Over the last couple of days Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has talked about how impressive his side have been over the past 16 Premier League games. Of course lots of things have changed over the course of the 16 games.
A table in this morning’s Daily Mirror shows his side to be second on a 35 points, three behind Arsenal.
If you extrapolate Liverpool’s figure of 35 points from 16 games over a 38 game season, his side would stand to finish on 83 points, whereas Arsenal’s figure of 38 points from the same amount of games could see them hit 90 points.
Though what must be taken into account here is the context towards the end of last season and the start of this. Arsenal put a late run together to hold off near neighbours Spurs for 4th place and have taken nine points out of 12 to start this campaign, and Liverpool put a decent run of results together allowing them to finish 7th, but have started this season brightly with ten points from 12.
Manchester United find themselves in 6th but it must be taken into account that they managed to secure the Premier League title during that time and as a result there may have been a natural dip shortly afterwards as their games carried less significance.
The worst performing teams that were in the top flight both last and this season are Sunderland and Swansea. During that time Sunderland had appointed a new manager in Paulo Di Canio who may have led them to two crucial wins which helped them avoid relegation, but also highlights that his record has been somewhat poor since replacing Martin O’Neill.
Swansea took their foot off the pedal after they won the Capital One Cup and when it became apparent they had secured a comfortable top-half finish in the league, and it also includes a very difficult start to this season for them which has seen them play Manchester United, Tottenham, West Brom and Liverpool.
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