Liverpool’s Premier League title bid has seen them come up strongly against their rivals this season—but less so against the rest of the league.
This is characteristic of their record in the league so far this season, with their results against the league’s top six significantly more impressive than against the rest.
The Reds have 11 points from their games against their rivals, while Chelsea took nine, City have six and Arsenal, United and Spurs all have five apiece; though this record could change on Wednesday night, when Chelsea take on Spurs at White Hart Lane.
They remain the only top-six side unbeaten against their rivals so far this season.
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However, when comparing the top six’s efforts against the other 14 sides in the league, Liverpool pale in comparison.
Letting their lead slip at the Stadium of Light saw the Reds drop another two points against the rest of the league, bringing their total of dropped points in the first 20 games to 12.
United have dropped 11 against the lesser sides, Arsenal and City have both dropped nine, and Spurs dropped eight in their first 19 games.
That Liverpool have taken the most points from the top-six sides and dropped the most against the lesser sides highlights an inconsistency that could work to undermine their title bid.
Still second in the league, however, it is clear that the Reds have the credentials to challenge at the top.