Three undeserved Fifa 15 upgrades including Liverpool and ex-United stars

Liverpool's record defender signing and a Japan international have suffered disappointing campaigns so far.

Many football fans around the world are also big fans of the multi-platform, long running 'Fifa' football series.

Something the interest in EA Sports' football franchise has cultivated is an in-depth set of statistics rating many players in the world's top footballing leagues. Players are rated out of 100, with various specific mental, physical and technical skills also rated. Each year, when an updated game is released for the start of a new season, there is plenty of debate among fans as to whether that new Fifa game has ratings right or wrong.

After the January transfer window, EA Sports make adjustments to the game considering any moves as well as the form of the players that season, with players like Tottenham's Harry Kane, who started the season third choice at White Hart Lane, being given massive increases to reflect their performances.

However, there are usually a few head scratchers in there, and below we look at three of the most confusing upgrades from the update earlier this month:

Dejan Lovren Liverpool (+1 to 80)

The Croatian defender completed a £20 million move to Anfield in July after a fantastic first season at Southampton. He arrived at St Mary's as an accomplished international after impressing at Ligue 1 side Lyon, meaning he already had a decent rating of 78, and was boosted by one to 79 this summer as result of his performances on the South Coast. But he has experienced a mixed season at best at Liverpool, and was dropped in November after featuring in three straight losses for the Reds. Which makes it all the more baffling to see Lovren increased again to 80, just one below Martin Skrtel. Aside from the 3-0 loss to Man United, Lovren didn't play 90 minutes in the league since being dropped until this weekend's win at his old club. During that time Liverpool have put together some impressive form, and Lovren will surely be hoping he can play an important part in their end of season charge towards the top four.

Shinji Kagawa Borussia Dortmund (+2 to 83)

After struggling during an ill-fated spell at Manchester United, it was perhaps no surprise to see Kagawa move from 83 to 81 before the season began after his return to Borussia Dortmund. But despite scoring on his second debut in the Bundesliga, Kagawa has played his part in Dortmund's disastrous league form that saw them in the relegation zone until the last couple of weeks. A long way off his form from his first spell at the Westfalenstadion, with just that debut goal and three assists in the league, still, EA Sports gave the 26-year-old a return to his 83 rating, which is higher than Liverpool's impressive duo of Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.

Stevan Jovetic Manchester City (+1 to 82)

Like Kagawa, Jovetic was downgraded last summer after a so-so debut season for Manchester City. Arriving as an 84 rated striker, the Montenegro star went all the way down to 81, the same drop as Spurs flop Roberto Soldado, and despite a couple of promising games this year, is now relegated to fourth choice striker and dropped from the Champions League squad at the Etihad after the signing of Wilfried Bony. So again, it is surprising to see him given an increase this month given that he has had a bit part role for City, above the likes of Bony himself, and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who have enjoyed significantly better seasons.

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