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Premier League race wide open after early-season stumbles

Could the loss of Virgil van Dijk cost Liverpool the Premier League title?

LONDON: Five games into a Premier League season full of goals and drama, each of the traditional ‘big six’ have dropped at least five points, and the title race is wide open.

Unbeaten Everton and Aston Villa are the surprise pace-setters and with a gruelling schedule of European games under way, the odds of a shock title winner have tumbled.

AFP Sport looks at the runners and riders.

Liverpool

Three weeks ago the title looked like Liverpool’s to lose after an impressive start to their title defence.

However, a 7-2 thrashing at Villa knocked the champions off course and the loss of Virgil van Dijk, likely for the rest of the season, is a devastating blow.

Liverpool, who lack options in central defence, still have the firepower to…

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