A new season inevitably brings with it a new FIFA release—and in recent years that has in turn inevitably brought with it another chance for Liverpool fans to grumble about how the world’s most popular football game rates their club and players.
Things look to be getting a little better for FIFA 19, but while 538 rank Liverpool the fifth-best side in Europe and favourites to beat PSG to the top of their Champions League group this autumn, it’s clear video game Liverpool isn’t quite there yet.
For the first time, though, Liverpool have been rated a five-star team by EA, putting them alongside the likes of Manchester City, United, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Real Madrid. That’s probably the best news for Liverpool fans eyeing up the new FIFA.
They also have six players named in the game’s top 100. Alisson, Fabinho, and Virgil van Dijk are all in the 80s with 85 ratings—though it means Van Dijk in particular is still behind the likes of Nicolas Otamendi, Medhi Benatia, and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Then there’s Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané in the 60s with 86 ratings—putting them behind the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. Top of Liverpool’s list, unsurprisingly, is Mohamed Salah as the game’s 27th best player with an 88 rating.
That rating also means Salah is the eighth best player in the Premier League—and the only Liverpool player in that top ten along with three City players and two each from United, Tottenham, and Chelsea. Liverpool, it’s clear, are improved in EA’s eyes.
Still, it’s clear the game’s makers aren’t as impressed by what this group did last season as fans and the stats gurus. But they’ve at least improved Firmino’s defending—he’s one of just two strikers in the game with an 80+ overall and 60+ defending.
So there’s that. But overall, Liverpool still trail their top English and European rivals. And Alisson only has one star for skill moves, and that just seems wrong.