Anthony (@anthonymarkmcav) introduces a new series of articles that centre around the world’s premiere football sim.
Football Manager is renowned as the best and most accurate football simulators in existence. We at The Anfield Talk want to use this to our advantage to imagine different scenarios with the current Liverpool side. These articles will be shorter than our usual pieces but they’re here to have some fun with hypothetical situations and the first one we’re going to look at is what the Liverpool team would do this season if we had El Pistolero, Luis Suarez as part of the squad.
The answer? In short, nothing much.
With Suarez in the squad, Liverpool still only managed to finish fourth in the Premier League, with Arsenal winning the league, Manchester United and Chelsea rounding out the top four. City surprisingly finished 5th, two points behind Liverpool.
Top scorer went to Chris Wood of Burnley, with no Liverpool player getting in the top eight players in terms of goals. Kevin De Bruyne got an insane 17 assists, whilst again, no Liverpool player features in the top eight there.
However, despite a disappointing Premier League campaign, Liverpool went deep in the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League. Unfortunately, the Reds only managed to win one of them, losing the other two in their respective finals.
Liverpool beat Spurs on penalties after a 0-0 draw against Spurs in the Carabao Cup final, but the Spurs had the last laugh, as the North London side won the Champions League beating the Reds 2-1 in Kyiv. The FA Cup final? A 3-2 loss to Man City after extra-time.
Luis Suarez scored just 21 goals in 47 appearances, coupled with 10 assists in all competitions. A far cry from his form in the 2013/14 season, but still on another level.
Liverpool also managed to lose to Everton at Anfield in our first FM18 sim season. First time in 10 years, good thing that this is just hypothetical, right?
Any suggestions for what we could do next? Is there more information you want in these pieces? Let us know in the comments or on twitter, @TheAnfieldTalk