Not a great deal of progress has been made in the past year, with the Merseyside team still proving to be the 6th best team in England despite splashing money on Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing.
However, Kenny Dalglish would dearly love to win some silverware in his first full season at Anfield and Liverpool have been handed a kind draw in the FA Cup third round this time around.
The home side are a best price 2/17 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory on Friday night against an Oldham Athletic team who are sitting mid-table in League One after a modest campaign to date.
It should be an opportunity for Andy Carroll to get among the goals provided the £35 million man is selected, with bet365 (£200 free betting) offering 10/3 that the Geordie opens the scoring against the Latics.
Craig Bellamy and Steven Gerrard might also get a run out after being left on the bench for the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City in the week, with Dalglish wanting his team to be clinical and put the game to bed as early as possible.
Paddy Power offer 4/9 that the Reds lead at half-time and full-time, although we should bear in mind that several squad players will get a run out in this game and that Oldham will have nothing to lose against their Premier League opponents.
Paul Dickov’s men are 22/1 to cause an almighty upset and follow in the footsteps of Northampton Town, who won at Anfield in the Carling Cup last season which pushed Hodgson nearer the precipice.
However, a 5-0 win in Liverpool’s favour can be backed at 14/1 and Dalglish will want to see his team land a morale-boosting win.