How the Premier League table REALLY looks after Liverpool's win over Manchester City

Mohamed Salah Liverpool Man City

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

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How does Liverpool's 3-1 win over Manchester City this weekend affect how the table really looks? We all know that the Reds now hold an eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester, and nine points over champions City – but numbers are just abstract objects. How big is that gap really?

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, and develops nicely as the season wears on.

As we head into the November international break, we can now see just how dominant Liverpool have been so far this season.

But that isn't the only gap emerging: after 12 games, there are now more points between third-placed Chelsea and seventh-placed Manchester United (10), than between United and bottom-placed Norwich (9). That's the kind of gap you don't notice in the normal table.

Leicester, Chelsea and City now form their own mini-league, equidistant between leaders Liverpool and the next bulk of teams – where things get really interesting. 

Seven points now takes us down to the Sheffield United and Arsenal, who have nine sides – Manchester United, Wolves Bournemouth, BurnleyBrightonCrystal Palace, Newcastle, Tottenham and Everton – all within a win of them. At the bottom of that pile is West Ham, who trail the Blades and the Gunners by four.

Aston Villa then form a bridge between the race for European places and the relegation battle, with Watford, Southampton and Norwich all at risk of falling away.


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