Liverpool Iconic MomentsWe currently have these four Liverpool Iconic Moments which have been released in PES 2021 this year. Whenever any new Liverpool Iconic Moments are released, this review will be updated with the new set of players.
Michael OwenPlaying Style: Goal Poacher
Looking back at the Iconic Match“That’s a magnificent pass from Fowler…Owen, hattrick hunting Owen hattrick getting. Brilliant Michael Owen… Liverpool three, Newcastle United nill.” The day was May 5th of the year 2001, the world, especially England then had a new young sensation in Michael Owen, the last Englishman to win the Ballon D’or, which he received for this very season. The third and the hattrick goal is actually the aforesaid iconic moment, which, with the help of substitute Robbie Fowler‘s sumptuous lob through-pass, made Owen complete Liverpool’s revenge upon Newcastle in front of 44,000 fans at Anfield, for the 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture back in November.
Player AnalysisJust like any other Goal Poacher, Owen is very fast on the pitch, he has a speed, acceleration, offensive awareness, and finishing of 99, with the club boost. Without club boost too, the traits are somewhat similar. He exactly plays like what a 99-rated CF should play and has excellent ball control, whenever you go move for an attack, he will try to receive forward through-balls. Double Touch, Sombrero, Long Range Drive, Outside Curler, First-time Shot, Heel Trick, Chip Shot Control, Acrobatic Finishing are some of the skills he can perform.
Formation DiscussionAs we stated earlier, Owen is not so good at headers, especially the downward headers from crosse or setpieces. Hence it is advisable not to use Owen if you play through your wings and put in a lot of crosses for headers. Also, if your tactic is to depend upon a solo striker to score goals, Owen would be the worst option. However, if you play through the middle, having two center-forward upfront, Owen would be the best option available. Owen works best when he has a good supplier of through balls and a striking partner to provide through and lay-off balls. He is also good for counter-attacking formations with two CFs, once he becomes familiar with the manager’s tactics. Hence, formations like 4-1-3-2, 4-3-1-2, 5-3-2 are the best for him, while formations like 4-5-1, 5-4-1, 4-3-3 won’t be much fruitful with Owen upfront. Also if you plan to use him as an SS after activating the position booster, try to avoid the implementation of your plan.
Fernando TorresPlaying Style: Goal Poacher
Looking Back at the Iconic Match“Here is Torres, early strike… Oh my word, it’s absolutely magnificent.” The charismatic Spanish was a hot property of the then Liverpool squad. The discussable iconic moment goal came as early as the 5th minute when, Fernando Torres chested Jamie Carragher‘s lob pass and swiveled to volley the ball on the far corner, past Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson. After scoring this sensational goal, Torres also scored from a header, later in the match. With this brace, Torres obtained a BBC Sport match rating of 9.13. The match ended 4-0 in Liverpool’s favor and this victory in the 32nd gameweek strengthened their Champions League football hopes for the next season and put pressure upon the leaders Manchester United.
Player AnalysisFernando Torres is a goal poacher in the game with high ball control, finishing, speed, and offensive awareness. Unlike Owen, Torres is especially good with headers due to his better height and physique. He also has ‘heading’ as one of his special skills, besides numerous shooting and dribbling skills.
Formation DiscussionTorres can be a good addition to your squad upfront, irrespective of your formations. However, if you play a false-9 forward, which is a rare sight in e-football, don’t use Torres. His offensive runs to receive through balls, one-touch finishing, heading, speed make him a top-notch forward of the game. If he has a striking partner like in the formations 5-3-2, 4-4-2, 4-3-1-2, etc. enhance his attacking abilities further. In case you own both Owen and Torres, we must say you don’t have to worry about the forward department much. Don’t use him as an SS, even after using a position booster. He doesn’t play well there.
Steven GerrardPlaying Style: Box-to-Box
Looking Back at the Iconic Match25.05.2005. ‘That night in Istanbul’. A night no Liverpool fan would ever forget. This iconic moment requires very little introduction to football fans around the world. It was the UEFA Champions League final of the season 2004-05. Liverpool faced a heavyweight team and favorites AC Milan. An AC Milan squad that pretty much dominated the football that time with the likes of Shevchenko, Kaka, Maldini, Crespo, Gattuso, Pirlo, Cafu, Nesta, Stam, etc. In the first half, AC Milan took a comfortable 3-0 lead courtesy of the goals from Maldini and a brace from Hernan Crespo. At halftime, the 69,000 fans present in the Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul, thought that the match is pretty much done and dusted.
Player AnalysisReviewing Steven Gerrard’s iconic moment card is easy. He is the best midfielder you can get in PES 21. He’s a box-to-box midfielder, which means he will help both your offense and defense equally. With club boost, he has 99 overall maximum. The passing, long-range shooting of Gerrard is just brilliant. He has a shooting power of 99, which clearly explains his expertise in long-range shooting.
Formation DiscussionAs stated earlier too, Gerrard is the best midfielder you will get in PES 21. If you have a 4-4-2 formation, you can play Gerrard as the left-central midfielder. He can play in the CMF position for any formation. He is also a decent DMF if you have an attacking strategy of possession play. However, he isn’t that good at AMF because box-to-box midfielders never are.
Xabi AlonsoPlaying Style: Orchestrator
Looking Back at the Iconic MatchThe same match that featured Gerrard’s iconic moment. The Spanish midfield maestro was also a pivotal part of the 2005 Champions League final winning Liverpool squad. The 2nd half comeback started by Steven Gerrard was drawn to a conclusion by Xabi Alonso, who equaled the score at 3-3. Gennaro Gattuso fouled Steven Gerrard in the 60th minute inside the box to concede a penalty. Alonso came forward to take the penalty, which was saved first by Dida, but Alonso managed to score from the rebound. No doubt, a moment like this, deserved an iconic moment player card in PES 21.
Player AnalysisXabi’s playing style is as an orchestrator, with high stats in the passing department. His max with club boost is 97. However, despite his position being a DMF, he isn’t a traditional DMF you might want to keep in your team to help your defense, just like people do with Vieira.
Formation DiscussionIf you want the bet out of Xabi Alonso, use him exclusively at the DMF position, but make sure you don’t depend upon him to play as an Anchorman or Destroyer to win back possession. He will be the best choice as a DMF in a 4-3-3 or 4-1-2-3, 5-3-2 formations, where you have enough men in the defense so that your DMF can focus on playing as an orchestrator.
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