Liverpool's miserable start to 2017 continued with yet another failure to land the long odds-on, and it means that Jurgen Klopp's men are now out of the FA Cup. Mike Norman has the details...
"The defeat means that quite remarkably Liverpool have been dumped out of both the EFL and FA Cups, and suffered a Premier League reversal to rock bottom Swansea, all at Anfield in the space of a week."
It's been a thoroughly miserable start to 2017 for Liverpool and their fortunes didn't get any better on Saturday afternoon as they were dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Wolves.
The Reds were matched at a low of 1.261/4 to get the better of their Championship rivals but first half goals from the on-loan duo of Richard Stearman and Adreas Weimann provided the platform for a memorable shock.
Paul Lambert's men defended superbly in the second half, and those who backed them at odds of 15.014/1 to win the game rarely had a moment's worry, despite Divock Origi's late consolation. The 1-2 Correct Score was matched at 48.047/1.
The defeat means that quite remarkably Liverpool have been dumped out of both the EFL and FA Cups, and suffered a Premier League reversal to rock bottom Swansea, all at Anfield in the space of a week.
But if you think its' been a nightmare spell for Jurgen Klopp's men then spare a thought for the punters who like to back Liverpool at odds-on.
The Reds were as short as 1.11/10 at home to Plymouth in round three of the FA Cup but managed just a 0-0 draw, this came just days after Liverpool failed to beat Sunderland in the league at a price of just 1.42/5.
Klopp's men were then backed into odds-on to beat Southampton in the first leg of the EFL Cup but lost 1-0, and they also lost the second leg by the same scoreline, this time at odds of around 1.51/2.
And perhaps the most damaging defeat of all was when Liverpool traded at just 1.182/11 to beat Swansea in the Premier League last Saturday, but Klopp's men were defeated 3-2 to leave them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Liverpool can backed at 17.5 to win the Premier League title.
Liverpool's Miserable January
*six times they've failed to win at an odds-on price
Jan 2 - 1.42/5 v Sunderland (drew 2-2)
Jan 8 - 1.11/10 v Plymouth (drew 0-0)
Jan 11 - 1.9110/11 v Southampton (lost 1-0)
Jan 21 - 1.182/11 v Swansea (lost 2-3)
Jan 25 - 1.51/2 v Southampton (lost 0-1)
Jan 28 - 1.261/4 v Wolves (lost 1-2)
In the weekend's other games Tottenham were given an almighty scare by League Two side Wycombe before scoring a stoppage-time goal to progress.
Spurs trailed 0-2 and 2-3 but a late equaliser from Dele Alli was followed by Son Heung-min's dramatic winner to break the hearts of everyone connected with the lower league side. Tottenham were matched at 42.041/1 in the Match Odds market.
It was a dreadful weekend for the top three Championship clubs as they were all dumped out of the cup by lower league opposition. Newcastle were thrashed 3-0 at Oxford, but two of the biggest stories were achieved by non-league sides Lincoln and Sutton who got the better of Brighton and Leeds respectively.
Just eight Premier League clubs will go into the fifth round draw though the FA Cup Winner market remains wide open with five clubs all vying for favouritism;
- Chelsea 4.67/2
- Man City 4.67/2
- Man Utd 5.04/1
- Tottenham 6.05/1
- Arsenal 6.25/1