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How Henderson’s new role affects FPL picture at Liverpool

Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) has been reaping the rewards of Jurgen Klopp’s new role for him in his midfield.

In the last three Premier League matches, the England international has been playing in a more advanced position within the 4-3-3 system at Liverpool.

We’ve used the Fantasy Football Scout members area to analyse the impact this has had on Henderson’s points potential, as well as his team-mates.

What is Henderson’s new role at Liverpool?

Since coming on as a substitute at Southampton in Gameweek 33, Henderson has been occupying a more advanced role in Liverpool’s team.

Jurgen Klopp has kept his favoured 4-3-3 shape but has tweaked the responsibilities within that.

Previously the three central midfielders played largely in line with each other, but there is now more of a split when it comes to the different roles.

Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m) has been dropping a little deeper than the other two central midfielders.

Meanwhile, Henderson has been pushing up towards the right-forward in the front-three to help support them in the attacking phase.

You can see that in the heatmap above, comparing his touches in the first 32 Gameweeks against the last three.

There is a much higher concentration of touches on the right flank in the latter period compared to the former.

How has Henderson’s new role affected his points potential?

Jordan Henderson has had a much greater involvement in Liverpool attacks in recent weeks

Having only fulfilled this role in one substitute appearance and two starts in the Premier League, Henderson already has one goal and two assists.

He has also enjoyed more involvement in Liverpool’s attacks in the Champions League too.

First and foremost, Henderson is enjoying a boosted goal threat from his new role.

Jordan Henderson’s goal threat in Gameweeks 1 to 32 (left) and Gameweeks 33 to 35 (right)

As you can see from the table above, when we compare Gameweeks 1 to 32 against Gameweeks 33 to 35, we see a huge jump in penalty box touches.

For the majority of the season, Henderson registered 0.7 per game, but that has risen to 3.7 in the last three matches.

He has been offering plenty of attacking threat in these new positions too.

In the first 32 Gameweeks, Henderson was averaging a 0.4 shots per game, and 0.2 in the box.

However, since moving forward he is shooting more often, 1.3 per game, and with greater frequency inside the box, with 1.3 per game registered there.

The quality of his chances are also improving too, jumping from zero big chances in the first 32 Gameweeks to 0.7 per game since Gameweek 33.

Jordan Henderson’s creativity in Gameweeks 1 to 32 (left) and Gameweeks 33 to 35 (right)

Henderson has been more focussed in his distribution of the ball in his new role too.

While he is passing less often in the last three matches, you can see that his assist potential has gone up.

Chances created per match have risen from 0.3 to 1.3 and big chances created from zero to 0.7.

Has Henderson’s new role affected anyone else?

Salah has looked much better since Henderson has played closer to him

It is possible that Salah’s recent resurgence as a Fantasy option, in time for a Triple Captain opportunity against Huddersfield, has been a result of Henderson’s efforts.

Mohamed Salah’s goal threat in Gameweeks 1 to 32 (left) and Gameweeks 33 to 35 (right)

With the England international operating in closer proximity to Salah in the last three matches, we can see that the Egyptian has been receiving the ball much more often and is enjoying more time on the ball in dangerous areas.

His penalty box touches from Gameweeks 1 to 32 were recorded at an average of 8.5 per game, but they have risen to 9.3 per game since Gameweek 33.

Crucially, Salah is now shooting more often, goal attempts per game rising from 3.4 to 3.7 and efforts in the box from 2.3 to 3.0.

He is more accurate too, shots on target rising from 1.6 per game to 2.3.

Mohamed Salah’s creativity in Gameweeks 1 to 32 (left) and Gameweeks 33 to 35 (right)

Salah’s creativity has also marginally improved too. Between Gameweeks 1 and 32 he averaged 1.8 key passes per game but has recorded 2.0 per game from Gameweek 33 onwards.

However, it is possible that Henderson pushing onto the right flank more often might impinge on Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s (£5.6m) involvement.

As we can see from the heatmap above, the last three matches have seen a lower proportion of the right-back’s touches taking place in the final third.

