Scout Notes

Salah punishes doubters as Liverpool concede for third successive match

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Goals: Joel Matip (£5.4m), Mohamed Salah x2 (£12.5m) | Lucas Torreira (£4.9m)

Assists: Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m), Fabinho (£5.5m) | Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m)

Bonus Points: Salah x3, Fabinho x2, Matip x1

The familiar story of Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) punishing his doubters came to pass once again as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday.

The Egyptian was the most-sold asset ahead of Gameweek 3, losing 398,638 owners in the process, but emerged with a 15-point haul.

Meanwhile, Sadio Mané (£11.5m) who was turned to as a replacement for many who Wildcarded, looked lively against Arsenal but blanked for a three-point score.

Liverpool dominated most of the fixture, registering a total of 25 shots against the Gunners, who have historically struggled to defend well at Anfield.

Salah was at the heart of that, and looked every bit the goal threat at home as he did last season, proving that the blank at Southampton was probably a blip caused by a Super Cup hangover. His remaining 39% ownership had to wait for the fruits of his efforts, both goals coming in the second half, but they were certainly deserved.

His first goal was further evidence of an advantage he has over all other Liverpool attacking assets this season.

Mohamed Salah got the better of David Luiz for both of his goals against Arsenal

Salah was fouled in the box by David Luiz (£6.0m), who pulled his shirt, and won his side the penalty. The Egyptian then stood up to take it, firing a fantastic effort high into the top corner. As had been referenced over the summer, reduced game-time for James Milner (£5.5m) this season, should mean more of these spot-kicks for Salah in 2019/20.

Salah’s second goal came from his brilliance as he skilfully turned past Luiz on the right flank and bore down on goal, placing his effort into the far corner.

The Egyptian now has six goals in five matches against Arsenal, more than against any other Premier League side.

With those Gameweek 2 doubts now allayed once again, Salah’s prospects look good in the coming Gameweeks with Burnley (away), Newcastle (home), Chelsea (away) and Sheffield United (away) his next four opponents.

Sadio Mané was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 77th minute against Arsenal

As mentioned previously, Mané was probably unfortunate not to get any attacking returns in this one, considering how dominant Liverpool were going forward.

While he did not shoot as often as Salah, he took on the brunt of creativity in Liverpool’s team.

Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) was also unfortunate not to come away with any attacking returns against Arsenal, a side he typically does well against.

He was inches away from getting on the end of an Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) cross in the opening minute which would have given Liverpool an early lead.

Roberto Firmino was also unfortunate not to get any attacking returns against Arsenal

Later on, he went close again, this time setting himself up with skill, scooping the ball over Dani Ceballos (£5.6m) and firing a volley at goal – only for it to be blocked.

There was further frustration for most Fantasy managers in possession of Liverpool defensive assets as they went a third Premier League match in a row without a clean sheet this season.

Perhaps this was an encounter in which defensive returns were unlikely though, given the way that Arsenal’s attack had started the season.

Indeed, the Gunners asked more questions than most sides had at Anfield in recent times.

While Liverpool were the side largely in control of this encounter, whenever Arsenal broke on them they looked dangerous.

“To be honest I didn’t expect the system they played. I’m not sure they played it in pre-season, I didn’t see it. It meant we had a lot of space on the wings, switching sides, the only problem was a little bit the movements in the box to make it a bit more tricky for the defending side. They won a lot of these challenges in the air, but we won a lot of second balls for that, putting them constantly under pressure without having the outcome we wanted.” – Jurgen Klopp

Nicolas Pépé (£9.4m) was the main dangerman for Arsenal, also becoming the first man to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) in 50 Premier League games.

Nicolas Pepe and Virgil van Dijk was a pulsating contest in Liverpool’s win over Arsenal

He did this six minutes into the match, holding off the Liverpool man and running beyond him towards the opposition penalty box. Were it not for Pépé tripping over the ball, he would have been able to find Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) in space.

11 minutes into the game, Pépé caused problems once more, chasing a ball played to him over the top of the defenders, forcing Adrian (£4.5m) to sally out of goal.

His clearance went straight to Aubameyang who, from outside the box attempted a lob but screwed it just wide.

In the 30th minute, Aubameyang set up Pépé on the edge of the box, who was afforded too much space by Robertson. His curled effort went just wide.

Arsenal’s best chance of the first half came after Jordan Henderson (£5.5m) gave the ball away in the breakdown of a Liverpool set piece.

That left Pépé with only Robertson to beat in order to get one-on-one with Adrian. Unfortunately for Arsenal, the former Lille man’s shot was tame, although Liverpool’s goalkeeper still struggled to keep hold of it.

In the end, Liverpool were beaten in the 85th minute, once it looked as if they had ridden the storm and banked the clean sheet, perhaps making it all the more frustrating.

