Scout Notes

Liverpool defence still suspect but attacking returns continue to flow

LIVERPOOL 2-1 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

  • Goals: Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m) x2 | Lewis Dunk (£4.6m)
  • Assists: Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) x2 | Leandro Trossard (£5.8m)
  • Red cards: Alisson (£6.0m)
  • Bonus: van Dijk x3, Alexander-Arnold x2, Dunk x1

Two early headers from Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m) were all Liverpool needed to extend their lead atop the Premier League to 11 points, both set up by Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) crosses from dead-ball situations.

However, the Anfield crowd had to drag their team over the line thanks to a red card for goalkeeper Alisson (£6.0m) that led to Lewis Dunk’s (£4.6m) consolation goal for Brighton and Hove Albion.

For all the attacking flair and assist potential of full-backs Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), it’s van Dijk who scores most of all three. Last season his four goals comfortably exceeded their combined one, whilst today’s brace adds to his opening-day strike against Norwich.

The 6ft 4in centre-back found himself in enough space to head home a fairly central Alexander-Arnold free-kick after 18 minutes, rising above Adam Webster (£4.4m) to loop over Matthew Ryan (£4.7m). Then, six minutes later, the same combination made it 2-0 from a corner.

In the first half, Jurgen Klopp’s side were easy on the eye, playing with the verve and confidence of a team that knew they were about to go 11 points clear of Man City, after the champions could only draw 2-2 at Newcastle at lunchtime.

The Liverpool boss said of his side’s display:

We would have loved if we would have finished one more, two more, more often and it looks much more comfortable, but that’s our situation. I don’t want to change it, it’s like it is. There will be days when we will score from situations like that and will probably not use our set-pieces, that’s how it is. But you have to score goals and we did that often enough to win the game and that’s good.

Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) and Sadio Mane (£12.2m) had a fruitless afternoon but it wasn’t for a lack of trying in the latter’s case.

Ryan’s fine save from a Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) shot in the 16th minute denied the Senegalese winger an assist, while the in-form premium midfielder could have been on the scoresheet himself soon after when being thwarted by the busy Australian.

Mane also found himself in space around the penalty spot on the hour-mark but couldn’t get good contact and the chance went begging.

Salah returned to the line-up after his Gameweek 13 benching but made very little impact apart from hitting the side-netting in the 12th minute. He was replaced by Adam Lallana (£5.8m) in the 69th minute, although the Egyptian preserved a clean sheet point to get the last laugh over Mane owners.

While Salah’s recent struggles with an ankle injury are off-putting, he and Mane remain enticing options for the next three Gameweeks and – if it wasn’t for the Club World Cup postponing their Gameweek 18 fixture – there would even be an argument for owning both against Everton (h), Bournemouth (a) and Watford (h).

The absence of Fabinho (£5.5m), meanwhile, saw Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) resume the ‘number six’ role that he had occupied before his recent reinvention as a right-sided central midfielder.

Klopp said:

We had to replace Fabinho today which is a tough one because it’s like we were really used to these things without really thinking about it. Hendo played a sensational game in that position together with Gini and Ox. It was a really good performance but we had to work really hard. And what I liked most, that the boys were ready to do that.

Liverpool looked set to finally keep their first clean sheet in seven games and only their third of the season. The second half had been a dull affair, with the Reds conserving their energy knowing that they have ten games to come in a gruelling December.

Whilst the streak of 18 home games where either Salah, Mane or Firmino had scored was about to end, at least they were cruising to a relaxing victory.

Then goalkeeper Alisson was sent off for a deliberate handball outside of his area and everything quickly changed. A long Brighton ball over the home defence set free Leandro Trossard (£5.8m), who poked the ball up onto the advancing stopper’s hands for a straight red card.

On came Adrian (£4.2m) for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.2m) and the reserve Liverpool custodian was instantly picking the ball out of the net after Dunk – once getting the nod to take the kick early – casually passed the resulting free-kick into the corner.

