Liverpool FC: How Do the Reds Stack Up in FIFA 12?
Welcome to my fifth FIFA 12 player ratings review article. So far, I've reviewed Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC, and plan to review Bayern Munich and Manchester United, if time permits later this week.
As Liverpool fans would rather not remember, Liverpool endured a rather poor 2010-11 season. In the first half of the season, the team was overly dependent on the Steven Gerrard-Fernando Torres partnership for goals, and with both players struggling with injuries and poor form, the team as a whole struggled greatly.
In addition, Roy Hodgson's inability to control the team, and his poor transfer campaign in the summer, did not help matters, as nothing seemed to be working at LFC. That is until Kenny Dalglish came in and turned things around, helping Liverpool embark on a run that almost saw them pip Tottenham to fifth place and a Europa League spot.
So how did EA Sports take Liverpool's up-and-down season into consideration when rating Liverpool's players?
Let's find out.
Note: Players rated below 70 are excluded.
GK Pepe Reina: 84
GK Doni: 76
Considering the fact that both Petr Cech and Victor Valdes are rated 85 in FIFA 12, I'm okay with Pepe Reina's rating, but, honestly, each one of them should be one point higher than they are in the game. I honestly cannot explain why EA Sports is so stingy with goalkeeper ratings.
As for Doni, 76 is fine in my opinion. He was rather error-prone at Roma before being displaced by Julio Sergio (who has now been displaced by Maarten Stekelenburg) and is probably nearing the end of his European career.
RB Glen Johnson: 80
RB Martin Kelly: 76
LB Jose Enrique: 79
LB Fabio Aurelio: 74
CB Daniel Agger: 83
CB Jamie Carragher: 80
CB Martin Skrtel: 80
CB Sebastian Coates: 72
CB Danny Wilson: 71
I thought that FIFA would be tough on Liverpool after another poor season in the EPL, but these ratings are bit harsh—even by my standards.
In my opinion, Glen Johnson, England's starting RB, has to be at least 82. The guy isn't amazing, but he definitely does his job well when fit. And Martin Kelly, after his positive performance in the second half of the season last year, deserves to be rated 78-79.
The left back ratings are OK (Enrique could arguably be a point higher), but the center back ratings are a bit off of what they should be.
I have no complaints about Agger and Carragher's ratings, but Skrtel, who started every game last season, deserves to be rated 82, especially if his form this season is ignored (as it should be).
Finally, the ratings for Wilson and Coates are completely off. FIFA tend to heavily disrespect players who don't play in the top leagues of the world, and that trend continues here with Coates, who started for Uruguay throughout all of Copa America 2011 and was voted the Best Young Player. That should've warranted at least a rating of 77-78.
Danny Wilson, on the other hand, made numerous appearances with Rangers before moving to Liverpool, and he had practically established himself as a starter. At Liverpool, he has been selected sparingly but has still made eight appearances in his first season.
Taking both of these spells into consideration, Danny Wilson deserves at least a rating of 74-75.
CM Charlie Adam: 80
CM Lucas Leiva: 78
CM Jay Spearing: 71
CAM Steven Gerrard: 87
CAM Jordan Henderson: 77
LM Stewart Downing: 82
As we move from defense to midfield, Liverpool's players continue to be significantly underrated by EA Sports.
First, Lucas Leiva's rating is significantly lower than what he deserves. The Brazilian has been constantly improving over the seasons, and at this point he has to be rated at least 81, if not 82.
Secondly, Jay Spearing showed a great deal of talent towards the end of the season and made 20 appearances for Liverpool in his first "true" season with the first-team. A rating of 75-76 would've been fair, but not 71.
By extension, if Jay Spearing deserves 75-76, then Jordan Henderson most definitely does not deserve a rating of 77.
I'm not the guy's biggest fan, and have not been impressed by his performances this season, but even if he'd stayed at Sunderland, I would've thought that the least he could get in this edition of the FIFA games would be 79.
The only guy I can say that has been rated fairly in Liverpool's midfield is Charlie Adam.
On the other side of things, Steven Gerrard had a very poor 2010-11 season, and he should've been dropped to 85, while Stewart Downing's rating of 82 is a tad favorable, especially compared to the harsh ratings assigned to the rest of Liverpool's midfield. I would've given him an 81.
RW Dirk Kuyt, 79
RW Maxi Rodriguez, 78
LW Craig Bellamy, 79
CF Luis Suarez, 85
ST Andrew Carroll, 81
Liverpool's forwards are possibly the only group of Liverpool's squad who I would say have been fairly rated by EA Sports in FIFA 12.
Maxi Rodriguez, Craig Bellamy, Andrew Carroll, Luis Suarez all got the ratings they deserved.
There is still a point of contention, however: Dirk Kuyt actually had a really good 2010-11 season and should've gotten an 82, not a 79. I don't understand why his rating was dropped so low, unless it's because he is playing out of position as a right winger instead of a striker.
Overall, I think Liverpool was rated too harshly. Yes they finished outside of the Champions League spots for the second consecutive season, and thus needed their ratings dropped, but I don't think it should've happened to this extent.
With the exception of Steven Gerrard, practically every controversial rating among Liverpool's players has to do with a player being underrated.
The list of players who, in my opinion, definitely deserved high ratings is rather long: Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly, Martin Skrtel, Sebastian Coates, Danny Wilson, Lucas Leiva, Jay Spearing, Jordan Henderson and Dirk Kuyt.
And that isn't even dealing with the guys who probably do deserve a boost, like Pepe Reina.
At the end of the day, Liverpool should still be able to comfortably compete with the second-tier and third-tier clubs in FIFA, like the Napolis, Romas, Tottenhams, etc.
But it definitely will not be able to easily overcome them as it used to be able to in previous versions of FIFA, and almost surely will struggle significantly against the top-tier clubs, like Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
What do you guys think of Liverpool's ratings on FIFA 12? Too high? Too low? Which player ratings do you specifically agree or disagree with? Make your opinion known in the comments section below.
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