Scout Notes

The Huddersfield Effect boosts Liverpool assets in big Anfield win

Liverpool assets did exactly what we thought they would do against Huddersfield, and it made for a hugely satisfying start to Gameweek 36.

The Reds swept Huddersfield aside comfortably with a big 5-0 win, which featured double-figure hauls for many of our favourite Fantasy options.

We’ve taken a look at what the result means for them in the closing Gameweeks of the campaign.

Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield Town

Goals: Naby Keita (£7.1m), Sadio Mané x2 (£10.1m), Mohamed Salah x2 (£13.2m)

Assists: Salah, Andrew Robertson x2 (£6.8m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.6m), Jordan Henderson (£5.3m)

Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) was a huge difference maker for many Fantasy managers on Friday night as he recorded a 19-point Gameweek score against Huddersfield Town. The Egyptian now has attacking returns in each of his last five matches, although his double-figure haul on Friday night was the first since Gameweek 23.

It is certainly likely that his big score in Gameweek 36 was due to the opposition. After all, the Terriers ranked bottom of the league for shots conceded in the box in the four away matches prior to this one. That made for some rather inflated statistics for Salah and company.

In the four home matches prior to the 5-0 win over Huddersfield, the Egyptian was averaging 4.75 shots per game, 2.75 in the box and 1.75 on target. On Friday night, Salah registered eight goal attempts, five of which were in the box and three were on target.

However, Salah’s recent resurgence is not entirely based on the quality of opposition he has faced. Gameweek 36 was the fourth consecutive league match that Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) was deployed in a more advanced role in central midfield. We had already noticed that the support of the England international was having a positive effect on Salah’s attacking potential in the last three matches, so it was pleasing to see the Egyptian steal the show against Huddersfield.

Furthermore, Henderson’s own Fantasy potential continues to be of note, as he got himself another assist. That means the central midfielder has four attacking returns to his name in the four matches since moving to a new role. With Fantasy managers looking for differential options in the closing Gameweeks of the season, a Liverpool attacker that can offer points potential at just £5.3m looks like a great opportunity for some.

He may not have hit the same heights as Salah but Sadio Mané (£10.1m) was still able to reward more than half of the top 10k with 13 points for their captaincy. It was certainly a smart decision to put the armband on him given that he was top of the league for big chances and expected goals (xG) in the four home matches prior to this one. Furthermore, he had 10 goals in his previous 10 home league matches. Mané was admittedly another player who hugely benefitted from the poor showing from Huddersfield’s defence. In the last four home matches before Gameweek 36, the Senegalese international registered an average of 3.5 shots per game, 2.75 in the box and 1.5 on target. Against Huddersfield, he had four shots, four in the box and two on target, certainly an improvement although not as big a jump as Salah’s.

“Sadio always had ability, but his mindset was more a creator, a door-opener than someone who runs through the door himself. I’m not sure somebody has jumped that high since Air Jordan!” – Jurgen Klopp

Ultimately, Mané was unfortunate not to come away with more goals on Friday night. He struck the post with a header in the second half which could have completed his hat-trick. Missing this big chance was one of the factors in him not getting any bonus points despite scoring twice.

Furthermore, Mané somewhat suffered from a slightly selfish attitude of Salah and Daniel Sturridge (£5.6m). There were a number of moments in the match when either of his forward colleagues could have played him in but opted instead to take on a speculative shot on goal. Some Fantasy managers were bemoaning the fact that Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) was not on the pitch, typically more willing to set up his colleagues when in attacking positions. Although, ironically, the last time he missed a league match at Anfield, Liverpool recorded a 5-0 win, back in Gameweek 28.

The Brazilian had looked all set to be involved in Gameweek 36 having not been mentioned by Jurgen Klopp in his press conference on Thursday. However, since that media commitment, Firmino picked up a slight muscle problem that was considered serious enough to keep him out of the Huddersfield match. Klopp insisted he would probably be ready for the Barcelona match so it doesn’t sound too serious.

“Actually, yesterday after training he mentioned a little muscle issue. We assess it obviously. It’s not a big thing but was enough to leave him out today, that’s all. He might be ready for Wednesday, it’s rather likely.” – Jurgen Klopp

Thankfully, Liverpool’s defence also followed the script for the evening as they kept their 20th clean sheet of the season in the match where they were most likely to record one. Crucially, there were also attacking returns that Fantasy managers had hoped for as Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) got his 11th and 12th assist of the season to become the first ever defender in FPL history to score more than 200 points in one campaign. Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.6m) also got an assist.

There was some good news for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.4m) who made his first appearance since a serious injury last season. He is still in the early stages on the road back to full fitness, so is certainly not a legitimate Fantasy option yet, but could be next season. Obviously, central midfield is a bit of a rotation minefield under Klopp, but there were encouraging signs from Oxlade-Chamberlain, who nearly scored just minutes after coming on as a substitute.

