By Jack Malone

Eleven matches in and the Premier League table is starting to take shape, with fans now able to better gauge where there team stands and what their ambitions might realistically be.

With two weeks before England’s top division resumes following the international break, we take a look at the early title contenders; first up it is Liverpool and Chelsea.

1st – Liverpool, 26 pts

Key man:

Philippe Coutinho – the fleet-footed Brazilian has been sensational this term, directly contributing to 10 of his side’s 30 league goals as the Reds top the table; keeping him fit will be key to how their season pans out.

Underrated star:

James Milner – originally slotted into left-back as cover for the gaff-prone Alberto Moreno, the former England international looks like he has played there his whole career and is comfortably keeping the Spaniard out of the team.

Area for improvement:

Defence – Liverpool lead the scoring charts but only Watford and Burnley in the top half have a worse defensive record; this is eerily reminiscent of the Brendan Rodgers side from 2013-14 whose attacking flair was eventually undermined by frailties at the back as they finished an agonising second behind Manchester City.

2nd. Chelsea, 25 pts

Key man:

Diego Costa – the former Atletico Madrid striker is back to his unplayable best, having scored nine times already this campaign under new manager Antonio Conte.

Underrated star:

Nemanja Matic – an honourable mention goes to Victor Moses, who has reinvented himself superbly at right wing-back, but the Serbian has been imperious in central midfield alongside N’Golo Kante and has added assists to his game with six in the league – his best ever return in that department.

Area for improvement:

Strength in depth – the London side have played some outstanding football since Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation, but an injury to Costa could be fatal to their title chances; Michy Batshuayi is currently their only other senior striker and he has played just 75 minutes of Premier League football this season.

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