7 Premier league records held by current Liverpool players

Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have broken many all-time records at the club level, Premier League level and in the UEFA Champions League. During this same period, several players of the club have broken numerous records including these seven Premier League records. 

Alisson – Most clean sheets by any Premier League goalkeeper in his debut season (21)

When Liverpool signed Alisson, he was the most expensive goalkeeper in the world but that record was broken a couple of weeks later when Kepa Arrizabalaga joined Chelsea. 

Alisson in his debut season with Liverpool won the Golden Glove in the Premier League and Champions League. In the league, he kept 21 clean sheets in his debut season which is the most any goalkeeper has kept in their debut season in the Premier League and the most by a Liverpool goalkeeper in a season. Also, only Petr Cech with 24 clean sheets in the 2004/05 season has kept more clean sheets than Alisson in one season. 

The Brazilian also became the first non-European player to win the Golden Glove in the Premier League. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Most assists by a defender in one Premier League season (12)

Last season, Trent-Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson were competing with each other to see who would pick up more assists. 

Robertson picked up his 11th assist of the season on 26 April to equal the record of Everton’s Leighton Baines and Andy Hinchcliffe for most assists in a Premier League season by a defender. However, in the final game of the season, Alexander-Arnold picked up his 12th assist of the season to make the record his own. 

The young Englishman is Liverpool’s set-piece taker and that helped him break the record. He already has two assists this season and could break his own record at the end of the ongoing season. 

James Milner – Most consecutive Premier League matches scored in without losing (52)

James Milner has played 520 Premier League games for five clubs combined and he has scored 53 goals. He has scored 17 league goals for Liverpool which is more goals than he has for any other club and the Reds will be hoping that he scores more frequently given his extraordinary record. 

On 19 March 2017, Milner scored in a 1-1 draw against his former club Manchester City and with that goal, he broke the English top-flight and not just the Premier League record for most matches scored in without losing (47 matches). He has since extended that record to 52 matches. 

Of those 52 games, 41 have ended in a victory for his side and 11 have ended in a draw. He’s yet to open his account for the season and Liverpool fans will be hoping that if and when he scores it will be in a match they can’t afford to lose.  

Georginio Wijnaldum – Most Premier League goals scored before scoring away from home (18)

Unlike the other records on this list, this is a record that the player may not be proud of but it is a record nonetheless. 

Georginio Wijnaldum moved to the Premier League in 2015 to play for Newcastle and in his debut season in England, he scored 11 goals for the Toons including one against his current employers. However, all the goals he scored were at St. James’ Park. 

He joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 following Newcastle’s relegation and he was deployed in a deeper role in midfield by Jurgen Klopp. This impacted his goals return but he still scored seven Premier League goals in his first two seasons with the club and all of them were at Anfield. 

The Dutchman scored 18 goals at the home ground of the team he played for before scoring his first away goal in the Premier League which was against Tottenham in 2018/19. Clive Wilson with nine goals is second in the list of players with most goals before netting in an away match. 

Sadio Mane – The Longest unbeaten record in home matches for any Premier League player

Jurgen Klopp has made Anfield a fortress and the Reds haven’t lost a home match since losing to Crystal Palace 23 April 2017. Since then, Liverpool are undefeated at home in the Premier League for 43 games. 

In 2016/17, Liverpool lost two games at Anfield. The first was a 2-3 defeat to Swansea City which Sadio Mane missed because he was away with Senegal for the African Cup of Nations and he also missed the defeat to Palace because he was injured. 

As a result, the 27-year-old has become the first player in Premier League history to play 50 home games for one club without tasting defeat. Incredibly, Liverpool have won 41 fo those 50 games in which Mane played.  

Mohamed Salah – Most goals in a single Premier League season (32)

Mohamed Salah returned to the Premier League in 2017 after a disappointing spell with Chelsea in 2014. He had a point to prove and he did that in the best way possible. 

The Egyptian bagged the Premier League Golden Boot in his first season with Liverpool by racking up 32 goals in only 36 games and thus broke the record for most goals by any player in a 38-match Premier League season. 

The previous record was 31 goals and it was jointly held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez! 

Roberto Firmino – Most Premier League goals by a Brazilian player (50)

Roberto Firmino is earning rave reviews for his performance for Liverpool and more and more people are taking notice of his brilliance.

Firmino scored 38 Bundesliga goals in 140 games for Hoffenheim but at Liverpool, he has scored 50 Premier League goals in 142 games besides picking up 30 assists. 

He is the highest-scoring Brazilian in Premier League history with nine goals more than what Philippe Coutinho managed for Liverpool. 

 

5 players who might have an outside chance of winning Ballon d’Or 2019

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are favourites to be named for the Ballon d’Or 2019 after already being named in the top three for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year awards. However, the following five stars have an outside chance of winning the Ballon d’Or in 2019. 

#5. Alisson Becker

Lev Yashin is the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or and in 2014, Manuel Neuer came in the third position. Alisson Becker has a very small chance of becoming only the second goalkeeper to win the prestigious award after an impressive season for both club and country. 

Liverpool signed Alisson for a then-record fee for a goalkeeper and he played a crucial role in the club’s success. The Reds had the best defensive record in Europe’s Top 5 leagues last season and he kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League and also in the Champions League. In addition, he also picked up the Golden Glove at the Copa America this summer which he helped his country win. 

The Brazilian’s chances of winning the Ballon d’Or could have been enhanced if it wasn’t for the injury he picked up at the start of the season. However, in a recent interview, he admitted that’s difficult for a goalkeeper to win the award. 

#4. Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has evolved into one of the best players in the world at Liverpool and in his two seasons at the club, he has broken numerous records and won a plethora of individual awards. 

Last season, the Egyptian scored 27 goals and provided ten assists in all competitions and in the process, he won a second consecutive Premier League Golden Boot. He also scored six goals for his country in only seven appearances but he could not help them win the African Cup of Nations. 

The 27-year-old has started the ongoing season in brilliant form. He already has three goals and two assists to his name in only four Premier League games and also helped the Reds win the UEFA Super Cup. 

#3. Bernado Silva

Strictly in terms of trophies won, no player had a better season than Bernardo Silva. He won all four domestic trophies with Manchester City before lifting the UEFA Nations League trophy with Portugal. 

Last season, Silva predominantly played in midfield due to Kevin De Bruyne’s long-term injury and he was named in the PFA Team of the Year for his consistent performances. In all competitions for Manchester City, he racked up 13 goals and assists each. At the international level, Silva was named the UEFA Nations League Finals Player of the Tournament for his contributions to Portugal’s triumph. 

This season the 25-year-old has started just two of Man City’s four Premier League games and if Pep Guardiola doesn’t start him more often, then his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or will fade. 

#2. Sadio Mane

The 2018/19 season was the most prolific season of Sadio Mane’s career so far as he scored 26 goals in only 50 games across all competitions and also shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

The Senegalese international has earned a reputation for being a clutch player for the Reds. For instance, he earned the first-minute penalty in the Champions League final in 2019 and scored Liverpool’s only goal in the final in 2018. 

Mane also led Senegal to the final of the AFCON in the summer and scored three goals at the tournament. However, he couldn’t help them beat Algeria in the final. 

