Analysis

The Premier League Long Table: two leagues emerging within the top flight

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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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It's no secret that Liverpool have opened up an impressive lead at the top of the table – but the normal Premier League table still doesn't really do justice to their domination so far.

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.

Every team has played 13 games now and we are starting to get a sense of the chasm emerging in the middle of the league.

Top three sides Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester City all won, leaving the Reds lead at the top of the table at eight points. That gap is the biggest between any two adjacent teams anywhere in the league.

With Sheffield United and Arsenal dropping points at home, Jurgen Klopp's men now have more than double the points of Chris Wilder's sixth-placed Blades.

But it is the gap between the Champions League places and the rest of the table that grabs attention: fourth-placed Chelsea's lead over fifth-placed Wolves (seven points) is almost as big as the gap between Wolves and 18th-placed Norwich (eight points).

In fact, 13 teams are operating in a clump between 13 points and 19 – including Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham. With so many clubs close together, it wouldn't take very much for an average season to turn around and start looking up (or become very bad indeed).

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