The Blues and Reds have had themselves reflected in the Premier League this season, with both standing at 13 points after five games of the season
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What one can do, the other can too.
Chelsea and Liverpool have just completed their fifth straight week with identical results since the Premier League season began, with both winning 3-0 for the third time in 2021/22.
It’s a notable coincidence that the Blues and Reds have scored the same result every single game week so far, a run that began when Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on the opening weekend of the season, only to see Liverpool play Norwich with the same result a few hours later.
It was the Reds who played first the following week, beating Burnley 2-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane. The next day Romelu Lukaku and Reece James gave Chelsea a 2-0 win at Arsenal.
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Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel then faced each other the next weekend when Liverpool and Chelsea drew 1-1 at Anfield, with the Blues being the happier of the pair after sending James off.
The pair then recorded two more 3-0 wins in the last two weeks of the Premier League, with Chelsea beating Aston Villa and Tottenham and Liverpool beating Leeds and Crystal Palace.
The runs mean that both clubs are at the top of the table with 13 points from five games, with both scoring 12 goals and conceding only one – against each other.
Manchester United also have 13 points from five games but are in third place due to a smaller goal difference of +9.
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Despite all ties, it’s Chelsea who are currently taking the lead from the Reds due to the away goal they scored in the tie at Anfield, where Kai Havertz gave them the lead before Mohamed Salah equalized from the penalty spot.
But, and not entirely surprising, if it really came down to who was where, then of course there should be a better determinant.
The rules of the Premier League state that league positions are determined by points, goal difference and then goals scored along the line.
Next would be the head-to-head record between clubs in their matches during the season and if that was still the same then it would go to the goals scored in those games, a 3-0 win for one team over the other in their first encounter would trump a 2-0 win for the other side in their second.
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If the teams were then evenly matched – like Chelsea and Liverpool at the moment due to the 1-1 draw at Anfield last month – then the rules say we’d go into a one-legged playoff on neutral ground with the Premier League determines where and when that would be.
So, title maker, anyone?
It’s unlikely, but we can all dream.
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