The 27-year-old has started the current season in excellent form. He already has four goals in only four games which includes a brace against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup match which helped the Reds win. 

#1. Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has evolved into one of the best players in the world under Pep Guardiola and if he keeps up his current form, then he will have more than just an outside chance of winning the Ballon d’Or. 

Sterling scored a career highest 25 goals last season for Manchester City in addition to providing 15 assists in only 51 games across all competitions. His contributions helped the Citizens win four trophies in 2019 including the domestic treble. 

The 24-year-old’s performance for England has also been exceptional. He scored only twice for the Three Lions in his first 45 appearances but in his next eight appearances, he scored eight goals. He has six goals and four assists in England’s four Euro qualification matches in 2019! 

This season, Sterling scored against his former club Liverpool in the Community Sheild Match and also has five goals in only four Premier League matches. 

FIFA 20 ratings: 6 stars who have received the biggest downgrade

On 9 September, EA Sports released the rating of the 100-highest rated players in FIFA 20 as part of the build-up to the game’s release later this month. Several superstars received a massive downgrade this year and some even fell out of this year’s Top 100. 

#6. Gonzalo Higuain – 88 to at least 85 (Minimum -3)

In FIFA 18, Gonzalo Higuain was the tenth highest-rated player in the game with an overall rating of 90. In FIFA 19, his overall rating dropped to 88 but he was still in the top 40. In FIFA 20, the Argentine has dropped out of the Top 100.

Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is ranked 100 in the latest Top 100 list has an overall rating of 85, the maximum possible overall rating for Higuain is 85 which means his overall rating has dropped by at least three. 

The Argentine spent the first half of the 2018/19 season on loan at AC Milan and scored only eight times in 22 appearances. He joined Chelsea for the second half of the season and he could only find the back of the net five times for the Blues in 18 appearances. 

#5. Gianluigi Buffon – 88 to at least 85 (Minimum -3)

In the summer of 2018, Gianluigi Buffon joined PSG after 17 years with Juventus. However, he flopped at the Parisian club and played just 25 games all season. 

Age has finally caught up with the 41-year-old goalkeeper and he was culpable for PSG’s Champions League exit last season. This summer, he returned to Juventus as a backup to Wojciech Szczęsny. 

Like Higuain, Buffon had an initial overall rating of 88 in FIFA 19 and he too has dropped out of the Top 100 this year. The maximum overall he can get is 85 but he will most probably have an even lower rating in FIFA 20. 

#4. Gareth Bale – 88 to at least 85 (Minimum -3)

Gareth Bale has scored 104 goals in only 234 games for Real Madrid and he scored the winning goal in two Champions League final and also scored in the shootout in a third final. However, he has struggled with injuries and lacked playing time under Zinedine Zidane last season

The Welshman scored 21 goals in 39 games in 2017/18 season but last season, he scored only 14 goals in 42 appearances and just eight in 29 La Liga appearances. The 30-year-old was expected to leave Real Madrid this summer, but Zidane opted to keep him and he has started the current season brightly. 

Bale also dropped out of the Top 100 this year after holding an 88 overall in FIFA 19. So, he too can have a maximum possible rating of 85 in FIFA 20. 

#3. James Rodriguez – 88 to 85 (-3)

There are twelve Real Madrid players in this year’s Top 100 list and nine of them have received a rating downgrade. Karim Benzema and Dani Carvajal received an upgrade while Eden Hazard retained last year’s rating. 

James’ overall rating in FIFA 19 was 88 but it has been brought down significantly this season despite a decent season for Bayern Munich. However, it’s hard to argue that the Colombian didn’t deserve such a massive downgrade. 

The 28-year-old is back at Real Madrid this season and he’ll be hoping to play a big role for the club to reclaim his lost honour. 

#2. Marcelo – 88 to 85 (-3)

Marcelo was the highest-rated left-back in FIFA 19 but in FIFA 20, he has not only lost the top spot but also received one of the biggest downgrades among players in the Top 100. 

The Brazilian was a key member of the Real Madrid side up until the end of the 2017/18 season but last season, he was no longer the undisputed choice at left-back and was left out for several big matches in favour of the young Sergio Reguilón. 

The 2019/20 season could be Marcelo’s last season with Real Madrid as the club has spent a significant sum to sign the much younger Ferland Mendy this summer as a potential long-term successor to the Brazilian. 

#1. Isco – 89 to 86 (-3)

In FIFA 19, Isco had an overall rating of 89 and arguably, he didn’t deserve such a high rating. Nevertheless, EA Sports has done by bringing his overall rating down to 86 in FIFA 20. 

The Spaniard was a favourite of Zinedine Zidane but last season under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, he found playing time hard to come by and was even left out of the matchday squad on several instances even though he was fit and available for selection. 

Zidane is back at Real Madrid and it will be interesting to see how frequently Isco plays this season since the Los Blancos have strengthened the squad in the summer. 

FIFA 20 ratings: 6 stars who have received the biggest upgrade

On 9 September, EA Sports released the rating of the 100-highest rated players in FIFA 20 as part of the build-up to the game’s release later this month. Several superstars received a massive upgrade this year and it helped four of the six players below to crack the Top 100 for the first time. 

#6. Andrew Robertson – 81 to 85 (+4)

Andy Robertson’s phenomenal rise from a Celtic reject to arguably the best left-back in Europe is nothing short of a fairytale. The left-back Liverpool signed from relegated Hull City for only £8m is now one of the first names in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI. 

Robertson missed only three games last season in the league and Champions League combined. He picked up 13 assists from a left-back position of which eleven were in the Premier League and the only defender to provide more assists in a single Premier League season is Trent Alexander-Arnold who laid on 12 assists last season. 

The Scott was named in the PFA Team of the Year and he could also be in the FIFPro World XI this year. 

#5. Aymeric Laporte – 83 to 87 (+4)

Aymeric Laporte was arguably Manchester City’s most improved player last season and if it wasn’t for the consistency he produced at the back, Manchester City would have conceded the league title to Liverpool. 

The 25-year-old’s performance made it impossible for Pep Guardiola to drop him from the starting XI and as a result, Vincent Kompany, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi had to fight for one position last season. 

In addition to his defensive contributions, Laporte also chipped in with three goals and assists each. He was the only non-Liverpool player in the 2019 PFA Team of the Year’s defence. 

#4. Alisson Becker – 85 to 89 (+ 4)

Liverpool paid a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson Becker from Roma after Loris Karius cost them a UEFA Champions League title in 2018. The addition of a world-class goalkeeper made a huge difference and the Reds became one of the toughest teams to beat in Europe. 

Last season, the Brazilian kept the most number of clean sheets in the Premier League, Champions League and Copa America. Even though Liverpool fell narrowly short of the Premier League title, Alisson won the other two trophies. 

The 26-year-old is now the highest-rated goalkeeper in the Premier League and is ranked above David De Gea even though the Manchester United goalkeeper has the same overall rating. 

#3. Matthijs de Ligt – 80 to 85 (+5)

Matthijs de Ligt had an initial overall rating of 80 in FIFA 19 but he was so impressive for Ajax in 2018/19 that his rating climbed to 83 after the winter ratings refresh. 

