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.

2,910 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Is Aguero or Sterling the better pick after next week.

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Top question top of the page.

    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Honestly whichever fits more easily into your structure. Whoever replaces the worse player.

      1. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Good point. Aguero it is.

      2. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        This

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Aguero

      There are plenty of other midfield options and not so many forward options

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Kane says Hi.

        1. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Let him.

      2. Flynny
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        I guess I'll be getting auba (c) for gw27.

        And then swapping him for kin in 28.

        Forget the fact he blanks in 31 ....looks like one or the other is required....

        1. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Agree

    4. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Depends on minutes played in CC final. imo. For WHU.

    5. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Keeping both atm. Why not

      1. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Have neither and can't really afford both.

  2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    So, anyone going to stop captaining salah now?

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I won't be in GW27

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Article says he's back to his best

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 11 days ago

        And yet he scored 8 points against Bournemouth at home. If this is his best...

  3. Eriksen Maestro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    A) Richarlison => Jota?

    B) Rich => Maddison

    C) Rich => Almiron if he has decent game tomorrow

    D) Save FT play Bednarek lol

    1. Ross From Friends
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Rich > Jota for me

  4. Pierce34
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Looks like Emerson was the Chelsea defender to own this week.

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      The 5.0m's were.

  5. Louis Van Gaalstones
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Sane not playing got me Luiz' -1, second off my bench. Beautiful

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I thought I was bad with bender ak

    2. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      That sucks, fortunately I’ve got Camarasas 4pts coming off the bench as second sub

  6. Ross From Friends
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Can someone explain to me why 85k people have brought in Aguero ahead of a blank game week for city? 😆

    1. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      They're unaware that City are ON A BREAK.

      1. Ross From Friends
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Are there actually that many clueless players around?

        1. Game Over
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          I think so. My dad's eyes glaze over when I try to warn him about blanks and doubles. I reckon the majority of players don't know blanks and doubles are approaching til the last minute.

        2. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 11 days ago

          85 000 / 4 000 000 = 2%

          Minimum amount of clueless active thick players confirmed?

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      They are just carefully planning for his next game in 17 days time
      Not like he could get injured or anything

    3. runny
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      lol, i was just about to ask the same thing...

  7. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    What are Kun owners doing now? Keeping or is Kun > Auba still on?

    1. Mattymo23
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      That's my dilemma. Really unsure as would be a - 4 to get rid of him and would have to waste a free to get him back.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        His value increasing makes another case to keep. Thinking ditching Sané is higher priority for me right now

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Keeping. Prefer Laca

    3. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      did it last week before Auba got flagged but regretting it now...

    4. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I’m shipping out both Kun and Sterling for the BGW.

    5. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Nothing until after the cup games when we'll know more about what's happening with blanks and doubles.

      Was planning on doing Aubameyang in this week then heard he had been ill. Glad about that now. Honestly don't know whether to do it or not now. Aguero's absolutely on fire.

  8. Mattymo23
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Don't know whether to do Aguero for Auba for - 4. Very torn because would want to get Aguero back shortly after.

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Not worth it for a hit.

      1. Mattymo23
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Auba could easy get 10+ points and my ML rival has them?

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Aguero good GW28 and next 2 games

  9. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Any changes you would make to this team for GW 27? Really struggling to compete with casuals without Pogba and Son...

    Hugo
    Jonny AWB Bemba Robbo
    Salah Fanny Gunnarsson 🙂
    Jimmy Rashy Auba(c)

    Button Laporte* Sterling* Richo* 0.4 itb

    A) Richo to 7m mid,which one?
    B) Save
    cheers 😀

    1. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Get your Fanny out

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        😛

    2. Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Upgrade your MID & get Pogba by downgrading Aubameyang to Lacazette / Firmino

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        cheers BBB

  10. KJT123
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Exact funds to do Sane & Kamara to Barnes & Vardy. Sane dropping tonight will price me out.

    Still worth waiting until the deadline?

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      No. Wait 10 days.

    2. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      no need to wait.

    3. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      probably do it...Sane will drop more than 0.1 over the next few days

    4. Pierce34
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I don't think being priced out of Vardy is a bad thing 😉

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 11 days ago

        haha

    5. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      wait

    6. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      3 strikers and a midfielder?

      1. Pierce34
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Other Barnes probably.

  11. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    2 ft 0.2 itb.

    Out:
    a) Digne
    b) Richarlison
    c) Kun

    In:
    a) Perreyra
    b) F.Anderson/Jota
    c) Auba

    Thanks.

    1. KJT123
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      wait 10 days

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      wait

    3. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      BC
      BC

  12. Rhinos
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I rarely come on here to brag but I think selling Kun for a hit gives me right 😎

    1. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Oh eck...I was so close to doing that move for a hit too!

