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Liverpool have been the team of 2016.

Premier League top eight based on 2016 results only

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It’s been a crazy year, hasn’t it?

Leicester City are the reigning Premier League champions. Britain voted to leave the European Union. Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

If you put £5 on those three unlikely events happening, you would have earned yourself a cool £15 million.

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Leicester’s triumph was the most unlikely to happen, with odds of 5,000/1 in the pre-season.

And their form this season shows just why the Foxes had such long odds. Fourteenth in the table, Claudio Ranieri’s achievement is looking more and more like a fluke.

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Chelsea are back to being title contenders but it’s Liverpool who have made the most impressive start to the season, winning eight of their 11 matches.

But which team has been the best in the most craziest of years? GiveMeSport has a look at the Premier League’s top eight teams based on results in 2016 only.

And it shows just why England’s top flight is seen as the most competitive in Europe.

Just four points separate the team in first from the team in eighth. Incredible.

1. Liverpool | Played: 30 | Goal Difference: 29 | Points: 56

Liverpool v Watford - Premier League

2. Arsenal | P 30 | GD 27 | P 56

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League

3. Tottenham | P 30 | GD 25 | P 56

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

4. Chelsea | P 30 | GD 29 | P 55

Chelsea v Everton - Premier League

5. Manchester City | P 30 | GD 28 | P 54

Manchester City FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League

6. Leicester City | P 30 | GD 15 | P 54

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

7. Manchester United | P 30 | GD 11 | P 54

Swansea City v Manchester United - Premier League

8. Southampton | P 30 | GD 15 | P 52

Hull City v Southampton - Premier League

Saints' story

It’s difficult not to look at that and not mention Southampton’s incredible story. In the second half of last season, from January 1 onwards, they won 12 of 18 matches and lost just three times to finish sixth in the table and qualify for the Europa League.

Their success led to Ronald Koeman being poached by Everton, meaning Southampton were forced to find another manager after losing Mauricio Pochettino in 2014.

Claude Puel was hired in June and the Saints are making a good go of competing on two fronts, sitting 10th in the league and second in their Europa League group.

Who will win the 2016-17 Premier League? Let us know in the comments section below!

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