The Dutchman played 55 games last season and captained Ajax to a domestic double. He also led them to the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League and it was his goal against Juventus in the quarterfinal that sent Ajax through to the last four. 

The 20-year-old who moved to Juventus this summer won many individual honours throughout the 2018/19 season including the prestigious Golden Boy award. 

#2. Virgil van Dijk – 85 to 90 (+5)

The comeback of the Netherlands national team as a major force in international football can be understood from the fact that both their first-choice centre-backs received a plus-five rating boost in FIFA 20. 

For Liverpool in the Premier League and Champions League combined, he missed only 125 minutes last season and he missed 90 of those minutes only because of a suspension. He was a rock at the back for the Reds and was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season. 

The 28-year-old also led the national team to the UEFA Nations League final after coming through a tough group with France and Germany – the last two World Champions. 

The recently crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year is also in the running for the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award. 

#1. Frenkie de Jong – 77 to 85 (+8)

Frenkie de Jong is the third Dutch footballer on this list and he has received a massive upgrade in FIFA 20. 

The 22-year-old only had an initial rating of 77 in FIFA 19 which rose to 82 when the winter ratings refresh rolled out. In FIFA 20, his rating has improved further and he’s now in the Top 100 along with nine other Barcelona players. 

De Jong joined Barcelona this summer and he is regarded as a long-term successor for Sergio Busquests. Based on the evidence of his career so far, the Dutch midfielder will adjust to the Catalan club like a fish in the water. 

FIFA 20 Ratings: 5 Players who are criminally overrated

On 9 September, EA Sports released the rating of the 100-highest rated players in FIFA 20 as part of the build-up to the game’s release later this month. There’s always a debate about the ratings of a few players and here are five players who got a much higher rating than they deserved. 

#5. Dani Carvajal – 85

Real Madrid had a terrible season in 2018/19 which is why Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Marcelo, Raphael Varane, Casemiro, Isco and Thibaut Courtois have all got a downgrade this year. Surprisingly, Dani Carvajal was given an upgrade FIFA 20 and he’s only one of two right-backs in the Top 100. 

Carvajal was injured for nearly 100 days last season and as a result, he played just 37 games last season and he appeared in fewer games only once in his six seasons at the club. He was also involved in only four goals last season which is a massive dip when compared to his numbers from 2017/18 season. 

If EA Sports gave retained his 84 overall rating from FIFA 19 then it was at least acceptable but giving him a plus one upgrade this year is preposterous. 

#4. Philippe Coutinho – 86

Philippe Coutinho’s poor form for Barcelona last season was well documented and that’s why he was forced out of the club this season on loan to Bayern Munich. 

The Brazilian scored eight goals for Barcelona in his first 18 La Liga appearances in the second half of the 2017/18 season but last season, he only found the back of the net five times in 34 league appearances. 

EA Sports downgraded Coutinho’s rating from 88 to 86 but they also downgraded James Rodriguez from 88 to 85 when the Colombian had a better season. Other wingers such as Angel Di Maria and Leroy Sane who performed much better than Coutinho last season were also given an 86 overall and that makes the former Liverpool man’s latest rating look absurd. 

#3. Thomas Muller – 86

Thomas Muller was one of the best players in the world but in the last three seasons, his form has dropped off a cliff and yet, EA Sports believed it was a wise decision to retain the German’s 86 rating from the previous edition. 

Last season, Muller scored only nine goals in 45 appearances across all competitions for Bayern Munich and he has never scored fewer goals for the club in a single season since the 2009/10 season. 

Joachim Low recognized the drastic dip in his form and announced that the soon to be 30-year-old won’t be considered for international duty in the foreseeable future. 

#2. Paulo Dybala – 88

Paulo Dybala was given an 89 rating in FIFA 19 which itself was debatable and this year he has been given an 88 overall after a downgrade. He deserved to get a bigger downgrade. 

Last season was a terrible one for the Argentine as was in and out of the starting XI following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. He scored only five league goals last season in 30 appearances after scoring 22 in 33 appearances in the season before. 

In FIFA 20, Dybala has the same overall as Marco Reus who was the Bundesliga player of the season after he racked up 17 goals and eight assists in only 27 appearances. That’s just not logical. 

#1. Gerard Pique – 88

EA Sports have given a rating downgrade to several players in their 30s but surprisingly, they’ve given the 32-year-old Barcelona centre-back an upgrade in FIFA 20. 

Last season, the Barcelona defence conceded 36 goals in the La Liga which is more than the number of goals conceded by Valencia and Getafe. Pique who was part of the Barcelona defence that conceded four goals at Anfield has shown signs of ageing and that is a concern among the Barcelona fans as he has been a key member of the defence for over a decade. 

You’ll also realise that Pique’s rating boost was not warranted when you see the ratings of his teammates Samuel Umitit and Jordi Alba. Umtiti was a given a minus one downgrade (86) in his overall rating after an injury-ravaged season while Jordi Alba’s overall rating (87) remained unchanged after a good season. 

FIFA 20 Ratings: The highest-rated XI in the game

On 9 September, EA Sports released the rating of the 100-highest rated players in FIFA 20 as part of the build-up to the game’s release later this month. There has been a lot of shuffling in the Top 100 this year and as a result, there’s a significant difference between the highest-rated XI in FIFA 19 and FIFA 20. 

Goalkeeper

Jan Oblak (91)

Jan Oblak had a 90 overall in FIFA 19 and was the second-highest rated goalkeeper in the game. However, he is the highest-rated shot-stopper in the latest edition after earning an upgrade and also because David De Gea’s poor season resulted in a rating downgrade. 

Fullbacks

Joshua Kimmich (86)

The Bayern Munich star is only one of two right-backs in the Top 100 this year and his overall rating has climbed to 86 from 85. He recorded 13 Bundesliga assists last season and his latest rating has taken that into account. 

Jordi Alba (87)

Surprisingly, Jordi Alba retained his overall rating from FIFA 19 despite being one of Barcelona’s best players last season. He was only the second-highest rated left-back last year but he gets the top spot this year because Marcelo has got a massive downgrade. 

Centre-backs

Virgil van Dijk (90)

The newly crowned UEFA Men’s Player of the Year is the highest-rated defender in FIFA 20. Last season, Van Dijk was outstanding for both club and country which is why his rating shot up to 90 from 85 in FIFA 19. 

Sergio Ramos (89)

Sergio Ramos was the highest-rated defender in FIFA 19 but he is one of nine Real Madrid players in the Top 100 to receive a downgrade this year because of the disastrous 2018/19 season. 

Giorgio Chiellini and Kalidou Koulibaly also have an 89 overall rating but Ramos ranks higher in the list published by EA Sports. 

Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne – 91

Kevin De Bruyne missed most of the 2018/19 season through injury but he retained last year’s overall rating because ‘class’ is permanent. He is the highest-rated player from the Premier League and the fifth highest-rated player overall. 

Luka Modric – 90

The defending Ballon d’Or winner also received a downgrade this year but he’s still in the 90s and is the ninth-highest-rated player in the game. However, he’s only the second-highest-rated player from Real Madrid behind Eden Hazard. 

