Scout Notes

Salah back to his best as Liverpool get much-needed clean sheet

Liverpool ruthlessly capitalised on their opportunity to get back to winning ways with a 3-0 drubbing of Bournemouth on Saturday.

After huffing and puffing against Leicester and West Ham, Jurgen Klopp’s men completely dominated the Cherries at Anfield.

They created five big chances to their opponents’ zero and had more than double the number of shots in the penalty box too.

The impact of that result on our Fantasy Premier League squads is the focus of this latest Scout Notes article.

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

Goals: Sadio Mané (£9.6m), Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m), Mohamed Salah (£13.6m)

Assists: James Milner (£5.6m), Andrew Robertson (£6.8m), Roberto Firmino (£9.3m)

Mohamed Salah (£13.6m) was comfortably the best player in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth and arguably should have registered more than his eight-point haul. The Egyptian topped the game for total goal attempts, recording more than double any other player at Anfield, also having the most shots in the box and efforts on target too. Furthermore, Salah was second for chances created. Those sorts of numbers will be great news to any Fantasy managers who had been worried by Salah’s recent form, after two consecutive blanks in Gameweeks 24 and 25.

The fact that he did not capitalise on all of his chances and do enough to secure a double-figure haul is, of course, a little frustrating, especially with captaincy rival Paul Pogba (£8.8m) scoring 16 points. However, seeing Salah perform so well in open play for the first time in several weeks provides encouragement for the future, even if it’s a trip to Manchester United up next.

“The performance was brilliant. He was pretty much undefendable. It was an outstanding game; it was just exactly the football he is able to play and what we want him to play. Very, very involved in all the things, not only in the scoring moments, in the build-up situations as well. Sometimes dropping a bit, not really deep but in the half-spaces, staying wide and all that stuff. That’s exactly how he has to play and he did it in an outstanding manner.” – Jurgen Klopp

While Salah was the clear star of the show, Sadio Mané (£9.6m) continues to offer potential as a cheaper alternative. He was the one to open the scoring for Liverpool and has now netted in four consecutive Premier League matches. Coming into the Saturday afternoon encounter, the Senegalese international had been outperforming Salah for shots in the box and efforts on target in the four previous matches, hence the serious interest in his signature of late. That said, Salah was the clear winner statistically against Bournemouth.

“The front three were brilliant all day. Some of their link-up play was impossible to defend: the movement, the understanding, the one-touch play. Probably the only disappointing thing is we didn’t score more. But we’re pleased to get a clean sheet and to get the three points was the main thing, obviously.” – James Milner

Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) also reminded Fantasy managers what he is capable of as he provided the assist for Salah’s only goal of the game. Driving into the penalty box, his perfectly-timed back-heel set up the Egyptian for his cool finish. It was Firmino’s first attacking return since Gameweek 23, although he does still have six in his last eight. Crucially, the Brazilian was level with Mané for shots in the box but was more accurate, while no player created more chances in the match than him. That means Firmino should still be on our radar as a potential attacking double-up with Salah when a Liverpool triple-up looks important in the future Blank Gameweeks.

“I don’t think you’ll find a lot of players who do what Bobby did in that moment. Most of them would try to shoot and get blocked, but he did that little, little pass and then Mo is obviously a pretty cool finisher.” – Jurgen Klopp

As well as a welcome return to the ruthless attacking football for which Liverpool are known, there was also a first clean sheet since Gameweek 22. After three matches without one, the shutout was fairly routinely secured against a Bournemouth side that had scored three times in their seven away matches prior to this one. Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) was the main beneficiary as he was able to combine the clean sheet with a seventh assist of the season and one bonus for a nine-point haul.

Liverpool defensive options should firmly re-establish themselves as important assets moving forward, especially with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) making his much-awaited return from injury. He featured as a 77th-minute substitute.

“Trent trained twice after four weeks out and it was good that we could bring him [on]. You could see immediately what a fantastic player he is.” – Jurgen Klopp

The entire Liverpool performance was impressive considering some of the problems the squad had in the build-up to the game. Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m), the scorer of the second goal, had illness issues in the week, as did James Milner (£5.6m).

