Liverpool's ratings on FIFA 14 look very interesting now.
Player ratings are such a huge point of discussion every year, and it's always interesting to go back and see how EA rated some Liverpool players five years ago.
Did they live up to their potential? Have they made EA look like fools? Here is how some of the top current Liverpool players rated back on FIFA 14...
This starts off comically, as goalkeeper Alisson - then a 20-year-old with Internacional in Brazil - was rated at just 63 overall and with 74 potential. Those ratings now look laughable, as he sits at 87 overall with 91 potential on FIFA 19. It's fair to say Alisson has made an absolute mockery of his ratings five years ago. Backup goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was projected to hit around 83 overall, but has fallen short of that.
Into defence, neither Trent Alexander-Arnold or Joe Gomez were even on the game, but fans will get a huge kick out of Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson's ratings. Van Dijk, then with Celtic, was given just 72 overall and 78 potential, whilst Dundee United's Robertson sat at just 61 overall and 72 potential. The two are now stars in FIFA 19, with Van Dijk at 88 overall and 90 potential, and Robertson at 83 overall, 88 potential. The pair have become absolute stars, when FIFA 14 didn't predict much for either of them.
James Milner, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno have all roughly hit their potentials, sitting at similar overall ratings now as their potentials were five years ago.
Another big-name player was rated in the 60's in FIFA 14, as Fabinho came in at just 67 overall and 76 potential. A right back in those days, the Brazilian is now 84 overall with 88 potential as a holding midfield player having excelled with Monaco. Naby Keita isn't on the game, but Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson have hit their FIFA 14 potentials bang on in FIFA 19, at 83 and 82 respectively.
Adam Lallana was at 82 overall - his FIFA 14 potential - when FIFA 19 came out, but has now dropped to 79, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still has the 85 potential he had five years ago, and has increased just three overall points in that time.
In attack, fans will no doubt laugh at Sadio Mane being a 69 overall winger with just 77 potential. Now at 86 overall and 87 potential, Mane is the latest player to far eclipse his FIFA 14 ratings, and a fourth first-team regular rated in the 60's four years ago, summing up a huge rise for some of these players.
Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino both had 84 potential, though Firmino was slightly ahead in overall at 78 compared to Salah's 74. Now, the pair are much, much better. Firmino is at 86 overall and 87 potential, whilst Salah sits at 89 overall with 90 potential.
Xherdan Shaqiri has never made it above 82 overall in a FIFA game, so hasn't lived up to his 86 potential from FIFA 14, whilst Daniel Sturridge is much like Adam Lallana in the sense that he did reach his 83 potential some time ago, but is now in decline at 79 overall, whilst Divock Origi has already surpassed his 75 potential from five years ago.
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