The Reds have brushed aside all transfer speculation to put some fine pre-season results together, and Al Hain-Cole expects this to continue with a convincing winLiverpool will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent pre-season record when they travel to Oslo to face Valerenga on Wednesday, in their final friendly match away from home.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have won their five exhibition matches without conceding a single goal so far, and are heavy 1/2 (1.50) favourites with Paddy Power to come out on top at the Ullevaal Stadium.
The hosts were thrashed 7-0 when Barcelona came to visit for a similar friendly under a fortnight ago, but are available at 9/2 (5.50) to put record a crowd-pleasing win in front a packed stadium.
The sides shared a 3-3 draw when they last met in an exhibition match two years ago, and you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on them cancelling each other out once again this time out.
While Luis Suarez’s omission from the squad travelling to Norway is sure to create the latest in a whole spate of headlines surrounding the Uruguayan striker’s future this summer, on the pitch his teammates have been quietly going about their business in an impressive manner.
Although the quality of opposition has to been called into question, Manchester United’s unsteady pre-season form against similarly unremarkable sides suggests a record of five wins out of five and an aggregate scoreline of 13-0 should not be taken too lightly.
Rodgers and his players have spoken frequently of the intensive fitness programme put in place this summer, and the hard work certainly seems to be bearing fruit as they edge closer to the new season.
The Reds have looked extremely sharp, wasting no time in asserting their control over their opponents in every game so far, and have consistently gone in at half-time in the lead before scoring once again in the second period.
Even without Suarez, Liverpool should have little trouble in dominating proceedings against Kjetil Rekdal’s mid-table outfit from the off, and odds of 6/5 (2.20) are not to be missed on the visitors leading at both half-time and full-time for the sixth consecutive match.
|Liverpool/Liverpool at HT/FT at 6/5 (2.20) with Paddy Power
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