Predicting the final table if Premier League clubs could only use players born in 1994 or later

Joe Gomez, Raheem Sterling and Anthony Martial are among the Premier League's finest young players

Liverpool are in pole position to win their first ever Premier League title as the league reaches it's midway point.

The Reds have been outstanding so far this term, going unbeaten in their opening 19 games and picking up 51 points in the process.

They've opened up a six point lead at the top of the table, with Tottenham and Manchester City their two closest challengers.

Liverpool's rise to the top is more impressive given Klopp's incorporation of youth players into regular first team players.

The likes of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have just reached their twenties but have already become integral members of the first team.

But would Liverpool still be top if they were only able to use their younger stars?

GiveMeSport have predicted how the Premier League table would look if every club was only to use players born during or after 1994.

That means each team will only be able to use the players under contract that are aged 24 and younger.

To ensure each team could field their best possible side, every club would be able to recall any eligible player back from loan.

Moreover, it has to be assumed that every club would be able to field their strongest XI every week.

So, with those rules in place, how would the table look if every club could only use their youngsters?

20th - Burnley

Starting XI: Mitchell, Cropper, Dunne, Glennon, Koiki, O'Neill, Benson, McNeil, Harker, Agyei, Chakwana

Finishing last would, without doubt, be Burnley.

Incredibly, not one of Burnley's first team players would be available for selection.

They will have to field youngsters from their youth teams, meaning it would be a long season for the Lancashire outfit.

In all honesty, this line-up would do well to get a win in the Premier League.

Burnley FC v Everton FC - Premier League

19th - Cardiff

Starting XI: Hall, Paterson, McKay, Brown, Pryce, Camarasa, Evans, Murphy, M. Harris, Healey, Zohore

Cardiff would struggle, there's no doubt about that.

Neil Warnock would be able to call upon four first team members: Callum Paterson, Victor Camarasa, Josh Murphy and Kenneth Zohore.

However, they wouldn't be able to prevent Cardiff suffering relegation.

Cardiff City v Fulham FC - Premier League

18th - Newcastle

Starting XI: Woodman, Sterry, Yarney, O'Connor, Manquillo, Hayden, Longstaff, Murphy, Aarons, Roberts, Wilson

Newcastle don't have an abundance of talent in their ranks but they would still be hit hard if they were only allowed to use players born in 1994 or after.

The defence would be weakened greatly, with youth teams players filling three positions in the back-four.

Kenedy, who is one of Newcastle's best players, will also be recalled by Chelsea and thus is unavailable.

Javier Manquillo, Isaac Hayden and Jacob Murphy are good Premier League players but they wouldn't be able to keep Newcastle up from the drop.

Newcastle United v Everton - Premier League

17th - Brighton

Starting XI: Walton, Mateju, Barclay, White, Bernardo, Normann, Bissouma, March, Ahannach, Tau, Gyokeres

Brighton would just have enough to finish outside the relegation zone.

The Seagulls would be without a lot of players but would still be able to call on the likes of Yves Bissouma and Solly March.

Percy Tau, signed for £2.7 million in the summer, would be a useful addition should he be granted a work permit.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

16th - Crystal Palace

Starting XI: Henry, Wan-Bissaka, Riedewald, Inniss, Brown, Flanagan, McGregor, Kaikai, Meyer, Lokilo, Sorloth

Roy Hodgson will lose many key players such as Wilfried Zaha, but he will have enough at his disposal to keep the south London side up.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jaïro Riedewald will be important in anchoring the defence, while Max Meyer will possess the creativity needed for Alexander Sørloth up front.


15th - West Ham

Starting XI: Trott, Barrett, Oxford, Diop, Neufville, Rice, Fernandes, Cullen, Hakšabanović, Diangana, Martinez

It's fair to say West Ham won't be scoring too many goals. They would have to call on three youth team players to feature in attack.

However, they have enough quality in defence to ensure they narrowly beat the drop.

Reece Oxford and Issa Diop would provide a good partnership in the centre of defence, and they'll be covered by Declan Rice and Edimilson Fernandes in midfield.

Josh Cullen, currently loan at Charlton Athletic, will also be a useful player to complete a competent midfield trio.

West Ham United v Burnley FC - Premier League

14th - Huddersfield

Starting XI: Coleman, Hadergjonaj, Kongolo, Stankovic, Gibson, Billing, Bacuna, Sabiri, Sobhi, Diakhaby, Mounie

Huddersfield are many people's favourites to go down in reality but, with these changes, they should have enough to stay up.

Terence Kongolo will be eligible to marshal the defence, while Philip Billing and Juninho Bacuna provide a decent midfield.

Adama Diakhaby and Steve Mounie will also be available to play, meaning Huddersfield would possess a very good spine to their team.

Huddersfield Town v Southampton FC - Premier League

13th - Watford

Starting XI: Bachmann, Masina, Wilmot, Hoban, Navarro, Chalobah, Hughes, Success, Deulofeu, Penaranda, Oulare

Watford's defence would be suspect to say the least, but their midfield and attack would make up for their faults.

Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes would partner well in midfield, while Isaac Success and Gerard Deulofeu have the potential to cause any team problems.

West Ham United v Watford FC - Premier League

12th - Fulham

Starting XI: Rodak, S. Sessegnon, Mawson, Davies, Edun, Anguissa, Cisse, O'Riley, R. Sessegnon, Kamara, Mitrovic

Fulham are in real threat of being relegated in real life but, with these changes, they should have enough to finish in a comfortable mid-table position.

Alfie Mawson is their only senior player in defence, but they'll still be able to call on first team players in midfield and attack.