Substitute Lucas Torreira (£4.9m) was the man to get the goal for Arsenal, firing in from 12 yards after nearly tripping over a square ball from Aubameyang.

“I would have loved to have (the clean sheet), to be honest, but when I see what the boys throw into a game like this, these things can happen. It’s a quality side Arsenal, they never give up, but I didn’t see that many chances. Today we were really in charge.” – Jurgen Klopp

That g ensured blanks for a selection of Liverpool defenders as the inquest into a double-up on this area of their team goes on.

With the in-form Ashley Barnes (£6.6m) the next striker to face the Reds’ back-line, concerns about the team’s clean sheet potential are sure to continue.

“We will have another week of training and then we go to a very difficult place, to Burnley. I couldn’t have more respect for what they are doing there. I will have the opportunity to watch them tomorrow but it will still be different because Burnley at home are another level, so it will be really tricky.” – Jurgen Klopp

Alexander-Arnold was one of two Liverpool defenders to get returns in Gameweek 3

However, we should point out that that least those on Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) got something out of the game.

As expected, his crossing was excellent and his involvement in set-pieces was what led to his second assist of the season. The England international now has nine of them in his last 10 matches at Anfield.

It was not surprising that he was able to chalk another one up against Arsenal, as they had conceded more chances from set-pieces than any other side in the first two Gameweeks.

That’s why van Dijk owners can probably feel somewhat unfortunate to come away with another two-pointer. He was likely the intended target of Alexander-Arnold’s 41st-minute corner but he was fouled by at least two Arsenal players as he leapt to connect with it.

Joel Matip opened the scoring for Liverpool in the first half

This was what allowed Joel Matip (£5.4m) to nod home the opening goal of the match.

“It was a very determined header as well; I don’t know how many people held on Virg in that moment, it looked like they built something around him, but Joel was there – big Joel – and made a fantastic goal. I think it was a deserved result for half-time.” – Jurgen Klopp

Meanwhile, Robertson was also unfortunate not to get something too. As already mentioned, Firmino came close to converting his early cross and it must be said that the Scottish international continues to shoot with greater regularity than he did last season.

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Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum (Milner 69′), Fabinho, J Henderson; Mané (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77′), Firmino (Lallana 86′), Salah.

Arsenal XI (4-3-1-2): Leno; Monreal, D Luiz, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Willock (Lacazette 81′), Xhaka, Guendouzi (Mkhitaryan 86′); Ceballos (Torreira 61′); Aubameyang, Pépé.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 3

4,374 Comments Post a Comment
  1. mcgrejam
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 5 hours ago

    Aguero 4 goals in 3 games = essential

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      Making WC team difficult to build 🙁

    2. Regin
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      Especially if Jesus is injured

    3. In and Out
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      I think he is for next week

    4. purple lamborGhini
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        12 mil is just too much, going Kun over Sterling seems like the wrong mvoe for certain and if you want double then KDB is the clear next choice. There just isnt room for Kun, we all love him but its sadly true. Espically when you take into account the decent cheap forwards available

        1. mcgrejam
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          I can WC to this...

          Pope
          Mina, AWB, Zinchenko
          McGinn, Salah, Sterling, Mount, Martial
          Pukki, Aguero

          Subs- Kelly, Lundstram etc - team good enough?

          1. Regin
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 5 hours ago

            Looks great. If Jesus returns, u can always go back to kane, auba..

    5. Mr. Funny Name
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      Think of the wildcard maybe??
      Out: In:
      Ryan. Pope
      Rico. Lundstram
      AWB. Diop
      Martial. KDB
      Siggy. Cantwell
      Jota. Barnes
      Parrot. Haller

      1. Mr. Funny Name
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Well that didn’t format the way I’d imagined....

        Team atm:
        Ryan
        TAA-Digne-AWB-Zinchenko
        Salah-Sterling-Siggy-Martial
        Pukki-Jota

        Button-Rico-Dendonker-Parrott
        1ft 1.2 itb

      2. Regin
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Who is parrot? Looks decent otherwise. Not sure about diop.

    6. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      ceballos nailed ? not sure how he can fit auba lava and pepe ? thanks

      1. Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Behind them

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 5 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          thanks

    7. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 5 hours ago

      Pope Adrian
      Laporte Digne Soyuncu Mings Lundstram
      Sterling Salah KDB Mount Caldwell
      Pukki Abraham Barnes

      My new WC team
      Tempted by Mario and Haller over Digne and Abraham. Makes sense?

