It’s been a curious season for Liverpool so far – they’ve been good against the best and poor against the rest.
Despite giving Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City the runaround, they’ve run into brick walls instead when the emphasis has been on them to do the attacking.
Home draws with Sunderland, Norwich and Swansea have highlighted the lack of a killer touch, most recently demonstrated during Tuesday’s goalless draw with Wigan.
Twenty goals in 17 games is pretty poor fare for such an expensively-assembled side and things would have been much worse if that bloke Luis Suarez hadn’t been around.
If the FA uphold his eight-game ban then Liverpool will have to look elsewhere for a steady supply of strikes but fortunately for the Reds, Suarez is available for the home fixture against Blackburn and bwin’s goalscorers markethave the controversial Uruguayan favourite at 13/20 to score at any time on Boxing Day.
When Suarez does score, he usually gets his side up and running. Of his five league goals this term, four of them have been Liverpool’s opener so 3/1 on him to score first among little alternative competition looks a good price.
Behind Suarez, Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam, Martin Skrtel and Craig Bellamy have all notched twice and after scoring against Villa before being left out of the goalless draw with Wigan, Bellamy should be brought back in and is worth a look at 6/1 to get things going at Anfield.
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Liverpool don’t score many and those they do get are spread thinly and evenly. The time to rectify that comes with the visit of the league’s second worst defence and someone who will be eager to take advantage is Carroll. The under-fire forward is a bit short at evens to score at any time but considering he’s likely to come off the bench, 4/1 to score last is a Christmas Carroll (sorry) worth listening to.
Similarly to their hosts, basement boys Blackburn have been over-reliant on one man for goals with Ayegbeni Yakubu weighing in with ten of their 24 league efforts – including five in his last four outings. Feed the Yak and he will score, and providing he doesn’t feed himself too much turkey, Yakubu is an enticing 9/4 to score at any point and 8/1 to score first.
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