The odds on Liverpool securing a top four finish have been cut to 5/4 (2.25) following their impressive 3-0 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.
The Reds were utterly dominant at the Emirates Stadium, enjoying 65% of the possession and firing 16 shots on goal compared to Arsenal’s three. Fabinho was a colossus in midfield, preventing the Gunners from testing inexperienced defensive pairing Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Philipps.
Trent Alexander-Arnold silenced his critics with a superb performance down the right flank. The youngster, who was dropped from the England squad following criticism over his defensive prowess, tormented Arsenal throughout the game, and whipped in a phenomenal cross for Diojo Jota to head in the opener.
The Portuguese forward’s return from injury could galvanise the club, as he has been exceptionally dangerous this season. Fans will also be pleased to see Mohamed Salah get on the score sheet, before Jota wrapped up a crucial win with his second of the match.
There is renewed optimism at Anfield, while their rivals faltered on Saturday. Chelsea slumped to a shock 5-2 defeat at the hands of lowly West Brom after Thiago Silva was sent off for a second bookable offence. The Blues had conceded just twice in their previous 14 games under new manager Thomas Tuchel, but they looked really vulnerable after going down to 10 men.
Leicester also lost 2-0 to champions elect Man City. Liverpool are now up to fifth in the standings, two points behind Chelsea and seven behind Leicester. They could drop back down to eighth if West Ham, Spurs and Everton win their games in hand, but they seem back in business in the top four battle.
The Reds have now won back-to-back Premier League games, and their run-in does not look particularly daunting. They still have to contend with a two-legged Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid, which could distract and fatigue them, but their next three league games are against Aston Villa, Leeds and Newcastle.
Liverpool lost heavily to Aston Villa earlier this season, but Dean Smith’s men have run out of steam, and the Reds will be desperate to exact revenge. They should also have enough quality to get the better of Leeds and Newcastle.
Then they face Man Utd at Old Trafford. It will undoubtedly be a tough game, but after that they can look forward to matches against Southampton, West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace. They should therefore have plenty of scope to put pressure on Leicester and Chelsea.
Betfair and Paddy Power now make Liverpool odds-on at 10/11 (1.91) to finish in the top four. However, MansionBet, Betfred and 10Bet all have 5/4 (2.25) on them pulling it off. Leicester remain priced at just 2/5 (1.40) with many bookmakers, who are not reading too much into their defeat to in-form Man City, but Chelsea have drifted out significantly following their 5-2 drubbing.
Many bookmakers, including Bet365 and 888 Sport, now have shorter odds on Liverpool finishing in the top four than on Chelsea. The Blues are priced at 11/10 (2.10) with those bookmakers, while Liverpool are evens (2.00).
Chelsea looked invincible before heading into battle against West Brom, but now they seem fallible, and they will be wary of Liverpool breathing down their necks. It now promises to develop into a fascinating battle during the final weeks of the season, and we can expect plenty more twists and turns, but the 5/4 on Liverpool looks pretty attractive right now.