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Matip*. Can be swapped out for a 5.5 if he doesn't look like playing

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        i d get haller ahead of abraham

        1. Valar(Keith)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          Done. I could keep as is and swap Adrian for a 4.0. Laporte for VVD and get haller upfront. Want to maintain a good defense

    8. purple lamborGhini
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Wonder what Salah is saying to Luiz there lol, would love to hear that 😀

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          "Thanks you muppet"

      • Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        27 days, 5 hours ago

        Son still an option?

        Anyone bringing him in?

        1. Toblerone52
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          No

        2. Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          27 days, 5 hours ago

          Negative. If Eriksen leaves, they could be a no go area for the year.

        3. purple lamborGhini
            27 days, 5 hours ago

            Not based on that game, I didnt like the line up to begin with.

          • DAZZ
            • 5 Years
            27 days, 5 hours ago

            Yeah i think he will come good

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            27 days, 5 hours ago

            If you can afford KDB in that slot, there’s not point overthinking.

            1. Dakes.
              • 2 Years
              27 days, 5 hours ago

              Cannot

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            27 days, 5 hours ago

            Without evidence of Spurs form I will wait

          • FOO FIGHTER
              27 days, 5 hours ago

              Too much hype.

          • denial
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            27 days, 5 hours ago

            Pool and Burnley cleanies wiped out at the death. Harsh.

            1. Giggs Boson.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              27 days, 5 hours ago

              Cost a huge heap of points for me. But aw well, it happens. I'm hopeful of both defences going forwards.

          • HD7
            • 2 Years
            27 days, 5 hours ago

            1 FT; 0.6M ITB
            If no injuries after the GW what do you suggest mates?

            I really wanted to do Jota to Abraham last night but decided to wait and take the 0.1 loss

            Pope
            Digne VVD Laporte TAA
            Salah Sterling Mount Martial
            Jota Haller

            Subs: Button, Greenwood, Dendoncer, Rico

          • NeverLucky
              27 days, 5 hours ago

              Aguero or KDB?

              1. COK3Y5MURF
                • 3 Years
                27 days, 5 hours ago

                KDB

              2. Toblerone52
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                27 days, 5 hours ago

                I'd still go KDB assuming you already have Sterling?

                1. NeverLucky
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    My Lineup is

                    Adrian/Pope
                    TAA/Zinchenko/Mings/Lundstam
                    Mount/ Salah/ Sterling/Cantwell/Ceballos
                    Haller/Kane/Pukki

                    So I am spinning

                    Ceballos + Kane > Aguero + cheap MF
                    Ceballos + Kane > KDB + Abraham

              3. DAZZ
                • 5 Years
                27 days, 5 hours ago

                Pope Button
                TAA Robertson Montoya Digne Lundstram
                Salah Sterling KDB Perez Dendoncker
                Adams Pukki Greenwood
                2FT 0.9ITBB

                Obviously, Adams and Perez are issues. Potentially a LFC defender, any suggestions for the best way to spend my 2FT’s?

              4. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                27 days, 5 hours ago

                2ft, Moura to KDB is one move, to fund it which replacement for Perez do you like!

                A) Cantwell +1m itb
                B) Mcginn
                C) Ceballos

                1. Mr. Funny Name
                  • 4 Years
                  27 days, 5 hours ago

                  A

              5. FOO FIGHTER
                  27 days, 5 hours ago

                  Kane owners especially who captained him going to be hit hard this GW.

                  1. The Senate
                    • 1 Year
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    Selling. Through my tears

                • PUP02
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  27 days, 5 hours ago

                  I think it's fair to say my first hit of the season was a success this gw. Jota King Perez > Pukki Barnes Mount (-4). Don't be afraid to take a hit guys.

                  1. Jarvish
                    • 4 Years
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    Post all the ones that don't work 😉

                • The Senate
                  • 1 Year
                  27 days, 5 hours ago

                  Barnes, Abraham or Haller?

                  1. JabbaWookiee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    Barnes

                  2. Rolls-Royce
                    • 5 Years
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    Barnes long term. Haller short term.

                  3. Spab
                    • 3 Years
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    Is go for all three, alongside Pukki, Aguero and Joelinton. Essential.

                  4. The Senate
                    • 1 Year
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    Cheers guys, obviously I already have Pukki or this wouldn’t be a question

                • Rash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  27 days, 5 hours ago

                  Early thoughts on this bunch please

                  Pope
                  Trent digne mina 
                  Salah sterling martial kdb dendonker 
                  Jota pukki 

                  Button Greenwood lundy montoya 

                  1ft .9itb

                  1. DAZZ
                    • 5 Years
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    Jota > Haller?

                    1. Rash
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      27 days, 5 hours ago

                      Since jota fell I am priced out.

                • Rolls-Royce
                  • 5 Years
                  27 days, 5 hours ago

                  Sterling captain locked until rest of the season.

