One savvy punter earned £12,500 by correctly predicting that Liverpool would be 1-0 up at half-time and go on to beat Barcelona 4-0 last night.
<div><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&f=1" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> was offering 125/1 on this special bet and it reported that 29 people backed it. One punter staked £100 and walked off with a £12,500 profit after Divock Origi put Liverpool 1-0 up at the break and the Reds banged in three second-half goals. They trailed 3-0 on aggregate after the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona, but they turned it around in sensational fashion on a stirring night at Anfield.</p><p>It was all the more remarkable because Jurgen Klopp was shorn of the services of two of his best players, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. In came Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri and Liverpool displayed phenomenal intensity to vanquish Lionel Messi and co on Merseyside, via titanic performances from Fabinho, Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson and two goals apiece for Origi and substitute Giorginio Wijnaldum.</p><h2>Liverpool favourites for Champions League</h2><p>Before the game, Liverpool were 18/1 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> to progress to the final after losing heavily at Camp Nou in the first leg, while a 4-0 win was priced at 50/1. Several punters steamed in, and William Hill reported paying out a six-figure sum on Liverpool’s turnaround, while <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a> also reported punters back the 4-0 correct score. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&f=1" target="_blank" title="Paddy Power">Paddy Power</a> said 1,600 punters backed Liverpool to win 4-0, first at 60/1 and then at 55/1 when it cut the odds on the day of the game.</p><p>However, Barcelona were an extremely popular choice among punters to go on and win the Champions League in the futures betting, so bookies are not feeling too sorry for themselves this morning. Liverpool are now the overwhelming favourites to win the Champions League, priced at just 4/9 (1.44) with Bet365 and various others, although the odds are likely to shift once we know the outcome of the other semi-final. Ajax are 1-0 up on aggregate against Tottenham and they <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/football/ajax-vs-tottenham-champions-league-preview-and-betting-tips/89951/" target="_blank" title="Ajax v Tottenham">host Spurs in Amsterdam</a> for the second leg tonight.</p></div>