Liverpool v Bayer Leverkusen as Brendan Rogers side shorten for Premiership title

Liverpool host Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday afternoon with Paddy Power announcing a new free bet offer as the Irish firm report interest in Liverpool’s odds of securing the Premiership title.

This will be the Reds last friendly before kicking off their Premier League campaign at West Brom next week, and with a new look for the 2012/2013 season, there is new found optimism for Liverpool fans.

Brendan Rodgers has come in from Swansea and with the season only a week away, is sure to use the game to see what his best eleven may be, as new signings Fabio Borini and the imminent arrival of Joe Allen look to make an impression.

This will certainly be a good test for Liverpool as they look to build on what was a poor Premier League season last year.

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Rodgers will be trying to get his squad used to his style of play and this match is another chance to be fully prepared for the competitive matches.

New signing from Roma Fabio Borini is likely to get a run out and he will be pushing for a place in the starting eleven. A couple of goals before the Premier League gets underway will see him in a great position to do just that.

Much doubt lies over the future of Andy Carroll but he also seems set on showing his new manager that he should be a part of his plans.

As for Bayer Leverkusen, they have won two and lost three of their pre-season matches so far so will be looking for a positive result here to show a bit of consistency.

They will be competing in a very tough Bundesliga this year and will want to be on top of their game, especially as they face champions Borussia Dortmund in the opening weeks.

Sascha Lewandowski has signed five players in the summer transfer window, with one of the most exciting being 20-year-old Daniel Carvajal Ramos who has joined from Real Madrid.

The Spaniard will be keen to impress Lewandowski and show that he was worth the money that was paid for him.

It looks to be a top encounter between two teams looking to improve from last season.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.