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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. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Who to Captain, few good options?

    Lloris
    Laporte - Trent - Duffy
    Salah - Sterling - Son - Deulofeu - Jota
    Aguero - Wilson

    Foster - Jimenez - Doherty - Valery

    .2 itb

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      I think you know what answer you will get?

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Salah

    3. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Salah, Son, Sterling, Aguero in order

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        This

    4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      I honestly would put it on trent

    5. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Cheers guys 🙂

  2. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Which def to bench?

    A) Valery BOU H
    B) Duffy NEW H
    C) Doherty WAT A

    1. Drogba Legend
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Probably A

    2. Garth Marenghi
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      A

    3. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      not A tough choice

  3. Drogba Legend
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Lloris
    Laporte - TAA - Dunk
    KDB** - Eriksen - Son - Jota
    Aguero - Jimenez - Firmino

    Foster - Duffy - Valery - Camarasa

    A) BB this week
    B) TC this week

    1) KDB > Mane
    2) KDB + Son > Mane + Sane/Bilva/Pogba (-4)
    3) Son/Eriksen > Mane
    4) Something else

    Cheers

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      B1

    2. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      B1

    3. Drogba Legend
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Cheers both - TC Mane then?

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        I would do that.

  4. jorgenoj
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Duffy --> Matip?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      No

  5. The EJJ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    I'm 20 points ahead of my rival who i'm sure will TC Mane. I have Salah and will be bringing in Mane this week. Is it best to captain Mane in order to 'cover' the potential TC points?

    1. Just bleed
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      No, its best to captain the one who has the most potential to score big - Salah

      1. The EJJ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        would say Mane and Salah's potential is pretty even, everything being equal i would captain Salah i reckon

    2. Flicka
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      That's what I would do.

    3. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Only if you think Mane will outscore Salah. Play to your strengths, not your opponent's.

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      He might start to hate you 😛
      But everything is fair in FPL.

  6. SheBangsTheDrums
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    KDB replacement?

    A) Deulofeu (-4 with Firmino coming in)

    B) Salah (-8 with Long and Romeu coming in)

    1. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Deulo might get rested, B probably safest

  7. Dybala10
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Quick one chaps, any obvious changes needed here?

    Lloris
    Duffy, Robbo, Laporte
    Eriksen, Jota, Mane (c), Son
    Jimenez, Vardy, Aguero
    ---
    Foster, Boly, Valery, Doucoure

    Duffy to TAA perhaps?
    Eriksen and Doucoure to Sterling and McNeil (-4)?

  8. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Babel on anyone's radar this week at home to Cardiff?

  9. Flicka
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    According to G-Whizz's Hot Topic, Liverpool's clean sheet odds are 61%.
    Triple Captain:
    1. TAA; or
    2. Mane

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      2

    2. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      TAA needs just a moment in 90 mins to lose CS.
      Mane needs just a moment in 90 mins for a goal/assist.

      1. Flicka
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        TAA can easily get an assist too. You could argue at least a clean sheet will be spread around the defense evenly so that if TAA plays, he'll get the points. With Mane, he could easily blank while Salah/Firm score.

  10. Ian Davis
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Which two to play this week?:

    A) Lindelof
    B) Bednarek
    C) Jonny
    D) Kiko

    1. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      B and C. Kiko rotation risk and United not solid at the back.

  11. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    1.Erik+muray>mane+quanr(1.5 itb)
    2. erik +murray >>mane+long

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      2

  12. Brendan95
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Foster
    Doherty/TAA/Kola
    Sterling/Mane(c)/Eriksen/Son
    Kun/Jimi/Gray

    Ryan/JWP/Valery/Duffy

    1FT
    £0.6

    Any moves needed for this GW or would you save FT?

  13. Garth Marenghi
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Worth it to pick up Son this gw on a free transfer?

    1. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Who are you selling?

      1. Garth Marenghi
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Mkhi and/or Tielemans

        1. GanonTEK
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          Then I go with yes

          1. Garth Marenghi
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 days ago

            Thx. The Mkhi punt didn’t work out, but Tielemans did

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Definitely.
      Ban in CL means he'd definitely start

      1. Garth Marenghi
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah, guess I’m always concerned he’ll be rested, but there’s just 5 games left.

  14. Jimi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Foden? Cheap 5th midfield gamble?

    1. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Very much a gamble. I personally wouldn't do it.

    2. Garth Marenghi
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      If it helps facilitate elsewhere..then yes

    3. Indalo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Too much of a gamble imo. Reckon he'll start 1 of the last 3.

  15. GanonTEK
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone else think it's going to be something silly like Duffy being player of the week this week just to annoy us even more?

