Liverpool might be a team on the up under Kenny Dalglish, although bookmakers don’t quite regard them as banker material just yet and there are one or two layers out to get the Reds this weekend.
Bet365 (£200 – free bets) offer a stand-out 8/15 that the Merseyside club start the 2011/12 season with a victory and their pre-season matches saw Liverpool score a fair few goals but also manage to let a few in at the other end – the 3-3 draw with Valerenga springs to mind.
While Dalglish has bolstered the midfield department with the acquisition of Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, the defence has stayed largely the same and Jose Enrique’s imminent arrival is unlikely to take place in time for the left-back to feature this weekend.
Even so, Liverpool supporters are salivating at the prospect of Downing and Adam supplying the ammunition to Andy Carroll and the former Newcastle striker is 9/2 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to score the first goal of the game, something which would infuriate the visiting supporters.
Sunderland came away from Anfield with a 2-2 draw last season and it was a performance which should really have earned Steve Bruce’s team a maximum haul, with the Black Cats manager having been very busy in the summer transfer market to completely revamp his squad.
This includes the signings of Wes Brown and John O’Shea from Manchester United, although the latter is doubtful with a hamstring injury. Even so, some might fancy that 7/1 (Betfred) is too big about a team who could take advantage of a Liverpool side missing the injured Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson.
The home supporters will be hoping that Luis Suarez is fit enough after his Copa America exertions to play a part and the Uruguayan is 4/1 (Coral) to open the scoring in this match.