“We had difficulties before the West Ham game, with Hendo out, Gini out, Millie was not in the team hotel because he was ill but he played. We didn’t perform that well and people were talking about him. Last night, Gini was not in the team hotel because he had pretty much everything you don’t want to have the night or two nights before a game. That’s the news you get in the morning before the last session of the week. Then, after another couple of hours’ sleep he said he felt really good and he thought he could play. But the doc said he is still infectious, so stay away. So I was only concerned today when he scored a goal and everybody gave him a hug, to be honest!” – Jurgen Klopp

For anyone worried about the adverse effects of the illness within the group, or any injuries, there is now a period of 14 days between now and Liverpool’s next Premier League match. They host Bayern Munich on Tuesday night but their elimination from the FA Cup means they have no fixture next weekend, before returning to action against Manchester United in Gameweek 27 on February 24.

“I think [it will] for everyone. We are having one of those runs in the season where we have got little niggles, little injuries, illnesses and disruption to the team a couple of days before, it has been the last few games really. Hopefully, we can rest up and get everyone back fit. It was good to see Trent back, Hendo was on the bench if needed. That’s good and hopefully, a few more can come back in the next 10 days, refresh and go again.” – James Milner

Bournemouth continue to look decidedly ordinary on the road, compounded by the ongoing absences of Callum Wilson (£6.3m) and David Brooks (£5.0m). They were also hit by a thigh problem for Junior Stanislas (£6.0m) while Charlie Daniels (£4.1m) missed the game through personal reasons.

“We had Callum Wilson, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Nathaniel Clyne and Junior Stanislas are huge players for us. Since Christmas, we can add Lewis Cook and Simon Francis to that list, but there’s no other solution, we have to keep fighting. My philosophy is to look at ourselves first and that includes who we have available.” – Eddie Howe

The Cherries were restricted to just 33% possession at Anfield had just two efforts on target all afternoon. They certainly look like a team to largely avoid in the near future with Wolves (home), Arsenal (away) and Manchester City (home) their next three opponents.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Milner; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Alexander-Arnold 77′); Mané (Origi 87′), Firmino (Sturridge 90′), Salah.

Bournemouth XI (4-5-1): Boruc; Rico (Mepham 80′), Aké, S Cook, A Smith; Fraser, Surman, Lerma (Mousset 73′), Gosling, Ibe (Solanke 59′); King.

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  1. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    56 with Doherty, Jiminez + 2 bench points to come.

    7K red arrow but still happy as it cold have been alot worse.

    Did Sane + Sigurdsson -> Pogba + Son with my 2FT this GW, giving me a net gain of 20 points.

    If id have saved id be on 36 points, so have to be somewhat happy

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Great job. Not like you could buy City this week due to the blank !

      1. Salt'N'Pepe
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks still a bit annoying to be on a red arrow but my team looks set for GW27

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Hey Anish, good transfers...and I have the same 2 players left

      1. Salt'N'Pepe
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers Yank, had to finally get on the pogba bandwagon, its a shame Im still on a red arrow for the GW despite my smooth transfers

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Glad you finally joined the Pog Side!

  2. Ser Davos
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    No. 1 may be rocking Kante and Torreira, but I'm proud of the power ballad of a mid park that's been assembled:

    Salah Sterling Mane Pogba Son

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Aguero?

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      I'd trade Mane for Aguero all day. But otherwise those 4 are awesome.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        this

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      I've got Salah, Sterling, KdB, Pogba, Son. Shame the KdB punt didn't work, but worth a try. Am switching to Jota so I can get Auba or Aguero up top.

  3. TAT
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Alisson
    Robertson - Wan-B - Doherty - Balbuena
    Son - Salah - Pogba
    Rashford - Jiménez - Aubameyang
    (Hamer - Puncheon - Laporte - Richarlison)

    Can't seem to get inside 100k with this team. What do I do? £1.7m itb and one free transfer. Need to make some bold moves at some point.

  4. Totally !rre!evant
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Besides a Liverpool defender (or 2) which other defenders would you want for the run in that also cover the blanks?

    1. Flapjack ✅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      I like a Newcastle defender

      Night blank 33 tho

  5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    people rushing to bring in aguero, rising tonight? what the heck

    1. GoonerSteve
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Takes knee jerking to new levels.

    2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Pricing out the GW28 buyers. Haha.

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        it's funny and frustrating at the same time

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      FPL is about planning for the long term too.

    4. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Plp forgetting him being injury prone

    5. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Newport looks good on paper

      1. Nüno Vippan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        500€ paper

    6. wernerhedgehog
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 13 days ago

      gotta think like a casual.

      Casuals will pop in the game to transfer out players who are injured or got hatties etc

      They don't mind sitting for blanks, after all Aguero will get a double later anyway.