Klopp said of Alisson’s dismissal:

Of course, life became more complicated with the red card and the change we had to make. We had to bring on a frozen goalkeeper pretty much! Everybody sitting here is probably not really warm yet, but imagine you go there in shorts, a really thin shirt and some gloves which are not made for keeping you warm.

Some people let the free-kick happen like that and then you look a little bit silly in that moment, but that’s what you have to accept.

We kept on fighting and Adrian especially helped us a lot with two really, really good saves and crosses he caught and stuff like this.

Suddenly things got nervy for the home side when former Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy (£4.8m) forced Adrian into a low stop. Two minutes later, the substitute spilled a comfortable save right at the feet of substitute Neal Maupay (£5.9m). The Reds held on to make it 13 wins from 14 league matches but those looking for reassurance that Klopp’s troops are tightening up at the back wouldn’t have been given any indication of that on Saturday.

Alisson will be suspended for Wednesday’s Merseyside derby with Everton, although Liverpool’s only two clean sheets of the season did come under his deputy’s watch.

Truth be told, there were still some hairy moments for Liverpool’s defence even before the red card. Alisson made a good save from Davy Propper (£4.9m) in the first half, shortly followed by a Dunk sitter where the centre-back scuffed a shot wide with his knee.

Dunk then narrowly headed wide a Pascal Gross (£6.4m) corner in the 54th minute, before a Martin Montoya (£4.5m) cross was superbly controlled and shot by Aaron Connolly (£4.7m) eight minutes later.

The goalscorer made some crucial contributions at the other end, firstly blocking an Oxlade-Chamberlain effort after a superb run and pull-back from Robertson. Just before the Alisson incident, Dunk got in the way of a shot that followed Alexander-Arnold’s burst into the box.

Graham Potter said of the Seagulls’ efforts:

We put a lot into the game and played with a lot of courage. We weren’t quite as aggressive as we needed to be in the first 20 minutes, so that’s a learning point for us, but we have a really good account of ourselves against a top team.

Potter again went with a four-man backline this weekend and opted for 19-year-old Connolly over Maupay up front, despite the latter’s 19 goal attempts only being bettered by Raul Jimenez (£7.6m) over the last six Gameweeks. As promising as those numbers sound ahead of a run of fixtures against Wolves (h), Crystal Palace (a) and Sheffield United (h), only one of those 19 shots resulted in a goal.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Adrian 78’); Salah (Lallana 69’), Firmino (Origi 76’), Mane.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-5-1): Ryan; Montoya (Alzate 69’), Webster, Dunk, Burn; Gross, Bissouma (Trossard 69’), Stephens, Propper, Mooy; Connolly (Maupay 76’).

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3,212 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Detweiler
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 15 hours ago

    2FT. Sterling and Martial to KDB and Son? Worth it or too sideways?

    1. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 14 hours ago

      Good imo

    2. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 14 hours ago

      I would personally

  2. n14mul
    • 2 Years
    3 days, 15 hours ago

    Morning,

    Mount to Dele a good idea? Or leave it till.the weekend as they are at old Trafford midweek?

    1. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 14 hours ago

      Do it, Utd not exactly solid at the back and mount off the boil.

    2. KINGS
        3 days, 14 hours ago

        ManU conceded 5 goals last two games, against newly promoted teams

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          Not that easy.
          They Defend tight against big clubs. Different ball game all together

    3. knight_king2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 15 hours ago

      Is there any press conferences today?

    4. maratus
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 15 hours ago

      BOTTOMED, Morning lads!
      Could use some advice here.

      Gazzaniga (Button)
      TAA Robertson Soy (Janmaat, Rico)
      Son Maddison KDB Mount
      Tammy Vardy Rashford

      1.4 ITB
      Im thinking, that i could replace Gazzaniga this GW, to maybe Guaita or someone else.
      Deal Mount next GW and get rid of Maddison before Gw18 against City.
      Tammy injured kind of makes decisions harder. Any ideas?

