JURGEN KLOPP is 7/1 to blame Liverpool’s title slump on rivals Everton, as bookie SportNation open a market on the Kop boss’s next excuse ahead of their match against Bournemouth.
It’s 5/1 the German gaffer blames the opponents for ‘being too good’, with the weather conditions – already the subject of a post-match rant on 3 occasions – 5/1 to feature, with shorter odds of 9/2 offered specifically about wind as 40mph winds make their way towards Merseyside.
The Reds, who were seven points clear of their Manchester rivals just a few weeks ago, have surrendered their lead to Pep Guardiola’s men as they seek their first title since 1990.
This recent slump has seen the genial German go from his fist-pumping best in victory to a manager known for his wide repertoire of excuses – blaming anything other than his own side’s deficiencies.
After the 1-1 draw against West Ham earlier this week, it was referee Kevin Friend who was blamed – despite giving the Reds a clear offside opening goal, and the bookies make Saturday’s official, Anthony Taylor, the 3/1 favourite to kop Klopp’s first moan.
Should January recruit Dominic Solanke net the winner, it is 14/1 for Klopp to bemoan selling him to Bournemouth.
The famous Anfield atmosphere – or lack of – is 10/1 for a mention while it’s 20/1 the Bournemouth fans are deemed to have had any impact on the game. Among the longer odds outsiders are the strength of the floodlights and the young Liverpool ballboys at 100/1 a piece.
Liverpool are firm 1/5 favourites to beat Bournemouth with the Cherries 12/1 to spring a surprise.
A SportNation.bet spokesman said: “As the title race pressure brings an increasingly weird and wonderful range of excuses out of Klopp we thought it was only right to let fans get in on the action.”
“The odds suggest there should be no need for excuses, but if Klopp slips further behind in the title race the betting suggests anything from the weather, Everton or even former players will take the blame instead of his own players.”
Jurgen Klopp’s next excuse – all odds from SportNation.bet
The Referee: 3/1
The Wind 9/2
Any other weather condition 5/1
Conceding that Bournemouth were too good: 5/1
Fixture dates/congestion: 6/1
Grass length: 11/2
Everton doing them no favours: 7/1
Anfield atmosphere 10/1
Being second/Man City being top: 12/1
Selling Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth: 14/1
Bournemouth fans 20/1
Kyle Walker: 100/1
The ballboys: 100/1