    7. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Lessons not learnt from those who rushed to get Auba in early last Sunday?

  6. GoonerSteve
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 13 days ago

    Aguero nearly 75k transfers in despite blank gameweek...

    Eh?

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Yeah FPL should flag the blankers really

      1. J T
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        No way

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      They’ll sell him when they realise he doesn’t play

    3. Beast Mode
        7 months, 13 days ago

        LoOooooL !!!

    4. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 13 days ago

      Must admit i had luck about Sterling. I wanted to rid him to afford Auba. Then Auba was flagged and i went for Laca...

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah I'm sad about Auba illness. Laca was the better pick and people got lucky

    5. Al Moon Yeah
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 13 days ago

      It really sucks when my mini-league rivals are beating you with one city player. Like you outscore them on clean sheets goals and assists from various players in your team and get a 20pt lead on them and then that lead is wiped out singlehandedly by an Aguero captain. So unfair!

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        I remember the week a few years back when Southampton won 8-0. I had defensive triple up, rivals had Tadic...

      2. Werkself - L5,D7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        And you've never been on the right side of that situation? It's just part of the game.

        1. Mambino
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          so's crying about it when it doesn't work out well

        2. Al Moon Yeah
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah, I have and it worked for 1 gw. but you think the punishment is over after the dgw. Aguero owners have had their fun, right? Then Chelsea just collapse. Worst part is I own Sane.

      3. Beast Mode
          7 months, 13 days ago

          I feel your pain

      4. Viper
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Harry Maguire worth a punt over Pereira?

        1. Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          He’s my preference from the two

        2. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Doesn't appeal to me at all

          1. Here's Tom with the We…
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            I’m torn between the two

        3. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          No. Peirera out attacking stats every other Leicester defender

      5. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Top 10k avrage post baps anyone?

        1. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          63

        2. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Around 63 with 2 to go (Doherty and Jimenez) and a Rashford autosub

        3. Royal5
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Cheers both!

      6. Hy liverpool
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        A. Mane and kun
        Or
        B. Salah and Vardy/Arnie

      7. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Is Laca flagged? When i go in section my team he is not. But when i go to section status and see top 5 players in he is. Wtf

      8. jkdeclan
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Currently I can only field 9 players in GW27. I have 1 free transfer and 1 Sergio Aguero, along with all my chips and the wildcard. Very tempted to free hit instead of spend points. The sensible thing to do or a stupid move with double gameweeks looming?

        1. MTPockets
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Would save it

          1. jkdeclan
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            My thinking is that with 4 players tied up in the Man Utd v Liv game, and a couple of players I don't expect to get much out of, I could do a radical rejig for one week. Definitely a risk, but I reckon there is at least a chance of a fairly substantial points gain. Still a bad idea?

            1. MTPockets
              • 10 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Could certainly work this week, but then you won't have FH when everyone else uses theirs for currently unknown future fixtures. Need to weigh-up having 4/5 in one game (like everyone else) and using FH later vs. solo approach to chips and hoping majority are wrong.

              Personal opinion really

        2. Make America Greta Again
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Use your transfer and roll with 10 players.

        3. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          It's going to be a terrible GW and there will be better FH strategies. Total rookie move to FH 27

      9. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        80 with doh and Jim to go

        Happy days!

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Very nice. 77 here same 2 left

        2. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          84 same 2 plus Pat. ML rival has 97 plus Jimi and no Aguero gah!

          1. #FPLBhuna
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Wow chaps very very nice

            Well played!

        3. Rust Cohle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Same plus hopefully some jammy Moutinho points coming on for Rashford. COYW!!!!

      10. Tingate
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Alisson
        Robertson - Kolasinac - Doherty - Wan-Bissaka
        Jota - Pogba - Son - Salah
        Rashford - Jiménez

        Hamer - Bednarek - Sterling - Kamara

        1FT - 1.4M ITB

        Roll over free transfer and look to get Aguero in for Rashford somehow?

      11. Make America Greta Again
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 13 days ago

        Signal of intent from Pep, smashing Chelsea. Pivotal 8 days for the league. Sleepless nights for the pool, who maybe should focus on Champions League.

        1. Beast Mode
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Hard to say as a Man U fan but I think City will win it this year... And I actually hope Aguero gets player of the season because he's having a blinder and thoroughly deserves it.

            1. Yank Revolution
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              If there's one player I've always liked, despite also being a Man U fan, it's Aguero.

