The Premier League has had many fine teams and players grace the game over the years.
During its storied three-decade history, 50 different teams have featured in the Premier League, with seven of them going on to win the title. Three decades since its inception, the Premier League has several teams with experienced players galore on their rosters.
It goes without saying that experience plays a key role in teams faring well in a competitive league like the Premier League. On that note, here's a look at the five most experienced teams in the competition in terms of cumulative league games played by every player in the squad:
Note: All stats as per transfermarkt unless mentioned otherwise.
The Premier League's most experienced squads
#5 Crystal Palace - 2911
Crystal Palace have been regulars in the Premier League since the 2013-14 season. Although the Eagles have only finished once in the top ten in their 12 seasons in the English top flight, they have some fairly experienced players in their ranks.
Their striker, Christian Benteke, has been in the Premier League for almost a decade. He has played 263 games in the competition, with 145 of them coming for Palace. Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has also played over 250 games in the Premier League, with all but 14 of them coming for the Glaziers.
Patrick Vieira's men are languishing in 14th place after eight games this season. But considering their manager's pedigree and the experience in the team, they should fancy their chances of staying in the Premier League.
#4 Manchester United - 3180
Manchester United are the most successful club in the history of the Premier League, having won the competition a record 13 times.
Although their last league success came almost a decade ago, United have one of the most experienced Premier League rosters this season. Goalkeeper David de Gea is United's most experienced player, having played nearly 350 Premier League games, all for United.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to his old stomping ground this summer after more than a decade, recently made his 200th Premier League appearance. He is a three-time Premier League winner as well.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic are some of the other experienced Premier League players in United's squad.
#3 Liverpool - 3208
Liverpool are one of seven teams to have won the Premier League. The arrival of Jurgen Klopp at the club in 2015 has transformed the Reds' fortunes, both in England and Europe.
Under the German's tutelage, the Reds ended their three-decade wait for a league title, their first in the Premier League era, last year. Klopp has assembled a great team at Anfield, with the core remaining the same for a few years now.
Up front, they have the devastating attacking triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. In midfield, they have the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner. Their two attacking full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, centre-back Virgil Van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson, are some of the finest in their positions.
All these players have played over 100 games in the Premier League, contributing to the Reds' resurgence. Liverpool are the only unbeaten team in the English top flight after eight games this season.
#2 Everton - 3307
Everton are one of only six teams never to have been relegated from the Premier League. Although they have never won the competition, Everton have been one of the most consistent performers in the competition. The Toffees have mostly finished in the top half of the Premier League table.
Some of the finest players in league history, like Romelu Lukaku and Wayne Rooney, have played for the Premier League team. The current Everton team also has many experienced Premier League campaigners.
To name a few, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has made nearly 200 appearances in the competition, with 152 of them coming for Everton. Winger Andros Townsend has made over 250 Premier League appearances.
#1 Burnley - 3519
It may come as a surprise to many, but Burnley have the most experienced Premier League squad at the moment.
The Clarets are only playing their eighth season in the competition, and have only been Premier League regulars since 2016-17. However, they have managed to acquire some experienced Premier League campaigners on their roster. A year after their promotion from the Championship, Burnley finished a creditable seventh.
Two seasons ago, the Clarets made news by ending eventual champions Liverpool's long unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Although they are one of three winless teams in the Premier League this season, Burnley have no shortage of experience in their ranks. Aaron Lennon is one of their most experienced campaigners, with nearly 400 Premier League appearances.