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  1. So what have you done to rectify this? You've mentioned that he gets isolated - he will with 2 wingers and only 1 midfield runner. You've mentioned that he is too deep, he will be by definition as a deep-lying forward.
  2. Might seem a bit of a daft question but how are you expecting to score? Where do you want your goals to come from and how does your current set up achieve this?
  3. You could probably get a lot out of reading some of the tactics guides in the Please Read sticky at the top of the board. However, you might want to ask yourself a couple of basic questions to start with: What are the strengths of your squad?; How do you want to play? (Stylistically); From there you should be able to build a base tactic to suit your players. At the minute, changing system every game probably isn't doing much good for you.
  4. Took over Reading at the beginning of the 3rd season in game. League cup win and Play Off Final defeat in the first season. Still a fair amount of original squad around, but made quite a few signings throughout the year. New strikers in the form of Tyler Roberts on loan from West Brom and Anastosis Donis in January from Juventus for £220k. Also signed John McGinn from Hibernian and Jordan Pickford from Sunderland after spotting him in their u23 squad. Picked up Mason Holgate in the January also. Sold Donis for £11.5m to Palace in the Summer window and resigned Tyler Roberts on loan. Got rid of Gunter as he was entering last year of contract, and replaced him with James Bree. Signed Kasey Palmer on a free who has been amazing in AM(S) role 19 goals and 23 assists in January. Holgate left for £10.5m in January which allowed me to bring in Bersant Celina from City, Josh Murphy from Villa and Bielik from Arsenal. 2nd in the league 3 points behind Stoke but with 2 games in hand due to European commitments. Got through to First Knockout round losing to Gladbach on away goals.
  5. Defensively you are very deep and very passive in how you close down. Then you when you have the ball you're very static based on your dribble less instruction and your midfield roles. I'd suggest trying to be more aggressive defensively with a higher line and pressing the ball more, along with changing your midfield roles to move more.
  6. The IFs come "narrow too soon" because they're going into the space that is provided to them by your F9. They're doing exactly what should be expected of them given your set up. Have you tried playing a striker with a different role that occupies the centre backs to see if that gives your IFs the movement you're looking for?
  7. Based on your current roles, have you considered the shape of your team when you have possession? In my head you'll be set up something similar to: I've lined up an opposition XI in a 4-3-3 to help demonstrate my point, but based on your team where then would you expect your midfielders to play the ball? To me, your IFs are coming in to a congested area meaning that the only players moving forward and into space are your full backs hence why they receive the ball a lot. Then when your full backs have the ball, what are their options? Surely they have few options other than crossing the ball? I'd imagine you'd see a reduction in crosses by using 'Work Ball in to Box'. Your full backs will still receive the ball regularly as they would remain the only viable passing option for your midfielders, but you'd at least find them passing the ball inside rather than crossing it.
  8. I'd initially look more at your team instructions to try and create the counter style you're looking for as some of them will create a possession based style of play by default. For example 'Play Out Of Defense', 'Work Ball Into Box' and 'Prevent Short GK Distribution' suggest that you're looking to keep the ball rather than to break quickly. By this I mean a team looking to play on the counter is unlikely to prevent the opposition GK playing shortly as they want to encourage them to bring the ball forward to create space to exploit (think Juventus away at Bayern in the CL). Additionally, if you want to get the ball forward quickly working the ball in to the box is also counterproductive. It may be worth you removing some of those instructions and seeing how that effects your play in the next game.
  9. Apologies if this has been asked/answered previously, I've searched but unable to see a thread of a similar kind. I'm 5 years into a save with Grimsby Town and I've never been able to get a parent club. Every time the option to request one becomes available, I make the request and the board are happy to search for one. However they always return a few days later saying that after extensive searching they've been unable to find a suitable club to form a partnership with. It's starting to get a little frustrating now as I can't come up with a logical explanation for this. I'm overachieving in the Championship, so I feel comfortable ruling out being in a poor league etc. Does anybody know how the game searches for clubs to form a partnership with? What could determine my board's inability to find a 'suitable club'?
  10. I guess the answer really depends on how you've set up the rest of your 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-1-2, and how you think "as close to real life as poss with Liverpool" translates to FM. What are your team instructions? What roles do the other players have? What player instructions are being used? How close to what you're trying to achieve do you think you are?
  11. Just a couple of observations - I'd add the 'Get Further Forward' instruction to your BBM to encourage more support for your attackers. I'd remove 'Stick to Positions' from your team instructions as this in theory is making your team static and (obviously) encouraging players to stick to their position. Therefore your midfielders won't break from their strata to support an attack etc.
  12. You leave your centre backs exposed to through balls in to the channels. If you think about the nature of your roles and the lack of protection they offer your defence, the 2 wing backs on attack will be much higher than the 2CBs and perhaps as high as your midfield line. Add in a lack of a genuine holding midfield player due to the DLP(D) and BBM(S) combination means that your CBs will often be defending by themselves, particular in transition (which is where I imagine a lot of the through ball assists come from). Basically you need to think about how you can counter the counter so to speak. I'd drop one of your wingbacks to support, or maybe even FB(S) to offer some stability. I'd also consider, depending on how you want your midfield to help an attack, changing either player to a CM(D) to have more static midfield player to protect your defence.
  13. Yes, but we don't know his current squad and therefore where he's looking to strengthen etc. etc.
  14. On your squad screen, click 'report' and on that sub-menu click 'comparison'.
  15. He may go missing, as Crazy Ivan says, because the opposition have a DM marking him. Does he contribute in other ways? Or when he goes missing is he not involved at all?
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