currently, the manager has a choice of top centre forwards but during the 2016/17 season Klopp seems to be favouring the Belgian DivockOrigi. He also has England international Daniel Sturridge to call upon but he is a little injury prone and not always a first choice.
Further back, there are plenty of goal scoring options from midfield where Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have delivered more than their fair share of strikes recently. So, when a bookmaker is looking to base a promotion around a first goal scorer market then they have plenty of choice and price boosts for Liverpool may also appear in the Both Teams to Score and Overs Goal Markets.
After a quiet period, new manager Jurgen Klopp seems to be guiding Liverpool back to the days when they were regular challengers for major silverware. TV Cameras and the enhanced odds promotions are therefore set to follow the Reds for many years to come.