“We tried to be careful with him after such a long time. Now he’s ready, and that’s really cool. It would have been goal of the season if he could have scored.” – Jurgen Klopp

“He worked so hard to get back to where he is now & when he came on he looked as if he had never been away. He has been sharp in training and I wish that chance went in for him, but we are all delighted to have him back because he’s an important player.” – Jordan Henderson

Huddersfield’s ability to boost Fantasy assets they face is now starting to become a worrying trend for the Terriers, who are now mathematically rooted to the foot of the Premier League table for the rest of the campaign. How obliging they are could bode well for Manchester United and Southampton assets in Gameweek 37 and 38.

However, backing those sides’ defences could cause some disappointment, as Karlan Grant (£5.0m) continues to prove a nuisance. He was the one who knocked out Watford’s clean sheet in stoppage time in Double Gameweek 35, and he came close to busted Liverpool’s on Friday night. The 5-0 scoreline was certainly a fair reflection of the game but Huddersfield did ask one or two questions of the Reds’ defence in the first half. With his pace and drive on the ball, Grant came close to an unlikely goal but was just short of a final touch on the ball.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold (Gomez 88′); Keita, Wijnaldum (Shaqiri 73′), Henderson; Mané, Sturridge (Oxlade-Chamberlain 73′), Salah.

Huddersfield Town XI (4-1-4-1): Lössl; Durm, Kongolo, Schindler, T Smith; Stanković (Pritchard 81′); Grant, J Bacuna, Hogg, Mbenza (Kachunga 87′); Mounié (Löwe 65′).

902 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Would Ed Woodward
      1 month, 28 days ago

      After the price drops last night, I can now do Eriksen and Wilson > Pogba and Rashford for free, Pogba wasn't in my plan at all though but Hudds are sooooo bad.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Could be a good shout. Eriksen does have Bournemouth, but it could end up being his rest game. (Still unlikely.)

        Going to have to watch how United play in the Chelsea game.

        I'm tempted by Rashford but they've just been SO bad.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 28 days ago

          (Manchester United, that is.)

        2. Would Ed Woodward
            1 month, 28 days ago

            If Hudds are gonna beat anyone...

        3. Balls of Steel
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Are you not worried Pogba might be dropped altogether for last 2 games or will Ole do his best to keep him in his good books?

          1. Would Ed Woodward
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Not really, he's been terrible and I hope he's sold but I think he plays every minute, it helps him that our alternatives are also awful.

              1. Balls of Steel
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Fair point, United don't have alternatives in their squad to replace Pogba so I guess it's a high percentage he plays all of last 3 league games.

            • I love Spurs
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Man U get a lot of penalties to bail them out. Only chance of getting into top 4 is to dive around so I’d get Pogba if I were you.

          2. HashAttack
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Looking at Mane & Rondon > Pogba & Rashford ... those CL fixtures 2nd leg fixtures worry me

            1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              You plan to sold Mane? Why?

              1. HashAttack
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Have Salah too ... it's either Mane or Son that gets sold for Pogba. Selling Mane allows me to get Rashford too

                Barca on Tuesday, so Newcastle away on Saturday evening doesn't inspire me

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    I don't think Klopp can afford to rotate, they want to win the Prem more than the CL and that isn't an easy fixture.

                    1. F_Ivanovic
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Yeah if Klopp was planning on rotating at all it would have been against Huddersfield surely. If he decides to rest any of them against Newcastle after giving them both 90 minutes against Huddersfield he is without doubt a bufoon.

            2. Nomar
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I kept Martial for those last two fixtures.

              Hopefully he starts them. Huddersfield really are shocking. After the infamous Derby side of 2007 this must be the worst Prem team ever.

              We were all kinds of bad in 2015 but Hudds are worse than we were, which is hard to fathom.

              1. teneighty
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I watched them against Liverpool in the reverse fixture and they actually kept even steps with them. Talk about going downhill till todays form.

          3. Ribus
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Llorente and Vert here, sick. At least Vert is not in the squad, so no 1 point appearance fear.

            1. GanonTEK
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Vert here. Got Ings coming on for him as I've Valery on for Firmino already.

          4. Nomar
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Anyone else don’t care what happens today cos they’re still beaming from ear to ear after TC’ ing Salah yesterday?

            Man, this feels good!

            1. TheDragon
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              What about when Eriksen scores 10 goals today - what then?

              1. Nomar
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I have him too.

            2. fusen
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I need as many of my other players to do well even with 84 points from last night.

              You can still get burnt if someone you don't have gets a haul

              1. Bennerman
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Casual brag there

                  1. fusen
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    It was more to show the extent of my point. Every single point counts even if you're doing well already 😛

              2. 1zverGGadeM
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                O/

              3. HashAttack
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                20 points from Son would be the cherry on the top - that would be 100 points before 3.00 kick offs

              4. S.Kuqi
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Not so stressed about fpl due to yesterday but want my other players to do well to hit +150 second time ever.

