Liverpool Cup Odds Clipped – the bookmakers are now offering quotes of 2.25 for Liverpool to win this season’s competition after their narrow first leg 1-0 win at Stoke City writes FC Bodog.
Before kick-off you could get Liverpool Cup odds of 2.65.
Jurgen Klopp’s side started brightly at Stoke’s intimidating Britannia stadium and deserved their 37th minute lead through substitute Jordan Ibe – who was only on the pitch because of a pulled hamstring by Philippe Coutinho.
The Potters began to find their feet in the second half but spurned every opportunity that came their way to equalise with skipper Ryan Shawcross heading over when he should have done better and sub Jon Walters dragging his shot wide when through on Simon Mignolet’s goal.
Key Stoke man Bojan had his worst game in a striped shirt and team mates Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic struggled to find sufficient rhythm to stretch a Liverpool defence that also lost Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure to hamstring injuries.
But at 0-1 Stoke will still feel that they have a chance of reaching their first Wembley League Cup final since 1972. In the second half Stoke manager Mark Hughes brought on Peter Crouch whose height caused Liverpool problems.
It would be no surprise to see Hughes adopt a more direct style of play in the second leg that takes place on January 26. If you feel the Potters can get back into the tie the bookmakers are quoting odds of 21.00 that they win the 2016 League Cup.
Stoke manager Hughes defended the performance of his players: “People might want to criticise what we did in the first half but sometimes you have to credit the opposition.
“They restricted what we wanted to do in terms of getting people around the ball and restricting space and they did that to good effect and we had to improve in the second half.
“The key from our point of view is that we didn’t concede again and the danger was that if we over committed and conceded another one that would have been a huge task to go to Anfield and claw it back.”
Liverpool have a mounting injury list with pulled hamstrings appearing to be a particular problem. Some pundits are crediting that to Klopp’s tough training regime during such a busy time of the season.
It will be interesting to see if the German coach tweaks his preparations in between games between now and the end of the season.
Said Klopp: “The biggest problem for us is we have two and maybe three injured players again.”
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