Liverpool have had the season of their lives so far. The Reds have had the best ever start to a top flight campaign, better than any side has managed in the history of Europe’s top five leagues. Despite their dominance, detractors have claimed that their success is down to weaker competition. A new table comparison has helped silence Liverpool critics.
One claim often levelled at Kopites is that the rest of the Premier League has weakened of late.
Non-believers have insisted that The Reds are only performing so well because those around them aren’t.
Rival fans have clung to this absurd notion that the only reason Jürgen Klopp’s side are miles ahead is because others are miles behind, their denial of the work the side have put in is verging on cognitive dissonance.
Although many are refusing to accept that they are watching the greatest side the country has seen, a new table comparison provides an insight which should help silence Liverpool critics.
First we must consider that the Europa League and Champions League finals were contested by four Premier League sides last summer. This is not a weak league.
Secondly, when comparing average points after 22 games, the league is exactly where it should be – apart from Liverpool.
Between 1995-2019, after 22 games the average points total for second place is 45, after 22 games this season the side in second place had 49 points.
All the way down to sixth place, this season’s total after 22 games doesn’t stray more than four points from the 1995-2019 average. Liverpool are 13 points ahead of the average for first place.
This stat helps illustrate that it is not the league getting weaker, more just Liverpool getting stronger. No matter which way you look at it – Jürgen Klopp has put together a side that just wins, and wins, and wins.