Scout Notes

Klopp explains team selection as Liverpool impress in Barca defeat

Liverpool have a mountain to climb in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Barcelona next Tuesday after a 3-0 defeat in the Nou Camp last night.

Before then, of course, the Reds travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United and there was plenty of encouragement for owners of Liverpool assets heading into Gameweek 37 despite the scoreline.

There is much to discuss in our Scout Notes article below, including a dissection of Jurgen Klopp’s surprise team selection.

Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp explained his decision not to start Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) in last night’s match in Catalonia.

The Brazilian striker had missed Friday’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town with a groin injury and was only among the substitutes against Barcelona, coming on for the final 11 minutes.

Speaking ahead of kick-off, Klopp said:

Bobby wants to [play] and the medical department told me ‘yes, it’s good’ but then you have to make sure. I’m not sure if 90 minutes or whatever.

So he doesn’t have to start, that’s why we start like we start. Bobby is on the bench, that’s good news.

For the 17.5% of Fantasy Premier League managers who still own Firmino, it was perhaps the best possible outcome: the Brazil international being declared fit enough to be involved in the match-day squad but ultimately kept fresh for Saturday’s trip to Tyneside.

The hope for owners now is that any residual fear about Firmino’s groin strain will have evaporated by the time Liverpool run out at St. James’ Park – so Klopp’s pre-match press conference on Friday will be of much interest.

There was also a welcome boost for Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s (£5.7m) owners last night.

The return of Joe Gomez (£4.8m) was always seen as a threat to the England right-back’s security of starts, with the concern being that Gomez would be handed a run-out in the Premier League at the expense of the 23.3%-owned Alexander-Arnold.

Gomez was thrown into the lion’s den at Barcelona instead, however, surely meaning that Alexander-Arnold will return to the starting XI in Gameweek 37 – especially as Gomez was visibly flagging in the closing stages of Wednesday’s match.

Interviewed ahead of kick-off, Klopp said:

For Trent it’s good, he can refresh a little bit, there are important games to come. But the first thing we wanted to make was a good line-up for tonight and for a good line-up you need legs and that’s what we tried to make sure.

It was clear when Joe would be available again that there would be a game and I think today it makes absolute sense in that position.

The release of the Liverpool teamsheet raised eyebrows, with questions asked over who would deputise in Firmino’s absence given that Divock Origi (£5.0m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.8m) were also among the substitutes and Daniel Sturridge (£5.6m) was not part of the 18-man squad.

That man turned out to be Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.5m), playing as a “false nine” with fairly unspectacular results.

Rotation has been commonplace in the middle of the park lately and Klopp burned through five central midfielders last night, with Wijnaldum up top, Naby Keita (£7.1m) limping off midway through the first half and substitute Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) coming on to replace his injured team-mate after 24 minutes.

The severity of Keita’s injury is yet to be determined.

Who gets the nod in the engine room on Saturday remains to be seen, with Klopp saying ahead of kick-off:

The boys are all in good shape. (But) Hendo played five games in a row, for example, and we play on Saturday and Tuesday.

Millie didn’t play for two games so it was clear we had to use him. Fabinho didn’t play for two games so it was clear we had to use him. Naby didn’t have that many games during the whole season, Gini didn’t play all the games.

That’s why midfield, where it’s really intense, is where we have to make sure we have legs there.

There were some stand-out performances among the players that did play, with Joel Matip’s (£4.9m) display much better than the scoreline suggests and Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) excelling at both ends of the pitch.

Sadio Mane (£10.2m) and Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) posed plenty of threat, too, each registering four shots – no-one on show attempted more.

While their usual accuracy in front of goal was missing last night, the fact that the premium midfield pair were presented with eight chances between them away at Barcelona was encouraging to see heading into Gameweek 37.

Salah was electric for much of the evening, if a little wasteful in possession – the Egyptian’s pass completion rate being the lowest of all 14 Liverpool players that took to the field.

FPL’s leading points-scorer forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a smart low save early in the second half before spurning the chance to bag what could have been a vital goal late on, smashing the woodwork from close range after Firmino’s initial effort had been cleared off the line.

Mane, too, had a glorious chance to bag an away goal, spooning over from 12 yards on 35 minutes with only ter Stegen to beat.

The assist for that chance came from Henderson, who was once again used in a more advanced role on the right of midfield.

James Milner (£5.6m) also had two presentable opportunities that were saved by the Barcelona goalkeeper as Liverpool not only shaded goalscoring chances but also possession – not something many teams can say when they visit the Nou Camp.

Reflecting on his side’s positive display, Klopp said:

I think it was the best away game in the Champions League, not only this year, last year included. Against a side like this, playing this kind of football I was completely happy. We played between the lines, we didn’t play through, we were in the box, we had really good chances and caused them a lot of problems – that’s good.