                • Giggs Boson.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  27 days, 5 hours ago

                  Wolves fan crying over Dyche's negative tactics on 606. "Championship rubbish" 😆
                  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0070hz6

                  I love that there's still a manager like Dyche in the league. Gives us a bargain keeper option 🙂

                  1. Amey
                      27 days, 5 hours ago

                      They also defend deep against better teams.
                      Nothing wrong in playing within your limitations.
                      Love 442
                      Love Burnley

                    • The Senate
                      • 1 Year
                      27 days, 5 hours ago

                      That’s rich from Wolves, they love parking the bus, and long balls

                  2. zizoo10
                    • 3 Years
                    27 days, 5 hours ago

                    People wildcarding with somewhat decent times like the template is set. If you know anything about this game, that week will come when everyone’s scrambling to bring in auba/Kane/Aguero. Chill

                  3. purple lamborGhini
                      27 days, 5 hours ago

                      at what point do we satrt considering Pukki captain material? This week Salah and Sterlings fixtures are too good to pass up, but he is in contention for sure

                      1. Superkitten
                          27 days, 3 hours ago

                          I captained him this week. 22 points. Only beaten by Salah.

                      2. pablo discobar
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        27 days, 5 hours ago

                        Scout picks recommended Mane over Salah, this article headline is basically taking the mickey out of those that might have followed that advice!!! Doesn't inspire confidence in future scout picks does it

                        1. Amey
                            27 days, 5 hours ago

                            😀

                          • Miniboss
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            27 days, 5 hours ago

                            That’s why you make your own decisions.

                          • Mr. Funny Name
                            • 4 Years
                            27 days, 5 hours ago

                            Even the best are allowed to be wrong

                            1. pablo discobar
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              Of course people can be wrong, no worries, it's the way the headline is worded that could wind people up

                          • teddypicker
                            • 9 Years
                            27 days, 5 hours ago

                            If I sign up though, I can find out who scout picks captained...

                        2. mcgrejam
                          • 5 Years
                          27 days, 5 hours ago

                          How’s this WC looking...

                          Pope
                          Mina, AWB, Zinchenko
                          McGinn, Salah, Sterling, Mount, Martial
                          Pukki, Aguero

                          Subs- Kelly, Lundstram etc - team good enough?

                        3. dshv
                          • 2 Years
                          27 days, 5 hours ago

                          57 points is it bad??

                          1. purple lamborGhini
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              no 44 is average

                            • DAZZ
                              • 5 Years
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              Nope

                          2. Srv210
                            • 2 Years
                            27 days, 5 hours ago

                            Which combination is better to have for 2 nd city spot with sterling

                            A) Haller + KDB
                            B) Aguero + mcginn/Ceballos

                            1. FISSH
                              • 6 Years
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              Tough. I'd go b

                          3. Amey
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              Rico should start some matches now that Daniels is Injured right ??

                              1. Srv210
                                • 2 Years
                                27 days, 5 hours ago

                                Maybe..Kelly is there too

                            • LordEllison
                              • 4 Years
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              1ft and 0.0 itb not sure what to do

                              Pope Button
                              AWB VVD Digne Zinchenko Lundstram
                              Salah Sterling KDB Perez Dendoncker
                              Wilson Wood Greenwood

                              Any ideas? Was thinking Wilson and Wood to Haller and Pukki maybe
                              Thanks!

                            • Queens of the South Age
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              So, Kane and Martial to Aguero and Mount a good shout then?

                              Probably wait till after Arsenal game though as Kane likely have more space to actually get a chance.

                              1. Regin
                                • 2 Years
                                27 days, 5 hours ago

                                Y did u have kane in the first place? Didnt u know he will blank? Learned nothing from last year Cardiff game.? I am sure I captained him

                            • Regin
                              • 2 Years
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              The way premier league is totally different from Bundesliga.. but I do like this clear and obvious rule.

                            • EL tridente
                              • 1 Year
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              Wild Card taking shape.Will give kean 1-2 GW and most likely ship him to Barnes
                              Pope, Button
                              Van Dijk, Laporte, Digne (kelly, Lundstram)
                              Salah, Sterling, Martial, Mount (Cantwell)
                              Haller, Pukki, Kean

                            • jdp219
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              Ryan, Pope
                              Robbo, Zinch, Dunk, Kelly, Lundstram
                              Salah, Sterling, KDB, Ayoze, Donck
                              Pukki, Wood, Jimenez
                              1FT, 0.1itb

                              1) Wood > Wesley
                              2) Ayoze > Mount
                              3) Wood, Kelly > Greenwood, 6.0 (-4)
                              4) Activate WC and fix it all

                            • Atimis
                              • 3 Years
                              27 days, 5 hours ago

                              Jota to Barnes - yah or nah?

                              Not willing to take another price swing.