Liverpool FC vs Chelsea FC, 22/07/2020

After 30 long years, Liverpool Football Club will finally have their hands on a Premier League title as captain Jordan Henderson will lead the celebrations at Anfield following their match against third-placed Chelsea.

This is a moment Liverpool fans have been waiting for generations. After watching the likes of Gary Neville, John Terry, Thierry Henry, Sergio Aguero and Wes Morgan (doesn’t fit in here but oh well) lift countless Premier League titles, it’ll finally be a Liverpool player with his hands on the trophy and who better than Jordan Henderson.

The captain is Liverpool’s current longest-serving player with nine years with the club and is the only remaining member left from the ill-fated 2013/14 season where Steven Gerrard’s disastrous slip against Chelsea ended dreams of a first Premier League title.

Henderson’s story will inspire many and illustrates the hard work he’s put in to be at the forefront of Liverpool’s success. Despite being told he can leave the club in 2012 by then-manager Brendan Rodgers as he looked to bring in the all-time United States men’s national team scorer in Clint Dempsey from Fulham, Henderson decided to stay and fight for his place.

He’s now captained Liverpool to Champions League, Super Cup, Club World Cup, and Premier League success as the “Henderson Shuffle” will be on show yet again on Wednesday evening.

But before the celebrations, Liverpool takes on Chelsea in what will be a highly entertaining encounter.

While the bout has nothing on the line for Liverpool apart from basic sporting competitiveness, UEFA Champions League is on the line for Chelsea. Frank Lampard’s men sit third in the table on 63 points, one ahead of both Leicester City and Manchester United, having played a game less than Leicester.

Chelsea Odds to Upset Liverpool’s Coronation

It’s a crucial game for Chelsea, however, should they not get a result, Leicester City’s next game against Manchester United assures that one of them will drop points which will keep Chelsea in the top four.

Liverpool v Chelsea has always been and will always be a firestorm of a game and in recent years, Liverpool has gotten the best of the West London club.

In their last six league meetings, Liverpool has two wins, two draws, and one defeat; the last defeat to Chelsea in the league coming in May 2018.

Liverpool did win the reverse fixture back in September but was knocked out by Chelsea in the FA Cup back in March.

Sportsbooks odds on Liverpool earning their 31st league win of the season opens at +100. Odds on Chelsea becoming the first club since 2017 to win at Anfield in the league open at +250. Odds on a draw between the clubs open at +275.

When Will Jurgen Klopp’s Statue be Commissioned?

A statue erected in your honor in football is huge. It gives thanks for what you did for the football club in your time, illustrates your legend, and makes sure your name is etched in the history of the club. 

Jurgen Klopp deserves a statue of his own outside Anfield. While it will most likely be done after he leaves the club, I don’t think I can find a Liverpool fan in the world who wouldn’t campaign for a Klopp statue. 

He brought the club their sixth Champions League and first Premier League title, but most importantly he succeeded in his plan he spoke out about when he first joined the club in 2015. 

“We need to change, from doubters to believers”.

Watford FC vs Manchester City, 21/07/2020

Manchester City Odds Against Watford for July 21st

Manchester City’s league campaign has been dead rubber for a matter of months now. Liverpool has been ahead for so long and City’s own Champions League qualification has been secure since the beginning of the season; aside from the whole being banned from the competition which has since been overturned. 

The two competitions that were continuing to drive this City side was the FA Cup and the Champions League. However, after their convincing 2-0 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, City finds themselves no longer able to defend their FA Cup trophy and counting on the Champions League to have an opportunity to still call this season a success.  

They are still on a three-match league winning streak, narrowly beating Bournemouth 2-1 in their last outing. They come up against another relegation-threatened team in Watford. The Hornets are 17th with 34 points, three ahead of Bournemouth with two games remaining. 

With two wins in their last three games, Watford should be safe but with games against Manchester City and Arsenal coming up, the relegation race could go to the final day. Their crucial 3-1 loss to West Ham who went ahead of them with the win proved to be Nigel Pearson’s last game in charge as he was sacked subsequently. 

Manchester City Odds to Remain Unbeaten Against Watford

Manchester City holds one of the longest unbeaten records against Watford in the league, having not lost a game in all competitions to them since 1989. They’re also on a 12-match winning streak spanning back to 2013. City embarrassingly dispatched Watford 6-0 in last year’s FA Cup final and followed that up with an even more embarrassing 8-0 victory back in September. 

It’s fair to say that Watford has fared as a bit of a punching bag for City in recent years and whether that will happen again on Tuesday night is another question.  

Sportsbooks odds on Watford getting a win and essentially marking their spot in the Premier League next season opens at +750. Odds on City making it four league wins in a row open at -333. Odds on a draw between the two clubs open at +500. 

Is Pep Guardiola Under Pressure?

To say that a manager who’s spent more than £400m just on defenders and is currently 19 points behind the league leaders, well, that would be stupid. 

Yes, Pep is one of the greatest managers in the world today and probably in history but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s failed this season and failed with one of the biggest checkbooks in football. 

Losing the title to a rival is one thing but losing it in the devastating fashion that they did, that’s a whole other thing entirely. 

Next season will be a massive win for Pep and his squad. With Liverpool retaining their best players and with Chelsea and Manchester United look like serious contenders, there will be no room for error for Pep.