The Champions League is now like this: if you lose away it’s not a massive problem, it can happen, as long as you score a goal. That’s the problem tonight, we didn’t score that goal, so that makes our life now not easy, to be honest. But from my point of view, my boys gained a lot of respect again for the way they played, how they developed.

Asked what impressed him most about Liverpool’s performance, Klopp added:

How we defended it, how brave we were in these situations, I liked it. When we had the ball, we were not always brilliant but we were pretty much always really good. We played, we controlled the game in moments, we let them run, we had to defend, we created – not chances constantly because that’s not possible, but moments with a chance to make a proper chance of it. That’s good and that’s what you have to do, you have to create by yourself and that’s what we did.

In the end, nobody is really interested – probably only football nerds will think about it – because it was about the result and we lost 3-0. I can work really well with this game, I will use this game to show the boys what is possible. It was a brave performance that was very passionate, very lively and in a lot of moments creative and direct.

Liverpool bossed the game for periods of the second half to such an extent that Ernesto Valverde changed shape to a 4-4-2 and sacrificed Philippe Coutinho, with even Lionel Messi not as influential as he usually is.

It is difficult to subdue the Argentinean playmaker for 90 minutes, though, and while his first goal owed much to a slice of luck – Messi following in after Luis Suarez’s shot had hit the bar – his second and Barcelona’s crucial third goal, a sensational free-kick from distance, underscored his ability to turn a game in an instant.

A flat-footed Virgil van Dijk (£6.7m) could perhaps have done better for Barcelona’s first two goals but a much easier test will await the Dutchman and the Liverpool defence on Saturday evening, with Rafael Benitez’s side likely to be adopting a backs-to-the-wall, 5-4-1 approach on Tyneside.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Gomez, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner (Origi 85′), Fabinho, Keita (Henderson 24′), Wijnaldum (Firmino 79′), Salah, Mané.

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  1. JasonG123
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Any suggestions here? 1FT, 0m ITB.

    Foster (Ryan)
    Robertson TAA Trippier (Valery Bednarek)
    Salah Sterling Son Deulofeu (Hojbjerg)
    Aguero Wilson Jimenez

    1. thunder_mike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Tripps > Shaw

  2. thunder_mike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Gunn Foster
    Valery Robbo Jonny Duffy Dunk
    Eriksen Son Sterling Mane Jota
    Llorente Kun Jimmy

    Duffy, Eriksen, Kun > Shaw, Pogba/Martial, Kaku (-8)

    Not too fussed about my rank anymore, may as well go for it.

    1. Shteve
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      ld say heck no to them transfers!

    2. JasonG123
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Kun is better than Lukaku, so for a -4 it's not great.

    3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Can you do the Shaw/Pog for -4?

  3. lespaul
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A aguero (c) + pogba/jota
    B sterling (c) + rashford

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      C

  4. Alvaro Morata
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Captain...?
    Aguero or Salah...?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Kun

  5. Dazzrb
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    King and Duffy to who? Need to move both on with 2FTs 0.0ITB

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Valery/Bednarek/Kelly and Rashford possible?

      1. thunder_mike
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Is Rashford fit?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Pictured in training but wait for Olé presser tomorrow for confirmation.

          1. thunder_mike
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Ah cool

  6. amit1964
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    hii
    play one:
    a) alisson
    b) patricio

    thank you

    1. Kevin 11
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Alisson

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A - Patricio might be rested with Norris getting a game

  7. Kevin 11
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    15 point gap to make up and a fairly different team, shouldn't be panicking yet right

    1. kime67
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      too much imo

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Similar gap in my mini league of 17 and have enough quality differentials who can bridge that gap on their own. Good luck to ya!

    3. Greek Flair
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I’m 19 behind and wondering when to go for it too.

      The other guy had Sterling but I’m purposely avoiding to catch up

  8. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Thoughts on Ryan eriksen llorente to guaita B.silva zaha -8 (exact funds)

    Gives me

    Guaita
    Doherty robbo yoshi
    Salah mane son sterling Bsilva
    Vardy zaha

    Gunn valery mariappa greenwood

    1. EMBOLOFAN
        1 month, 24 days ago

        wouldnt even consider taking a -8 at this stage of season

      • Dybala10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Suicide.

    2. Greenbackbøøg…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Vertonghen to trent make sense?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yep

      2. Mingo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It does make sense. Digne another option in that price bracket.

    3. kime67
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      shaw or jwp?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Shaw

    4. MC-HAMMERS-TROUSERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Current team
      Foster
      Shaw - Taa - Doherty
      Mane - Salah - Jota - Son
      Jimenez - Wilson - Vardy
      Bench: Begovic - Maddison - Cathcart - Chilwell
      1.9 ITB 1 FT

      Should I be concerned with the lack of City players.

