42-point swing! The astounding stat that shows how far Liverpool have come

Manchester United finished considerably higher than Liverpool last season, but in less than 12 months, the swing has been enormous.

Last season Liverpool finished their Premier League campaign with 61 points.

Fast-forward 10 months and Brendan Rodgers’ side already have one point more than their previous total, and they still have nine games to play.

If you want to see just how far the Reds have come, how is this for a statistic? Last season they finished 28 points behind champions Manchester United, and now they are 14 points ahead of them.

That is a 42 point swing, which is nothing short of remarkable.

Yes United are not enjoying the best of campaigns, but take nothing away from Rodgers and his men. They are playing some tremendous football and have every chance of lifting the Premier League trophy aloft – giving Steven Gerrard the chance to do something he may have feared had passed him by.

The way the two sides are playing, the gap could grow even wider, making it a distinct possibility that the swing in just 12 months could be 50 points or more.

It really is a damning stat in terms of United under David Moyes, but one that highlights the outstanding work Rodgers has done in not only building a team but coaching them to achieve results like the one they achieved on Sunday.

United will be back. Rumours of their permanent demise are premature in the extreme. But they will have to go some to challenge Liverpool and the rest at the top of the table next season and beyond.

But they can also take heart from the very stat that currently proves how far they have fallen. Because just as Liverpool climbed the table so swiftly, Moyes’ side – with the right signings – could do the same.

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