Liverpool walk alone at the top
LONDON: Liverpool pipped Manchester United to top spot in an all-time league table dating back to the start of English League soccer and published by The Times newspaper yesterday.
According to the standings, which awards three points for a win and one for a draw since the start of league soccer in 1888, Liverpool, who have won a record 18 league titles, emerged with 5,927 points from their 3,643 matches – an average of 1.63 points a game.
Manchester United, who have won 15 titles, were second with 5,337 points from their 3,287 matches – an average of 1.62 points per game followed by Arsenal, champions 13 times, who totalled 5,780 points from 3,643 matches at 1.59 points a match.
Despite playing only 2,063 matches in the top division, Leeds United were fourth with 1.48 average points with Aston Villa fifth (1.47), Everton sixth (1.47), Tottenham Hotspur seventh (1.44), Newcastle United eighth (1.43), Wolverhampton Wanderers ninth (1.42) and Burnley 10th (1.41).
Chelsea, champions for the last two seasons, are 14th (average 1.39 points) and would have to total more than 90 points a season for the next 23 years to overhaul Liverpool’s present average points per game.
Leyton Orient, who spent one season in the top division in 1962-63, placed 62nd and last in the list with 0.64 points a match.
Everton, founder members of the league in 1888, have played more top flight matches than any other club: 4,027 while Liverpool have won more than anyone else: 1,674. Everton also hold the record for the most drawn games (987) and defeats (1,402). – Reuters