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Why I’ll be holding Liverpool assets through Blank Gameweek 18 and beyond

In her latest column, FPL Community’s Holly Shand reveals why she’ll be resisting the urge to cash in on premium Liverpool assets this weekend.


The hard work has been done to be prepared for Gameweek 18 but I’ve paid very little thought to what happens beyond this point for my side. I’ve clawed my way up from a rank of 1.5 million to the top 400k but fear the impact of Wildcards from those around me. How can I keep moving up?

We appear to have hit a crossroads surrounding Liverpool players. My gut feeling was to hold Sadio Mane (£12.2m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) but I’m seeing a lot of talk within the community on moving them on (including from fellow Pro Pundit Andy). I’m in a fortunate position of having the likes of Matt Targett (£4.4m), Todd Cantwell (£4.7m) and Martin Kelly (£4.4m) to come in for me and start in Gameweek 18, which does make the decision a little easier.

Now I do struggle with patience a little more than the average Fantasy manager, and more so when I see expensive players on my bench instead of the pitch. Having zero funds in the bank does little to help me to become more patient, while sitting on the most expensive player and most costly defender in the game. In fact, a move away from Alexander-Arnold to a budget defender could free up as much as £3.0m.

I love projections when it comes to making transfer decisions, regularly utilising the feature in the Members Area. Despite the perceived tough fixtures for Liverpool (with Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all in the schedule after the blank), Salah and Mane are still projected to be comfortably among the top ten scoring midfielders. When it comes to defenders, Alexander-Arnold is projected to be top for FPL points, with one fixture less than his nearest competition. That is very telling! 

Alexander-Arnold has three returns in his last four, only hampered by rotation in Gameweek 17 and remember, Liverpool have just kept two clean sheets on the bounce.

In my thinking beyond Gameweek 18, I’d love to add Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) to my midfield. Liverpool were in a similar position of having tough fixtures last Christmas, with many managers jumping ship to Manchester City assets, but they won every single game convincingly, with Salah himself having a particularly fruitful festive period.

We can see from Jurgen Klopp’s teamsheets in the FIFA Club World Cup exactly where his priorities lie. This season is Liverpool’s best chance of winning the title in the Premier League era, nipping at Manchester United’s heels for the most titles in history.

Liverpool are not going to be taking their foot off the gas anytime soon, tough fixtures or otherwise. They’ve been labelled as bottlers too many times for Klopp to jeopardise their title chances.

They might have an eight-point lead but until they are over the line and the Premier League trophy is in their hands, I’ll be holding their assets in my FPL team and might even embrace a triple up.


Holly, the founder of FPL Community, has two top 10k finishes in five FPL seasons, is a regular guest on the FPL Show and recent addition to the Scoutcast line-up.

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3,068 Comments Post a Comment
  1. McSlu
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 25 days ago

    On VC, need a bit of help here.

    1. dendo, rash, kane
    2. son, rash, greenwood
    3. Rich, DCL, kane

    Rest of front are: Sterling, KDB, grealish, alli, vardy

    1. FirMinaMiMo
        6 months, 25 days ago

        I think sterling will get subbed at 2nd half for kun !!!!!

        1. Saulus_maximus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 25 days ago

          Why would he? Aguero usually comes on for Jesus. I really want to do Mane > Sterling because its going to be a goal fest by city

      • FirMinaMiMo
          6 months, 25 days ago

          A is my option

      • maysarhi2
          6 months, 25 days ago

          C

          A- Alli
          B- Son

          1. FirMinaMiMo
              6 months, 25 days ago

              B

            • All Hail K
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 25 days ago

              I'd go with the one that most of the guys above you in your mini league don't have.

          2. Alli
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 25 days ago

            Play 2:
            A. Aurier
            B. Kelly
            C. Cantwell

            1. All Hail K
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 25 days ago

              B & C

            2. luk46
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 25 days ago

              A C

          3. boroie
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 25 days ago

            I was set with the following and was going to let the FT roll. However after looking at Liverpool and City’s upcoming fixtures I’m tempted to switch Mane to Sterling... what do you think?

            Gazzaniga
            Aurier Lundstram Rico
            KDB Alli(VC) Martial Cantwell
            Rashford(C) Vardy Abraham

            Button; Zouma Soyuncu Mane

          4. boroie
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 25 days ago

            Mane to...

            A - Sterling (have KDB)
            B - Son (have Alli)
            C - keep FT

          5. wulfranian
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 25 days ago

            Good to go?Should i start Maddison?

            Heaton
            Egan Rico Aurier
            Sterling Grealish Kdb Alli
            Vardy Mousset Jimenez

            Button Maddison Mendy Cahill
            0ft 0.2itb

          6. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 25 days ago

            I'm downgrading Abraham and looking at upgrading Douglas to cover for Mané this week. Richarlison in midfield looks tempting. Am I crazy to go for DCL on top? Got better fixtures than Ings single good fixture.

          7. Babelcopter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 25 days ago

            Would you double up spurs and do Cantwell -> Alli?

            1. Babelcopter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 25 days ago

              have Son already

            2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 25 days ago

              I own Aurier, Son and Alli.

          8. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 25 days ago

            Have to bench one of these three ... who to bench please? Martial , Ings or Jiminez?

            Thanks

            1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 10 Years
              6 months, 25 days ago

              Martial

          9. H-SF
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 25 days ago

            Sterling or KDB for Mane?

          10. Nostalgia picks
              6 months, 25 days ago

              Who has done Mane to Sterling?

              Would lose .2 if I reverse it next week

              Yes or No?

              1. nerd_is_the_werd
                  6 months, 25 days ago

                  I"m debating something similar as well... tough call.
                  Looking like it's gonna happen.

              2. BigPointDipper
                  6 months, 25 days ago

                  He do or Pope?

                  1. BigPointDipper
                      6 months, 25 days ago

                      Hendo*

                  2. nerd_is_the_werd
                      6 months, 25 days ago

                      Will Tomori play a game?

                    • Corgzzzz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      6 months, 25 days ago

                      Morning ....do I bench
                      A, Canteell
                      B. Rico.
                      C. Chillwell

                      1. iL PiStOlErO
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 25 days ago

                        C

                    • CrouchDown
                      • 7 Years
                      6 months, 25 days ago

                      Kane or Sterling captain?

                      1. fgdu
                        • 6 Years
                        6 months, 25 days ago

                        definitely kane out of the two. also consider vardy/rashford

                    • Emp
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      6 months, 25 days ago

                      Will Moira start ?

                      1. iL PiStOlErO
                        • 1 Year
                        6 months, 25 days ago

                        Orfei?

                    • CC22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      6 months, 25 days ago

                      Anyone else doing the trolling move or starting their Liverpool players to get the end of weekend auto-sub bump? Currently got Son & KDB first and second on my bench, with Mane & TAA starting.

                    • Old Man
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      6 months, 25 days ago

                      Only 11 players max this game week. Expecting a below average score. Management of one's own expectations.

                      1. Fred54
                        • 5 Years
                        6 months, 25 days ago

                        Its usually 11 players max most weeks...

                        1. Old Man
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          6 months, 25 days ago

                          Yes - but you know what I mean. No subs!

                    • Woy_is_back
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 25 days ago

                      Why did I captain Jimmy over Ings 🙁