How does Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League compare to past champions?

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points on the weekend over champions Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side earned a last minute 2-1 victory over Leicester City thanks to a James Milner penalty.

Following the Reds’ win, the pressure was put onto Pep Guardiola’s Man City who fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Now with Liverpool already in pole position for the title, we look back on the biggest leads at the top at this stage of the season.

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After City’s shock defeat, Guardiola remained optimistic despite the eight point gap.

He told BBC Sport: “The distance is big, I know that.

“It is only October, there is still a lot of games.”

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The lead that Liverpool currently hold is the highest tally after eight games seen in the Premier League.

It also matches the all-time record for a lead at this stage of the season with Manchester United holding the same lead back in the 1985/86 season.

Liverpool will be wary though as United surrendered that lead with the Merseyside club eventually coming out on top at the end of the season.

Chelsea did hold the Premier League record from the 2014/15 season with a five point gap before going on to win the title under Jose Mourinho.

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Klopp will not want to get to carried away as his side held a nine point lead in December 2018, for City to lift the title come May.

After the international break, Liverpool travel to rivals Manchester United with champions City facing Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

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