Project Red Wine – A FM15 Story About Liverpool
Welcome back to the next part of the Project Red Wine series. I hope you enjoyed reading the third part of my save with Liverpool FC. In the previous episode, we found ourselves on top of the Premiership table by three points. Let’s us see what happens to our beloved squad, up next.
After the previous update, the fantastic form continued. We squeak past Manchester United 1-0 from a Balotelli penalty. Another Balotelli goal combined with a Remy Cabella own goal helped us get the clean sheet against Newcastle. Resting Balo, Lambert starts in his place against West Ham.Pure domination here as we score 4 goals from Sakho, Allen, Lambert and Sterling. They fall 4-1 against us. Coutinho scores the only goal against Hull seeing us through 1-0. Next victim was Stoke falling 3-0 with 2 goals from Sterling another one from Coutinho. We then advance through the FA Cup Third Round with a 5-2 thrashing of Millwall. Three more Premiership games won against The Red Devils, Ipswich and Chelsea. Cracking form up to this point. That was the domination piece.
After an unbelievable run of 12 wins, we drop the first leg of the Capital One Cup to Manchester City. Fernando scored screamer 2 minutes after Gyomber was sent off on his second yellow card. After fining Gyomber for two weeks of wages, my physio announces that he would miss significant time due to an injury. Bummer! A narrow win against Southhampton in the FA Cup 4th Round follows thanks to the heroics of Balo in the 86th minute. We then draw away against City helping the Citizens move on to the Capital One Cup Final. Blackburn was thrashed at home 4-2 then losing 2-1 to Southhampton. This was our first Premiership defeat since a 3-2 loss to Everton on December 1st. We bounce back and score 2 clean sheets against Tottenham and Sunderland. At this point, we were happy to get any sort of morale boost to help improve our form. These back to back wins helped propel us against Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th Round with another squeaker of a game, 1-0. Sturridge was the hero with a goal in the 68th minute.
In classic Football Manager fashion we drew Juventus once again in the 1st KO Round of the Champion’s League. With good form starting to take shape again, I was confident rolling into Italia. With Pirlo, the player who destroyed us last year, out with a long term injury, all Liverpool fans had their hopes up. Dominating the first 19 minutes, I felt comfortable that our side would outlast Juve this time. Unfortunately, Domenico Berardi blasts one through in the 20th minute. We continued to persevere and ended the half dominating possession despite being down by 1. I cook up some motivational shim-sham and fire up the lads. We charge from the dugout feeling confident that we would get the goal back. Even after some changes, I still saw the boys not getting enough shot attempts. I was settled that we would head back to Anfield down by 1. Holy smokes and mirrors, Tevez and Sneijder score goals in the 79th and 81st minute. Another classic Football Manger match engine disaster. Call it whatever you like. I just told the team to tighten up and be on defend lock down mode. But no, the opposition score two backbreakers. Tragic. Back at Anfield, Tevez rattled the net in the 31st minute and we gave up all hopes progressing in the Champion’s League. Next year. Maybe next year.
Looking at the bright side, we still have the Premiership well in hand. Manchester United sitting at second with 70 points does not look like a legitimate challenger. We are at 78 points currently having played 32 games. We are also still in the running for the FA Cup with the semis set against West Ham. Lots to be happy about considering we have not really dipped into the transfer market for any superstars. The closest to a major signing is Breel Emolo for 10M from our feeder club, Basel. Leandro Paredes and Kevin Holzweller were Bosman signings. It was a shame Anderlecht decided to trigger the extension clause of Tielmans.
Since Can got sold earlier in the year, only Johnson has left the club. Jose Enrique will be leaving on a free at the end of the season. I am also thinking of letting Skrtel run down his contract since he has served as a fantastic tutor for our youth players. Lucas Leiva and Khedira have been out of sorts but due to their professional personality I still see value in them at this point. I will probably decide on their fate after the break. Aside from some flirtation with the big spenders, I have not seen any bids for our star players. Towards the end of the second season, we guarantee the Premiership trophy with 3 games left. Champagne! Poppin’n bottles in the club, we celebrate our second title win! We continued our drunken streak of celebration by winning the FA Cup against Stoke on penalties. Whew what a season. Success! 90 points and Arsenal taking 2nd with 84 points. Pretty sweet considering the drop in form in the later part of the season. For now we remain idle and rest. We take home two trophies and sleep soundly slowly bidding our time for the next season.
I shall provide another update after the January transfer window. Let us see what is in store for all of us! Stay tuned and see you all in the next episode. Shalom!