A win at Swansea City is paramount if Liverpool are to remain in touch with the Premier League’s European qualification places, though the bookies are anything but confident they’ll get it.
Obviously, Jurgen Klopp’s men kick off the game as favourites, but the discrepancy in prices between these two wildly contrasting teams is not as sizeable as what would be assumed.
Sandwiched between Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final, it’s safe to assume the Mereseysiders will have an eye on next week’s vital second-leg, but even with such a poignant distraction, the value in their odds remains excellent.
After overcoming some initial teething problems when it came to beating the Swansea, Liverpool have now won six out of the previous seven renewals.
They make this trip to the Liberty Stadium looking to record a sixth successive triumph against Francesco Guidolin’s side.
Villarreal, who snared the spoils in theirs and the Reds’ Europa League last-four first leg thanks to an injury-time winner, and Southampton, who recovered from 2-0 down to win, remain the only teams to topple Klopp’s troops since the first match of February. Across this lengthy spell, a stellar ability to juggle domestic and continental commitments has come to the fore.
Their capitulation against Southampton came on the back of their last-16 second leg against Manchester United, but it remains one of just two losses suffered all season in Sunday fixtures that have followed Europa involvement.
The Swans are among the sides they’ve beaten upon returning to Premier League action this season and two recent hidings must’ve drained much of the morale instilled by a previously decent stretch of form.
Prior to losing 3-0 at Newcastle United and 4-0 at Leicester City, they’d avoided defeat in five of six, but even on this improved streak, a lack of goals was prevalent, especially at home.
Since Guidolin took the reigns, Swansea have failed to score more than one goal in any of their six games at the Liberty, meaning one for the visitors may well be enough to seal the deal.