The defensive inadequacies that had plagued Liverpool since last season look to be behind them, with more than one goal conceded once in their last 16 games.
However, for much of that period there has been a sense that they were somehow getting away with it, that rediscovering their attacking verve was covering up for the shortcomings of their rearguard.
Yet Brendan Rodgers’ men are edging up the Premier League clean-sheet table, with six of their nine this term coming within the last eight matches.
The bwin layers make them 67/100 to keep under 16.5 shutouts across the season as a whole.
However, given their impregnability in recent games the 11/10 about them exceeding the line looks worthy of serious consideration.
As for why, that could have something to do with the amount of shots on target they have been allowing in recent matches, particularly at home.
In a seven-match Anfield sequence dating back to the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, which acted as the symbolic beginning of Liverpool’s return to grace, they have yielded the opposition two shots worth saving of fewer on all bar one occasion.
Unlike Chelsea’s block-laden, all-hands-on-deck effort against West Ham it suggests that there is a deeper sense of team cohesion behind the Reds’ recent improvement.
Allowing more shots on target away than at home is, however, a more or less universal rule and the Merseysiders haven’t always replicated their miserliness away from Anfield, despite conceding once or less in their last 11 road games.
Nevertheless, there have been signs that Rodgers’ rearguard is improving on their travels too, with Everton limited to a single on-the-money effort at Goodison Park.
Sunderland too made Simon Mignolet work just once at the Stadium of Light in January, meaning that half Liverpool’s away league games since the turn of the year have followed suit.
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Liverpool are 5/2 to win their next Premier League game, away to Swansea City, to nil and 19/10 to shutout the Swans.