      Part of me wants to roll over the FT for last gwk

      1. Snevitz
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        You have plenty of decent players, not having players from a particular team doesn't matter.
        If Rashford is fit you could consider Vardy to Rashford.

    5. amit1964
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      for this gw:
      vardy to jimenez (-4) ?

      1. Snevitz
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Will you take a -4 to take him out again when he has the worst fixture of the season week 38?

        1. amit1964
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          i will bring rashford for free

          1. Snevitz
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            If it's a one week transfer you need a goal from Jimenez to break even.
            He has only scored 2 goals in a game once this season.
            On balance I'd be surprised if it worked out favourably.

      2. Kevin 11
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        no

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Nah - unless you won't want to play Jim at Anfield in last GW?

      4. Mingo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        If you are going to punt, why not skip Jimenez and go straight to Rashford.

        1. amit1964
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          ok....................who do you think going to score the most points in the last to games and his price is under 9 m (in attack)?

          1. EMBOLOFAN
              1 month, 24 days ago

              vardy (if u have to take a -4 to get anyone else)

      5. Snevitz
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ryan
        Robertson, Van Dijk, TAA, Laporte
        Sterling (C), Eriksen, Son, Jota
        Aguero, Jimenez

        Doherty, JWP, Llorente, Gunn

        2 free transfers with £0.5m ITB

        The obvious weakness is the keeper so I'm looking at Ryan to Leno.
        This will be funded by 'downgrading' Eriksen to Pogba.

        Is this a good use of my transfers?
        Should Doherty be benched?

        Thanks

      6. Klein
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Anyone thinking of going fun mode with a couple of hocky cocky hits for the last two?

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Quite tempted yes. I've been talking myself into Antonio for example.

      7. JasonG123
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Shaw or Laporte?

        1. KingOllie
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          the blue one

      8. KingOllie
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Hazard(C) is not a bad choice is it?

        His home PPG is mad and Watford defensive stats are bad

        1. Amey
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Join the Hazard © team.
            He's due a hattrick 😉

          • Mingo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I'm fully on board. The decision for me is whether to lose Son or Eriksen.

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Eriksen from those

              1. Mingo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I think I agree. Eriksen has been on better form as Son has looked flogged recently, however Son is certain to start against Bournmouth. Eriksen has lower ownership and isn't in either of the teams I'm chasing.

                If in doubt sell the more expensive one and bank the cash! Selling Eriksen also allows me to upgrade Foster to Ederson if I feel daft enough to take a -4 for a keeper at this stage.

          • how now brown cow
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Watford are coasting towards the cup final. I think it could pay off.

          • avfc82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            It's a great shout, I'm considering it.

        2. Goonerly
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Cathcart + Son + Siggy OUT
          --> Shaw + Sterling + Romeu IN

          Could do it for a -4. Chasing ML rival, who doesn't have Sterling and is 8 points ahead.

          Should I do it?

          Team would be:
          Guaita
          TAA - Robbo - Doherty - Shaw
          Sterling - Salah - Fraser
          Wilson - Kun - Jimmy
          Bench: Lloris - Brooks - Romeu - Masina

        3. toystory2wasok
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          due to beer and tardiness, i forgot to use TC last week.

          if you still had it:
          A) TC Aguero vs Lei (H) this week (might want to put a showcase on to home fans?)
          B) TC Aguero vs Brighton (A) next week (better fixture)

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            A

        4. NUFCAndrew
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Really need some help deciding what to do with this lot, thanks.

          Ederson Gunn

          Robbo Boly Duffy WB Bednarek

          Salah Mane Son Pogba Brooks

          Aguero Wilson Rondon

          2 FTs, 0.1 ITB

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Sort a defender or Rondon.

        5. Rhodes your boat
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Behind in my ML by 3 points and he has vvd and robbo, I have taa but worries about possible rotation, Matip a good option to replace Duffy and block some of his potential points advantage?

          1. Would Ed Woodward
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Why would TAA be rotated?

              1. Rhodes your boat
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Gomez also fit now

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    TAA played 0 mins last night, he's playing this weekend. Gomez started as a more defensive alternative because they were away to Barca...

              2. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Does he start though?

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Thats another factor yes, bednarek would come on if not

              3. Goonerly
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Good shout, yeah.

              4. grumpyman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                TAA is nailed this weekend - it's Robbo that's a dead cert to be rested given the shift he put in last night.

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  True hope that’s the case!

              5. Karan14
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                TAA not starting last night certainly means he's nailed for the weekend.

