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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. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Lundstram C
    Yaaay
    Naay

    1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Nay

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Ok.

    2. Sid1891
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Nay

    3. Soto Ayam
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Why not. Nobody else knows any different

        1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Indeed, what do i know, just guesswork

    4. drughi
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Mane >

      A. Sterling
      B. Son

      have alli and KDB

      1. Kip
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Sterling if for more then 1gw

        1. drughi
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          will be sterling for 2-3 weeks then sterling>salah possibly same with son

          1. Kip
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Looks good to me if your 5th mid is fodder

      2. Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Sterling

    5. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Which one is safer captain pick, rash or son?

      Think most casuals will pick rash, while most FFS will pick son

      1. Sid1891
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Picking Son
        United still inconsistent although Rash is in form

      2. Kip
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        I think most casuals will pick Vardy

        And they could very well outscore us all

        1. Sid1891
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Have a feeling Vardy blanking again

        2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Could be, but that's too safe for my liking

        3. Teror
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          This game seems perfect for Vardy. As does City's defence.

          1. Kip
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Exactly

          2. Sid1891
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            True
            If foxes beat City
            However Leicester played tougher game in the week. This can have an impact on them. City will run at them l think.

    6. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      If You have Alli Son KDB
      So who to get for Long term
      A- Kane
      B- Sterling

      1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        A

      2. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        More Votes plzzzz

      3. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        A

      4. Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        B for me

      5. Sid1891
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        B
        For a balance
        Imagine spurs not scoring and you in trouble

    7. Sid1891
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Start Aurier hoping for cs or Maddison ?

      1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Maddy although i sold him for grealish

        1. Sid1891
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Thanks

      2. Soto Ayam
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Aurier. I picked him for his attacking returns and against a poor Chelsea defence and Emerson, I think he should have some joy

          1. Sid1891
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Ok thanks
            50/50 now !

            1. Soto Ayam
                5 months, 11 days ago

                However, I'm sure maddison has a good chance against a poor city defence

                1. Soto Ayam
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Actually I'd pick maddison if I had a choice, safer option

                    1. Sid1891
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 11 days ago

                      Cheers

          2. FF Red!
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Captain

              1) Son
              2) Alli

              1. Soto Ayam
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Alls

              2. MoManeTaa
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                A or B please ?

                A) Mane to Sterling for -4
                B) Play Baldock and bench Mane

                1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  B easy

                2. Sid1891
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  B

              3. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Everton Arsenal score predictions please?

                3-1 Toffees

                1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  2-2

                2. Jurgen Flopp
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Armband on Richarlison so hoping for this

                3. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  2-0

                4. Jurgen Flopp
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  There will be goals that's for sure

                5. Sid1891
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Expect gunners to show up for this
                  New manager etc
                  See goals galore myself here

                6. The 12th Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  5-2

                7. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  If Everton players will play with passion and aggresion than dont think that Arsenal spineless ladies will have much to say in this game

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Artetaseems to see it differently 🙂

                8. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  3-1

                9. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Cheers all - seems we are all confident of Everton goals so leaving the captaincy on Richarlison.

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Also considering, between him, Rash, Alli and Son

                10. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  FLY THE RIGHT OFF++!

                  Break the Bookies 4-1

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Is that a score prediction or odds on an Arsenal win?

                    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 11 days ago

                      If Arse win than game, I will come to you with a Rim even if your Arse resembles a Babboon's Arse.

                      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 11 days ago

                        The Tongue don't lie....
                        Dance! 😆

                        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 9 days ago

                          I really did make a total tit of myself on this particular day.

                          I must find a way to self exclude myself on these days of self annihilation.

                11. Salarrivederci
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Ri(C)harlison with 3 goals & 4 assists.
                  8-3

                  Oh mby Ri(TC)harlison could work?

              4. Teror
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                How does this look for a four point hit?

                Mane + Robbo + Greenwood > Son + Willems + Rashford

                I'm just worried that I'll want to bring Robbo back in again at some point so I'm setting myself up for a transfer

                1. Sid1891
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Looks good to me

              5. Punty McPuntface
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Little help here please...

                Henderson
                Lundy Soy Dunk Kelly
                Son Ali KDB Maddsion
                Vardy Anraham

                Bench: McGovern TAA Mane Greenwood

                I have 2ft, 0.5ITB and no idea what to do...

                1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Maddy to grill or rich

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Rich

              6. Infected by ebolasie
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Bench Cantwell or Aurier?

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Aurier

                2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  C

                3. CalculatedRisq
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Cant

              7. itsmeguneet
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                My mid and front

                Mane, Zaha,KDB Maddy McGinn-(sub)
                Vardy, Tammy, Ings

                Should I??
                Tammy+ Mane to Son/Alli + Rashford
                Mane+ Maddy to Son/Alli+ James
                Or just Mane + Son/Alli
                Or save??

              8. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                First to three, C choice?

                Alli,
                KDB
                Rashford
                Son
                Vardy

                1. Team Cruel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Rash

                2. ebb2sparky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Son

                3. itsmeguneet
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Kdb

                4. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Son

                5. kopite65
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  son

                6. CalculatedRisq
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Rash or Son

                7. arndff_
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Son

                8. Sid1891
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Son

                9. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Pretty clear, thought KDB or Alli would sneak it.

