THIS time last season Liverpool were charging towards their first league title in 30 years.

After the same amount of games this term, Jurgen Klopp's struggling sidehave picked up 27 fewer points.

Liverpool won 67 points from their first 23 matches in the Premier League last season.

But Klopp's men have failed to have the same impact during the current campaign.

After 23 matches, the Anfield club are slumped in fourth place with 40 points.

The drop of 27 points is the biggest by any reigning champion at this stage of the season in English top-flight history.

However, it's a different story for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United side.

The Red Devils have 11 more points now than they did at this stage of last season.

United – who finished third last time – are five points behind league leaders City.

But club legend Rio Ferdinand claimed they are out of the title race after 'choking' in the 3-3 draw against Everton.

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Everton, Aston Villa and West Ham have also improved significantly this term.

Liverpool have suffered the biggest drop in points, but Sheffield United have the same issue.

The Blades – who finished ninth last term – have 22 points fewer this time around.

Chris Wilder's side are slumped at the bottom of the table with just three wins.

Wolves, Newcastle, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Burnley have also dropped points.

Chelsea, now managed by Thomas Tuchel, are level on points compared to this stage of last season – despite over £200million invested in new players.

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