With EA Sports FIFA 15 hitting the shelves, it’s always fun to see the new ratings that have been placed on the players.
Who’s better than we thought they were, and who perhaps is a little worse. We dissect the players that fall into those categories at Anfield.
Check out the decisions below, and let us know which Liverpool players should be better rated...
Jordan Henderson, 78: Criminal. Absolutely criminal. Henderson was Liverpool’s engine last year and showed he’s more than just a runner, he can play too. According to EA Sports, he’s worse than Lucas Leiva and right on par with Kolo Toure.
He scored four goals and had seven assists across 35 league games. The only three matches he didn't appear in were the three he was suspended for at the end of the Reds’ title run. Many point to his absence as the prime reason Steven Gerrard didn’t finally lift that trophy.
Steven Gerrard, 82: What more could he have done last year? Captain Fantastic had 13 goals and 13 assists, albeit aided from set pieces. But his wondrous right peg on a dead ball is part of what makes him great.
Gerrard moved deeper on the pitch now that he’s on the other side of 30 and played like the English Andrea Pirlo, except he tackles too. Pirlo was awarded a fitting 84 rating and Gerrard should be right there with him.
Adam Lallana, 79: Lallana was on the shortlist for PFA Player of the Year last season as one of the six best players in the league. A 79 rating poorly reflects that.
He played in all 38 games last year with nine goals and six assists as well as 71 chances created whilst wearing the Southampton captain's arm band. After starting his Liverpool tenure a little slow after his injury, Lallana is rounding back to form.
Daniel Sturridge, 83: Liverpool boasted the league’s top two goal scorers last season, Luis Suarez and Sturridge. Now, Sturridge is the Reds’ talisman since the former has been shipped to Spain. Sturridge had 21 goals in 26 matches and seven assists and was a constant threat.
People knock on his goal celebration regularly - is that why he’s only an 83? Quick sidebar, I don’t understand that either. I love his dance! It’s unique, simple and easily mimicked in front of a TV screen. I digress.
Lucas Leiva, 79: Can we take a few points off Lucas and give them to Henderson? No? Doesn't work like that? The only way the Brazilian gets into this Liverpool side is through host of injuries. Better call that Ghanaian witch doctor.
Gerrard is better than him at the holding role and when pushed forward and anywhere near the goal, Lucas doesn't know how to handle himself. It looks like he’s trespassing and just saw a “TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT” sign.
Simon Mignolet, 82: I've tried to back him, I've given him every benefit of the doubt and every excuse I could conceive. The truth is it’s been all downhill since he saved a last minute penalty in his debut to preserve a 1-0 win. He’s been at fault for more goals than he should have been and he really never makes a save you don’t expect him to.
Honestly, when was the last time on opposing player has gone through and you had even the slightest sliver of hope that Mignolet would stop him? Never, even for the most optimistic of fans. If Brad Jones was half of a decent keeper he’d be pressing the Belgian for playing time.
Brad Jones, 71: Ah, speaking of Jones, he shouldn't be seeing this side of 70. As much as Mignolet gets ripped on, I think Liverpool fans would prefer the U16 keeper to Jones. Imagine if something happens to Mignolet between now and the two fixtures against Real Madrid?
There’s a realistic scenario of Cristiano Ronaldo running at Glen Johnson then shooting at Brad Jones. That’s just not fair. Ronaldo and Gareth Bale should be given two touch restrictions to almost give the defense a fighting chance.
Kolo Toure, 78: I love Kolo Toure. I do, I really do. I also insist on referring to him by his full name. I was ecstatic when he turned down approaches from Turkey. Every team needs a Kolo Toure. That being said, he’s a high quality cup player/veteran/occasional start/ercomedian/walking ball of fun, but not someone who should ever be relied on to consistently start at this stage of his career, as he was last season when injuries depleted the back line.
My favorite Kolo Toure moment is when he missed an open net against Arsenal and turned around laughing hysterically at himself as he jogged back to half way.
Phillippe Coutinho, 81: This is fair to me. Coutinho hasn't started the season so great but when he’s on, boy is he good. EA Sports did well with this one, a tough call as he can be so inconsistent.
Against Manchester City last year the little magician played the City midfield off the pitch but in other games you wouldn't have known he was even there had it not been for his horrid haircut. The 22-year-old notched five goals and seven assists last year in a campaign he’d probably have been a little disappointed with.
Lazar Markovic, 78: This Serbian wonderkid has been successful everywhere he’s been. Two years ago he won the Serbian league with Partizan Belgrade followed by a title in Portugal at Benfica last year.
He’s not shy and has the potential to be world class. He’s not there yet, but he’s not some scrub either. Being a 78 is proper, with room to grow once he hits his stride.
Glen Johnson, 76: The much maligned fullback has been a scapegoat for defensive faults of recent times. To be fair, I don’t remember his last successful tackle. But it certainly wasn’t all his doing.
The Englishman still has something left in the tank and hopefully in competing with Javier Manquillo for playing time, the better times will be brought back out of him. As it stands, 76 is fair. Didn't deserve to be any higher but also didn't deserve to be any lower.
Alberto Moreno, 78: Alberto Moreno has acclimatised himself well to the English game after coming over from Sevilla. The attacking fullback has constantly bombed forward, case and point his terrific goal against Spurs.
He has made some mistakes as any 22-year-old would on a new team in a new league. His pace has helped him recover from most, bar his lackadaisical clearance attempt against City that directly resulted in a goal.
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