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      oh sheet

  13. jorgenoj
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Sane to F Anderson or Mane?

  14. Flynny
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Is one of sterling or kun essential for gw27 onwards?

    Even tho they blank in 31 or 33??

    Thanks

    1. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      only one of?

    2. AYLD28
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I have sterling and he’s going nowhere

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        this

  15. Greenbackbøøg…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    So.. did anyone do Kun > Auba? I couldn't imagine living with myself if I did that for a hit

    1. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      kun to laca so i get a repreive

      1. Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Was so close to doing that, this game is crazy sometimes

    2. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      i did 🙁
      Season over for me....

    3. Rustin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Not for a hit but for free so not so bad ha ha

    4. runny
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      if i could've done it without a hit i think I would've done it, luckily i'd already made another change!

  16. Kiwivillan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Chelsea last 3 games 4-0 5-0 6-0

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      7-0 vs spurs?

  17. AYLD28
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I haven’t had Aguero for this double hatrick but I have had Sterling TC in 25 then for 26.

    Should I be happy?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      yes

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      but only you can answer if you're happy. You do not sound happy.

      1. AYLD28
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks mate, I think I am as Sterling has sort of covered Aguero in a weird way

        1. FPL Pillars
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          If you have either great, both you're laughing.

          1. AYLD28
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 11 days ago

            Yeah most peoples budget only allows one really

    3. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      lol

  18. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    How nailed is guiata

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      the more gw goes on without a CS the less nailed becomes but he is 1st pick atm.

  19. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    anyone like me buy Man City players for the doubles and yet to have a return? i got Sane and KDB.

    1. LewanGOALski
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Ouch... that’s painful

    2. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      kdb is so frustrating, absolute legend of a player yet another blank

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        yeah has been pretty advanced too

        1. Rhinos
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          we'll have our day, he got a 20pter in cup

    3. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      🙁

    4. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      im not sure Bilva has any either without looking

  20. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    No idea what to do with this squad. Three blanks (and two who are out). A hit is incoming for gw27, but is it time to think about WC?

    Fab, Button**
    Robbo, Doherty, Luiz*, AWB, Bednarek
    Salah, Pogba, Son, Hazard*, Siggy*
    Rashford, Jimenez, Kamara**

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Luiz, haz and kamara to auba, jwp and Lascelles/pereira (depending on funds)

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Yep, Auba is on the radar, for sure. Just trying to figure out how to do it. And how big a hit to take... Never taken a -8 before in my six years in FPL.

  21. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Best Sané replacement to navigate through the next few bgw’s?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      On form, Mane.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Man U away next though!

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          Bench him and Salah?

  22. LewanGOALski
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Should I give up on Auba and just get Laca as it allows me to get Aguero the week after the blank?

    Would mean:
    Hazard + Ings ➡ Jota + Laca with Firmino ➡ Aguero before GW28

    thoughts..? 😉

  23. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Mark Wood smashing the Windies. England are back!

    *until the next collapse

    1. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      can't win dead rubbers mate. That's what oz used to say when we win a consolation ashes test

    2. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Pace in West indies effective - shocker!!

  24. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    85 pts and Jimmy, Doherty to go 😎

    1. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      jammy...

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        well done... 😀

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          😛

    2. CostaCoffee
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      81 with Jonny Doherty and Jim

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      84 Pat Doh Jimi

  25. Squib
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Guaita Button
    TAA Lindelof Holebas AWB Bennett
    Hazard Salah Son Pogba Stephens
    Auba Rashford Rondon

    1ft
    0.5 itb
    Holebas got to go now. Who to?
    Any worth a hit?

  26. Mo Mané Mo Problems
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Haven’t been happier with a footballer catching a cold.

  27. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Aguero is number one on top transfers in

    This is gold

    1. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Even better nearly all seems to Auba to Kun.
      Going to be some hits taken before next deadline.

  28. CostaCoffee
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Who to bring in for Richarlison?
    Have 9.1 to spend, don’t own Son but feel like it might be a bit late to invest now as fixtures aren’t fantastic. Looking to wildcard gw 30 so only a short term option is needed.
    Rest of team for next week:
    Etheridge
    Robbo Jonny Doherty AWB
    Salah Pogba Hayden
    Rashford Jimenez Lacazette

    Button Sterling Holebas Richarlison
    (Once I get a Richarlison replacement Hayden will drop to bench)

  29. MGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    69 pts.

    Jimenez and Doherty to play.

    Green or red?

    1. CostaCoffee
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Green

    2. Chucky
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      😐

  30. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Why did rashford not play?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        These article titles are helpful 🙂

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Paris and your man.

    2. Rhinos
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      official reason was dead leg. Real reason was Fulham so bad we'll settle for Lukaku