The Premier League table of 2023: Liverpool above Man Utd…
Liverpool have a better record than Manchester United over the course of the full calendar year.
Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils beat Liverpool to a place in the top four last season, but Jurgen Klopp’s side have shown steady improvement since their sorry start to last season and actually have a better record in 2023 than their historic rivals – just, by virtue of goal difference.
Klopp’s Reds have as many points as Manchester United and Aston Villa, while Brighton have massively punched above their weight to sit just outside the top four over the past 26 games.
It ought to be no surprise to see Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Manchester City side way out in front of any other side in the English top flight since the turn of the year. The treble-winners showed relentless form in the latter half of 2023-24 to catch Arsenal in the title race and they’ve picked up where they left off in the new season with four wins from four matches so far – the only side in the country with a 100% win record.
Further down the table, Newcastle United have picked up fewer points than Brighton and Brentford this calendar year and will need a major uptick in form if they’re to challenge for Champions League qualification once again this year.
Perhaps most shocking of all is Chelsea’s position. Of the 17 ever-presents in the Premier League in 2023, only relegation scrappers Everton have a worse record.
The Blues have averaged less than a point per game over their last 27 matches – that’s relegation form for over two-thirds of an entire campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino is yet to turn the ship around, with just four points from four games this season, though you’d expect him to turn the ship around sooner rather than later.
We’ve only included the teams that have been in the Premier League throughout the calendar year, so we’ve missed out newly-promoted trio Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton Town – who have only played a handful of games – and last term’s relegated sides Leicester City, Leeds United and Southampton.
Those six sides do have the worst record in 2023 on a points-per-game basis, though, underlining the difference between the Premier League and the Championship.
The three newly promoted sides are yet to pick up a win and have one point between them from 10 games played, while Leicester, Leeds and Southampton all registered the worst record in the latter half of the 2023-24 campaign.
Here’s the full Premier League table from 2023 so far:
1. Manchester City – 65 pts, GD +42 (played 26)
2. Arsenal – 53 pts, GD +15 (played 26)
3. Liverpool – 49 pts, GD +20 (played 26)
4. Aston Villa – 49 pts, GD +12 (played 26)
5. Manchester United – 49 pts, GD +9 (played 26)
6. Brighton – 47 pts, GD +21 (played 26)
7. Brentford – 42 pts, GD +15 (played 25)
8. Newcastle – 40 pts, GD +14 (played 25)
9. Tottenham – 40 pts, GD +4 (played 26)
10. West Ham – 36 pts, GD +1 (played 25)
11. Fulham – 31 pts, GD -6 (played 25)
12. Nottingham Forest – 31 pts, GD -8 (played 26)
13. Wolves – 31 pts, GD -15 (played 25)
14. Crystal Palace – 30 pts, GD -4 (played 26)
15. Bournemouth – 25 pts, GD -16 (played 25)
16. Chelsea – 24 pts, GD -11 (played 27)
17. Everton – 22 pts, GD -22 (played 25)