                10. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  R

              9. FPLGeezer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Done Salah to KDB, 1 FT left.

                Tammy > Kane (for next two at least then reasses to bring in Salah or Mane)?

                Yay or Nay?

                1. itsmeguneet
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Looks positive

              10. CalculatedRisq
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Which one to leave out please
                A) Rico (BUR)
                B) Aurier (CHE)
                C) Targett (SOU)
                D) Lundstram (bri)

                1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  B

              11. kopite65
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                pick one, play
                A pope
                B heaton
                cheers

                1. CalculatedRisq
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  B

                  1. kopite65
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Cheers

              12. Teror
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                With Baldock, Pulisic and Soyuncu on my bench this week, could this be a good time to play bench boost? It's never worked out for me in DGWs so I'm looking to play it in a good SGW

                1. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  No

                2. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  no

                3. potatoace'scott talent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 9 days ago

                  No.

              13. SDTA
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Thinking of Pope and VVD -> Guaita and Aurier?

              14. diesel001
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Would like to see City put out this side tonight:

                Ederson
                Walker Otamendi Fernandinho Mendy
                Gundogan Rodri Bernardo
                KDB Jesus Sterling

                1. arndff_
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  That's my prediction too. Dunno if KDB will play in midfield & Bernardo on the wing OR the opposite.

              15. drughi
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Anyone else feel city will thrash leicester tonight ? 3/4-1

                1. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Absolutely not

                2. Sid1891
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  I have

                3. estheblessed
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  I think it'll be close. Like a 2-1. Leicester will give it a go though which will make it an interesting game.

                4. Orion
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Me, that’s why I’m going with Sterling (C) as differential 🙂

                  1. Sid1891
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Currently on Son but l think Sterling could outscore this week
                    I’m not brave enough though

              16. Bobby
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Dull post but start Pereira or deondonker?

                1. estheblessed
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Dendonka

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Pereira - better goal or assist threat

              17. estheblessed
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                A) Pieters (away Bournemouth)
                B) Kelly (away Newcastle)

                ?

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Kelly

              18. hunkydory
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Adama Traore anyone? He rotates nicely with Grealish as a punty 4th/5th MID combo.

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Yes, if fit

              19. DanKoop08
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Thoughts on using the Free Hit chip for this gameweek?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  How different from current team?

                  1. DanKoop08
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    At the moment I've got

                    Ryan
                    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu Tarkowski
                    Mount Mane Maddison Alli Sterling
                    Ings

                    Really struggling with my next move and 20 points clear in my mini league

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 11 days ago

                      Who are the other 4?

                      1. DanKoop08
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 11 days ago

                        Stekelenburg Jimenez Kelly Connolly

                      2. DanKoop08
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 11 days ago

                        Would really appreciate any help

              20. Monya Meow Meow
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Start Rico or Kelly?

                Current team is

                Pope
                Guilbert Lund XXX
                Alli Mount KDB(VC) Son(C)
                Ayew Tammy Vardy

                Thanks!

                1. Sid1891
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Rico

                  1. Monya Meow Meow
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Thank you!

              21. Bavarian
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Who to captain Jim or Son?

                1. Soto Ayam
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    I'd go son has he has more potential for higher returns.

                    1. Bavarian
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 11 days ago

                      Cheers mate

                2. JAYPEE
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Chances of Aaron Connolly playing for Brighton?

                  1. arndff_
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Potter confirms Aaron Connolly "should" be ready for the weekend. "He's trained this week," following his recovery from a dead leg. "We have no other problems from Monday, and of course, Dale Stephens back [from suspension] too." Only March and Jose Izquierdo ruled out. #BHAFC

                    Follow the pressers next time.

                3. ebb2sparky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Captain Kane, Son or KDB?
                  1st bench player Hayden or Soy?

                  Currently on Kane and Hayden

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    Kay
                    Hay

                4. Indio
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Morning all,

                  Sitting on team below and concerned by no bench, what's my best move please?

                  A Mings > Targett (or Willems); play incoming defender and bench Kelly.

                  B: Mane > Grealish , bench Cantwell (will cost £0.1M to bring Mane or Salah back, likely for Maddy).

                  C: Roll FT, and do something more interesting next week?

                  Many thanks!

                  Pope
                  Lunds, Rico, Kelly
                  KDB, Cantwell, Maddy, Alli
                  Vardy, Rash (C), Tammy
                  (Button, Mings, Mane, TAA)

                  [£0.4M in bank. 1 FT]

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    B

                5. konrad.sygula95
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  Hi guys
                  Would You do Connolly to Mousset?

                  Pope
                  Lundstram/Kelly/Rico
                  Kdb/Son(c)/Mount/Cantwell
                  Vardy/Abraham/Connolly*

                  Bench Krul/Soy/Salah/Robbo

                  1ft 0.7 itb

                  1. Bookkeeper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 11 days ago

                    mousset is pants

                    1. konrad.sygula95
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 11 days ago

                      Can't see any better option for this week and that would let me to not play Soy against city away