Analysis

Putting Liverpool's 22-point lead in perspective: here's how the Premier League table REALLY looks

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The league table is a list, but the Long Table shows you how close teams are – and the true size of the gulf behind Liverpool in the Premier League this season

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Every week or so, we update this table revealing how the Premier League would look if you listed teams by points rather than position. And every week, we try and make a joke about how Liverpool are very probably going to win the league.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are so close they can smell the title now - they must be careful not to let this slip.

While the Premier League table shows Liverpool as just a place ahead of their nearest rivals, this version is far less deceptive. Being top of the league, one place ahead of Manchester City and two places ahead of Leicester City doesn’t fully display the true nature of the Reds’ supremacy.

Because actually, Leicester are closer to relegation than they are to Liverpool. Yep.

We've been doing a variation of this Cann table – otherwise known the Premier League Long Table, as we simpletons at FFT Towers like to call it – for a while now. It ably demonstrates the gulf between pockets of the league. If by 'pockets', we mean 'one team' and 'the other 19'.

Liverpool are now 22 points better than their nearest competition, City. To put that in perspective, Everton are 21 points behind Guardiola’s men, and they’re 11th in the league. 

Meanwhile, there’s still only four points separating Manchester United in 5th from Burnley in 10th. There are just five points between Newcastle in 14th and Watford in 19th. This arguably the most competitive that the Premier League has ever been – Southampton are just 10 points off Chelsea, for example, despite the drastically different seasons both sides are having.

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