These have been taken over by Henderson, leaving Alexander-Arnold to focus on the more defensive side of his flank.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s involvement in Gameweeks 1 to 32 (left) and Gameweeks 33 to 35 (right)

We can see from the data that while overall touches are at a similar level, there have been slight drops in the key areas.

Touches in the opponents half per game have dropped from 49.6 to 48.7, while touches in the final third per game have decreased from 29.7 to 28.7.

Obviously, these are not huge drops for Alexander-Arnold and interestingly, in the last three matches, his chances created per game has actually risen from 1.5 to 2.3, although some of these could be attributed to set pieces.

Conclusion

Henderson plays in the most heavily rotated section of Liverpool’s team this season

The fact that Henderson’s new role has boosted his Fantasy points potential certainly places on him on our radar in more of a significant fashion than in previous years.

If he can hold down this position then he could become an exciting budget differential for managers chasing mini-league deficits in the closing weeks of the season.

However, we should urge caution when considering Henderson’s signature for your Fantasy team.

The central midfield berths have been the most rotated under Jurgen Klopp this season.

While the front-three and back-four have been largely settled, especially since January, there are five central midfielders who have come in and out of the side on a regular basis this season.

Of those options, none of them has more than 30 starts this season, Georginio Wijnaldum the most used with 29 starts. The others, which include Henderson himself, James Milner (£5.6m), Fabinho (£5.5m) and Naby Keita (£7.1m) all range between 15 and 19 league starts in 2018/19.

That means that, at least for now, regular starts for Henderson are not assured, although that’s not to say they won’t be once has bedded himself into the new role for a longer period.

That brings us to the other reason for caution. At this stage, we have seen just three FPL Gameweeks with Henderson in this role.

One of these lasted for just 31 minutes as it was when he came on as a substitute against Southampton in Gameweek 33.

That means we cannot be completely certain of the trends we have discovered, which are, admittedly in their infancy right now.

Furthermore, we must recognise that fitting Henderson into Liverpool coverage at this point in the season looks to be something of a challenge.

Most squads already have at least one defender and one attacker, and many have added a third option to that from either of those positions.

Some may be unable to sign Henderson, while others who are considering signing a new attacker are more likely to find points potential in one of Salah or Sadio Mané (£10.0m).

This is where Henderson’s impact on the Egyptian could come in to play. With some doubts over Salah’s ability both the play and to do well against Huddersfield, the support of he has enjoyed from his colleague could be the tactical tweak that does, in fact, inspire him on to a double-figure haul in Gameweek 36.

1,124 Comments Post a Comment
  1. waitinginthelonggrass
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Pogba to Son?

    1. HIT ME!
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yay

      1. waitinginthelonggrass
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Nah.

      United have Huddersfield and Cardiff up after Chelsea. I can see United beating up on those two and Pogba will probably fill his boots so he can add some extra zero’s to what Real Madrid will pay him in the summer.

      Pog is nailed. You want him for them two games.

    3. Homer21
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Think so

    4. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      No

  2. Nomar
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Anyone else fear a Salah blanking tomorrow night?

    1. JHATM FC
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Fearing him not playing more

      I think I'd score against huddersfield

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yes as a TCer

      1. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yikes! You’re his manager too!

        1. Skloppy Kops
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Yep but no control on his perf though.

    3. seanie3
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      of course he will play why wouldn't he?

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

        Rumors

  3. JHATM FC
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Gtg?

    Ryan
    TAA AWB bednarek
    Salah sterling pogba son Redmond
    Aguero Jimenez

    Fabianski dunk Jonny abarnes

    Already used ft on TAA

    TC Salah

    1. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Jonny over Redmond for me

      1. AndyCook
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        4 at the back not popular I know but I imagine the odds support it

        1. Juans Adiccion
            2 months, 2 days ago

            I’d probably go Dunk over Bednarek as well

            1. JHATM FC
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Yeah tempted but hedging my bets

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Play 1 from each:

      1. Gray
      2. JWP

      A) Dunk (already playing Duffy)
      B) Doherty

    3. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Would you just downgrade Foster to get more ITB? Up to 0.9 could be gained.

