Talk about self-fulfilling prophecies.
A lot of chatter as Liverpool was threatening to pull away from Manchester City and Tottenham in January was if the Anfield faithful, utterly desperate to claim their first Premier League title, would allow their anxiety to run amok and infiltrate Jurgen Klopp’s steady and resilient squad.
What kind of pressure the squad itself is feeling from outside forces is hard to gauge (although the results of West Ham vs. Liverpool today would say, quite a bit)
As far as the anxiety fans are feeling? You might want to avoid Liverpool’s Instagram feed and all social channels, really.
Manchester City Are The Favorites Again
While FiveThirtyEight still has Liverpool at 61% to win the Premier League, and while Liverpool are still 3 points clear of City, odds-makers moved futures markets after this week’s results.
Tottenham has even creeped back into play with a +1700 at FanDuel and +1400 at BetStars.
Just 10 days ago, Premier League betting futures had Liverpool at -155, City at +110, and Spurs at +6000.
How quickly things can change.
What’s Wrong with Liverpool?
Whether this week is just a minor blip for Liverpool or indicators of a larger problem we won’t know right away. A home match vs. Bournemouth awaits, which should steady the ship.
Injuries to the backline are surely a concern. Consistency from the frontline is as well. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino aren’t linking up like they did a year ago. It seems like only one of them is in form on any given day. They’re not dazzling with the kind of creativity City shows in flashes like at Arsenal.
The midfield, while not in disarray, is lacking something. Creativity. Consistency. Scoring.
Having said all of this, Liverpool are still in first and have only one Premier League loss this campaign. Any other club would love to have their problems.
But there are problems, and those problems are hurting their title chances, and the betting markets agree.