The new season has started and this can only mean one thing, the hype train for EA’s next instalment of the FIFA series, FIFA 20, is pulling out of the station. The annual game allows millions around the world to play as their favourite teams and players and, of course, spend loads of their mums and dads money on meaningless micro-transactions.
There was much dispute last year as to Liverpool’s player ratings, with many thinking they were too low, especially because of the relative success The Reds’ found in 17/18.
After Liverpool’s deal with Konami and Pro Evolution Soccer expired, EA were quick to sign a deal with the newly crowned European Champions. Player faces will now be updated, flags will be put on the Kop and, most importantly, the ratings of the players will be higher and I’m going to predict 11 of them. The 11 being the players who started in Madrid on the 1st of June.
For context, here are the FIFA 19 ratings for the 11 players:
Alisson – 87
TAA – 80
Joel Matip – 81
Virgil van Dijk – 88
Andy Robertson – 83
Fabinho – 85
Jordan Henderson – 82
Gini Wijnaldum – 82
Sadio Mane – 86
Mo Salah – 88
Roberto Firmino – 86
Alisson – 89
The Brazilian stopper emerged as one of Europe’s top goalkeepers last season. Winning the golden glove domestically, beating Pepe Reina’s long standing clean sheet record and his heroics in the semi-final against Barcelona means that +2 in rating in FIFA 20 should easily be achievable.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 84
80 is simply too low for one of the most exciting prospects in world football. Trent had the right-back position locked down all season and got 14 assists in the Premier League last season. He’s now being talked about as one of the best right backs in world football, so 84 is more than justified.
Joel Matip – 83
This is one of the most deserved upgrades on the list. Matip was sensational for the whole second half of the season after stepping in for Joe Gomez. His partnership with VVD was solid and integral to us winning number 6 in Madrid.
Virgil van Dijk – 91
What can you say about this man. The PFA player of the year is simply a collossus and is undoubtfully the best defender on the planet at this moment. He could even be higher than 91, I’m just trying to stay unbiased. I’d give him 99 obviously but it’s not my choice.
Andy Robertson – 85
I was toying with giving Robbo 86 for many of the same reasons as Trent but I believe 85 to be more realistic. The best left back in the league by a mile (sorry Lucas Digne) deserves a higher rating after a stellar season last year.
Fabinho – 86
If Fabinho had played like he had post-November all season, he could easily be pushing 87+ in FIFA 20. However, the two months it took for him to break into the first team detriments his overall. A classic defensive midfielder, Fabinho was vital in both domestic and European contests.
Jordan Henderson – 84
After his resurgence playing in the ‘6’ role toward the back end of the season, Hendo is easily going to be 84 or deserves to be anyway. Now a European Cup-winning captain, Hendo should be a higher rating purely through the character he showed after many fans (including myself) started questioning his role in the midfield.
Gini Wijnaldum – 84
Gini was undroppable at times last season and upgrade from 82 is deserved in FIFA 20. From his heroics against Barca to his solid performances against Manchester United and Porto, Gini is probably the most underrated midfielder in the league.
Sadio Mane – 88
The Senegalese almost single-handedly kept us in the title race from January to March when Mo stopped scoring. To share the Golden Boot without scoring a single penalty is an achievement not to be underestimated and, for this reason alone, Sadio will be upgraded by 1.
Mo Salah – 90
Winning his second consecutive golden boot and scoring in European football’s showpiece occasion brings Mo up to 90. The fact that he’s now had 106 goal contributions in 103 games going back to 17/18 also plays a big part in him being given a higher rating for FIFA 20.
Roberto Firmino – 87
Bobby is the most criminally underrated players in the Premier League. Contributing to the team’s overall rhythm and play, Bobby more than deserves an upgrade in the next instalment of FIFA.
Are these all going to happen? Probably not. Am I being biased? Most likely. Do we want these ratings to be real? Absolutely.