Betting special: Where will Rodgers' Reds finish this season?

Brendan Rodgers will take charge of Liverpool for the season ahead and Willie Duncan looks at how the Northern Irishman's first season in the Anfield hotseat might unfold
After experiencing mixed fortunes during Season 2011/12, Liverpool will be under new management when the new Premier League season gets underway this weekend.

Brendan Rodgers has filled the Anfield hotseat vacated by Kenny Dalglish in the summer and there is a renewed optimism among some sections of the Liverpool faithful that the Northern Irishman can revive the club’s flagging league fortunes.

Liverpool's Premier League Finishing Position

Odds courtesy of William Hill
Champions 16/1
2nd-4th 2/1
5th-10th 4/7
11th-17th 10/1
Relegated 80/1
The Reds finished a lowly eighth in the Premier League last term and only managed to secure a place in European competition for the forthcoming campaign by virtue of their Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley in February.

So, how will the men from Anfield fare under Rodgers’ stewardship this term?

Bookmaker William Hill has opened a special market on where Liverpool will finish during this campaign.

Another season of mediocrity seems likely to the odds compilers who offer a 4/7 (1.57) quote on the Reds ending the campaign between fifth and tenth place.

This would appear to represent good value because it seems that, despite the addition of Joe Allen from Swansea City and Fabio Borini from Roma, Rodgers’ squad still lacks the necessary depth and quality to break into the top four, priced up at 2/1 (3.0) with William Hill while the Reds are chalked up at 16/1 (17.0) to celebrate a first league title triumph since 1990.

The former Swansea City boss, though, can breathe enough life into his new charges that they should comfortably avoid the indignity of a bottom half finish.

That's a prospect which is chalked up at 10/1 (11.0) with William Hill while the same firm offer a massive 80/1 (81.0) that the Reds are relegated – a bet which will surely only appeal to Merseyside football fans of an Everton persuasion.

Given time, Rodgers may prove to be a good appointment by the Liverpool board but it will take time to build a squad capable of challenging in the upper echelons of the Premier League table and, subsequently, the Reds should be backed at 4/7 (1.57) to finish between fifth and tenth in the season ahead.

Liverpool to finish between fifth and tenth at 4/7 (1.57) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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