N’Golo Kanté – 89

N’Golo Kante is one of the players who retained their overall rating from FIFA 19. The Frenchman played further forward in midfield last season under Maurizio Sarri but he’s still classified as a central defensive midfielder in FIFA 20. 

Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets also has an overall rating of 89 but he’s ranked below Kante in EA’s Top 100 list. 

Forwards

Neymar – 92

Neymar was out injured for several months last season and he even missed Brazil’s triumphant Copa America campaign. However, EA has been generous and has retained his overall rating from FIFA 19. As a result, Eden Hazard with a 91 overall misses out on this XI. 

Cristiano Ronaldo – 93

Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest-rated player in FIFA 19 but the Portuguese superstar has been given a downgrade this year. His goal scoring form in his debut season in Italy was not as prolific as it was during his time with Real Madrid and that could be a reason why he’s given a downgrade. 

Lionel Messi – 94

Lionel Messi retains last year’s overall rating but he’s got an upgrade in certain attributes this year after racking up 51 goals and 22 assists in only 50 games last season. His position has also been changed from centre-forward to right-winger in FIFA 20. 

 

FIFA 20 Ratings: 5 highest rated defenders

On 9 September, EA Sports released the rating of the 100-highest rated players in FIFA 20 as part of the build-up to the game’s release later this month. There are 27 defenders in the Top 100 this year and here are the five highest-rated defenders in the game. 

#5. Gerard Pique – 88

EA Sports tends to give downgrade to players in their 30s and that has been the case in FIFA 20 for many superstars. However, the 32-year-old Gerard Pique got an upgrade this year. 

The Spaniard had an overall rating of 87 last year and was surprisingly given an upgrade in the latest edition of the game. Pique scored a few goals last year but from a defensive point of view, he has shown vulnerability that comes with age and some Barcelona fans have expressed concerns about his performances. 

Nevertheless, Pique is the fifth highest-rated defender in FIFA 20 and he has the same overall rating as Diego Godin. Now, that’s baffling, to say the least. 

#4. Kalidou Koulibaly – 89

Kalidou Koulibaly’s stock has risen astronomically in the last two seasons and he’s still at Napoli only because the club will demand a record-breaking transfer fee for him. 

The 28-year-old has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world at the moment and was named the best defender in Serie A in 2018/19 ahead of Giorgio Chiellini. 

In FIFA 19, Koulibaly had a rating of 87 and that has gone up to 89 this year. His pace rating has gone down a notch in FIFA 20 but every other stat of his has gone up including the passing rating which rose to 54 from 46. 

#3. Giorgio Chiellini – 89

Giorgio Chiellini is 35-years-old and at that age, most players receive a rating downgrade. However, the Juventus captain has retained last year’s rating and that’s a testament to his performance. 

Last season, the Italian crossed 500 appearances in a Juventus kit and also 100 appearances for Italy to become the player with the fifth and seventh highest number of appearances for the respective teams. 

Chiellini picked up a ligament injury this season and it will keep him out for several months. He is unlikely to feature in many games this season even if he makes a full recovery and as a result, his rating is bound to go down next year. 

#2. Sergio Ramos – 89

There are twelve Real Madrid players in the Top 100 highest-rated players in FIFA 20 and nine of them including Sergio Ramos has got a rating downgrade after a disastrous 2018/19 season. 

Ramos was the highest-rated defender in FIFA 19 with an overall rating of 91 but in FIFA 20, he is in second place and also misses out on a top ten spot. 

The 33-year-old scored 11 goals last season – the most he has scored in a single season for Real Madrid and that has given him an upgrade in his shooting rating. He has also got upgrades in his dribbling, passing and physical attributes but there are also significant downgrades in his pace and defending stats. 

#1. Virgil van Dijk – 90

In FIFA 19, Virgil van Dijk had an overall rating of 85 and in just one year that has shot up to 90. This alone is a reflection of the amazing season the Liverpool defender had. 

The 28-year-old played a crucial role for both club and country last season and was most notably named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Premier League Player of the Year and UEFA Defender of the Season. He is also one of the three contenders for the Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award to be presented later this month. 

The Dutchman who is on the cover of FIFA 20 Champions Edition is one of the top ten highest-rated players in the game and the second-highest-rated player from the Premier League behind Kevin De Bruyne. 

FIFA 20 Ratings: 5 highest rated goalkeepers

On 9 September, EA Sports released the rating of the 100-highest rated players in FIFA 20 as part of the build-up to the game’s release later this month. There are 12 goalkeepers in the Top 100 this year and here are the five highest-rated goalkeepers in the game. 

#5. Manuel Neuer – 88

In EA Sports FIFA 15, 16, 17 and 18; Manuel Neuer was the highest-rated goalkeeper in the game and was also one of the top 5 highest-rated players. In FIFA 15 and 16, he had a 90 overall which was increased to 92 in the two subsequent editions. 

In FIFA 19, EA Sports downgraded the Bayern Munich star to 90 overall. This put him out of the top 10 and he was also no longer the highest-rated goalkeeper in the game. 

This year, the 33-year-old has been downgraded to an 88 rated player and Samir Handanovic, Thibaut Courtois, Ederson and Hugo Lloris also share the same overall rating. Also, even though Neuer is still Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper he isn’t the highest-rated German goalkeeper in FIFA 20. 

#4. David De Gea – 89

David De Gea was the highest-rated goalkeeper in FIFA 19 with an overall rating of 91 and he was the ninth highest-rated player in the game. 

Last season, the Manchester United shot-stopper was quite poor in goal and as a result, he has received a significant rating downgrade. However, he’s still the highest-rated goalkeeper in the Premier League but he shares that top spot. 

Also, De Gea is only one of two Manchester United players in the Top 100 this year but in FIFA 19 they had five players. Paul Pogba is the only one of those five players who retained last year’s rating while the other four received a downgrade. 

#3. Alisson Becker – 89

Alisson Becker won the Golden Glove in the Premier League, Champions League and in the Copa America last season. He won two of those competitions and came agonizingly close to winning the third one which was the Premier League title. 

Liverpool paid a then world-record fee for a goalkeeper to sign the Brazilian from Roma and he played a crucial role in Liverpool’s incredible season. In the end, the Reds had the best defensive record in Europe’s Top 5 leagues. 

Alisson was in the Top 100 last year with an overall rating of 85 but this year, his rating has gone up significantly and he’s now the joint highest-rated goalkeeper in the Premier League. 

#2. Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 90

In the last couple of seasons, Marc-Andre ter Stegen has arguably been Barcelona’s best player after Lionel Messi. He has been immense in goal for them and has single-handedly won games for his side just like Messi. 

The 27-year-old is in the Top 10 highest-rated players in FIFA 20 and he’s the second-highest-rated Barcelona player after Messi who is the highest-rated player in the game. His rating went from 89 in FIFA 19 to 90 in the latest edition. 

He’s also got a higher overall rating than Manuel Neuer for the first time in the FIFA series and at least in the latest game, he can be Germany’s number one. 

#1. Jan Oblak – 91

In terms of consistency at the highest level in the last four or five years, no goalkeeper comes close to Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak. 

