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  1. I've been on my usual Liverpool save for a few weeks now. First season was a moderate success - 3rd in the league and a Europa League win. Season 2 has started well-ish. Unbeaten in the league, but only 3 wins from my 7 games. Lost the Super Cup to Porto in extra time. Leeds beat us 2-0 in the COC. Beaten Young Boys away and Juventus at home to take control of the CL group. The squad: Jefferson (£3m) Predrag Rajkovic (£3.5m) Clyne Flanagan Moreno Ludwig Augustinsson (£3m) Skrtel Sakho Gomez Wisdom Ashley Williams (£6m) Henderson Can Andre Ayew (£10m + Benteke) Lucas Romero (£4m) Allen Lucas Milner Jan Kirchhoff (£1m) Coutinho Firmino Odegaard (£8.25m) Andrija Zivkovic (£2.5m) Ibe Origi Sturridge Sinclair Jonathan Calleri (£4m) u21s with minimum 3.5* potential - Thiago Maia (£6m - on loan at Lyon for the season. Will replace Lucas) Bobby Adekanye Yan Dhanda Brooks Lennon Herbie Kane Ryan Kent Jordan Rossiter Danie Trickett-Smith Sheyi Ojo Brad Smith got a fair amount of playing in my first season also, but my coaches don't rate him. His one appearance this season was in the defeat to Leeds and he was terrible. I followed advice on here and got £40m for Lallana from Arsenal, Lovren went to Bayern for £14.5m, Bogdan went to Fiorentina for £3m, Jose Enrique to Watford for £2.5m. Season 2, Markovic left for £26.5m, Balo for £21m, Migs and Ings for £8m each. Over the two seasons, my total outgoings on transfers was about £60m, incoming was £145m. However, I've just *****ed that wad on Dybala for £91m, coming in January. Very excited.
  2. Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno; Hendo, Can; Ibe, Firmino, Coutinho; Benteke. Never had much luck with Milner on FM. And Moreno is much better than IRL.
  3. Just started my 4th season. Season 3 was the watershed moment, won the FA Cup and League (at a canter). Somehow lost 5-2 against Barca in the Champions League final. I dominated possession about 60/40, had about 25 shots to their 8. Suarez got 4 goals in the first half and it was all over. Squad is looking like this: Jeronimo Rulli Martin Hansen (full HG, cheap and not terrible) Nathaniel Clyne Jon Flanagan Jonathan Silva Kieran Gibbs Jonathan Tah Jesus Vallejo Tiago Ilori Joost van Aken Jordan Henderson Josh Kimmich Aaron Kuhl Lucas Silva Youri Tielemans Georges Hotz (first regen to break into my first team squad, Iniesta-esque Swiss u21) Raheem Sterling Jordon Ibe Philippe Coutinho Guido Vadala Danny Sturridge Carlos (from Atletico Mineiro) Luka Jovic Hervin Ongenda Mbaye Niang Generally field a variation of 4-3-3, occasionally a diamond against awkward teams. I sold a lot of big players in the summer just gone - Lovren - Southampton £10m. Was always OK, but complained a lot. Lallana - Hertha BSC £10m. Just never got into the team. Markovic - Freiburg £8m. Same as Lallana. Allen - Stoke £8m. Same again. Emre Can - Juve £29m. Rarely started, too good an offer to turn down. Origi - PSG £32m. LOL. Negotiated up from £20m and they went for it straightaway. 12 goals in 21 games for me last season, decent enough player. Sakho - Arsenal £25m. We fell out big time after he got a red card vs Chelsea in February. He sat in the u21s since that. Didn't really want to sell domestically, but no-one else came in for him. Gabriel Barbosa - Man City £58m. Release clause. He started asking to leave after about 6 months at the club. I had promised to let him go to Bayern if they met my valuation (ie the release clause), but no offer came him. City bumped up his wages from £40k/week to £170k. I had tried to renegotiate a contract several times, but got the dreaded red text box every time. Ah well. Ongenda and Niang were free transfers who I envisage selling after a season or two for a but of profit, but will do nicely as back-up players for now - both can play up front or on the wing. Carlos was a £15m direct replacement for Gabby Barbosa. Aaron Kuhl just got relegated with Reading, but at £11m is a good replacement for Allen and Can. Joost van Aken is a big, strong, if slightly on the slow side CB who cost £6m from Heerenveen and will hopefully be a solid and non-whingy 4th choice. First XI, normally Rulli - top GK, but only has 2 years to go and wants me to double his wages. Not sure what to do. 20 clean sheets in 35 league games last season. Clyne - top-rated player in the Champions League last season, just quality. Tah - only 21 but an absolute beast. 6'4", pacy, built like a brick poophouse. Monster. Vallejo - has slowly crept into my first XI having been signed for £1.1m as a shaky 17yo. Good passer, solid defender. Silva - very nice to have height at full-back, and just overall quality. Kimmich - signed for his mental stats, and you can see the difference with him in the team. Hard worker, composed, smart and a warrior. Tielemans - Jesus Christ on a football pitch. 20yo and one of the best in the world. 48 assists in 2 league campaigns for me so far. Captain Hendo - doesn't score or assist many (about 10-15 in total over a season), but never has to miss a game, and runs the midfield. Ibe - much bigger goal threat than Sterling (24 in all comps last season). Just seems to be in the right place to score. Pacey, too. Sterling - less direct than Ibe. His goals tend to be spectacular, his build up play is immense. Sturridge - I'm hoping Carlos will be first choice, but he has missed the first few weeks of the season. Studge is solid and scores, but doesn't offer much else. Carlos also scored from the halfway line on his debut in the Community Shield. Has anyone else had Lucas Silva? I signed him for £3.9m after he spent one season at Castilla. After initially impressing, he has really dropped off. I've tried him as regista in my 4-3-3, Anchor in my diamond and CM BWM in a 4-2-3-1, and he can't cut it for me. He complains a lot about not getting first team football, and refuses to believe that Kimmich is in better form (their average ratings of about 6.6 vs 7ish beg to differ). His value hovers around £12-15m, and I have tried to sell him for around this price, but no-one's interested. He's now 3rd choice behind Kimmich and Kuhl. I don't like his £57k/week wages, but I'm still £1.3m/week under budget.