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2015-16 Premier League Power Rankings, Vol. V: Klopp’s Reds go top


during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on November 29, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

Alex Livesey

We have a new team leading the Premier League Power Rankings, as Liverpool’s run of form puts the Reds in the top spot.

The team has taken hold of Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy and style of play, and with just one loss since the German took over in October, Liverpool continues to climb up the table.

[ MORE: Premier League standings ]

There was a lot of movement in the rankings this week, and with one of the busiest and most important stages of the season coming up, the shuffling will likely continue.

1UP 4Liverpool: The Reds followed up their huge win over Man City with another three points against Swansea. With a favorable schedule coming up, Liverpool could rattle off a big run before Boxing Day.
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2UP 4Manchester City: City rebounded from the Liverpool loss with a convincing win over Southampton. With Sergio Aguero and David Silva both returning from injury and Kevin de Bruyne firing on all cylinders, City is back at the top of the PL table.
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3DOWN 2Leicester City: Despite snapping their four-match win streak in the Premier League, a draw against Manchester United is a good result. As long as Jamie Vardy continues to score, the Foxes will be towards the top of the rankings.
4DOWN 2Tottenham Hotspur: A hard-fought draw against Chelsea kept Spurs unbeaten since opening day, and it was another clean sheet for Pochettino’s men. Only Manchester United have conceded fewer goals than Tottenham, a big boost for their top-four hopes.
5DOWN 1Manchester United: Despite all the complaints about playing boring football and struggling to score goals, United is still just a point off the leaders and is a hard team to beat. Louis van Gaal doesn’t care what anyone says as long as his side continues to get results.
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6DOWN 3Arsenal: A loss to West Brom followed by a draw to Norwich City is not a good look for Arsenal. Add in the slew of injuries, and the Gunners have their work cut out for them.
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7UP 1Everton: Up 2-0 at halftime, the Toffees will be upset with taking just a point against Bournemouth. However, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley both scored, good signs for Everton moving forward as the two are enjoying great seasons.
8UP 2Crystal Palace: The best way to erase memories of a bad defeat is to score five goals in front of your home crowd. When the Palace attack is clicking, they are extremely dangerous.
9DOWN 2Southampton: Saints have now lost two straight in the league, but still remain in the top half of the table. Graziano Pelle hasn’t scored since Nov. 1, something that needs to change quickly.
10UP 2Chelsea: Would you look at that, Chelsea sneak in at number ten. A good draw away from home at Spurs and with Bournemouth over the weekend, Jose Mourinho’s men have found a bit of footing. The biggest positive is the return to form of Eden Hazard.
11DOWN 2Stoke City: The Potters continue to struggle offensively, unable to score in a loss to Sunderland. With a real tough stretch ahead, the Potters could start to slide down the table.
12 UP 1West Bromwich Albion: A huge victory over Arsenal and a draw against West Ham, the Baggies are quietly sitting just outside the top half of the table. Their upcoming schedule isn’t too favorable, but you can never rule out an upset from a Tony Pulis side.
13 UP 1Watford: Watford has been one of the surprises of the season, as the Hornets have 19 points through 14 matches. Odion Ighalo is third in the league in goals, and captain Troy Deeney has started to pick up his play as well.
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14DOWN 3West Ham: After losing Dimitri Payet, the Hammers will now be without Diafra Sakho as well. A hot start has been cooled by injuries, as this season is starting to pan out eerily similar to last year.
15-Swansea City: A good performance against Liverpool, but another loss for the Swans. Garry Monk’s men continue to drop closer to the bottom three, and a tough run of matches won’t help them either.

16UP 3Sunderland: Two wins on the spin have Sunderland out of the drop zone for the first time this season. That may be very short-lived however, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool in four of the next five matches.
17-Norwich City: The Canaries dug deep to get a draw against Arsenal, and are now three points clear of the drop zone. There’s still a lot of work to be done to avoid relegation.
18-Bournemouth: The Cherries fought back for a last-minute draw against Everton and have been playing some decent football, despite all their injury problems.
19DOWN 3Newcastle United: A thrashing at the hands of Crystal Palace have people wondering if Steve McClaren was the right hire.
20-Aston Villa: Another loss and a falling out between manager Remi Garde and young talent Jack Grealish. Villa are now five points in the hole.