  16. Athletic Nasherbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Who would you rather have

    A) Mane + Firmino -4

    B) Mane + Lukaku

    C) Salah + Zaha/Rash -4

    Thanks guys

    1. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      A

    2. GanonTEK
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      A is what I'm doing

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks guys. It was just whether I should consider United or not.

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          In why I was stuck

        2. GanonTEK
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          I'm kicking Pogba out to get Mane

    3. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      A

  17. Lumberjack
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    I guess I need a LIV attacker. No idea how, quite like my current team. Any thoughts?

    1 FT, 0.1m ITB.

    Ryan
    Robbo TAA Laporte
    Sterling Eriksen Son Jota
    Kun Vardy Jiménez

    Gunn Boly Valery Hojbjerg

    1. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Could backfire but I'd consider Boly to cheapie and Eriksen to Mane.

      1. Lumberjack
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Worth a look, thanks

  18. Optic1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    What to do with KDB here... I have an option to switch to Sterling for a -4. Anyone else worth consider?

    Ryan
    Trippier Robertson Doherty
    Eriksen Son Mane(c) KDB*
    Jiminez Wilson Aguero

    Foster Doucourè Valery Bednarek 0itb

    Option is Doucourè + KDB > 4.0 + Sterling for a hit and exact money.

    Thoughts on this plan or other options welcome. Cheers

    1. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Plan looks good to me

    2. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Have you considered Bernardo as a straight swap? Lower ceiling than sterling tough..

    3. Win'dian
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Kdb + eriksen for striling + Moura/deulo/jota

    4. Optic1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Cheers for replies. Will consider the Eriksen to Moura option however as a -4, it would be weakening my starting 11 as opposed to losing my 5th mid (have a decent front 3 anyway). 3 games left I probably need to chance it.

  19. Indalo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Start 2:

    A) Duffy (NEW)
    B) Valery (BOU)
    C) Cathcart (WOL)
    D) Doherty (wat)

    Start 1:

    A) Wilson (sot)
    B) JWP (BOU)

    1. Kung Fu Football
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      ADA

      1. Lumberjack
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Agree

  20. Drogba Legend
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Any news on KDB or is he just figured to be out for a while/maybe rest of season?

  21. GoonerByron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Lacazette -> Firmino worth a -4?

    Might captain Firmino as a differential over Mane if I get him?

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Yes

    2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      im doing it, though may stp short of captaining him

  22. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    RP, bottomed

    A) Salah + Ings
    Or
    B) Mane + Vardy

    1. Flicka
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      B, emphatically

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Cheers, think I like B better too. Will bench Vardy against city probably but he could do well against Arsenal.

    2. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      B then maybe shift vardy next week

    3. Bagpuss
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      B for me

    4. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Done! Thanks all

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 3 days ago

        B 🙂

  23. bautasten
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Foster / (Ryan)
    TAA / Trippier / Valery / (Duffy / Boly)
    Mane / Sterling / Son / JWP / (KDB*)
    Aguero / Jimenez / Llorente

    1 FT, 0.9 ITB

    A) Trippier -> Robertson
    B) Duffy, KDB -> Robertson, Bernardo (-4)
    C) KDB, Aguero -> Zaha, Salah (-4)

    Help appriciated!

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      A

      1. bautasten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks!

  24. Erez Avni
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    I have TAA, Mane & Boby.
    should I sacrifice one of them for salah? I want to captain him.
    I can't decide...

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      No imo

    2. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      I would stick and C mane.

  25. Deulofail
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    5-4-1

    Played 2 times

    average 94.5 points

    😎

    1. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      (no chips, I might add)

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      You Conte ??
      😛

      1. Deulofail
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah except Alonso can't stop scoring for me

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 3 days ago

          😀

  26. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Am I mad having 3 SOU players on the bench?

    Currently have: JWP, Yoshida, Valery

    Playing Doherty, Jota over them

    Right or wrong?

  27. Ajaxeeding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 3 days ago

    The RMT estimates for Henderson I think do not reflect his potential. Will these be updated?

  28. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Play duff/valery
    Or ings

    1. Bagpuss
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Would prob go with Duff

  29. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    GTG? Bench order OK?

    Ryan
    Robbo, TAA, Laporte
    Sterling, Mane(TC), Son(v), Jota
    Aguero, Jim, Wilson
    Bench: Foster; JWP, Duffy, Valery

  30. gelisiguzel
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 3 days ago

    A or B
    Hazard & Wilson -->

    a) Salah & Success
    b) Firmino & 8.4 Midfield probably Townsend

    Foster
    TAA - Duffy - Catchart
    Sterling - Mane - Son - Eriksen - Hazard*
    Kun - Wilson*

    Subs: Guaita, Jiminez, Doherty, Valery