While their victory over Wolves may have been overshadowed by more VAR controversy, Liverpool open the New Year with a 13-point buffer at the top of the table when they welcome Sheffield United to Anfield on Thursday night.
With their dramatic 1-0 win on Merseyside extending what has been a famous unbeaten run for Jurgen Klopp’s men and also lifting the Club World Cup earlier in the month, it almost seems inevitable that the Reds are destined to grab their first Premier League crown.
Elsewhere, while Sheffield United may have suffered a 2-0 defeat away at the Etihad on Sunday, the Blades are still flirting with the European positions and the mood around Bramall Lane only continues to soar.
With a growing reputation for their rugged displays since making their top-flight return over the summer, Thursday’s guests were also left extremely unlucky not to have snatched points off of Liverpool when they faced off back in September.
Watching the Reds grab a late winner in Sheffield, you might be interested to know that Liverpool can be found at 11/2 with Bet365 to come away with another 1-0 victory.
Liverpool – The New Invincibles?
Although VAR may have stolen the show at Anfield over the weekend, Jurgen Klopp would not have cared in the slightest as he saw his newly crowned Club World Cup champions extend their buffer at the top of the table.
With their name all but engraved into the Premier League title after moving 13 points clear of second-place Leicester, the big question now is, can Liverpool go unbeaten?
Unbeaten in their 19 top-flight matchups entering the New Year and only dropping points on one occasion, you might be interested to know that the former Borussia Dortmund boss finds his side priced at 8/1 with Coral to lift the title as Invincibles.
Still boosted by what was a thumping 4-0 win away at the King Power on Boxing Day, one man to keep an eye out for on Thursday could be a resurging Roberto Firmino.
Scoring the winner in each of their Club World Cup matchups and also bagging a brace against Leicester last week, the Brazil striker has four goals in as many appearances and can be found at 6/5 with Paddy Power to once again find the net in midweek.
Wilder’s VAR anger
While Manchester City may have picked up a deserved 2-0 win at the Etihad over the weekend, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder felt his side were on the wrong end of their own VAR drama.
Speaking after their defeat against the defending champions, Wilder said:
“I’ve been to see the referee and he has been honest about it. We make mistakes and I believe he made one too.”
Although the Blades may have also dropped points against Newcastle on Boxing Day, the Premier League returners have continued to take the top-flight by storm.
Opening the New Year sat as high as eighth and losing just a pair of their previous 13 matchups, it is no surprise that fans around Bramall Lane have their sights set on securing what would be a stunning top half return. You might be interested to know that Thursday’s guests are priced at 8/13 with William Hill to secure a top-10 finish come May.
Elsewhere, after missing Sunday’s trip to the Etihad, midfielder talisman John Lundstram could be set to make his return at Anfield after recovering from a foot injury.