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. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    2FT / 0 ITB

    Any ideas please feel free to share! I am toying with getting in Sterling (as my rival below me has him) or Pogba but not sure really...

    Boruc (Hamer)

    Robertson / Alexander-Arnold / Bennett (Valery / Bednarek)

    Son / Salah / Hazard / Jota (Ward-Prowse)

    Lacazette / Agüero / Jiménez

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I’d lose laca, and get some better player in. Also depending on todays match.
      How about:
      Laca&son —> sterling&rash?
      Other then that, you look gtg!

  2. Ruinenlust
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    1 FT

    A) Mane -> Hazard

    or

    B) Son -> Pogba

    ?

    1. mrmrscott
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      If you have salah and are (c) haz, then A.
      If not, I’d rather save the transfer.
      Not sure Pogba will score more than son.

    3. Victor6359
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      B

    4. Lert
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Both are a keep for me, just trust Pool's attack much more than Chelsea and Son is fresh.

    5. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ralph confirming the Vestergaard and Yoshi are still unavailable.
      So basically its Bednarek with Stephens in defence. Nothing personal against him, I'm sure he fights for the badge, but we aint keeping a CS with Jack Stephens in defence. Overall ability just aint there.
      Unless of coursr Ralph plays an acadmey lad. Now that would be an decent try to shake things up. Can see Alfie Jones getting a start, now that we are safe and all that.

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        This strange desire to get a West Ham differential grows. Still eyeing up Antonio.

        1. Bubbles1985
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Brave man!

          I have been tempted by Arnie but I'm a season ticket holder!

      2. Lert
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Valery maybe still worth a play for attack

      3. Maddamotha
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Any suggestions here?

        2FT
        0.0 ITB

        Lloris, Foster
        VVD, TAA, Doherty, Valery, Dunk
        Mane, Eriksen, Son, Martial, Deulofeu
        Kun, Jimenez, Wilson

        1. Bruno BaNani
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Eriksen&martial —> Sterling&4.0 mid.

          Or

          Eriksen&wilson —> jota&rash

          1. Maddamotha
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            What ive been considering. Lukaku is out so Martial will most likely play then, so leaning towards Erikson, Wilson > Sterling, fodder. Cheers

      4. Totti
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        eriksen and gray-> hazard and long for -4

        (exact money)

        and will TC aguero or sterling or hazard

        what do u think guys?

        1. Bruno BaNani
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Yes. Sound moves.

      5. Ready Player One
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Any suggestions here? 1FT, TC, £0 ITB

          Lloris (Foster)
          TAA, Valery, Boly (Kolasinac, Yoshida(!))
          Eriksen, Mane, Sterling, Son (Hojbjerg)
          Vardy, Aguero (c), Jimenez

          I'm top of my ML by 36. They have no chips but own Salah and Jota.

          I'm prepared to take hits in hope the TC covers cost.

        • fenixri
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Everyone is captaining Kun/Sterling but I think this will be hard game for City. On the other side Salah is going under the radar. He is playing really great, very unlucky last night. It sounds funny but Salah (C) could be great differential this week..

          1. Lert
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Interesting week for captaincy choices for sure

            • Nas
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Newcastle away is hardly a cakewalk

            • "DC"
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Best differential should be Hazard this week imo

            • vassiriki
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I have Gunn/ Ryan

              Already have Kolasinac no Utd def.

              So Ryan -> DDG is obvious choice?

              1. Bruno BaNani
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                I stay with Gunn, unless you haven’t any other fires need putting out.

              2. TRASH BOAT
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Pickford for a game Id say

                1. TRASH BOAT
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  ...or Leno

            • GreenShark1
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              2FT's available, am leading 2 x cash ML's by 50-60pts and am 3rd in other behind by 48pts, which do you prefer? Am both consolidating and chasing!!

              A - Eriksen & Duffy > Pogba & PVA (no hit means i play JWP in a 3-5-2)
              B - Eriksen, Duffy & Gray > Pogba, Dann & Zaha -4
              C - Eriksen, Duffy & Gray > Pogba, Bednarek & Rashford (if fit?) -4

              1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                With those margins it probably isn't going to matter, so go with your gut 🙂

              2. Bruno BaNani
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                C. Take the risk, and live a little!