      2FT 0.2 ITB

      Lloris (foster)
      Robertson Laporte Doherty (duffy bednarek)
      Mane(TC) Son(vc) Eriksen Pogba (højbjerg)
      Aguero Vardy Jiménez

      Cheers all 🙂

      (Thinking maybe something like Vardy Eriksen to Sterling xxx in 37)

      1. JHATM FC
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah I would, what cheap striker options would it give you?

      2. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Ye think that makes sense. Other option is to burn one getting ac3rd Liverpool in (defender)

    4. Whatever100
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Looking to bring in a 6 million or less Midfielder for this GW. Currently on Babel but could Knockaert be an option after returning from suspension? May have a point to prove. Risky I know as not even sure he will start.

      1. Skloppy Kops
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Babbel a better option

      2. JHATM FC
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        If Lionel Messi was a 6m option in that team I'd steer clear

        1. seanie3
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          ha ha, no you wouldn't

      3. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Knockaert!?

        Not only is he a terrible player, have you not seen Brighton's last two fixtures?

        Babel is a decent punt though

    5. Slitherene
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Benching Wilson (sou)
      Playing Jimenez (wat) & Redmond (BOU)

      Seems right?

      1. AndyCook
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Nah I wouldn’t be playing Redmond

    6. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Better TC option?
      A. Manè
      B. Salah

      1. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A

        Trust him to haul at home more than Mo, sadly.

      2. JHATM FC
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Depends on your situation

      3. AndyCook
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Heart says it’s A but I’d be going B because of history

      4. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        For me the stats say that Mane is objectively the slightly better option.

        It’s just the fear knowing what Salah can do whereas I don’t get that same fear about Mane for some reason

    7. EgyptianKing
        2 months, 2 days ago

        What is your opinion about TAA? Will he be rested this GW or starts?

        1. JHATM FC
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I've just put him in so 100% rested

        2. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I really feel Gomez gets a start here so there is a chance it’s TAA who drops out. Might be fine though, impossible to predict

        3. AndyCook
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Don’t think he needs a rest with 5 days until next game

      • Gunner Boy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Which is a better option till end of season?

        A- Salah + Long
        B- Bilva + Firmino

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Depends on rest of squad and how much you’ll have to play long (but A)

        2. Juans Adiccion
            2 months, 2 days ago

            B

          • AndyCook
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            B if you are playing Long week in week out but it feels a poor mans version of what you would want

        3. gellinmagellan
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Ryan Foster
          Robertson Duffy Bennett Vertonghen Bednarek
          Son Eriksen Mane Sterling Hojbjerg
          Aguero Jiminez Rondon

          1 FT and 0.1 ITB. What change should I make?

          1. Juans Adiccion
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Nothing really stands out to me - I’d save this week

            • AndyCook
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Might want a better keeper for the run in but probably not worth a transfer for 3 weeks..

          2. barracuda
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            A- Laca and JWP to Salah and Gray for minus 4

            B- Dunk to VVD (got Robbo and Mane).

            Muchas gracias

            1. Juans Adiccion
                2 months, 2 days ago

                B

                De nada

                1. barracuda
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Igualmente 🙂

                  1. clodhopper
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    B pero es una pregunta dificil buen suerte

                    1. barracuda
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      🙂

              • AndyCook
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Can you get any other striker? Zaha?

                1. barracuda
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  No, unfortunately. Hence why I am leading towards B. Big sofa needed 🙂

            2. Gentle_Turks
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Who scores more this week - Aguero or Firmino?

              1. Juans Adiccion
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Aguero (hopefully!)

                  1. Gentle_Turks
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    That's who you hope will score more,...but who do you think will score more?

                    1. Gentle_Turks
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      What does your gut, rather than your heart, say?

                    2. Juans Adiccion
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Aguero

                  2. Chenku╰☆╮
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Aguero

                  3. barracuda
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Captain Kun

                  4. AndyCook
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    I’d want Aguero

                  5. Gentle_Turks
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    I'm not sure Aguero will beat Firmino, purely because it's Huddersfield.

                  6. Gentle_Turks
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    I'm trying to avoid taking a hit to get Salah so looking at Firmino instead to double with Mane. Anyone else planning the same?

                • Always Captain Kun
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Is Bilva nailed now? Surely chequebook Pep doesnt risk KBD again this season?