Having started the Premier League season as general 6/4 joint favourites with Manchester City, the demise of Liverpool has been as stark as it has surprising. At the time of writing, they currently sit 6th in the Premier League, a staggering 19 points behind Manchester City – a fall from grace from Champions that has never been seen to such an extent in the competition’s history.

Granted, this current Manchester City side are the best club side in the world, and one of the greatest teams in Premier League history – but such a fall was both unexpected and unforeseen.

The struggle now is such that they face a real fight to make the top 4, and the Champions League football that comes with those positions. Currently priced at 4/6, a drop from 1/33 prior to a ball being kicked this season, a lot of the bookmakers here at thebestcasinos.co.uk will be enjoying the limited liabilities, and the vast odds swing in their favour from the start of the current season.

So just what has gone wrong? Those that claim injuries are at the forefront seem a little wide of the mark – their last starting XI included 10 of their first-choice XI players, with just van Dijk missing after a season ending injury. And let’s be clear, Manchester City have been missing Aguero, de Bruyne and Laporte for large chunks of the season. The former being one of the greatest strikers in PL history, the middle being the best player in the league, and the bets midfielder in the world, and the latter being their most important defender in recent seasons. If anybody should be complaining about injuries, perhaps it should be the runaway leaders.

Perhaps it’s burnout, or perhaps they just aren’t good enough? Last season was no ordinary one – a 3-month break, 5 substitutes, water breaks and no fans. Yet when things return to an element of normality, they are miles off the pace once again.

Perhaps it isn’t such a surprising drop, perhaps it was just surprising they were ever at the top in the first place.