FIFA 22 is just around the corner and yesterday the Liverpool player ratings were announced.
The biggest football game around is only getting bigger, with its release date becoming one of the biggest days in the game’s calendar.
As ever, there was plenty of controversy when the ratings were posted on the club’s Twitter page.
It’s almost as if EA purposely give out bizarre ratings to encourage debate and free advertising. Almost.
Well, we have had a look at a few and have decided that they are all wrong and we are all right.
So, here are the RTK FIFA 22 Liverpool player ratings.
Alisson is the best goalkeeper in the world in our eyes, with Jan Oblak his biggest competition.
The Slovenian is rated 91, so we would have Alisson on par with him.
We have no idea how he managed to drop down from his FIFA 21 rating of 90.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 87-87
While we are unhappy with a lot of FIFA’s Liverpool ratings, they probably got it right with Alexander-Arnold.
If he keeps his current form up, then an 88 will be more than deserved in the winter update.
But for now, we will take his 87, as it is the best in the game for a right-back.
Joel Matip: 83-87
This is a huge jump from us, but it is much deserved.
How on earth can Joel Matip be an 83? He is as good a centre-back as anyone not named Virgil van Dijk, with only injuries preventing him from being recognised as such.
Virgil van Dijk: 89-92
We can understand the fact that Virgil van Dijk missed the majority of last season with injury.
But dropping him because he might not be as good as he was last season makes little sense to us.
He is still the best defender in the world by a distance, which means that he is also one of the best players.
A 92 rating would make him as unbeatable as he is in real life, while his 78 pace rating also needs a huge jump.
Andy Robertson: 87-87
Much like Trent, it is hard to argue with Robertson’s rating of 87. Again, maybe an 88 but we’ll take it.
EA recognise him as the best left-back in the world, so that is enough for us.
We do have a little sidenote – Jordi Alba is the next best in the position on 86, which is absolute madness.
Where to start with this one…
Casemiro is an 89 in EA’s view. If he is an 89, then Fabinho should be the same, if not higher.
Sergio Busquets and Rodri are both rated 86, and Fabinho is miles clear of both of those.
Finally, considering that he was probably Liverpool’s second-best player last season, how has he been docked a mark from FIFA 21?
Baffling, really. He is the best 6 in the world.
Jordan Henderson: 84-87
Another player that has been downgraded, but by two ratings this time.
Henderson has always been underrated on FIFA, much like he has been in the real world.
If you watched him closely in every game he played, you would have absolutely zero doubts about his elite quality.
This is a weird one. Despite earning unjust criticism from rival fans last season, Thiago has actually gone up a rating in FIFA 22.
Maybe EA realised that giving him an 85 last year was insanity.
He is a world-class midfielder and should be rated 87, if not higher. We are sure that he will prove that this season.
Mohamed Salah 89-91
This is the most insane rating of the lot.
How a player that scored 22 league goals, missing out on the golden boot by one, can get a downgrade is beyond us.
Salah deserves to be on the same level as Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo. He deserves to be rated higher than Heung-Min Son and our own Sadio Mane, and more than one clear of Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez.
He is one of the top players on the planet.
Roberto Firmino: 85-85
We won’t argue that Firmino deserves a downgrade after last season.
While his underlying numbers were still fantastic, he was frankly brutal in front of goal.
We still think that he can improve again and earn an upgrade, but an 85 is fair for now.
Sadio Mane: 89-88
This is the first player that we think is slightly overrated this year, even though we hate to say it.
Sadio Mane, on top form, is simply unplayable. One of the best players on the planet, who, for a short period of time, was actually THE best in our eyes.
But there is no denying how poor he has been lately. He has been a shell of himself since January.
We hope that he can recover his best form and get back to that 90+ rated player of old.
Liverpool FIFA 22 ratings: The others
Joe Gomez: 82-85
Diogo Jota: 82-86
Naby Keita: 80-83
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 79-81
James Milner: 79-78
Ibrahima Konate: 78-82
Divock Origi: 76-78
Loris Karius: 76-74
Takumi Minamino: 75-77
Kostas Tsimikas: 74-79
Caoimhin Kelleher: ?-74
Nat Phillips: ?-76
Neco Williams: ?-75
Curtis Jones: ?-77
Harvey Elliott: ?-78