Last season, Oblak kept his 100th clean sheet for Atletico Madrid and he reached that milestone in only 178 games. He also won a record-equaling fourth Ricardo Zamora Trophy (all of which he won consecutively) and he was also named the best goalkeeper in La Liga for a fourth consecutive time. 

The Slovenian had a 90 overall in FIFA 19 but he has been given a plus one boost this year which makes him the highest-rated goalkeeper in the game and the sixth highest-rated player in the game although he has the same overall as Kevin De Bruyne in fifth place. 

FIFA 20 Ratings: 5 Players with highest overall

On 9 September, EA Sports released the rating of the 100-highest rated players in FIFA 20 as part of the build-up to the game’s release later this month. Four of the top 5 highest-rated players are the same as in FIFA 19 but there is one new entrant in the Top 5 this year. 

#5. Kevin De Bruyne – 91

Kevin De Bruyne is the highest-rated midfielder and also the highest-rated player from the Premier League in FIFA 20. 

The Belgian retains his rating from FIFA 19 despite missing most of the 2018/19 season through injury. However, any calls to downgrade the Manchester City man’s midfielder because of last season is premature. This season, he has one goal and five assists in only four appearances. 

His dribbling, shooting, passing and physical statistics are the same as last year but he has received a minor downgrade in pace and a minor upgrade in his defensive statistics. 

#4. Eden Hazard – 91

Like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard also retains his overall rating from FIFA 19. However, it can be argued that this Belgian international deserved a rating boost after an impressive 2018/19 season. 

Last season was Hazard’s most prolific season since he joined Chelsea. He racked up 21 goals and 17 assists across all competitions and was the highest assist provider in the Premier League. 

The Real Madrid star has an impressive 91 pace rating and 94 dribbling along with a slightly improved 83 rating in shooting. 

#3. Neymar – 92

Neymar has been troubled by injuries since he moved to Paris Saint-German and he has played only 58 games for the club in two seasons.

Last season, he played 28 games across all competitions for the Parisian club and racked up 23 goals and 13 assists. The Brazilian also missed the country’s successful Copa America campaign because of another injury. 

EA Sports have opted to give Neymar the same rating as in FIFA 19 but they’ve given him a small downgrade in his pace and physical rating. However, he has received upgrades for shooting and physical traits. 

#2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 93

Cristiano Ronaldo was on the cover of FIFA 19 and was also the highest-rated player in the game along with Lionel Messi. However, this year he has received a minus one downgrade. 

Ronaldo’s goalscoring form in his debut season in Italy was not as prolific as it was during his time in Spain. He scored 28 goals in 43 games last season and at Real Madrid, his lowest goal tally in a season was 33 goals. 

The 34-year-old is named as a Piemonte Calcio player in FIFA 20 because of the end of Juventus’ partnership with EA Sports. 

#1. Lionel Messi – 94

Lionel Messi was a cut above every other forward in Europe last season and he deserves to be the highest-rated player in the game this year. EA Sports made him the best player in the game by giving him the same overall rating in FIFA 19 and by giving Cristiano Ronaldo a downgrade. 

The Argentine scored 51 goals and provided 22 assists in only 50 games across all competitions last season. He also won the European Golden Shoe for a record sixth time. 

Messi’s pace rating went down by one point in FIFA 20 but his shooting, passing, defending and physical traits have received a significant upgrade. 

5 clubs with the best squads in Europe at the moment

The best clubs in Europe’s top 5 leagues compete for three or four trophies every season depending on which league they play in and for this very reason, it is necessary to have a squad with quality players to rest and rotate the regular starters without a drastic drop in the quality. So, here are the five teams with the best squads in Europe at the moment. 

#5. Bayern Munich

The 2019 summer was a period of transition for Bayern Munich. Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels, Rafinha and Renatos Sanches were either released or sold. However, they signed some excellent players to vill those voids. 

The addition of versatile defenders Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard strengthened both centre-back and full-back areas. This also allows Niko Kovac to play Joshua Kimmich in midfield if he wants to. 

Bayern didn’t sign any wingers on a permanent deal this summer after their main target Leroy Sane picked up an injury. However, they signed both Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic on loan. The Brazilian can either play behind Robert Lewandowski or on the left-wing so that Thomas Muller can play in the number ten role while the Croatian can play on either wing and has previously worked under Kovac for the national team. 

The only concern for Bayern might be the lack of a top-quality backup for Lewandowski. They signed Jann-Fiete Arp this summer but the 19-year-old is one for the future. Bayern will be hoping that Lewandowski can maintain the fitness levels he showed in his previous seasons with the club. 

#4. Real Madrid

The 2018/19 season was a poor one for Real Madrid and they strengthened their squad massively this summer to compete with archrivals Barcelona. 

As many as 19 players including Keylor Navas, Mateo Kovacic, Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernandez left the club this summer either on a permanent deal or loan deal and yet, Real Madrid have a squad brimming with world-class players and talented youngsters. 

They signed Alphonse Areola on loan from PSG to replace Keylor Navas who moved in the opposite direction. They also strengthened their ageing backline by signing Ferland Mendy and Eder Militao. Both players have the potential to be long-term successors to Marcelo and Sergio Ramos respectively. 

Real didn’t sign any midfielders even though the club was constantly linked with Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek. However, the return of James Rodriguez will give Zinedine Zidane tactical flexibility. 

The Los Blancos’ biggest strength is their attack which has been bolstered this summer by the arrival of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Rodrygo Goes. They have as many as ten players to for three attacking positions at the moment. 

#3. Paris Saint-Germain

Last season, Paris Saint-Germain had a fantastic starting XI last season but they lacked depth in their squad. This summer, they improved their starting XI and also added some fantastic players to improve the depth of their squad. 

The Parisian club signed seven players of which two players were signed on loan. They released Gianluigi Buffon, sold Kevin Trapp and loaned out Alphonse Areola this summer but the addition of Keylor Navas negates the loss of the other goalkeepers. They also signed Sergio Rico on loan and Marcin Bułka for free as backup options. 

The midfield was an area that PSG had to work on and they signed Ander Herrera, Pablo Sarabia and Idrissa Gueye to strengthen that department. They also strengthened the defence by signing Abdou Diallo and Mitchel Bakker. However, the highlight of PSG’s transfer window was the addition of Mauro Icardi on a loan deal with an option to buy. Now, Thomas Tuchel will have a headache selecting his starting XI. 

Interestingly, PSG spent only €94m and made €106.5m from player sales even though Adrien Rabiot left on a free transfer. 

#2. Manchester City

One of the reasons why Pep Guardiola was able to win four trophies last season is because Manchester City had a fantastic squad. The only real weakness in that squad was the lack of a backup for Fernandinho and maybe a left-back because of Benjamin Mendy’s injury problems. This summer, Guardiola addressed both issues. 

Manchester City broke their club record transfer to sign Rodri from Atletico Madrid as a potential long-term successor for Fernandinho and the Spaniard has quickly adapted to the Premier League. They also resigned academy product Angelino after an impressive season at PSV Eindhoven and this adds depth to the left-back position. 