        2. soumyeah
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Evolution of emotions
          Shoulda captained Pogba..?
          Shoulda captained Aguero..
          Yes! Captained Sterling!

        3. Danstoke82
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 13 days ago

          Any Newcastle midfielders worth taking a 1 week punt on? Home v Huddersfield seems a tasty fixture.

          Richarlison > ?

          1. Beast Mode
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Ritchie

            • Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Not really. Ritchie maybe? Perez classified as striker

          2. PAL
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Once again I'd be better off if I simply forgot to log in on Saturday morning. Had Auba (c), Pogba (vc) and Sterling in my team. Then I took a hit to buy Salah (c) and Laca (vc). Nothing seems to be paying off, no matter what I do. And last 2 weeks really opened my eyes. It's just not worth the effort, stress and my time anymore. I really have to stop worrying about the things I can't control. Casual approach from now on and let's see how it goes.

            Wishing all of you good luck for the rest of the season!

            1. fedolefan
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Salah is actually wrecking my season a bit. 8 point ceiling when in my team, 12 point floor when out of my team.

            2. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              This is why I like TFF. No captains and chips. Just about choosing good players and being patient.

            3. Hy liverpool
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              There are 11 gws still remaining ... Be patient mesut

            4. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              I very nearly did Sané, Sterling and Llorente to Son, Mané and Lacazette (-4). While they all scored, it would've been a worse move than remaining patient.

              I've very slowly learning this lesson. 2 x FT's is so powerful.

            5. Whats the Mata?
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              This!

              8+ red arrows with 11 players.
              A green arrow this week with 10.

          3. fedolefan
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Anyone looking at capping Arnie next week? Think I fancy a punt.

          4. Mo Mané Mo Problems
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Harry Kane GW28 TC locked.

          5. ViperStripes
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Not getting in Kun for the DGWhas been a real killer. So wanted to get him but thought saving a FT would pay off for BGW’s. Darn it.

            This week captained Pogba and Have Sterling and Son, but only a small rank rise predicted from220k ish to 185k ish.

          6. andrewe63
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            What's Hudson odoi thinking right now?

            1. Jarvish
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Which colour Ferrari should I buy?

            2. diesel001
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              I'm leaving asap

              1. andrewe63
                • 8 Years
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Sarri should play him. At least he's prepared to have a go.

          7. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Tempted to keep playing 3-5-2. How does these transfers look?

            Sterling -> Anderson
            Rasford - Auba

            Salah-Mane-Son-Anderson-Pogba
            Auba-Jimenez

            1. Jonny HOW SON?
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              I wouldn't lose Rashford

              1. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Hmmm...I could keep him and play 343. Rash probably better option than Anderson

          8. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Alonso is essential bonus maximus pointimus said. He get -1 point today he never said.

            1. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              I would not be so hard on Maximus especally with all the crap you spew out on here.

            2. Sylas
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Use your own brain, they said. 🙄

            3. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Isn't it -2?

              1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Subbed before 6th. Lucky

              2. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Oh he got hauled off before they conceded the 6th lol

          9. J T
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Salah(C) Pogba Sterling Shaw and still a red arrow..

            1. J T
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              And son

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Same. Thought I might get back into the top 10k yesterday and now I'm even further away!

          10. Salt'N'Pepe
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 13 days ago

            Any early suggestions for my GW27 Team?

            Fabianski
            VanDijk Kolasinac Doherty
            Anderson Salah Pogba Son
            Jiminez Aubameyang Rashford

            Hamer Pereyra Holebas Danilo

            1. Jonny HOW SON?
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Looking good

          11. Dribbles
              7 months, 13 days ago

              The rookies are bringing aguero in this week.

            • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Aguero haul is a kind of good news for auba owners next week. Silver lining/ clutching at straws.

              1. Flapjack ✅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                7 months, 13 days ago

                Saints to park the bus

                Auba 2 point captain

                Son 16 point haul for non Auba owners ?

                Possible right 😉

              2. tambourineman
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 13 days ago

                The way my season's going Aguero will outscore Auba even next week, missed pen incoming

                1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  7 months, 13 days ago

                  Lol

            • teneighty
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 13 days ago

              Sane likely dropping 0.2 or 0.3... Was going to use my FT on a Leicester def and get rid of Sane the week after but might have to rethink. Just cant find a midfielder I want to get...

              1. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 months, 13 days ago

                I sold for Son. Salah Pogba Sterling Son +5m mid. You have all those?