      1. maratus
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 14 hours ago

        5th mid is Cantwell

      2. rohaansunil
          3 days, 14 hours ago

          Wait for Lampards presser and then see what to do about Tammy.. .. If he is out maybe you can move him to jiminez else remove gazzaniga to Ryan/guaita/henderson

          1. maratus
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            Thanks! That is what i actually decided to do. No worries for goalkeeper price changes anyway, so its safe to wait anyway.

            1. rohaansunil
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Awesome!

        • rocky7st
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 15 hours ago

          Tielemans to Alii
          Or Salah to KDB? I have Silva to partly cover Man City

        • SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 15 hours ago

          Best move this week...
          A. Martial to Alli
          B. Pope to Henderson
          C. Both for - 4 worthwhile given long term benefit
          Only if Abraham is returning.

          1. maratus
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 14 hours ago

            I would get rid of Martial for sure. Dunno about Alli tho.

        • Gunner Boy
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 15 hours ago

          Fell 500K places this GW only.

          What to do with this lot? 1FT, 1.8 itb

          Gazza
          Mendy Lundstram Tomori
          Mane' Cantwell MARTIAL KDB
          Kane Jiminez Vardy(c)

          subs: McGovern MENDY Rico Saka

          1. fylde2022
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 13 hours ago

            Martial for Alli

        • Atimis
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 15 hours ago

          What do you think about it??

          This week: Pope to Henderson,
          next week: Jim Madd to Mousset Son.

          This means keeping Auba and KDB also.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 15 hours ago

            Don't lose a reliable points scorer like Jimenez. Would do the Henderson move.

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 15 hours ago

              Agree

            2. Atimis
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              Need Spurs mid somehow

        • tibollom
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 15 hours ago

          I ve kept Tammy but do we have any idea of when he will be back? What to do with my team?

          2 FT 2.7 ITB

          Heaton Button
          TAA Rico Lunds Chilwell Dunk
          Mane KDB McGin Son Dedonck
          Tammy Vardy Greenwood

        • Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 15 hours ago

          I saw a video clip of Pep press after the game.
          He literally said he may throw the PL title aspirations away now that pool is so far ahead & relentlessly getting result after result.

          Only KDB from City is a great ploy IMO.

          Am i right or i saw an old video on FB ??

          1. DAZZ
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 15 hours ago

            As they did last year, City have the talent and depth to go on and win 14 games in a row. They will eventually click and find form

            1. mynameisq
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              I really disagree, no laporte is massive, no Sane is massive, and Aguero missing is massive too. The gap to Liverpool will only get bigger

              1. Klaren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Laporte only played in 10 games 2 seasons ago in their 100 points season.

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  They had Fernandinho in CDM
                  They had fit first choice CB pairing.

                  And teams weren't looking at them as easy opponents to score against as they do now.

                  1. Klaren
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 days, 13 hours ago

                    Yes but the first choice CB pairing was Otamendi and Stones and they still have them. That's why I think it's more of a matter of form than squad options. And form can change.

                    1. Amey
                      • 1 Year
                      3 days, 13 hours ago

                      What about ageing effect ??
                      Otamendi, Fernandinho all are very slow to mop up lose balls when high press goes wrong.

                      I'm not debating against City, but just think it would be very difficult this season

            2. Amey
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              I kinda disagree mate.
              KDB/Dilva only creative sparks in the team.

              Defense sh.t

              I don't see a 14 match run unless Otamendi turns VVD 😉

              1. Klaren
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                It's hard to understand why he never uses B. Silva in the midfield this season. He played there majority of last season and did really well to fill the gap from KDB but I don't think he played a single game in that position this year, even when KDB didn't start.

