Check out the most accurate Barclays Premier League Players Predictions for FIFA 17 Ultimate Team. Today we will cover Liverpool ratings.
FIFA 17 Ratings Predictions for Premier League Players
With the FIFA cycle almost coming to an end, and EA in the process of creating the next installment in their franchise, there is no bigger time for the FIFA team to analyse and study the ability of the players residing in their game. From the upcoming youth players at your average League 2 team to the superstars of Messi and Ronaldo, every player will be reviewed to get a measure of how accurate their ratings are, and whether they need updating.
The league that generates the most attention is the Premier League – after all, it is the most watched worldwide and draws the largest TV audience in many countries across the footballing world. EA have to make sure they hold a small margin of error with the players plying their trade here to avoid any unnecessary backlash. As a result, we are going to look at the players of each of the top clubs in the country, and give them a rating ourselves for FIFA 17. I will only be doing the players who have a chance at the first team, to avoid having to rate every young player in the team.
Today we will cover the Liverpool players but you can also expect FIFA 17 ratings predictions for the other five biggest English Premier League teams.
FIFA 17 Ratings Predictions for Liverpool Players
A poor league finish disguises the progression of the teams playing style under new manager Jurgen Klopp – and two cup finals in less than year serve as testament to the potential the team has. Several players look to be earning an upgrade based on the evidence shown across the season.
GK – Loris Karius – 81
Looking set to take the number one spot from Mignolet, Karius arrives in the Premier League as yet another talented young German goalkeeper. His exploits with Mainz, combined with his transfer status to a Premier League club, should see him given a decent upgrade for FIFA 17.
GK – Simon Mignolet – 78
Yet another season of mixed performances for Mignolet – who shows signs of genuine goalkeeping excellence across some games before ruining them with abysmal errors and shocking decision making. Given the evidence that exists that could put Mignolet down for an upgrade or a downgrade, I think his rating will remain the same next year.
GK – Adam Bogdan – 73
Like his Belgian counterpart, Bogdan’s limited performances across the season were of mixed success – his penalty heroics in the League Cup were impressive, yet mistakes in other fixtures scupper his chances of an upgrade. I see him remaining at his current rating.
RB – Nathaniel Clyne – 81
Clyne’s performances with Liverpool were decent enough across the season, and certainly represent a major step up from the Glen Johnson days at the club, yet he probably didn’t do enough to earn an upgrade, and being made 2nd choice to Kyle Walker at the Euros won’t have helped that cause. His rating will probably stay the same.
LB – Alberto Moreno – 79
As with many of his teammates Moreno suffers from incredibly inconsistent performances. His attacking output is there for all to see –yet defensively he is often caught lacking and doesn’t appear to contribute enough when Liverpool need him to. I would imagine his rating will stay the same, given the evidence on both sides to up or downgrade him.
LB – Jon Flanagan – 73
The progress of home-grown Jon Flanagan is always nice to see, and though he didn’t play a lot last season I would imagine EA giving a small upgrade to the guy for his continued progress as a player.
CB – Dejan Lovren – 80
Once the scorn of the public eye, Lovren appears to have turned his form at Liverpool around and become one of the best defenders at the club. His performances have easily warranted a return to his previous FIFA’s rating, and I expect him to be rewarded with one next season.
CB – Joel Matip – 82
One of Africa’s best defenders, Matip joins Liverpool after a strong season with Schalke in the Bundesliga. The Cameroonian looks set to secure the Liverpool defence with the departure of Skrtel and Toure, and given what EA usually do for good players who transfer to the Premier League, he should expect an upgrade going into FIFA 17.
CB – Mamadou Sakho – 81
Sakho’s future at Liverpool looks to be in question at present, and his failure to get into the France squad for the Euros will have damaged his standing as a player at the club – however his performances for Liverpool over the season probably ensure he’ll keep his rating next season.
CAM – Philippe Coutinho – 85
Arguably the best attacking player at Liverpool at the moment, Coutinho continued his impressive development at Liverpool with a strong 2015-16, being key in the Europa League run and hugely improving Liverpool when fit. Despite a disappointing Copa America, it would be a surprise if Coutinho wasn’t boosted in rating again with a marginal upgrade.
CAM – Roberto Firmino – 83
Despite a slow start to the season, Firmino established himself as a key part of Liverpool’s attacking offset with his role in the middle of the park, being Liverpool’s league top scorer. The Brazilian midfielder will, just as Coutinho should, be likely to receive a small boost for his efforts this season.