            • PaoloMcAvennie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Really can’t decide between Sterling and Aguero!

              1. Victor6359
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Aguero

              2. Victor6359
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 17 days ago

                ...he scored 4 at home to Leicester last season

              3. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Aguero hasn't blanked in a home game all season (when playing over 60 minutes).

                For me, Aguero is the safe pick, Sterling is the 'currently' looking the more potentially explosive.

                1. PaoloMcAvennie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Leicester look a better side though. I’m now considering Jota, aarrrgh!!

                  1. HamezMace
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Better than Arsenal or Chelsea who he scored 17 points against?

                  2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    doubt they are better side when it comes to defense

            • Nas
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              What’s with all the love for zaha? He rarely gets double figures, isn’t a bap magnet, and will get a yellow if appropriately irritated.

              1. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Good fixtures, the same reason everyone is getting Pogba.

            • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              I know it might not be in the immediate thoughts, but who are you considering getting for the Wolves players if you have them next week?

              Looking for ideas in the same price brackets (e.g. Jiminez to Wilson/Zaha).

              1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                *Jimenez - apologies to the spelling police.

              2. Nas
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Jimenez to Wilson or long
                Jota to Redmond

              3. Flapjack ✅
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                I’ll sell one and keep one

                Options would be: Siggy, Mili, Zaha, Rashford depending on which goes

              4. Would Ed Woodward
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Doherty/Jota > Laporte/Redmond.

                • TRASH BOAT
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Jota to Redmond is going to be a standard move I think

              5. goldengove
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Anything you guys would do with this?

                Lloris
                Laport / TAA / Valery
                Son / Mane / Salah / Højbjerg
                Kun (C) / Jimenez / Wilson

                Foster / Deulofeu / Yoshida / Dunk

                Sterling for anyone other than Salah would take -4...

                1. La Roja
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Don't bench Deulefou

                  1. goldengove
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Højbjerg instead I assume?

                2. Bruno BaNani
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Enough itb for son&wilson —> sterling&quaner?
                  If not, then probably son&mane —> sterling&pogba.
                  Not sure if it’s worth it though.

                  1. goldengove
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Not enough to do either tbh, and think Son may stop being a troll against Bournemouth's shoddy defence

              6. Tshelby
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Long and Moura -> Holland and Rash?

                1. La Roja
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  How much is Holland?

                  1. Tshelby
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    4.0

                2. Bubz
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Is Rash fit?

                  1. Tshelby
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Someone said he trained this week but unsure but I think so. Will wait till the pressers anyway

                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Was pictured coming out into training but wait for more from OGS

                3. St. Joseph
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Yes if rashy fit.

                4. TRASH BOAT
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Sounds good. I have Moura and Llorente and don't really want either now...

                  1. droginexile
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Gtting rid of all my spuds this week:
                    Son ->Haz
                    LLorente -> Zaha
                    Tripps -> Peltier

              7. mrpink32
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                1)Hazard wan b
                2)Pogba Shaw

              8. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Where has the news about Nuno saying he wants to play Norris in the last couple of games come from? I didn't see him give a press conference today?

                1. Bruno BaNani
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Scout tweet from earlier today, or was it yesterday?

                    1. HamezMace
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Cheers BB.

              9. TeddiPonza
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 17 days ago

                Son to Pogba or save transfer for 38?

                Team:

                Lloris
                Kola Bednarek Laporte
                Salah Mane Jota Delo Son
                Jimi Aguero

                subs Foster Gray Duffy Dunk

                Thanks.

                1. Lert
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Save, can't trust MU. Son typically more threatening than Pog

                2. Miniboss
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Trying to protect my 20pts lead in mini-league. Our starting XI are identical, except rival has Laporte, Trippier & Docoure. I have Robbo, Doherty & Son.

                    What to do?

