Philippe Coutinho’s superb, late strike lit up a drab affair at Stoke’s Britannia Stadium on Sunday and gave Liverpool an opening day victory in a game that looked to be petering out into a draw. It wasn’t an entirely convincing performance from the Reds but boss Brendan Rodgers, who gave debuts to several players, will be delighted that his side nevertheless managed to collect all three points.
As Liverpool’s summer signings begin to bed in the Reds should improve and indeed bookies expect them to make it two wins from two on Monday as they welcome newly promoted Bournemouth to Anfield.
Stan James chalk Rodgers’s men up at 8/15 to get the get the better of the Cherries (13/2, Paddy Power), who were edge out 1-0 in their opener against Aston Villa. BetVictor chalk a stalemate up at 10/3 and it’s 9/2 via bet365 to end in a score draw but on home soil and with one success already under their belt, Liverpool are hard to oppose.
Another 1-0 triumph comes in at 7/1 courtesy of Ladbrokes, Stan James offer 13/5 about any home win by a one-goal margin and punters expecting a more comfortable evening for the Reds can either back them starting a goal behind at 11/8 in Skybet’s handicaps or go for BetVictor’s 7/1 about Rodgers’s charges notching twice without reply.
Liverpool to beat Bournemouth by one goal – 13/5 (Stan James)