Liverpool streets ahead of rivals in all-time standings
Merseyside clubs rank as some of the most successful English sides of all time with Liverpool leading the way.
Liverpool’s record-breaking form this season has left them with an almost insurmountable lead of 25 points over their nearest challenger, Manchester City, who have just ten games remaining. But not only do the Reds have an impressive lead in this season’s table but they also top the all-time English top flight standings.
Liverpool pip Arsenal in all-time stats
Data compiled from every English top flight campaign from the inaugural 1888/89 season puts Liverpool top with a total of 6921 points accumulated. They are 166 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal so they are unlikely to lose top spot anytime soon.
While Liverpool’s position as leaders may seem fairly predictable as one of the country’s most successful sides, they are not the only Merseyside club to rank highly.
Everton slip down to third
Everton place third in the all-time standings and were actually top until fairly recently. Their title win in 1970 put them first in the all-time top flight rankings and they remained there until being overtaken by their city rivals Liverpool in 2005. Since then the club has dropped to third place behind Arsenal.
Everton place highly on these all-time rankings primarily due to their consistency. The Merseyside club were one of the original founding members of the football league in 1888 and have competed in all but four of the 121 top flight seasons.
Their average points tally for those 117 seasons is around 57 points, the same amount that seventh-place Wolverhampton Wanderers notched up last season to pip Everton to the final Europa League place.
While differing length of seasons and the introduction of three points for a win complicate things slightly, this does indicate that last season’s performance was roughly in-line with the club’s historic finishes.
Liverpool post new club points record
The same goes for Liverpool who find themselves at the top of both the all-time and the current league table and appear on course to break their record points total from last season. Jürgen Klopp’s men racked up a club-high 97 points last term to best the tally from all 18 of their title-winning campaigns, but the Reds fell just short of Manchester City.
Liverpool are one of the most successful clubs in England and have taken part in 105 of all top flight seasons having been founded in 1892. Their total haul of 6921 points gives them an average seasonal total of 66 points. Remarkably they are already 16 points ahead of that amount and still have nine games to play, showing how much they are over-performing under Klopp.
Whatever happens in the remaining matches this season, it is safe to say that they will have the most top flight points of any English club for years to come.
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