With new faces aplenty and a big name departure up front, Brendan Rodgers' men might take time to gel and Phil Kitromilides explains why he is backing under 2.5 goals in DenmarkLiverpool's first friendly of their pre-season takes them to the Danish capital of Copenhagen to face one of the country's most historic clubs, Brondby.
The Reds' players will be hoping to ease themselves back into the swing of things against the side that finished fourth in the Danish Super League last season, before Brendan Rodgers takes his men to the USA next week where they will be particpating in the International Champions Cup against far more glamorous opponents.
Naturally, the Merseysiders are favorites to overcome the Danes on Wednesday afternoon, with bet365 offering them at 17/20 (1.85) for the win while the hosts are offered at 11/4 (3.75) and the draw can be backed at 5/2 (3.50).
Betting on pre-season matches can be fraught with complications as they are somewhat unpredictable affairs.
One is never sure of the intensity with which the sides will approach the match or which personnel will be selected by the respective managers.
However, sometimes friendlies can offer some real value, as is the case with the price of 11/8 (2.38) for under 2.5 goals to be scored on Wednesday in Copenhagen.
Liverpool have lost the fulcrum of their attack in Luis Suarez and their new forward line will take time to gel. How many new signings will be on show for the Reds remains to be seen, but expect them to take a while to get into their stride in their first game back from the summer break.
Three of Liverpool's last five friendlies in the previous pre-season all went under 2.5 goals while Brondby themselves have played three friendlies in the last four weeks, all of which have seen fewer than three goals.
|Under 2.5 goals at 11/8 (2.38) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365