Man City signed Joao Cancelo for a hefty fee this summer from Juventus with Danilo moving in the opposite direction. This was surprising because there was no urgency to replace Kyle Walker. They could have instead spent that money on a new centre-back as they only have three recognized centre-backs in the squad at the moment. 

Even though Man City are light in the centre-back department at the moment, in every other area of the pitch, they are well stocked and have players who can come into the starting XI without compromising its quality. 

#1. Juventus

Juventus signed seven players this summer and three of them namely Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Gianluigi Buffon were free transfers. However, they spent €75 million to sign Matthijs de Ligt even though many top European clubs were interested in him. 

The Serie A giants have incredible depth despite selling Joao Cancelo, Moise Kean and Leonardo Spinazzola. They will also be without Andrea Barzagli moving forward after the veteran retired at the end of last season. 

Juventus wanted to offload a few more players but they were unable to do so and as a result, they had to leave out Emre Can, Mario Mandzukic, Matia Perin and Marko Pjaca from their squad for the UEFA Champions League group stage. Giorgio Chiellini is also absent from the squad but the Juventus captain was excluded because he’s out injured for several months. 

Maurizio Sarri didn’t rotate his starters often at Napoli or Chelsea. Hence, it will be interesting to see how he’ll be able to give playing time to all the players at his disposal especially all the midfielders. 

Predicted FIFA 20 player ratings for Barcelona

EA Sports will unveil the player ratings for the 100 highest-rated players in FIFA 20 on 9 September and there are ten Barcelona players in the Top 100. Lionel Messi is rumoured to be the highest-rated player this year and here is the predicted rating for him and his teammates. 

Goalkeepers

Marc-André ter Stegen – 89 to 90

The German international was one the best goalkeepers in Europe last season and that’s why he is in the top 3 of The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper award. He is also one of 12 goalkeepers in the Top 100 highest-rated players this year and this time, his rating will be higher than Manuel Neuer. 

Neto – 84 to 84

Neto moved to Barcelona this summer after helping Valencia qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The 30-year-old will retain last year’s rating but it is bound to go down in the future because he will be the backup goalkeeper at his new club. 

Defenders

Gerard Pique – 87 to 87

Gerard Pique is one of three Barcelona defenders in the Top 100 highest-rated players this year. Although he’s 32-years-old, the Spaniard will most likely retain last year’s rating as he played a big part in clinching yet another La Liga title. 

Samuel Umtiti – 87 to 86

Umtiti retains his place in the Top 100 this year but his rating is sure to drop after an injury-ravaged season in which he made just fourteen appearances. 

Clement Lenglet – 82 to 84

Clement Lenglet joined Barcelona last summer and he has quickly cemented his place in the starting XI at the expense of Umtiti. His form at the club level also helped him take Umtiti’s place in France’s starting XI. 

Jordi Alba – 87 to 88

Jordi Alba is now 30-years-old but he will still get a rating boost this year after playing a key role in Barcelona’s success. In addition to his contributions at the back, Alba assisted 17 goals across all competitions. He is sure to be the game’s highest-rated left-back. 

Sergi Roberto – 84 to 83

Sergi Roberto’s rating in FIFA 19 was arguably not warranted but he is a key member of the Barcelona team either in defence or midfield. The 27-year-old Spanish international might get a small rating downgrade this year. 

Nelson Semedo – 80 to 81

Nelson Semedo made more appearances for Barcelona last season than in his first season with the club. The Portuguese international has impressed the fans more often than not which is why he might get a small rating upgrade.

Junior Firpo – 75 to 79

Barcelona’s summer recruit is one of the most highly-rated young left-backs in the world and he was quite impressive for Real Betis last season. He has the potential to be Alba’s long-term successor. 

Moussa Wagué – 69 to 70

The 20-year-old Senegalese international who scored at the 2018 FIFA World Cup spent most of his first season in Spain with Barcelona B. However, he played four times for the senior team last season. 

Jean-Clair Todibo – 60 to 68

Barcelona beat several clubs to sign Todibo in January 2019 after he broke into the Toulouse team in the first half of last season. He played twice for the Catalan club and earned positive reviews for his performance. 

Midfielders

Sergio Busquets – 88 to 87

Gone are the days when Barcelona had the best midfielders in the game. Now, they only have three midfielders in the Top 100 and Sergio Busquets will have the highest rating among them. The 31-year-old has shown signs of age catching up but he still deserves an 87 rating at least. 

Ivan Rakitic – 87 to 86

Ivan Rakitic made 54 appearances for Barcelona last season and has played more games than any player since he joined them in 2014. The Croatian may get a small downgrade now that he’s 31-years-old. 

Frenkie de Jong – 77 to 85

Frenkie de Jong will get a massive rating boost in FIFA 20. He had a decent 77 rating in FIFA 19 initially but in the latest edition of the game, he will have at least an 85 rating as he’s one of the players in the Top 100 highest-rated players. 

Arthur – 82 to 84

Arthur appeared in FIFA for the first time last season and started with a pretty good 82 rating. He impressed in his debut season in Europe and also helped Brazil win the Copa America. The 23-year-old deserves a nominal rating upgrade. 

Arturo Vidal – 85 to 84

Arturo Vidal won his eighth straight league title in Europe’s Top 5 leagues last season and his first with Barcelona. He made 53 appearances last season and quickly became a fan favourite. However. he’s another player who will get a downgrade because of their age. 

Carles Aleñá – 70 to 74

Last season, Carles Alena finally broke into the first team and he played 27 appearances across all competitions and also scored twice. That deserves a decent upgrade this year. 

Forwards

Lionel Messi – 94 to 94

Lionel Messi is rumoured to be the highest-rated player in FIFA 20 because Cristiano Ronaldo is getting a downgrade. The Argentine deserves to retain his previous rating after another brilliant individual season at the end of which he scored 51 goals in only 50 games. 

Luis Suarez – 91 to 89

Luis Suarez was in the Top 10 in last year’s rating but a below-par 2018/19 season and his age will result in a drop in his rating. The Uruguayan has scored just two goals in his last 20 appearances in the Champions League. 

Antoine Griezmann – 89 to 89

Barcelona made Antoine Griezmann their club-record signing this summer and they’ll be hoping that the arrival of the Frenchman will help them win the Champions League again. Griezmann might score a lot more goals this season now that he’s playing with the likes of Messi and Suarez. 

Ousmane Dembele – 84 to 84

Ousmane Dembele’s debut season with Barcelona was hindered by injury problem. He had a few issues last season also but he still played 42 games, scored 14 goals and provided nine assists. 

Predicted FIFA 20 player ratings for Real Madrid

The official FIFA 20 player ratings will be revealed on 9 September and there are 12 Real Madrid players in the Top 100 including five of their six midfielders. However, many players from the club will get a downgrade in the latest edition after a poor 2018/19 season. 

Goalkeepers

Thibaut Courtois – 90 to 88

Thibaut Courtois was signed as a long-term replacement for Keylor Navas but the Belgian endured a difficult debut season at Real Madrid. He’s one of 12 goalkeepers in the Top 100 this year but his rating won’t be as high as in FIFA 19. 

