By Alex Taylor

Liverpool are the third most unpopular team in the Premier League, according to a survey.

The Manchester Evening News published the results of a national ‘League of Hate’ survey, that registered how fans from teams around the country view the other clubs in England’s top flight.

The list was topped by Chelsea with Liverpool’s arch-rivals Manchester United in second place.

The Reds followed close behind in third place after nearly 10,000 fans of clubs from across the country had their say in the annual poll. Manchester City completed the top four, with Arsenal in fifth.

The report says that the results weighted the opinions of each club equally, making the overall table a fair representation of the view of the average football fan.

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Last season’s champions Leicester City finished 19th in the table, a far-cry from their actual finish last season, but were beaten to being the least-hated side by Bournemouth.

Here is the full ‘League of Hate’ table:

1) Chelsea
2) Manchester United
3) Liverpool
4) Manchester City
5) Arsenal
6) Tottenham
7) Stoke
8) West Ham
9) Sunderland
10) West Brom
11) Crystal Palace
12) Everton
13) Hull
14) Middlesbrough
15) Swansea
16) Southampton
18) Burnley
19) Leicester
20) Bournemouth

In other Liverpool news, Danny Ward has wished his former Liverpool teammate Brad Smith all the best at his new club Bournemouth, and admitted he will miss the defender.