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  Maybe he wants him as back up for wingers. No other available with Sane out. Mahrej Raz only wingers.
                  Whereas Midfield has KDB Gunda Dilva Foden as possible choices

          2. Hakim Ziyech
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              😆 I saw the post match tunnel box presser. He looked detached, scared, all in all depressed & completely lost.

              1. Amey
                • 1 Year
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Ha ha

            • RECKLESS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              Never overestimate Liv, last season they dropped 7pts in later stages, before that something similar when Gerrard handed title to Mancity. I would also not underestimate what Lei did yday and with that last gasp winner, I feel they can go in to win it

              1. RECKLESS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 13 hours ago

                Gerrard slip*e

              2. Amey
                • 1 Year
                3 days, 13 hours ago

                You know who I'm supporting to win.
                Not City, Not Pool
                Leicester would be poetic with BR in charge

              3. Amey
                • 1 Year
                3 days, 13 hours ago

                That Leicester winner was special. Sign of champions as they say

          3. Ljungberg
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 15 hours ago

            Mount dilemma

            1. Keep and try to stay optimistic
            2. Sell for £6.7 midfielder - Zaha, Tielemans
            3. Take a hit for Pulisic, Maddison and downgrade one of my big hitters
            4. Get rid of Saka and invest in two nailed midfielders e.g. Grealish, Neves to prepare for the festive period

            1. Amey
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 15 hours ago

              4 looks good option to me

            2. Jontharon
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 15 hours ago

              1 or 4, still a good player.

            3. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 days, 14 hours ago

              Not 3, I reckon Pulisic might get rested midweek

            4. Hakim Ziyech
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Zaha

                1. Hakim Ziyech
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    *Sorry, I meant keep & stay optimistic 😉 Since you've got a decent OR

                2. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Grelish is injury prone as gets injured a lot. I will prefer Zaha or mcginn if you want nailed ones

                  1. RECKLESS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 days, 13 hours ago

                    as gets fouled a lot* Its reduces his baps chances

              • Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Start Mount or Mousset?

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Mousset

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    Ta

              • Hochoki
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                what to do with this team with 1FT and 0.6ITB??

                a. pope/roberto to henderson/gazzaniga
                b. mount to mcginn/jwp
                c. tammy to jimenez
                d. save

                Pope
                TAA Robertson Chilwell Soyuncu Lundstram
                Mane KDB
                Vardy(c) Tammy Ings

                Roberto Martial Mount Cantwell

                1. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Same doubt, probably Pope to Henderson. I am waiting for Mctominay news because if he is out then Spurs will thrash Manutd and I may do Mount to Alli

                  1. Klaren
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    Apparently Ole said "Hopefully, we can see one of them on the pitch." on Pogba and Mctominay. I doubt we'll hear more before the deadline.

              • Rinseboy
                • 7 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Ok to save this week?

                Pope
                TAA Robbo Lunds Soy
                Son Mane Pullisic Maddison
                Vardy Jimi
                Cantwell Tammy Rico

                1. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  Did u play Cantwell.or.benched vs Ars? He was.my first on bench again

              • RECKLESS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Is Son worth the extra 1mn over Alli? I know.last match Alli was good but will he be nailed.for.hrctic schedule.or.transfer out waiting ro happen?

                1. RECKLESS
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  hectic* or*

                  1. RECKLESS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    to*

                2. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 14 hours ago

                  I think Son is worth it.
                  Alli is a good bet too

                  Maybe we'll be doubling them up when their fixtures turn Nicely after gw 19

                  1. RECKLESS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 days, 14 hours ago

                    Problem.is Mourinho. Once his early charm.is gone all their players will suffer.I would rather trust Lei and Chelsea more than Spurs Manutd. Alli + Rashford, rest 3 lei, 2 chelsea and maybe punts on Pva and zaha/grelish

                    1. Amey
                      • 1 Year
                      3 days, 13 hours ago

                      That is true

                    2. Klaren
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 days, 13 hours ago

                      Other than United it takes about 2 seasons for his early charm to be gone though.

