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How to play as Liverpool in FIFA 19

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Written by Fraser Gilbert
Guide Klopp’s stars to the Premier League title with our team guide.
As close as they’ve come, Liverpool have famously yet to win the Premier League. Jürgen Klopp’s side have as good a chance as ever in 2018-19, sporting a squad of superstars – many of whom led the team to last season’s Champions League Final.
In FIFA 19, there are loads of ways to achieve virtual glory with the Reds. You can undergo a full Career Mode (complete with new Champions League licensing), compete against others in Online Seasons, or even collect the full squad for your Ultimate Team.
If you want to get the most out of the Anfield side, you’ll need to know which formations, lineups and tactics are best suited to them. We’ve analysed the top ways to play with Liverpool in FIFA 19, and these are our top tips for leading them to glory.

What formation should you play?

The False 9 variant of the 4-3-3 works particularly well
The False 9 variant of the 4-3-3 works particularly well
4-3-3 False 9
The 4-3-3 False 9 formation is arguably the most effective Liverpool tactic in FIFA 19. It makes excellent use of the team’s three most dangerous attackers, allowing Salah and Mané to make devastating runs, while Firmino drops back to assist the midfield. It also incorporates a CDM, with the role perfectly suited to the likes of Fabinho and Henderson.
4-1-2-1-2 (Wide)
If you're intending to use a second striker, the wide variant of the 4-1-2-1-2 is a great option. This allows you to partner the likes of Sturridge, Solanke or even Salah alongside Firmino up front, whilst still retaining width through Mané, Shaqiri and Oxlade-Chamberlain. You also get the benefit of CDM and CAM roles, for which the team boasts masses of talented suitors.
4-3-2-1
Liverpool’s strength in attack largely relies on speed and width. But if you’re not keen on playing a wide formation, the 4-3-2-1 is a superb alternative. This tactic converts Salah and Mané into additional forwards, allowing them to take advantage of through balls and quick passing to overwhelm the opposition.

Who’s in the team?

Firmino has to start for Liverpool in FIFA 19
Firmino has to start for Liverpool in FIFA 19
Defence
In goal, recent signing Alisson Becker is comfortably your best option. The two best full-backs in the side are Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, and both possess outstanding potential in Career Mode. Any combination of Virgil van Dijk, Lovren and Matip will prove effective in central defence, while Joe Gomez can improve substantially in future seasons.
Midfield
Liverpool’s defensive midfield is packed with talent. Fabinho and Henderson both suit the role perfectly, while Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keïta and James Milner are good options when playing with central midfielders. You’ll also want to keep an eye on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones, as both boast high potential in Career Mode.
Attack
You’ll naturally want to make use of Firmino, Salah and Mané in attacking positions. The likes of Shaqiri and Keïta are also excellent in a CAM role, while Divock Origi is a good backup option on the wing. Keep an eye on the ratings of wingers Rafael Camacho and Bobby Adekanye in Career Mode, and do the same for Dominic Solanke and Rhian Brewster up front.

Which tactics should you use?

Robertson and Alexander-Arnold both suit the ‘overlap’ instruction
Robertson and Alexander-Arnold both suit the ‘overlap’ instruction
Liverpool are most proficient when adopting a balanced tactical approach, but the team’s quickness supports a high level of defensive pressure. It’s also wise to set up with a good degree of offensive width, allowing your wingers to stretch the play. Make use of the new Dynamic Tactics feature to encourage a fast build up style when switching to an attacking mentality.
For player instructions, you can utilise your two pacy full-backs in Alexander-Arnold and Robertson to overlap the attack out wide. It’s also worth assigning the ‘stay back while attacking’ instruction to defensive midfielders, bolstering your back line. When playing with a lone striker, false 9 attacking instructions prevent them from becoming isolated.
The top set-piece specialist in the side is Xherdan Shaqiri, sporting a free-kick accuracy of 84. He far surpasses the next best candidates in James Milner (75), Jordan Henderson (74) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (74), while he’s also the best at corners. New signing Fabinho takes the crown from 12 yards – the Brazilian boasts a massive 91 penalties rating.
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