CAM – Adam Lallana – 81
Just as his two Brazilian midfield counterparts impressed, the arrival of Klopp to Anfield has greatly benefitted Lallana, being instrumental in the Europa League campaign and even earning himself a starting place in the England team at the Euros. Though he was the least impressive of the three, I see Lallana earning a boost as well.
CDM – Lucas Leiva – 79
Despite many seeing Lucas’ career at Anfield as over in the past few years, Lucas continues to be a strong squad player for the club with solid performances when needed to perform. As a result his rating will likely stay the same going into FIFA 17.
CM – James Milner – 80
Milner’s first season at Liverpool saw him establish himself as a reliable midfielder in the middle of the park, or on the wings – and the fact he played the most games as captain in the 2015-16 is a testament to this. Given his form wasn’t exceptional the rating is unlikely to change, but I would be surprised if EA lowered the rating from its current position.
CM – Jordan Henderson – 80
Another player who draws contempt from many, Henderson had a lacklustre season marred by injury, and his inclusion in the England Euro squad raised questions given his fitness and lack of form, which would make a potential upgrade appear unlikely – however, I see EA upgrading him solely for his role as captain of the club – and perhaps correcting their lack of an upgrade last season. Controversial, but it seems odd having a player they had on the front cover of the game with a relatively low rating.
CM – Joe Allen – 80
Perhaps talk of Allen being the ‘Welsh Xavi’ was accurate after all – a terrific season for the Welsh playmaker will surely see him rewarded with a large upgrade and potentially a boost to a rare card. A key part of Liverpool’s two cup runs, he found a long run of games under Klopp in midfield which drew many plaudits – before heading to the Euro with Wales and helping his country reach the semi finals. I would be hugely surprised if EA aren’t generous with him.
CDM – Emre Can – 77
Can’s versatility as a player was seen in the numerous positions he was deployed in for club and country – being key in Liverpool’s Europa League run and featuring at the Euros for Germany. He should easily gain a rating more deserving of his ability, and with a decent 2015-16 behind him he could make the jump up next FIFA.
ST – Daniel Sturridge – 84
Another personal favourite of mine… Sturridge’s season suffered with injuries yet again, yet his ability was proven in the periods where he did play – having one of the most efficient minutes to goals ratios in the league and finishing the season as Liverpool’s overall top scorer. One of the only players who can say they played well in England’s European Championship with a crucial goal in England’s only win, his form was indicative of the best strikers on the continent. Injury may have prevented an upgrade but optimistically speaking I don’t think an upgrade is too far a stretch.
ST – Christian Benteke – 81
Benteke had a tough time in his first season at Liverpool, not particularly fitting the play style introduced by Klopp and falling behind the likes of Sturridge, Origi, and even Firmino over the course of the year. Despite this he averaged a goal every two games from limited appearances, which may be enough to lower the severity of the downgrade, but not enough to avoid one completely.
ST/RW – Sadio Mane – 80
Mane showed at his time at Southampton that he can be a deadly performer, and whilst his consistency can come into question at times, it is clear that he possesses great attacking threat and will be a key asset for Liverpool next year. As a result, and in combination with his move up to Liverpool, it would be a surprise to see him not be the recipient of a major upgrade – and potentially a shift up to the 80 zone for players.
ST – Divock Origi – 77
Origi is beginning to take shape as a striker at Liverpool, with an impressive minute to goals tally and a role in the Belgium Euro 2016 campaign testament to a strong season. As a result, a small upgrade would not come as a major surprise for his efforts over the season.
ST – Danny Ings – 75
With a season ended only a few months in, Ings is likely to keep his rating for FIFA 17. His talent was seen in glimpses when he played but it would be a major surprise to see EA tweak his rating.
ST – Mario Balotelli – 79
The Italian appears to have lost his way in the footballing world, having a torrid time at Milan last season and barely featuring in the second half of the season. If he does remain at Liverpool, which seems unlikely, a downgrade would be highly probable.
The Author: Owen Macdonald
Owen Macdonald is a 25 year old from London, United Kingdom and supports Fulham FC. Whilst a relative newcomer to the Ultimate Team franchise, having created his first team in FUT 13, Owen’s passion and ever growing knowledge of the footballing world has led to a love for FUT.
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