Alphonse Areola – 81 to 81

Alphonse Areola joined Real Madrid on loan this summer after Keylor Navas moved in the opposite direction. The Frenchman will most likely retain his previous rating. 

Defenders

Sergio Ramos – 91 to 89

Sergio Ramos was the highest-rated defender in FIFA 19 but he because of a combination of his poor performances last season and his age, Ramos will get a rating downgrade. 

Raphael Varane – 86 to 86

Varane is one of the defenders in the Top 100 highest-rated players in FIFA 20 and because of his age and immense potential, he will retain last year’s rating. 

Eder Militao – 75 to 81

Eder Militao had a 75 rated right-back card in FIFA 19. He predominantly played as a centre-back for Porto last season and was immense for them. This will reflect in his rating this year. 

Nacho – 83 to 82

Nacho has been the utility man in the Real Madrid defence for many years but his FIFA 19 rating of 83 was quite high and more than what Harry Maguire of Joel Matip had for instance. There is no reason for him to retain last year’s rating and he should get a downgrade. 

Dani Carvajal – 84 to 84 

Dani Carvajal is one of four Real Madrid defenders in the top 100 this year and he wasn’t in the top 100 last year. Carvajal had an average season last time around so it’s unlikely that he will get a rating boost but because he is in the Top 100, there is a small chance that EA has given him an 85 rating. 

Alvaro Odriozola – 80 to 80

The promising 23-year-old Spaniard spent his first season at Real Madrid as a backup and he will retain last year’s rating. 

Marcelo – 88 to 85

Marcelo was the highest-rated left-back in the game last year but the 2018/19 season was a disastrous one for the Brazilian as he lost his place in the starting XI. 

Ferland Mendy – 77 to 81

Real Madrid spent a hefty sum to sign Ferland Mendy this summer as a potential long-term replacement for Marcelo. The 24-year-old’s rating will be boosted after an impressive season in which he was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year. 

Midfielders

Luka Modric – 91 to 90

Luka Modric was the highest-rated midfielder in FIFA 19 after a campaign that earned him many individual honours including the Ballon d’Or. However, he too had a tough 2018/19 season and his age will also play a part in his FIFA 20 rating. 

Toni Kroos – 90 to 88

Toni Kroos was the tenth highest-rated player in FIFA 19 after playing a key role in Real Madrid’s Champions League success. However, he was quite poor for both club and country last season. He scored one goal for Real Madrid across all competitions and none in the La Liga. 

Casemiro – 88 to 87

Casemiro didn’t have a great season with Real Madrid but he did play a key role in Brazil’s Copa America success. However, a slight rating downgrade is warranted. 

Isco – 89 to 86

Isco was a favourite of Zinedine Zidane but last season, he was in and out of the team under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. His 89 rating in FIFA 19 was quite high and that’s bound to come down drastically this year. 

James Rodriguez – 88 to 86

James Rodriguez was at Bayern Munich on loan last season and he helped them win the Bundesliga. However, he only played 28 games for them and the club opted against making his loan permanent. The Colombian’s 88 rating from last year is sure to come down. 

Federico Valverde – 73 to 75

The highly-rated 21-year-old Uruguayan featured 25 times for Real Madrid last season and impressed in several games. His breakthrough season with the club will give him a slight rating boost. 

Forwards

Eden Hazard – 91 to 91

Eden Hazard was arguably one of the best players in the world last season and he helped Chelsea win the Europa League. He will retain last season’s rating and it was confirmed in FIFA 20’s latest Player Rating video – The Bunker (Check 1:40 of the video). 

Karim Benzema – 84 to 87

The 2018/19 season was a tough one for Real Madrid but it was a brilliant one for Karim Benzema as he scored 30 goals in only 52 games for the club. He doesn’t have to play a secondary role at the club following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Gareth Bale – 88 to 85

Last season was a tough one for Gareth Bale as he struggled with injuries and was not prefered by Zinedine Zidane. Although the 30-year-old has started the current season brightly, last season’s performance and lack of playing time will affect his rating severely. 

Luka Jovic – 75 to 83

Luka Jovic’s rating is another one that was confirmed from the FIFA 20 player rating video. He deserves the new rating after scoring 25 times in only 40 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt. 

Marco Asensio – 85 to 83

Asensio was one of the players in last year’s Top 100 but he doesn’t feature in the Top 100 this year. A rating downgrade is warranted after scoring just one goal in 30 La Liga appearances last season. 

Lucas Vazquez – 83 to 81

Lucas Vazquez is someone Zidane adores and plays quite often but an 83 rating was far too high for a player who has never hit double figures in any season across all competitions. 

Mariano Diaz – 80 to 78

Mariano Diaz took Cristiano Ronaldo’s number seven kit last season but he played only 19 games and scored four goals. The club wanted to offload him this summer but they weren’t able to because the player was not willing to take a wage cut to join a new club.  

Vinicius Junior – 77 to 80

Vinicius made his FIFA debut last year and he started with a 77 rating. He was in excellent form in the second half of the season before an injury ended his season prematurely. Nevertheless, the promise he showed will give him a rating upgrade. 

Rodrygo Goes – 75

Rodrygo will feature in the FIFA series for the first time in FIFA 20 and the 18-year-old should get a reasonable 75 rating. 

Brahim Diaz – 69 to 71 

Last season was Brahim Diaz’s breakthrough season and he scored three goals in 15 games for Real Madrid and Manchester City combined. 

Top 10 highest-paid managers in the world

It is no secret that football stars are paid a lot of money but have you ever wondered how much the managers earn? The top managers in the world earn millions of pounds per season and a look at the salary of the top ten highest-earning managers in the world at the moment will surprise you. 

#10. Carlo Ancelotti (Napoli) – £5.3m per season

Carlo Ancelotti has managed some of the biggest clubs in Europe and has won 20 trophies including a record three Champions League titles. 

The Italian was appointed Napoli manager last season and he guided them to another second-place finish in the league. This season, the 60-year-old will be hoping to win a trophy. 

#9. Unai Emery (Arsenal) – £6m per season

Unai Emery has one of the toughest jobs in football – replacing Arsene Wenger. 

The Spaniard who won a hat-trick of Europa League titles with Sevilla and seven trophies with Paris Saint-Germain endured a tough start to his life as Arsenal manager as they finished fifth in the league and lost the Europa League final. He will be hoping to at least secure Champions League qualification this season. 

#8. Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham) – £7m per season

Manuel Pellegrini has been a manager for over three decades now and West Ham is the thirteenth different club he has managed. 

The Chilean won three trophies as Manchester City manager including the Premier League title and he’s the only non-European coach to win the Premier League title. He also notably managed Real Madrid for a season. 

The 65-year-old has signed some exciting players at West Ham and he will be hoping to help them qualify for the Europa League at least. 

#7. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – £7m per season

Jurgen Klopp started his managerial career with Mainz before rising to fame with Borussia Dortmund where he won two league titles and also reached a Champions League final. 

The German joined Liverpool in 2015 and has made them a force to reckon with. He made some fantastic signings and won the Champions League this year – his first trophy with the club. His next target will be to win the Premier League title. 

Liverpool’s management wanted Klopp to sign a new contract this summer with better wages but the manager has put such talks on hold as he is tempted to take a break from management once his current contract expires. 