                1. FPL Flop
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Ambitious

                2. Nomar
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Obviously, yes.

                  But I can enjoy watching these games now and not being so stressed out about it.

                  1. S.Kuqi
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Exactly. Like I said. Not so stressed about fpl atm

              5. Balls of Steel
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I wish but I've got Lloris and Son v ml rival with no spurs asset, a clean sheet and a goal would claw back an 11 point deficit I'm on thanks to his Salah ownership.

            3. Cilly Bonnolly
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              No Firmino and now no Vertonghen. Someone really doesn't want me to win my minileague.

              1. Fitzy.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                You're probably the only one who does want you to win it to be honest...

                1. Cilly Bonnolly
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Nah my missus does too. She's got my winnings spent already.

              2. Bennerman
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Rough

              3. BEATaroundDEBUCHY
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Trippier not looking like a great pick from a few gw ago. Hopefully stays on bench and JWP gets some points!

                1. BEATaroundDEBUCHY
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Oh wait ... xD

                  1. OldBenKenobi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Oh wait what?

                2. 1zverGGadeM
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Or Long.. 😀

              4. JuulKrapuul
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Hope some Eriksen points!

                • Art Vandelay
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  No Tripps is good news for Eriksen in terms of set pieces.

                  Smash it lad!

                  1. FPL Flop
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Odds on him beating first man (from literally any set piece) 2/1

                    1. Art Vandelay
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      True. He's still disappointed after Ryan Gosling got the gig in the Neil Armstrong biopic.

                • Robbieblob
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Anyone know what Mark's FPL ID is? Thanks?

                  1. Balls of Steel
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    4668

                    1. "DC"
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        damn that rank history extraordinary

                  2. Balls of Steel
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Score predictions Spurs v Westham?

                    I'll say 3-1 Spurs

                    1. FPL Flop
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      A disappointing 1-1. Dele and Antonio with the goals.

                    2. 1zverGGadeM
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      4 0

                      1. 1zverGGadeM
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Do you want scorers too?

                        1. Balls of Steel
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Ya sure go on while you're at it cheers 🙂

                          1. 1zverGGadeM
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            Really high percentage lately on Spurs scorers here just...

                            Moura
                            Eriksen
                            Son with a brace

                  3. Weilong7
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    how do you guys think city will react against burnley after pool cut the goal difference to 3?
                    1-0 wins for rest of fixtures or try to make the GD margin wider just in case?

                    1. Jafoole_88
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      They'll tear Burnley a new a-hole

                    2. drughi
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      think they will drop points against burnley. 1-1 is my prediction or 2-2

                  4. BEATaroundDEBUCHY
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Love that 1230 games on Sky One. For us cheap ppl who dont pay for sky/bt sports.

                    1. FPL Flop
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Is Sky One free...?

                      1. Ask Yourself
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        No you need sky subscription still just not spirts package. All of it is a rip of tho really

                        1. Jurgen Flopp
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Not if you card share

                          1. Ask Yourself
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            What this

                        2. FPL Flop
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Agreed. I have BT Sport but it’s pretty awful for prem in all honesty, Newcastle v Southampton last week, Brighton v Newcastle this week, I mean ffs...

                          1. Ask Yourself
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            Yeah good for Europe tho at least

                            1. FPL Flop
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 28 days ago

                              Yeah, CL has been amazing this year too

                    2. 1zverGGadeM
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      How much you pay in UK per month to watch all Live TV games in PL?

                      Just curious

                      1. 1zverGGadeM
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Excluding Saturday games at 15:00..

                    3. Would Ed Woodward
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        It's not every week is it? Thought it was games with lesser interest.

                      • Captain Warlock
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        It’s not on today just pre match talk

                    4. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      So many spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in the FFS articles nowadays. Increased quantity but vastly less quality

                      1. Art Vandelay
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Very true.

                      2. Irbox ⚽
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        David Monday 😀

                      3. shirtless
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Just not the same without Mark. Miss the Pre-Amble, and Granville on the Scoutcast with Mark.

                        1. Art Vandelay
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Halcyon days, mate.

                        2. Hybrid.power
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          I do indeed miss the preamble.

                        3. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Agree with the Mark Granville dynamic it was fun listening to them swind each other up.
                          The current crop are all 'nicey, nice' to each other.

                          As for Mark's preamble: - I will be honest it was one of the worst articles on the site.
                          Just Mark pontificating about his team off the top of his head and trying to reach a vague conclusion on his hypotheses.

