FIFA 19: Liverpool Career Mode Guide, Tactics, Formations & Tips

Liverpool are on course for Premier League glory, so can you deliver a first title to the Kop on FIFA 19's Career Mode?


Liverpool are back in the big time. The Reds have built on last season’s run to the Champions League final and are now flying in the Premier League, and with more than half of the season gone, they look on course to win a first league title since the division was formed. 

Jurgen Klopp has brought in a highly aggressive play style to Anfield, in both defence and attack, making his side one of the most difficult to play against and most brilliant to watch in the league. Can you recreate this success on FIFA 19’s Career Mode, however? With a frightening forward line, solid defence and strong depth, everything is set for you to deliver a first Premier League title. 

Team Rating

Surprisingly, it’s only a four and a half star rating for Liverpool on FIFA 19. They have an 88 attack, but an 82 midfield and 80 defence lets them down. 

Formation

Recently, Jurgen Klopp has switched to a 4-2-3-1 wide formation, but you should revert back to the 4-3-3 false 9 that started the season and saw them make the Champions League final in 2018. If you prefer to play with a conventional striker, go for a 4-3-2-1 or 4-3-3 attack. 

Summer signing and world class goalkeeper Alisson (88 GK reflexes) kicks us off, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, the solid Virgil van Dijk (92 strength) and Andrew Robertson in the back four. 

Fabinho, Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum link up in midfield, whilst star man Mohamed Salah (90 finishing), Roberto Firmino (88 ball control) and Sadio Mane (87 composure). 

Simon Mignolet, Joel Matip, James Milner, James Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge make up the bench. 

Tactics and instructions

Changing Liverpool’s formation means you will have to tweak a few things tactically, but with so much attacking talent it’s all about getting the balance right an Anfield.

That attack if fuelled with pace and intelligent movement, so despite lacking a creative midfielder, you shouldn’t have to try too hard to unlock defences, especially with full backs that love to get forward.

Instead of a number 10, there are two number 8s starting for Liverpool, both of whom like to run from midfield. Naby Keita (89 agility) and Georginio Wijnaldum (84 dribbling) can both beat a man, which will then open up space for the attackers. As for Fabinho (84 composure), he will dictate the tempo if the game slows down. 

That front three of Mohamed Salah (90 positioning), Roberto Firmino (87 positioning) and Sadio Mane (86 reactions) will get away from the defenders, whether it be on the edge of the area or in the six-yard box for a tap in. You also have the attacking full backs of Trent Alexander-Arnold (83 crossing) and Andrew Robertson (87 crossing) who offer a second wave of attack and swing balls into the box. 

Your instructions can help you get the most out of your players, whilst also balancing out the attack with defence. That starts with defensive midfielder Fabinho (86 standing tackle), who should ‘stay back while attacking’ on attacking support.

In attack, it’s all about Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian king’s defensive support should be altered to ‘stay forward’ and his support runs to ‘get in behind’ to make the most of his 94 acceleration. Sadio Mane (93 sprint speed) should also ‘get in behind’

Training

In your training sessions you should use your high growth players to make the most of your time. At Liverpool, this includes Alisson, Naby Keita, Andrew Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £94 million

Starting wage budget: £232,000 a week

Who should go

With Liverpool making a sharp surge towards the top of the Premier League, there are many players who no longer make the grade at Anfield. The most high-profile of these are Joel Matip and Adam Lallana. Matip is the third-choice centre back but with Joe Gomez showing great potential and another centre back needed, the Cameroonian should be shown the door. It’s similar for Adam Lallana who has fallen well behind in the pecking order in central midfield. The pair should collect you around £9 million each and save you a total of £179,000 a week in wages. 

Lazar Markovic is still on the books but it is now clear he has no future at the club, so look to sell the Serbian for £4.5 million and free up £55,000 a week in wages. The rest that can go are they younger players including Pedro Chirivella, Nathaniel Phillips, Caoimhin Kelleher, Connor Randall and Conor Masterson. All five will collect you just short of £1.5 million in total, and save £39,000 a week in wages. 

Loans

There are some contenders for loans at Liverpool, with a hefty gap between the first team and the rest. England U17 World Cup winner and top scorer Rhian Brewster has a bright future, but with Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi ahead of him in the pecking order, you should loan him out for the season to get some game time. Bobby Adekanye, Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones can all also be loaned out for the season. 

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £118 million

New wage budget: £502,000 a week

Interim right back

Trent Alexander-Arnold could go on and become the best right back in the world with no player in the same position having a greater potential on FIFA 19. However, the England international is the only recognised right back at Liverpool, and with him also the weakest player in the starting lineup, a short-term replacement would be a smart move. 

Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi would be a smart choice, with the 27-year-old available for around £25 million and wages of £64,000 a week. Stats of 90 stamina, 87 agility and 87 volleys take the Italian international to an 82 overall which can rise to 83. 

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

Cost

Wage

Dani Alves

35

PSG

Brazil

82

82

£5m

£55k

Thomas Meunier

26

PSG

Belgium

82

83

£26m

£77k

Sergi Roberto

26

Barcelona

Spain

83

86

£33m

£150k

Dani Carvajal

26

Real Madrid

Spain

84

85

£36m

£163k

Joshua Kimmich

23

Bayern Munich

Germany

85

87

£46m

£81k

Defensive partner for Van Dijk

Sticking with the defence, Virgil van Dijk still doesn’t have a regular defensive partner, and although Joe Gomez looks like the future, a more reliable option needs to come in the interim.