A front three of Ryan Sessegnon, Aboubakar Kamara and Aleksandar Mitrović ensure the west London side would have no trouble finding the back of the net.

Fulham FC v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

11th - Bournemouth

Starting XI: Ramsdale, Seaman, Ake, Simpson, Smith, Cook, Lerma, Ibe, Brooks, Fraser, Mousset

Bournemouth's defence would be hit hard; Eddie Howe would be forced to play a youth team goalkeeper, while Nathan Ake is his only established first team member in defence.

However, they will still be able to call upon some useful players in midfield and attack.

Josh King and Callum Wilson will both be ineligible but, they would still be a danger to other teams with Ryan Fraser and David Brooks both featuring.

AFC Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town - Premier League

10th - Wolves

Starting XI: Burgoyne, Vinagre, Hause, Johnson, Iorfa, Neves, Dendoncker, Costa, Gibbs-White, Traore, Jota

Like so many teams, Wolves' defence is letting them down. Not one of the players in their back four feature regularly in the first team.

However, they'll be able to call on Ruben Neves, Adama Traore and Diego Jota, meaning the club's best players would still be available.


9th - Everton

Starting XI: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Mina, Robinson, Davies, Baningime, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Sandro, Richarlison

Unlike many of the teams, Everton would be able to use their first-choice goalkeeper with Jordan Pickford available for selection.

Their defence is also strong; with Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina all featuring.

And they would also be able to call upon Sandro to partner their best player, Richarlison, in attack.

Everton FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

8th - Southampton

Starting XI: Gunn, Stephens, Hoedt, Bednarek, Targett, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Reed, Redmond, Elyounoussi, Gallagher

Southampton are one of the teams that will really benefit from the rule changes.

There isn't a real weakness in their team with first team members appearing in defence, midfield and attack.

Nathan Redmond would undoubtedly be their go-to player for the majority of the season.


7th - Leicester

Starting XI: Iversen, Amartey, Soyuncu, Benkovic, Chilwell, Ndidi, Diabate, Gray, Maddison, Barnes, Iheanacho

Leicester would be challenging for one of the Europa League spots if teams could only use players born in 1994 or after.

They would be without Harry Maguire in defence, but are still able to use Ben Chilwell, Daniel Amartey and Çağlar Söyüncü.

Wilfried Ndidi would be integral in midfield, while Demarai Gray, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho would provide a decent front four.


6th - Tottenham 

GK: Austin, Walker-Peters, Sanchez, Foyth, Carter-Vickers, Dier, Onomah, Winks, N'Koudou, Alli, Sterling

Tottenham will no longer be title challengers under the new rules.

They wouldn't be able to call on any of their three senior goalkeepers, with a youth team player having to go between the sticks instead.

Davinson Sanchez will be crucial in maintaining a solid backline, while Eric Dier, Harry Winks and Dele Alli are all eligible to create an impressive midfield.

However, Harry Kane will not be able for selection, which would be a huge blow for Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino would have to call on the promising Kaziah Sterling instead, but he would not be able to provide the goals needed for Spurs to be title challengers.

Everton FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

5th - Liverpool

Starting XI: Grabara, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Phillips, Robertson, Grujic, Keita, Wilson, Ojo, Origi, Solanke

Sorry, Liverpool fans. But Jurgen Klopp's side won't be anywhere near winning the title.

Alisson and Virgil van Dijk would be huge losses to the team, with youth team players Kamil Grabara and Nathaniel Phillips being called up instead.

And they'll also be without Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane; meaning Liverpool will be nowhere near as potent in attack.

They can call upon Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson and Naby Keita, but, they will fall just short of finishing in the top four.

Crvena Zvezda v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Group C

4th - Chelsea

Starting XI: Kepa, Aina, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Bakayoko, Ampadu, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham

Chelsea currently have 39 players out on loan, most of which are youngsters, so Chelsea have a lot of talent to choose from.

The likes of Tiémoué Bakayoko, who is currently enjoying a good season at AC Milan, Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham are all recalled to take their place in the team.

The difference may well be in goal, where Kepa will be a valuable asset in their campaign.


3rd - Arsenal

Starting XI: Macey, Bellerin, Holding, Mavropanos, Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Guendouzi, Torreira, Iwobi, Nelson, Nketiah

It's likely that Arsenal would return to the Champions League spots under these rules.

The Gunners currently have a lot of impressive youth talent in the first team, with the likes of Hector Bellerin, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira all crucial to Unai Emery's side.

Alex Iwobi will be given the task of leading the attack, while they will also be able to recall Reiss Nelson, who is currently having a standout season in the Bundesliga.

Southampton FC v Arsenal FC - Premier League

2nd - Manchester United

Starting XI: Henderson, Dalot, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw, McTominay, Fosu-Mensah, Pereira, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood

Manchester United would come so close to winning the title under these rules.

Their defence is left relatively untouched with Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw combining to form one of the best defences in the league.

United would also be able to call upon Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, while Mason Greenwood, one of the country's brightest prospects, leads the line.

They'll just fall short in the race for the title, though...

Cardiff City v Manchester United - Premier League

1st - Manchester City

Starting XI: Muric, E. Garcia, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, A. Garcia, Foden, Sane, Silva, Sterling, Jesus

There's no doubt about it; Manchester City would be favourites to be champions.

Pep Guardiola would have to play Arijanet Muric, a 20-year-old from Kosovo in goal, but that would not matter at all.

He would be protected by an extremely solid back line, which would include John Stones and Aymeric Laporte.

The centre of midfield would be concerning, but their attack means they will score a truckload of goals.

Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero would miss out, but Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus would all be available to feature.

No defence in the league would be able to cope with that attack.


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