                    A) Robbo -> Laporte
                    B) Duffy & Hojberg -> Laporte & fodder (-4)
                    C) Save ft

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

                    Ryan Valery Duffy Hojberg
                    1ft, 1.1itb

                    1. Would Ed Woodward
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Save, you're stronger this week unless he makes changes, Trippier probably won't even play.

                        1. Miniboss
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            Thanks. I know he’s made a transfer and has 0.0 itb but no idea what he did as I didn’t check if he had money in the bank before transfer. My guess is Trippier out but there doesn’t seem to be many options on that bracket.

                      • I Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Ryan
                        Robertson, Vertonghen, Doherty
                        Sterling, Mane, Son, Jota
                        Aguero, Vardy, Jimenez

                        Foster; Ward-Prowse, Valery, Bednarek.

                        1 FT 0.0 ITB

                        A) Vertonghen -> Alexander-Arnold
                        B) Vardy -> Rashford
                        C) Both for a hit

                        1. Miniboss
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            A

                          • Tshelby
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 17 days ago

                            A

                          • Lert
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              A

                            • I Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              Thanks guys. Would you play JWP (whu) over Vardy (mci)?

                              1. Tshelby
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                Can't bench Vardy with the form he is in imo

                            • EMBOLOFAN
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                b if fit wait for presser

                            • yer old da
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              So here’s my current lineup for GW37. 2FT and 1.1 in the bank.

                              Ryan
                              Laporte, TAA, Doherty
                              Sterling, Mane, Eriksen, Son, Hojberg
                              Aguero, Jimenez

                              Subs: Llorente, Valery, Duffy

                              Currently thinking of Duffy and Eriksen > Bednarek (home to Huddersfield next week) and Hazard (amazing home form), but open to suggestions...

                            • Me Spurs
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              If rash fit I’m looking at doing
                              Eriksen gray out
                              Rash and ?
                              A: bsilva
                              B: redmond(with hudd game in mind)

                              1. TONY123
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                How about Babel? In form, great price, nice fixtures.

                              2. Me Spurs
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                Def a good option cheers

                            • Bubz
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              Would you play Deulefeu (che) or Babel (wol)

                              I will be playing Doherty which makes me slightly more hesitant to play Babel... silly I know

                              1. Tshelby
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                Could play Deulofeu don't know if Chelsea will keep it tight enough to get a CS

                              2. Nas
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                Babel. Wolves won’t keep a cs.

                            • TONY123
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 17 days ago

                              Rival is 35 points behind, we both own Hazard and I am the only one with Sterling and Kun.
                              Is it sensible to captain Haz to block his potential cap points for him? In this case, merely owning the City pair should be enough, right?

                              1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                Yep unless he gets one of Kun/Sterling and captain them

                            • Lert
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                When is Man U press conf? Have been stuck with Martial since bringing him in on WC gw34 and am hoping he might start at Hudd if Rash/Kaku injured. Seems like he's on the outs at the moment tho.

                                1. Maddamotha
                                  • 2 Years
                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                  Lukaku is out, so likely that Martial plays

                                2. HamezMace
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                  It'll be tomorrow, usually morning, 9am-10am sort of time.

                                  From what's been reported so far, Lukaku is out with a hamstring injury, Rashford is training, and yes Martial has dropped down the pecking order, there was a video going around of the team warming up before a game, and Martial is just standing still watching, some think this is what has annoyed OGS.

                                3. teneighty
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                  I'm in the same boat and I have no idea what to do. Getting Haz is tempting but that will require a hit and getting rid of Firmino aswell to free up funds.

                              • konrad.sygula95
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                I have 2 free transfers and 2.1 itb
                                what would you change in this team ?

                                A) Vardy to Rashford (if fit) and roll second FT
                                B) Son to Hazard and roll second FT
                                C) Vardy & B.Silva to Wilson & Sterling
                                D) Vardy & B.Silva to Wilson & Hazard

                                Foster
                                Robbo/Laporte/Jonny
                                Mane/B.Silva/Son/Jota
                                Aguero/Vardy/Jimenez

                                Subs:Ryan/Hojberg/Bednarek/Duffy

                              • HollywoodXI
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                Hmm reports that Eriksen has agreed terms with Real Madrid. Given that Daniel Levy is so shrewd, I wonder if he’s negotiated Bale going the other way and back to Spurs (given the rumours of Bale wanting out)? Bale back in the PL would be epic.

