Extra Time: Stats man John W Henry eyeing up Liverpool's chances

The Moneyball fanatic highlights the top-four chances of the top seven sides in the Premier League but will his trusted statistics play out over the rest of the season?
Liverpool owner John W Henry has given his Twitter followers a run-down of what to expect from the remainder of the Premier League season ... by stating bookmakers' odds for a top-four finish.

Henry, who also owns baseball franchise the Boston Red Sox, tweeted on Thursday night "the real odds" of seven sides expected to push for Champions League qualification in the second half of the campaign.

4/5 Liverpool are 4/5 with William Hill to finish in the Premier League top four
"So what are the real odds of making top four at this point? City 99 per cent, Chelsea 91%, Arsenal 87%, LFC 61%, United 30%, Everton 20%, Spurs 12%," he wrote.

Henry failed to recruit Billy Beane, a baseball coach who pioneered the statistical 'Moneyball' system for putting together a successful team, for the Red Sox and is clearly an advocate of mixing stats and sport.

Liverpool were top of the table on Christmas Day but slipped to fifth by New Year's Eve following two defeats at Manchester City and Chelsea.

They returned to the top four after beating Hull City on New Year's Day but remain six points off pace-setters Arsenal, who are 12% less likely to make the grade than second-placed Manchester City, according to Henry's favoured stats.

The Reds are currently rated as 61% likely to finish in the top four for the first time since 2008-09 and supporters of the Merseyside club have since pointed out to the American that he could increase those chances by putting his hand in his pocket this January!