It may sound ambitious, but PSG hard man Thiago Silva would be the perfect signing. The 33-year-old has attributes of 90 jumping, 89 standing tackle and 89 interceptions which give him an 88 overall. The Brazilian international will set you back around £32 million with wages of £145,000 a week. 

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

Cost

Wage

Miranda

33

Inter Milan

Brazil

85

85

£19m

£85k

Giorgio Chiellini

33

Juventus

Italy

90

90

£36m

£198k

Raul Albiol

32

Napoli

Spain

84

84

£24m

£77k

Medhi Benatia

31

Juventus

Morocco

86

86

£36m

£141k

Jerome Boateng

29

Bayern Munich

Germany

85

85

£36m

£101k

Contracts

You have a few decisions to make with contracts as seven players have deals expiring at the end of the season at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi provide back up in attack and out wide, and although neither have long-term futures, they are useful to keep around for a couple more seasons.

The 19-year-old Bobby Adekanye should be loaned out this season, but that should not stop you from getting him on a new contract to see if he can reach his potential. 

Alberto Moreno has been well and truly benched behind Andrew Robertson, and with just a year left on his contact, there is little point in renewing it. Look to bring in a new left back next season. 

As for Conor Masterson, Connor Randall and Tony Gallacher, these are players you should be selling before their contracts expire. 

Managerial objectives

With Liverpool’s star rating a little behind the other Premier League big dogs, you do have more leeway in your managerial objectives. For domestic success, you will only need to finish in the top four and reach the FA Cup final. However, you will need to win the Premier League by the end of next season.

For continent success you will be expected to reach the Champions League final for a second successive year, so it’s clear what your focus will be this season. 

Brand exposure has a critical importance, and here you will need to gain £176 million from shirt sales and also earn £334 million from prize money within three seasons. Bringing in big name signings and picking up quick wins in pre-season tournaments will help with both of these.

Youth development only has a low importance, with a youth player needed to be signed to the first team and played in five matches over the season. You must also grow a youth player by five overall points and play them in five matches

Lastly, your financial goal requires you to finish the seasons with a £66 million profit margin. 

Finally strike Premier League gold

In your first season, look to get a feel of the side, but puts all your eggs in one basket and target the Champions League. It may be a stretch to win the competition but target a trip to the semis and make sure you finish in the top four in the league.

In your second season you will have a tough job, as you look to lift both the Premier League and Champions League. If you sign well and add even more depth to this already strong squad, you can then go toe-to-toe with Manchester City on all fronts.

Can you take Liverpool back to the glory days of old? 

Full Liverpool player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Country

OVR

POT

Value

Wage

Goalkeepers

Alisson

25

GK

Brazil

86

91

£37m

£110k

Simon Mignolet

30

GK

Belgium

78

78

£6m

£60k

Caoimhin Kelleher

19

GK

Rep. Ireland

58

72

£200k

£2k

Defenders

Virgil van Dijk

26

CB

Holland

87

89

£44m

£158k

Andrew Robertson

24

LB

Scotland

82

87

£22m 

£87k

Dejan Lovren

28

CB

Croatia

81

82

£14m

£101k

Joel Matip

26

CB

Cameroon

80

82

£13m

£87k

Trent Alexander-Arnold

19

RB

England

79

89

£15m

£35k

Joe Gomez

21

CB
RB

England

78

88

£13m

£53k

Alberto Moreno

25

LB

Spain

77

79

£8m

£67k

Nathaniel Phillips

21

CB

England

61

74

£400k

£8k

Conor Masterson

19

CB

Rep. Ireland

61

73

£300k

£5k

Connor Randall

22

RB
RWB

England

61

69

£300k

£9k

Tony Gallacher

18

LB

Scotland

59

77

£300k

£4k

Midfielders

Fabinho

24

CDM

Brazil

84

88

£30m

£106k

Nabil Keita

23

CM
CDM
CAM

Guinea

83

88

£30m

£106k

Georginio Wijnaldum

27

CM
CDM

Holland

83

83

£20m

£114k

Jordan Henderson

28

CDM
CM

England

82

82

£16m

£110k

James Milner

32

CM
LB

England

81

81

£12m

£106k

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

24

CM
RM

England

80

85

£17m

£83k

Adam Lallana

30

CM

England

79

79

£12m

£97k

Lazar Markovic

24

RM
RW

Serbia

74

76

£6m

£55k

Pedro Chirivella

21

CM
CDM

Spain

66

75

£1m

£15k

Curtis Jones

17

CM
CAM

England

61

82

£500k

£6k

Attackers

Mohamed Salah

26

RW
ST

Egypt

88

89

£61m

£224k

Roberto Firmino

26

CF
ST
CAM

Brazil

86

87

£47m

£172k

Sadio Mane

26

LW
RW

Senegal

86

87

£46m

£172k

Xherdan Shaqiri

26

RW
RM
CAM

Switz.

82

82

£21m

£123k

Daniel Sturridge

28

ST

England

80

80

£14m

£110k

Divock Origi

23

ST
LW
RM

Belgium

77

82

£11m

£73k

Rhian Brewster

19

ST

England

62

84

£600k

£7k

Rafael Camacho

18

LW
RB

Portugal

61

81

£500k

£7k

Bobby Adekanye

19

RW
LW

Holland

60

80

£400k

£6k

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