              • DarkSideOfTheLoon
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Who should I get in place of Martial? Have 7.7 to spend. Attack is:

                Mane KDB Martial Hayden Dendoncker

                Aruba Vardy Tammy

                1. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  Pulisic is standout pick
                  Long term

                2. Gunner Boy
                  • 5 Years
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  have the same dilemma

                  Options: Alli, Pulisic and Zaha. Can't decide

                3. andres
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  Pulisic

              • andres
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                Pope to Guaita? Anything better? I feel i need pulisic but not sure how to get him

                Pope
                TAA Soy Lund
                Mane KDB Son Tielemans
                Rash Vardy Jimenez

                Kelly, cantwell, Pieters 0.7 ITB 1FT.

                1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
                  • 2 Years
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  Downgrade pieters

              • fylde2022
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 days, 14 hours ago

                I had a few drinks yesterday and brought in Alli and Son in for Martial and KDB, although for free...
                D'oh!!!!
                I'm hoping Son brings in more points that KDB, long term, now.

                Pope
                TAA Lundstram Robertson Soyuncu
                Mane Alli Pulisic Son Maddison
                Vardy

                Button Rico Connolly Abraham

                1. Houldsworth Hatter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 12 hours ago

                  That's not too bad pal.

                2. tc93
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 11 hours ago

                  Hold

              • Warby84
                • 4 Years
                3 days, 13 hours ago

                I know Kane will score goals but I was could not believe how far behind play he was when the ball hit the back of the net in 2 occasions, at least 25yrds away at least.. Little bit worrying but maybe worth the patience??

              • Akshatjazz
                  3 days, 13 hours ago

                  Hi guys !
                  Need a little help here.

                  Should I replace fleck > zaha has my 5th MF option since already have kbd,mane,Maddy,pulisic

                  And thinking to replace tammy > ings with in the bank with 0.4m left by taking a (-4 hit) ???

                  1. tc93
                    • 1 Year
                    3 days, 11 hours ago

                    Both moves sound good

                  2. tc93
                    • 1 Year
                    3 days, 11 hours ago

                    But I’d have mousset over ings

                    1. Akshatjazz
                        3 days, 11 hours ago

                        Why is that ?? Any suggestion ??

                  3. tc93
                    • 1 Year
                    3 days, 11 hours ago

                    Need some help... such a hard choice! Which one to go for?? 2 FTs

                    1) Mount +Abraham —> son+greenwood (I’ll switch to a 442)
                    2) Abraham + mount —> mousset + pulisic
                    3) Abraham + Mount —> Mousset + Ali

                    Rest of Team:
                    Pope
                    Soy / TAA / Robbo (Rico, Lund)
                    Maddison / KDB / Mount* / Mane (Cantwell)
                    Abraham* / Vardy / Jimi

                    1. Akshatjazz
                        3 days, 11 hours ago

                        2nd is the better choice

                    2. Akshatjazz
                        3 days, 9 hours ago

                        what to do with this team with 1FT and 0.9mITB??

                        a. Fleck > zaha
                        b. Tammy > ings/mousset
                        c. Both a&b
                        d. save

                        Henderson
                        Robertson Soyunca Lundstram
                        Mane KDB pulisic maddison
                        Vardy(c) Jimenez Tammy*

                        Pope tomori Ake fleck*

                      • juho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 days, 8 hours ago

                        Would you give up Sterling or KdB for Alli?

                        Thank you.

                      • Muscout
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 day, 39 mins ago

                        Pope
                        TAA, Digne, Tomori, Lundstram
                        Mane, KDB, Mount
                        Kane, Vardy, Jimenez

                        Button, Cantwell, Guendouzi, Rico

                        Would you WC? Really want to fit in Alli, Jesus, miss out by 0.2! Get rid of Digne etc

                        Stick or pull the trigger?