Hopefully this will be the first of many team guides for FM13
Name: Liverpool FC
League: English Premier League
Media Prediction: 5th
In the first season, you will get a choice of 3 expectations; Qualify for Europa League, Qualify for Champions League and Title Challenge. As you only get £1 Million extra from title challenge, I would pick Qualify for Europa as their is less pressure on you.
Expectations.......///......................./...Transfer Budget.........Wage Budget
Qualify for Europa:///......................./£3 Million......................£1.5 Million
Qualify for Champions league:////£3.8 Million...................£1.7 Million
Title Challenge:///............................/£4.1 Million...................£1.7 Million
Once you have sold some players though, you will have a nice amount of money to play with, but we will come to that later in the guide
Liverpool have some good staff memebers, and some pretty poor ones. Im not very good with staff, so you will have to have a look yourself, but there is one I can recommend. Terminate Colin Pascoes contract, and get in Johan Cruijff.
Liverpools captain and star player. Gerrard has excellent all-round ability, and can also play in several different positions. His best positions is attacking midfielder and can play as an advanced playmaker, attacking midfielder, insider forward and Trequartista equally well.
The Uruguayan is another top player at Liverpool and is the chief goal getter (although he has only been given 13 finishing despite being second top scorer this season). His best position is up top as a deep lying forward or complete forward, but can also play on either wing or central attacking midfield. His dribbling ability is his best quality
Agger is Liverpool hard hitting no nonsense centre back. Like Steven Gerrard, is a very well rounded player. He does suffer from injuries though, so you must monitor his fitness carefully.
At the age of just 17, Sterling has already become one of my favorite players at the club. The young tricky winger has already proved his ability in the first team, and has excellent potential for the future. His pace and dribbling really troubles defenders when he is playing in his natural position which is on the right wing.
Ibe is another excellent young winger coming through the academy. His has good pace and dribbling for his age, and with the correct training and tutoring, he can become a quality player.
Due to issues with the ME, I usually play with 3 at the back with every team I use, and I feel this works really well for Liverpool. They have 3 good CBs in Skrtel, Agger and Coates. The lack of full backs also means you can sell Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson who fetch a fair amount of money. The player I normally offer are:
Glen Johnson: £18.5 Million
Offers From: Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal
Jose Enrique: £9 Million
Offers From: Arsenal, Tottenham
Stuart Downing: £10.75 Million
Offers From: Fulham
Doni: £1.2 Million
Offers From: Man City
If you manage to sell all these players, you should have around £25 Million to play with. You will also receive many loan offers for your younger players. I usually accept if they are offered first team football.
Now that you have a bit of money to play with, now comes the fun part. Using my formation of 3-5-2, the positions I would look for are; CB, LM and ST. Some of the players I would recommend are:
Demba Ba: Excellent striker and is avaliable for just £7 Million.
Alan Dzagoev: Was labeled the Russian "Messi" in the last few version of FM. Can be picked up for free at the beginning of the game, and will join in January.
Wilifred Zaha: Continuing with Liverpools building for the future approach, Zaha is an excellent signing. For £6 Million, I think he is a bargain. He can play up top, or right midfield.
Raul Albiol: A solid signing from Real Madrid. He is available for £6.25 Million. There are several teams chasing him though, so he can sometimes prove hard to get.
Neven Subotic: A slightly more expensive option at the back, but a very good one who will improve over time. Can be picked up for around £15 Million.
Nathan Redmond: Another excellent young pacey English winger. He can play both on the right and left hand side, and I have had good results with him on the left. He can be picked up for around £5 Million
You may not be able to get all of these players, but you will probably be able to get most of them. This is what my transfers looked liked after playing:
I have been using one of the tactics by TheBetterHalf (I will link the tactic when I find it ). I had some excellent results when I used it with the Fm-Base team in the money bags challenge. Admittedly I should be winning all the games, but as people have been struggling this year, managing to go over 100 games unbeaten was a real achievement.
This is my line up before the opening game of the season:
A line up which I feel is fairly strong, and is also one with potential for years to come.
Training and Tutoring
In this section I will just give a quick review on what focus you should put certain players on and what new positions to train them too.
Raheem Sterling: MR, Quickness
Joe Allen: DM
Wilifred Zaha: Shooting (If you are going to use him as a striker), Crossing (If you are going to use him as a winger)
Oussama Assaidi: Passing
Fabio Borini: Composue
Martin Kelly: Tackling
Steven Gerrard ---> Raheem Sterling
Luis Suarez ---> Wilifred Zaha
Just a short guide but I hope it helps a few people. If you feel I have left anything out, feel free to comment and I will see where I can add it