                      4. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        A lot of them seem to be articles for the sake of it to keep generating output, interest, and therefore views on the site.
                        The site is a strong brand now and has to keep the views and output going.
                        Like many brands regardless of the quality some people will lap up every bit of it as they want to be associated with the brand.
                        So become a member becomes a 'status symbol'.
                        Being called 'a valued member of the community' on the scout-cast etc means that you are in the FFS clique etc.

                        1. Hybrid.power
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          I agree. Ever since they linked up with the Premier League this site has changed quite a lot.

                        2. Bennerman
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            Yes, and this applies to all websites. Quality is down the pan. Short nothingnesses and social-friendly crap are king

                      5. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        No Trippier, No Firmino all that worry about bench order was pointless!

                      6. Pariße
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Benched Moura for Deulofeu, really feel bad about it now.

                        1. Art Vandelay
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Both decent options mate. You could be celebrating the decision later.

                      7. OldBenKenobi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Of course Trippier is dropped again. Ffs

                      8. Skloppy Kops
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Is it too much to ask for 20pts from.Eriksen + Son + Lloris?

                        1. 1zverGGadeM
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Let it be

                      9. 1zverGGadeM
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Chances for Trippy to come in lately at the game?

                        1. OldBenKenobi
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          I own him so very likely

                        2. Tshelby
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          I think small. Can see Llorente, Janssen and Skipp/Wanyama coming in

                          1. 1zverGGadeM
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            Really hope for this
                            I've got Long as first sub lol

                      10. OldBenKenobi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Fully expecting a 1 point cameo from Trippier! Urgh

                      11. KINGVIZO
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          All in favour of rule change??

                          - 1 player max per team - this would be mine - would make the pool of players used far more than currently imho....

                          Would would be your rule change and why??

                          1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            nope

                            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 28 days ago

                              no more chips, just WC

                            2. KINGVIZO
                                1 month, 28 days ago

                                Yes agreed 1 is drastic but I think would really make this game more interesting and would factor in whether defenders from good teams are better than attackers due to extreme price differences...

                            3. Bennerman
                                1 month, 28 days ago

                                I was thinking along same lines for a while and I thought two. But maybe, yeah, one is even more radical.

                                I also thought of this discussion but never bothered, should be a really hot topic

                              • Tshelby
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 28 days ago

                                Nope

                              • OldBenKenobi
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 28 days ago

                                1 is too few. Would consider 2 maybe

                              • Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 28 days ago

                                I would get rid of the chips except the captain chip. BB TC leads to way too many variables.
                                Also they should bring in proper positions in fpl right back/left back etc.
                                There would be defensive midfield positions to be filled then. So the likes of Xhaka/Henderson won't be ignored.

                                Currently it is too easy just to pick attacking midfielders

                              • JHATM FC
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 28 days ago

                                If it was one max from each team, I think you'd find everyone's teams being even more alike.

                              • The 5% Team
                                  1 month, 28 days ago

                                  give players who come off the bench (in real life) double the points if they assist/score. Makes 'being nailed' a bit less important.

                                  1. KINGVIZO
                                      1 month, 28 days ago

                                      interesting idea..

                                      What do people think to Bonus changes - e.g 5pts for top bonus points and nothing for others?

                                • OldBenKenobi
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 28 days ago

                                  Anyone else feel Poch rotates too much?
                                  Especially compared to so other teams in similar positions etc.

                                  1. Bennerman
                                      1 month, 28 days ago

                                      Er... how?

                                      Only fullbacks. The man hardly has a squad!

                                    • "DC"
                                        1 month, 28 days ago

                                        He rotates his fullbacks too much, everyone would have one fullback if they were nailed as Robbo

                                      • TRASH BOAT
                                        • 5 Years
                                        1 month, 28 days ago

                                        aurier injury has caused this wouldn’t happen otherwise. Trippier integral to Spurs

                                    • Vatroslav
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 28 days ago

                                      Yesterday's game reminded me of FPL 2013/14, the good old days with Sturrigde, Suarez and Gerrard.

                                      I remember owning both Suarez and Sturridge, what a fruitful combination, and it was a differential to own both at the time.

                                      Oh if we only had the TC chip then...

                                      1. Vatroslav
                                        • 4 Years
                                        1 month, 28 days ago

                                        Oh, and Sterling below 6m

                                    • I love Spurs
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 28 days ago

                                      Spurs will do a Leicester and win the C1.

                                      They play such amazing football, it’s a joy to watch.

                                    • Fpl Cursed
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 28 days ago

                                      Does Moura have something against Son or something? Why does he never pass to him?

                                    • HMC
                                      • 8 Years
                                      1 month, 27 days ago

                                      84 with sterling and Laporte to play. Not too bad with TC still to use
                                      Got a bit blessed with Firmino/Yoshida being auto replaced with Wilson/Hojbjerg but also sold Jota (instead of Eriksen) to fund Mane