Punters will doubtless be clamouring to get their life savings on Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge’s anytime scorer prices in anticipation of the Premier League’s leading marksmen getting their teeth into a weakened Chelsea team at Anfield.
Yet they’d be better off backing Martin Skrtel to bag against the Blues at 15/2 than either member of the prolific pairing, who are 4/5 and 6/5 to net respectively.
Sturridge’s 20th-minute hit against Arsenal is the only goal he and his Uruguayan tag-team partner have managed between them in five games against Liverpool’s fellow top-four sides this term.
That’s pocket change compared to the foursome netted by the chrome-domed defenceman against the self-same foes, no Liverpool man has managed more in 2013/14.
Investing in Skrtel to ripple the Chelsea net delivers a £225 pay day for new bwin.com members who invest the £30 free bet they receive in return for sign up on a continuation of his goalscoring exploits.
Fear not, rocket science qualifications are won’t be required to fathom the reason for a status quo that, at first glance, flies in the face of logic.
After all, the division’s top sides are likely to boast it’s best prepared and most well-martialled defences, meaning the ways of the SAS have likely been the subject of intense training ground study.
It follows that dedicating so much headspace to stopping the Merseysiders’ most consistent scorers will leave other sources of goals less well understood.
No side in the league has scored more than Liverpool’s 23 goals from set-pieces this term and with Jose Mourinho promising to field several rookies at Anfield there is every chance they can enhance that total.
Many of the Slovakian’s vital strikes have followed the formula of Steven Gerrard dead-ball delivery + Skrtel body part = goal and his most recent effort against Manchester City was no different.
It was the seventh notch of the former Zenit St Petersburg centre-half’s season, a haul which has doubled his entire Liverpool tally, compiled over the preceding six campaigns on Merseyside.