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tables compared The statistics confirm Man City are not performing any better than last season amid Liverpool slide

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Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

Manchester City have been installed as red-hot Premier League title favourites after leaping to the table of the table, yet the statistics confirm they are not performing any better than they were at this point last season.

Liverpool's blistering form as they went on a relentless winning run in the first half of last season saw Jurgen Klopp's side open up a 16-point lead at the top of the table at this stage of last season, with their haul of 64 points after 22 games setting records galore.

It was a pace their rivals simply couldn't compete with, as Liverpool raced towards the Premier League title and left their rivals battling out for the minor places long before the season reached a conclusion.

A year on and Liverpool are in a very different place, with Klopp's side collecting 24 points less than they managed from their first 22 games a year ago, with City a mere three points ahead of their position from this point in the last campaign.

Manchester United are the big movers as they are ten points better off under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after bouncing back from a challenging start to this season.

Chelsea are only three points behind the total they had last season, as newly appointed manager Thomas Tuchel aims to get them back into the mix for a top four finish after he replaced Frank Lampard as Blues boss last month.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure as he has overseen an alarming slump in form in over the last couple of months, with just collecting three more points than they had at this stage of last season.

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Jose Mourinho, right, sympathised with Lampard after his sacking (Matt Dunham/PA)

Jose Mourinho, right, sympathised with Lampard after his sacking (Matt Dunham/PA)

Jose Mourinho, right, sympathised with Lampard after his sacking (Matt Dunham/PA)

Meanwhile, Leicester should be commended for their consistency, with Brendan Rodgers side bouncing back from a slump in form at the back end of last season to find themselves with just three points fewer than they had after their impressive start to the last campaign and West Ham are also big movers this season.

Here is a comparison of the current Premier League and the position the top teams were in a year ago, with last season's points total after the same number of games for each team in brackets.

1. Manchester City - 47 (44 last season)

2. Manchester United - 44 (34)

3. Leicester - 42 (45)

4. Liverpool - 40 (64)

5. West Ham - 38 (23)

6. Chelsea - 36 (39)

7. Everton - 36 (28)

9. Aston Villa - 35 (21)

9. Tottenham - 33 (30)

10. Arsenal - 31 (28)

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