While Liverpool and Chelsea may have only just opened the new Premier League campaign over the weekend, Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard already have a piece of European silverware in their sights.
Picking up last seasons Champions League with a 2-0 win over Spurs out in Madrid, the Reds will face off against the defending Europa League winners in Istanbul on Wednesday night.
Putting four past Norwich in their Premier League opener on Friday and laying down an early marker for Pep Guardiola’s defending champions, Liverpool can now be found at 11/4 with Betfair to claim their first domestic title since 1990.
On the flip side, Chelsea’s Premier League campaign couldn’t have got off to a worse start.
Suffering a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford and shipping at least a pair of goals in their last four appearances over the summer, you will be interested to know that a free-scoring Liverpool can be found at 3/5 with Bet365 to bag over 1.5 goals in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Liverpool’s free-scoring start
Although Manchester City may have managed to eclipse Liverpool’s 4-1 victory in East London on Saturday lunchtime, the Reds laid down an early marker and have eased any worries over a lack of new arrivals during the summer.
Scoring four goals in the opening 42 minutes against a returning Norwich side, one man who really caught the eye on Friday was the 2017/2018 PFA Player of the Year, Mohamed Salah.
Opening his Premier League account against the Canneries, the Egypt international bagged 22 top-flight goals last season and also claimed a share of the Golden Boot.
The former Roma winger is once again seen to be a crucial part of any potential title charge on Merseyside and can be found 5/1 with Bet365 to claim his third Golden Boot in three consecutive seasons.
Elsewhere, while the former Borussia Dortmund boss will be excited by the return to a fully fit Sadio Mane, Klopp has been hit by an opening weekend injury that he described as “a huge shadow”.
Suffering a calf injury in the first half on Friday, #1 keeper Alisson has been confirmed to be sidelined for “the next few weeks” meaning that former West Ham shot-stopper Adrian will start between the sticks in midweek.
Lampard’s defensive dilemma
Although many around Old Trafford believe that United’s 4-0 victory on Sunday was a tad flattering, Head Coach Frank Lampard was the first to admit that is youthful side “made too many mistakes”, particularly defensively.
With the former England midfielder handed the heaviest defeat by a Chelsea manager in his debut since 1978, the former Premier League champions have conceded 12 goals in their last four appearances, including shipping three against Championship outfit Reading last month.
Handed a nightmare afternoon at Old Trafford on Sunday, it appears that the returning Kurt Zouma could be replaced by 21-year-old Fikayo Tomori at the heart of Chelsea’s defence.
Also opting to name a first starting XI that only had an average age of 25, the Blues have also seen their top-four title ambitions take a dent with the bookmakers.
Lampard’s men are now pencilled in at 2/1 with SkyBet to secure a Champions League spot for next season, behind both Manchester United and Arsenal who sit at 11/10 with SkyBet.
Betting Tips: Liverpool win – 3/5 at Bet3