Liverpool - Bayer Leverkusen Betting Preview: Back the Reds to record a victory at Anfield

Having gained their first competitive victories under Bredan Rodgers, Phil Kitromilides believes Liverpool will be too strong for their German opposition
Having failed to record a victory in their three pre-season friendlies, Liverpool got off to a winning start in competitive games under Brendan Rodgers thanks to a 4-0 aggregate success over Belarussian side Gomel in Europa League qualifying and will now face Hearts in the next round.

Their opponents on Sunday are Bayer Leverkusen, the side who finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season, and they will no doubt be challenging for a European place during the forthcoming campaign.

William Hill price a win for the Merseysiders at 5/6 (1.83) while the Germans can be backed at 13/5 (3.60), with the draw offered at 23/10 (3.30).

All things considered, the price on a victory for Liverpool looks to be tempting, despite a hitherto lack of success in friendlies this summer.

The victory over Gomel will not only have ensured European progression, but given the players and manager alike confidence in the new regime which is being installed at Anfield. Leverkusen's pre-season meantime form has been indifferent, losing to Napoli and Augsburg.

With Steven Gerrard and new signing Fabio Borini having already found the net this season, the important cogs in the Liverpool machine are beginning to turn, and backing a win for the Premier League side looks like holding some value.

For higher odds, the price of 15/2 (8.50) for Steven Gerrard to open the scoring greatly appeals, with the England skipper netting in the last home game against Gomel and looking sharp and ready for the new season.

Liverpool to win at 5/6 (1.83) with William Hill
Steven Gerrard to score first at 15/2 (8.50) William Hill

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.