#6. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) – £7.5m per season

Compared to the other managers on this list, Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is the odd one out and, surprisingly, he earns so much. 

The former Manchester United player started his managerial career with the club’s reserves before taking over at Molde where he won two league titles. He had a terrible stint with Cardiff City in 2014 before returning to Molde. However, in his second stint with the Norwegian club, he did not win any trophies. 

He was appointed as caretaker manager in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho was fired and under him, United played well initially. However, the club’s form has been quite poor since the tail end of last season. It will be interesting to see how Man Utd will fare under him this season. 

#5. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – £8.5m per season

Mauricio Pochettino is into his sixth season as Tottenham Hotspur manager and he has an impressive 55.4 win percentage after 280 games. The Argentine has turned Spurs into a side that qualifies for the Champions League consistently and has also led them to two cup finals including the Champions League final this year. 

The 47-year-old is a highly rated manager and has been linked with a move away from Spurs several times. However, he has not won a trophy in his managerial career with Spurs, Southampton or Espanyol. This season, he will be hoping to break the duck. 

#4. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) – £10.5m per season

Zinedine Zidane returned as Real Madrid manager towards the end of last season after winning nine trophies in two and a half seasons including a hat-trick of Champions League titles the first time around. 

The 47-year-old had a win percentage of 69.8 in his first stint but it has come down to 42.6 in his second stint. However, this season, Real have made some excellent signings and Zidane will be hoping to add more silverware to the club’s illustrious trophy cabinet. 

#3. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – £15.2m per season

Pep Guardiola started his managerial career only 12 years ago with Barcelona B but he has already established himself as one of the all-time greats. 

The Spaniard has won 28 trophies so far with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City combined. At each of these clubs, he has broken numerous records and also has a win percentage of at least 72.5! His overall win percentage is 72.8 and that’s quite astonishing for someone who has managed 629 games so far!

Guardiola has won seven trophies with Man City so far and he will be hoping to help them win the coveted and elusive Champions League title this year. 

#2. Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona) – £20.2m per season

Ernesto Valverde splits the opinion of Barcelona fans because of the club’s playing style under him but he has won them four trophies in just two years. In his first season, the club nearly went unbeaten in the league. 

Before managing Barcelona, Valverde notably managed Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal, Olympiakos and Espanyol. With Greek side, he won five trophies and with Bilbao, he won the Supercopa de Espana in 2015 at the expense of his current employers. 

#1. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – £35.9m per season

Diego Simeone had a fantastic career as a player but in the future, most people will remember him for his managerial career. 

The Argentine took over at Atletico in 2011 and under him, the club has won seven trophies including the La Liga title in 2013/14 despite losing many of its best players over the years. He has a win percentage of 61.57 and the club also boasts an amazing defensive record under him. 

The 49-year-old will be hoping to win the La Liga this season and they’ve started the season in excellent form. 

5 stars who flopped after forcing a move from a team managed by Jurgen Klopp

At Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp has been forced to sell some of his best players and one such example is Robert Lewandowski. The Pole has been a huge hit but many of the other stars who left either Dortmund or Liverpool under Klopp have gone on to flop at their next club. 

#5. Emre Can

Liverpool signed Emre Can in 2014 when Brendan Rodgers was the manager and in his first season with the club, he predominantly played in defence. After Jurgen Klopp took over, Can was moved to his preferred midfield role and played a key role in Liverpool’s run to the Europa League final. 

The German featured regularly for the Reds during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 season under Klopp in midfield but he refused to extend his contract and joined Juventus on a free transfer in the summer of 2018. 

In his first season with Juventus, he started only 22 games in all competitions because of the competition for places in the Juventus midfield. Juve bolstered their midfield this summer by signing Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot, and that has made things worse for Can. He was left out of the Serie A club’s Champions League squad and he hasn’t taken the news lightly. 

Liverpool replaced him with Fabinho and the Brazilian is now one of the first names in the starting XI. 

#4. Nuri Sahin

Nuri Sahin is a product of the Borussia Dortmund academy and he was a crucial member of Klopp’s side that won the league title in 2010/11. In fact, he was named the Bundesliga Player of the Season for the role he played in Dortmund’s success. 

The Turk signed for Real Madrid during the summer transfer window of 2011 after months of speculation but an injury sidelined him for a significant period and he played just ten times for the club in his debut season. 

Sahin signed for Liverpool on loan for the 2012/13 season but his stay in the Premier League was cut short midway through and he joined Borussia Dortmund on another loan deal before signing for the club permanently in 2014. He struggled with injuries and form in his second stint with the club and played just 38 league games in final four seasons before joining Werder Bremen in 2018. 

#3. Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa signed for Klopp’s Dortmund in 2010 for just €350,000 and in two seasons, he played 71 games, scored 29 goals, assisted 16 more and was named in the Bundesliga Team of the Season in both seasons. 

The Japanese international signed for Manchester United in the summer of 2012 and huge things were expected of him. He won the league title in his debut season but played only 26 games in all competitions. The following season, under David Moyes, he played 30 games and didn’t find the back of the net once. 

In 2014, Kagawa returned to Dortmund and he went on to score 31 goals in 145 appearances but his second stint was nowhere as successful as the first one. He spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at Besiktas before joining Segunda Division club Real Zaragoza on a permanent deal this summer. 

#2. Mario Gotze

Many current superstars were groomed by Jurgen Klopp at a young age and arguably the crown jewel is Mario Gotze who made his first-team debut at Dortmund under Klopp. Gotze went on to score 31 goals from midfield in only 116 appearances at Dortmund, won three trophies during that period including two league titles and won the prestigious Golden Boy award in 2011. 

In 2013, prior to Dortmund’s Champions League semifinal clash against Real Madrid, it was announced that Gotze would join rivals Bayern Munich and it was his desire to work under Guardiola that urged him to move. He scored 15 goals each in his first two seasons with the Bavarian club but he was never an indispensable member of the starting XI. In his third season with Bayern, he struggled with injuries and played only 21 games and the following summer, he returned to Dortmund but Klopp had left the club and had joined Liverpool. 

In his first season after returning to Dortmund, he was diagnosed with a metabolic illness which kept him out for several months. Even after returning from injury, he has not been able to hit the heights he achieved under Klopp. Now, he’s a squad member rather than a key first-team player. 

#1. Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho was a key player under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and in the 2017/18 season, the Liverpool fans were keen to see the quartet of Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah play together. However, Coutinho tried to force a move to Barcelona and he eventually got his wish in January 2018. 

Coutinho started well at Barcelona but he struggled to nail down a starting spot or make any significant impact in his first full season with the club. He only scored five goals in 34 La Liga games last season. This summer, Barcelona offered Coutinho to several top European clubs but no club was willing to sign him permanently for Barcelona’s asking price. In the end, he was loaned out to Bayern Munich. 

In May 2017, Klopp advised Coutinho to stay at Liverpool and in hindsight, it was one the Brazilian should have heeded. The German said: 

“Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour. Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.”

Liverpool reinvested the money the got from Coutinho’s sale and signed players like Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Fabinho among others who were key to their Champions League triumph in 2019.