              6. Jᴀʀᴠish
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Tricky - with just 3 points in it I'd probably be looking this week to score as many points as I can and ignoring the other guy

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Luke shaw is my other option, he also has B.B. left but a weak bench including guendouzi and Simpson

            • Miniboss
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Hello all! What would you do with this lot? Currently thinkin to get Laporte in for either Duffy or Doherty, but that would mean -4. What do you think?

                Foster
                Robbo TAA Doherty
                Mane Son Eriksen Sterling(c)
                Jimenez Kun Llorente

                Ryan Valery Duffy Hojberg
                1ft, 1.1itb

              • Totti
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                who to triple captain?

                A) aguero
                B) sterling

                1. The_Fish
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Toss a coin.

              • AF90
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Which is best? (Own Mane/Salah but no Aguero/Sterling)

                A) Vardy -> Aubameyang
                B) Vardy & Salah -> Aguero & Hazard -4
                C) Gray & Salah -> Lacazette & Sterling -4

                1. The_Fish
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  None of them look great.

              • yer old da
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I’m assuming that Duffy and Eriksen > Bednarek and Hazard for free are good transfers this week?

                Hazard’s home form has been stunning in recent weeks and it means I’ll have a cheap double Saints defence for Huddersfield at home next week.

                0.1 in the bank to swap Jimenez for Wilson/Zaha next week too.

                1. The Overthinker
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Yee

              • Strchld
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Deeney is back now, do we expect Gray to get minutes?
                Have enough ITB to do Gray to Rashford.

                1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Gray has scored 2 in his last 2 so would expect him to keep his place.

                  1. Strchld
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Thats true.
                    Cant decide which one I should to do.
                    Gray > Rashford
                    Moura > Pogba
                    Vertonghen > Laporte

                    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Yeah - tough. May still be tempted to do Gray to Rashford due to fixtures.

                      1. Strchld
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Problem is that I dont trust that Moura will start next game.

              • SomeoneKnows
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Who should I play, Ryan or Foster?

                1. avfc82
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I own both and am going Ryan.

              • avfc82
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Ryan
                Alexander-Arnold, Doherty, Laporte
                Sterling, Mane, Son, Eriksen
                Wilson, Jimenez, Firmino

                Foster, Ward-Prowse, Vertonghen, Duffy

                1 FT, 0 in the bank.

                For a -4...

                A) Vertonghen, Eriksen > Kelly, Hazard
                B) Eriksen, Firmino > Hazard, Rashford or another forward up to 7.6m
                C) Eriksen, Firmino > Jota, Aguero

                Any thoughts appreciated.

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  A if you captain Hazard

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Scratch that - B but still captain Hazard

                2. CRO KLOPP
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  A

                3. TLF
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I have Vert which is an issue but if fit he could be played in 38 with the chance of a CS. That said Everton have been very decent lately so Kelly not a bad choice with Palace fixtures looking ok. Losing Firmino could come back to bite, not sure i'd fancy that, depends if you want Kun as cap I guess. You determined to keep Son? he could produce at Bou so it's risky but an alternative route could be Eriksen & Son to Jota/Bilva & Hazard....not to dampen the mood on Hazard as I think he could do well this week but not sure on how many mins he will get due to Europe and not convinced he will outscore the City lads who could also be given the arm band comfortably this week. Then Chelsea have an away game at Leicester in 38 and I'm not sure how much joy they'll get there. Haz away form not been great, does that concern you ? Re Rashford I want to see UTD play again before considering any of their assets as I've not been impressed with them lately.

              • The Overthinker
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Views about this? Anything you would do?

                Alisson
                Laporte Shaw Robertson Doherty
                Jota(c) sterling mane son (vc)
                Jiminez Vardy

                Foster jwp Valery ings

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Sterling (c)?

              • Pras United
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Front 8:

                Mane, Sterling, Son, Jota, Deulo
                Kun, Jimenez, Firmino

                I have 2 FT and out of ideas. Some thoughts on below:

                A. Deulo + Firmino -> Zaha + Pogba (but that means bench Zaha/Mane)
                B. Firmino -> Rash (if fit)
                C. Mane + Deulo -> Pogba + Martial (only if Rash and Luka both out)

                1. Pras United
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  D. Deulo + Firmino -> Haz + 4.5 cheapo

              • El Rey de Fantasy
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Gunn.
                Doherty. TAA. Duffy.
                Sterling. Salah. Mane. Jota.
                Aguero. Jimenez. Gray.

                Subs: Ryan. Dunk. Bednarek. Camarasa.

                Two Questions:
                1. Gray > 6.4 fwd...?? Long or Ayoze perez...??

                2. Whom to captain: Aguero, Salah, Mane or Sterling...??