Why Liverpool fans aren't happy with Philippe Coutinho's FIFA 18 card

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So, EA Sports have started releasing the top 100 players in FIFA 18 to whet the appetite of the millions of gamers around the world.

On Thursday, it was time for the players ranked 60-41 on the new game to be announced - with the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Isco all featuring as the trio boast an overall rating of 86.

But it was the unveiling of Philippe Coutinho’s card that caused a stir - amongst the Liverpool fans anyway.

The Brazilian was subject to plenty of attention from Barcelona during the summer transfer window but will remain at Anfield for the next couple of months at least.

While some Liverpool fans are disappointed at the rating of 86 he has been given for the new game, it’s his position that has caused a stir.

At the end of last season, Klopp revealed what he thought Coutinho’s best position was - in central midfield.

“He plays at the moment kind of wing ‘10’ but he can also play as a No.8. That is possible and maybe he will have more influence and we can involve another player on the wing,” Klopp said in May.


“That would make us stronger for sure, having his creativity in the middle of the park. He would have to adapt to that. He is young, full of talent and I’m pretty sure he thinks he is in the right place.”

And, after the front-three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have started the campaign on fire, it’s clear Coutinho will be playing in midfield this season.

Coutinho's FIFA 18 card

So why have EA Sports listed Coutinho as a “LW” for FIFA 18!?

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It’s something that Liverpool fans aren’t happy with. Check out the reaction on Twitter:

Back to real life and Coutinho returned to Liverpool training on Thursday after making two substitute appearances for Brazil during the international break.

Klopp on Coutinho

And Klopp admitted that he was rather pleased with what he saw from the 25-year-old - although suggested that he won’t be in line to start against Manchester City on Saturday.

“Yes, he went to the national team and trained normally, but now we have to prepare for a normal season so we have seven games (before the next international break) and we saw training this morning and thought ‘Okay, maybe we should use him immediately’ because he was really good, but that doesn’t make sense,” said the Reds boss.

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“We always have the same decision to make, ‘does he need training or can he play?’ and all that stuff.

“Yes, he will now do a little bit more than the other boys but he showed up in a very, very good mood and looks really promising.

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