How last season would have panned out in Liverpool and Man Utd’s new world

Liverpool and Manchester United have unleashed proposals to radically change up the English football pyramid.

EFL chairman and former chief executive of Liverpool Rick Parry has backed the plans and believes it is in "the best interests of the game as a whole".

Named 'Project Big Picture', the proposal includes dropping the Premier League from 20 to 18 clubs while keeping the Championship, League One and Two at 24.

There are two automatic relegation spots in the Premier League and two automatic promotion spots in the Championship. The club that finishes 16th enters a play-off competition with Championship clubs that finished third, fourth and fifth.

Others plans include no League Cup and Community Shield and parachute payments to be scrapped.

Also, £250million will be made available to the EFL along with 25 per cent of all future TV deals and £100m will go to the FA in lost revenue.

Finally, nine clubs will be granted special voting rights. These include the top six and three of the longest serving Premier League teams. As things stand those teams would be Everton, Southampton and West Ham.

It's a major shake up of the league system and would also give the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool a lot more power.

So how would it have looked last season? Firstly the Premier League would have been two teams down.

For the sake of argument let's assume last season's bottom two Norwich and Watford were in the Championship, that would mean Bournemouth and Aston Villa who finished 18th and 17th would have been relegated.

West Ham, who finished in 16th, would then enter the play-offs.

Leeds and West Brom would have been promoted like normal but Swansea would have missed out on the play-offs.

It would have been West Ham playing Brentford for Premier League survival instead.

Elsewhere, Manchester City would have collected zero silverware last season with the Carabao Cup not in existance.

To that matter, Arsenal wouldn't have won the Community Shield at the beginning of this season.

The proposals have been widely condemned, including by the government.

A DCMS (Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) statement read: “We are surprised and disappointed that at a time of crisis when we have urged the top tiers of professional football to come together and finalise a deal to help lower league clubs there appear to be backroom deals being cooked up that would create a closed shop at the very top of the game.

“Sustainability, integrity and fair competition are absolutely paramount and anything that may undermine them is deeply troubling. Fans must be front of all our minds, and this shows why our fan-led review of football governance will be so critical.”

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