                                1. HamezMace
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                  Very unlikely I feel that Bale would go back to Tottenham, he'll smash the wage structure, and Spurs will then have the same issues Utd have now with every player wanting to be paid the same as Sanchez.

                                  1. HollywoodXI
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                    But you’re assuming Levy will retain the current wage structure. I’d imagine Poch has had some pretty meaningful conversations with Levy recently about truly competing with the very best teams and that (sadly) requires breaking the wage strategy they’ve employed for many years.

                                    1. Amey
                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                        Which Levy would reject 😉

                                        1. HollywoodXI
                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          We’ll see. I think this is a big summer for Spurs and we’ll see something different in terms of their transfer strategy.

                                      • Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
                                        • 2 Years
                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                        There's breaking the wage structure, which they've already done and are in the process of re-signing all their players, and then there's signing Bale, whos reportedly on 600k euros a week.

                                        1. HollywoodXI
                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          We’ll see what Levy does. Poch needs to see serious investment this summer to stay committed to “the project” IMO

                                  2. TONY123
                                    • 3 Years
                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                    I think Bale would flop on his 2nd stint in the PL the way Sanchez is flopping at United currently. He's completely out of form and confidence and hasn't looked like the player he used to be in a long time.

                                    1. HollywoodXI
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                      Perhaps. Bale is very different to Sanchez however, he hasn’t even hit his prime yet in terms of age for example.

                                      1. Would Ed Woodward
                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                          He's 30 this year.

                                          1. HollywoodXI
                                            • 4 Years
                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                            Bale is a year younger, has a better attitude and more upside. Who would you prefer in your team?

                                            1. Would Ed Woodward
                                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                                Erm, I wasn't arguing that he isn't better than Sanchez, lol.

                                                1. HollywoodXI
                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                                  🙂

                                                  1. Would Ed Woodward
                                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                                      Nice attempt at deflecting that you were wrong about his age though.

                                                      1. HollywoodXI
                                                        • 4 Years
                                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                                        I don’t think I was wrong? He’s younger than Sanchez.

                                                        1. Would Ed Woodward
                                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                                            "he hasn’t even hit his prime yet in terms of age for example."

                                                            I don't think 30 is the prime age for a winger.

                                                            1. HollywoodXI
                                                              • 4 Years
                                                              1 month, 17 days ago

                                                              Is there a definition of prime age? No.

                                                            2. Would Ed Woodward
                                                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                                                Well, you must think there is if you said that he hasn't hit it.

                                                              • HollywoodXI
                                                                • 4 Years
                                                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                                                I think a player hits his prime at 30. But didn’t declare that as it’s my opinion, not fact.

                                                              • Would Ed Woodward
                                                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                                                  This is getting silly anyway, I'd like him to go to Spurs just so we don't buy him! He's great at his best but doesn't seem to be able to stay fit for a couple of months in a row.

                                                  2. EMBOLOFAN
                                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                                      doesnt matter his calf and ankle are both destroyed

                                                    • TONY123
                                                      • 3 Years
                                                      1 month, 17 days ago

                                                      He turns 30 in 2 months, I think he has already passed his prime, especially considering the fact that pace has always been his primary attribute next to his incredible left foot.

                                                      1. HollywoodXI
                                                        • 4 Years
                                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                                        You don’t think we’ll see Bale back in the PL?

                                                        1. TONY123
                                                          • 3 Years
                                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                                          I'd love to have the 2013 Bale back in the PL. But I don't think he'll ever be the same player again and the only clubs that could afford him aren't willing to take the risk imo. Too many injuries and almost nothing positive to show for in the past few months.

                                                          1. HollywoodXI
                                                            • 4 Years
                                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                                            I could see United bidding for him.

