In other words the table of average points and goal difference since Sturridge (and then Coutinho) signed for Liverpool.
1. Man United 2.2 1.2
2. Arsenal 2.2 1.0
3. Spurs 2.1 1.1
4. Chelsea 2.1 0.8
5. Liverpool 2.0 1.3
6. Man City 1.8 0.6
7. Everton 1.6 0.3
8. Villa 1.4 0.2
9. West Ham 1.3 -0.2
10. Newcastle 1.3 -0.8
11. Southampton 1.3 0
12. Norwich 1.1 -0.3
Table has selection bias against teams with smaller squads and/or higher proportional other match commitment, who lose performance in 2nd half of the season as a result, and selection bias towards teams who have more to play for in the 2nd half of the season.
Cities value seems particularly low and this is likely for 2 reasons-squad at a low point post Balotelli, pre summer recruitment, position of relative limbo in the league as title challenge faded off, but CL status remained secure.
Everton, even with their 2013 dropoff still retain top 7 form, and should be backed to maintain that with current personnel. Villas rise was a surprise to me, and this is pre summer recruitments, so if anything will probably improve. They look set to become the success story of this season, possibly breaking out from the chasing pack and the 48 point bottom 13 barrier of last season, although this would seem heavily contingent on Bentekes continued presence.
From a Liverpool POV this makes for encouraging reading as, while it doesn't present a compelling argument for Liverpool being higher than 6th in the current order, it certainly places Liverpool very much amongst the top teams (having the highest goal difference of all teams is also worth nothing). I would argue that there is little Liverpoolcentrism present as it isnt staggered to reflect better results-Sturridges and Coutinhos 1st games were both defeats-and no other teams significantly strengthened in that period. The sample size is also high at 18/19 games, providing a compromise between up to date roster and squad mechanic vs sample size.
Obviously summer recruitment must be taken into account, but while Liverpool have had a relatively low key summer, I would argue that they haven't lost ground against the average team in the league, having arguably upgraded on 5 of their top 18 players (28%) from last season.
As a final note, a pessimist might draw parallel to the year of 2011, when Liverpool would have been at this point 3rd in that years form table, only to eventually finish 8th with 52 points. However that would ignore the obvious difference of that team seilling/marginalising 3 of its most effective players (Maxi, Kuyt, Maureiles), bringing in subpar replacements at a cost of millions, and changing its strategy, causing an inevitable stagnation, while this team has only added to its ranks and developed its strategy, boasting also the youngest squad in the league after Aston Villa, suggesting little capacity for regression.