Assuming Brendan Rodgers lives by the well-worn maxim of taking one game at a time, he will have been alarmed to see that Real Madrid were his next opponents when he checked his fixture list after losing to Newcastle.
Even if he had known about the fixture before the weekend, there are few teams an out-of-form side like Liverpool will want to face less than Los Merengues.
Real Madrid are on an 11-game winning streak during which they have netted a faintly ridiculous 46 goals, and are priced at just 1/4 to beat Liverpool.
The visitors are 19/2 to pull off a shock win, with the draw available at 19/4, but the best value can be found in trying to guess exactly how many the hosts will win by.
Given that Real Madrid are averaging over four goals a game over the past 11 matches, while Liverpool have failed to score at all in three of their past four, it is tempting to pile on the -3 handicap at 31/10.
However, Los Merengues would not have landed the win with this handicap in three of their past four matches, including the first leg at Anfield when they ran out 3-0 winners.
Admittedly Carlo Ancelotti’s side eased off after racing into a three-goal lead by half-time, but even if they score more than that at the Bernabeu, they are also more likely to concede.
Scoring so many goals can make a side somewhat flippant about their own defending, and Real Madrid have conceded in four of their past five games at their stadium.
Furthermore, they’ve been especially complacent in home games in the Champions League group stages, conceding in seven of their past eight.
As such, we recommend not straying beyond a -2 handicap win for the hosts, which is priced at 29/20.
Real Madrid would have won you this bet in five of their past six outings, with Barcelona the only side to restrict them to a two-goal win.
Also worth considering is the multiple correct score bet of 2-1, 3-1 and 4-1 at 27/10, which would have landed in two of Madrid’s past three games.