                                              • tafrère
                                                • 2 Years
                                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                                Trying that randomly but are there any fellow french people around here ? Love FFS but would love even more to have a chat with only french FPL "hardcore" players, but it seems they're almost impossible to find lmao.

                                                1. Salarrivederci
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                                  Je m’apelle Baguette 🙂

                                              • Miguel Sanchez
                                                • 2 Years
                                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                                How come there is a 4.0 midfielder available on FPL (Nathan Holland at West Ham)?

                                                1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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                                                  • 7 Years
                                                  1 month, 17 days ago

                                                  FPL added 2x 4m mids around GW 34 (Think like April 13th?). Not a bad way to free up a bit of cash if you are desperate at the end of the season

                                                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                                    cheers - interesting, no help to me now but could have been useful earlier on.

                                                2. EMBOLOFAN
                                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                                    because there is

                                                  • Greenbackbøøg…
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    1 month, 17 days ago

                                                    Anyone know if him or Fulham's Elliot is the more nailed on 4m mid?

                                                    1. EMBOLOFAN
                                                        1 month, 17 days ago

                                                        come on

                                                        1. Greenbackbøøg…
                                                          • 4 Years
                                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                                          Neither more likely to play?

                                                          1. EMBOLOFAN
                                                              1 month, 17 days ago

                                                              elliot is 16
                                                              holland played 28 minutes as a sub in a cup game 2 years ago

                                                            • Rotation's Alter Ego
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                                                              • 7 Years
                                                              1 month, 17 days ago

                                                              Not 100% sure you're joking anymore...

                                                              Elliot more likely, he's regularly on the bench. 'More likely' is a long way from 'likely' though.

                                                              Holland was on the bench Vs United, that's about it.

                                                              If I was choosing, I'd go Holland - prefer the look of the West Ham kit on FPL.

                                                          2. Would Ed Woodward
                                                              1 month, 17 days ago

                                                              lol

                                                        2. TONY123
                                                          • 3 Years
                                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                                          + Elliott (Fulham)

                                                        3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                                          • 3 Years
                                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                                          I don't know, but now I realise I can do Eriksen and Llorente to Holland and Auba. Hmm....

                                                          1. EMBOLOFAN
                                                              1 month, 17 days ago

                                                              not bad

                                                        4. SpagBol
                                                          • 2 Years
                                                          1 month, 17 days ago

                                                          Hey guys,
                                                          I am really torn for what to do but obviosuly De Bruyne needs to go. What should I do?

                                                          GK: Lloris (Foster)
                                                          DEF: Robertson / Laporte / Jonny (Valery / Duffy)
                                                          MID: Mane / Eriksen / Son / De Bruyne* / Jota
                                                          FWD: Aguero / Jiminez

                                                          0.3M in the bank
                                                          2FT and Triple captain still to play

                                                          Thanks heaps 🙂

                                                          1. tafrère
                                                            • 2 Years
                                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                                            Are you chasing ?

                                                            If yes, then Eriksen+KDB to Sterling+Milivojevic (or any cheap mid you fantasy).

                                                            And TC Sterling.

                                                            If you're not chasing just KDB to Pogba/Bernardo and TC Aguero.

                                                            1. SpagBol
                                                              • 2 Years
                                                              1 month, 17 days ago

                                                              ok thankyou. thoughts on gray to rashford and kdb to pogba as another option?

                                                              1. tafrère
                                                                • 2 Years
                                                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                                                Is Rashford fit for the game ?

                                                                Don't fantasy a United double up tbh, but it could work out if they crash Huddersfield.

                                                          2. EMBOLOFAN
                                                              1 month, 17 days ago

                                                              kdb to pogba and duffy to trent could work nicely. otherwise its jota to fodder and kdb to sterling.

                                                          3. Misteak
                                                            • 4 Years
                                                            1 month, 17 days ago

                                                            Mane + gray > babel + aguero (-4) ?

                                                            Already have sterling and salah.

                                                            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                              • 5 Years
                                                              1 month, 17 days ago

                                                              Yes

                                                            2. EMBOLOFAN
                                                                1 month, 17 days ago

                                                                no