Premier League 2018/19 Tactical Analysis Statistics: Liverpool vs Wolves

We all saw Liverpool raise the Champions League trophy in Madrid, but that came on the back of them failing to win the Premier League title, pushing Manchester City to the final day but just failing to come out on top. That win in Madrid was fantastic for them, but is it the key to unlocking Premier League dominance for the Reds?

Their 2-0 victory over Tottenham put Liverpool on top of the world, but now the work begins to replicate that success. Perhaps the biggest driving force behind this Champions League victory for Liverpool was their defeat to Real Madrid in the final last season. They felt the pain, experienced what it was like to be in a final and come away with nothing, and they didn’t want that to happen to them again, such is the character in their squad. Now they find themselves in a situation where they have rectified that and won the Champions League.

Kop of Anfield Liverpool” by Polo Metz (CC BY-SA 1.0)

When it comes to the Premier League, this was their season for disappointment. After leading for a long way, they were eventually overtaken by Manchester City, and no matter how hard they tried, City didn’t slip up, eventually landing back-to-back titles on the final day of the season. Liverpool have once again suffered the heartbreak of being in a race right until the final day, and it ended with them coming away with nothing, even though they had 97 points, which is the third highest total in Premier League history.

Now what they need to do is use that, just like they used their Champions League experience, to spur them on to win. A year after losing in the Champions League final, Liverpool were parading the trophy around in front of their fans. Can they do the same with the domestic trophy they desire, the Premier League title? We’ve seen it before, and it would be no surprise to see it again from them.

There is an opportunity to take advantage of Liverpool’s upward trajectory by betting on the traditional outright market while they are potentially undervalued, whereas, the live markets – which are a relatively new concept – are reactive, so it is harder to gain value, although they provide a lot more markets to bet on as they keep up with the demands of the modern betting audience. The odds at Mr green have them priced up at 13/5 to win the 2019/20 Premier League, behind odds-on favourites Manchester City. With everyone else at double figures, this is seen as a showdown between the top two once again, and one that is expected to be close.

We talk about character often in sport, and if you want to see how important it is then all you need to do is look at Liverpool in the Champions League. In their 3-1 defeat to Madrid last season they looked nervous and as though they didn’t belong in the final to a certain extent. Compare that with this season against Tottenham, where Liverpool completely controlled the game from start to finish; they looked calm and relaxed before the game and they played exactly as the favourites should do.

They used the experience of being beaten as a learning curve for how to win. Now what they have to do this summer is ensure they remember the bad feeling they had after losing the Premier League title on the final day of the season and use that to push them onto winning that trophy next season.

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