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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. In ole we trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Is it crazy to captain grealish, if you have vardy, rashford, kdb and son?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      This is the week for punts

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Possibly, but I'm thinking of capping Ings myself!

      1. Slartibartfast
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Much less crazy than Grealish

    3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Maybe

      Having him is differential enough, unless you're certain he can go berserk

  2. konrad.sygula95
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    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. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Nah

  3. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Help needed please!! Need to use my WC. How does the below look? Defence is poor but want a strong midfield.

    Ryan
    Rico Lundy Kelly
    Salah Alli Son Maddy KDB
    Vardy Rash

    Button, Balbuena, Femenia, Greenwood

    Any help greatly appreciated!

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      That bench

      1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Very constructive. A bench is a bench for a reason! Cheers for nothing!

        1. WD27
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 28 days ago

          It is quite constructive.. a decent bench over Christmas is usually helpful

          1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Balbuena and Femenia will play. Greenwood is cheap as chips!

        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          So if you are happy with your bench not much else to change is there?
          Maybe punt on say Rich this week over Salah and bring Mo in for next week?

          1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Apologies, this is for after this game week. I’ll hit the button after 11.30 for the squad above! Current one is below:
            Ryan
            Rico Lundy Soy
            KDB Son Alli Pulisic Maddy
            Rash Vardy

            Button Robbo Greenwood Janmaat

    2. PUP02
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Need a more nailed bench for the Xmas period imo.

    3. Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I think you have a good enough bench

    4. Tube!!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Salah onto your bench.

  4. theroadrunner
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    anyone think greenwood could start? See no mention of him on team news. gotta play either him or soyuncu as TAA and Mane are on bench.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Play, at worst he'll not feature and you get Soy anyway

      1. theroadrunner
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        im almost certain he will feature. just dont want him to come on for the last 5

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Yes, but he might score in that time. Can't see Soy getting much this week (cue Soy brace & Cs)

    2. fc_skrald
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I will play him - but got no alternative. However I have a free transfer but quess two free transfers next week is worth more. Greenwood hattrick plaese!

  5. Jullepuu
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Some really interesting any time goal scorer odds for this game week

        1. Jullepuu
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Yeah that's the site I was looking. No site of Jimenez. Son and Tammy quite surprising

        2. Netley Lucas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Vardy still 2/1?

          1. Jullepuu
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I look at the odds in decimals and I don't understand those at all lol
              Depends on site but Coolbet has Vardy scoring at 3.00

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                2/1 means if you stake £1 you win £2 and thereby take home £3. The equivalent decimal price would be 3.0

                1. Jullepuu
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Thanks. I'll forget that by tomorrow though lol

            • Peter Ouch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Where is Jimenez

              1. Jullepuu
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Not on the top list. Coolbet has him scoring at 2.40

            • Atimis
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Looking good for this week ?
              Will do Tomori to Aurier for GW19.

              Henderson
              Lund/Targett/Rico
              Son(c)/Dele/Maddison/Grealish
              Vardy/Rashford/Tammy

              Button/Soy/Tomori/Mane

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                G2g

            • Evasivo
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              GTG?

              Ryan
              Lund Kelly Willems
              Pullisic KDB(C) Grealish(VC) Cantwell
              Vardy Jimenez Abraham

              Button Soy Mane TAA

              1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Gtg..no tot might hurt you though

                1. Evasivo
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Was hovering over Pul>Alli all week but then missed price changes so demotivated me :/

                  1. Evasivo
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Anyway, what are people expecting out of Spurs v Chelsea game? Could go either way imo

                    1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Most think goalfest, i think tight affair so not capping any of my tot mids

                      1. Evasivo
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        I wouldn't be surprised at 1-1 imho

                      2. Evasivo
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Who is you captain out of interest?

                        1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Rash atm

            • SheBangsTheDrums
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Dendonkey to McGinn for a hit?

              1. LewanGOALski
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                none of them

              2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Just do if Man!

                There's no one here to make you feel better about it.

                I would of posted Donkey > McGinn and feck the lot of you.
                The hits don't lie....Dance!

            • NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Gtg?

              Pope
              Lund kelly rico
              Son alli zaha grealish
              Vardy ings rash (c)

              McCarthy salah taa soy

              1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Yep

                1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Thanks man

            • LewanGOALski
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              (C) out of:

              A) Jimenez
              B) Alli
              C) KDB
              ??

              1. JohnRoss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I'm captaining jim

              2. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I’d go A out of those

              3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                A

              4. Balance
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                C for me

            • JohnRoss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Rank check going into gw18 guys?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                79k

              2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Does it matter?

              3. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                54 000, down from 24 000 last disaster week, so really want to strike back!

                1. Herculeez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  20k

              4. drughi
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                153k

              5. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I'll show you mine if you show me yours

                1. JohnRoss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Ok. Behind the bike shed in 10

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    About 200k

              6. Taegugk Warrior
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                9K

              7. Lindelol
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                26k from 10k

            • Taegugk Warrior
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              A. Son, Alli, Kdb, dendocker
              B. Son, maddison, kdb, McGin

              1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                A

              2. OptimusBlack
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                A

            • yer old da
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              With 2FT and no other fires to put out, Pulisic > Grealish is the shout eh?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Yep

              2. JohnRoss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Yep

              3. LewanGOALski
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                that’s what I did and saved the other tansfer

                1. oscardo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Isnt Grealish just one booking away from ban?

            • Ritchies Magic Hat
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Ryan
              Maguire Lunds Rico
              Son(c) Alli Rich Grealish KDB
              Vardy Rash

              Gazzaniga Kelly Greenwood *TAA

              on WC (have cash to bring Salah back next week) - Gtg?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                That'll do

            • Feed tha Sheep
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Bench one?

              A. Kelly (New)
              B. Willems (PALACE)

              1. SheBangsTheDrums
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Kelly

              2. Ritchies Magic Hat
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Probs Kelly as Willems has better attacking potential

              3. OptimusBlack
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                A

              4. Evasivo
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Keely better for BPs tho no?

              5. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Willems

            • SheBangsTheDrums
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Play 1:

              A) Soy
              B) Dendonker

              1. Taegugk Warrior
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                B

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                b

            • RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Play

              A) Cantwell
              B) Soy

              1. Evasivo
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                A

              2. Taegugk Warrior
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                A

              3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                What they said

                Keeping the armband on rash?

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Cheers! Yes, so far keeping the armband on Rash. Few of my rivals have him/will captain.

                  But still 2 hours to change...

                  1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Nervy times indeed

                  2. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    And you? Great team!

                    1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Rash too atm

                      1. RamaJama
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Good luck!

                        1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          gL to u too!

            • Spacemonkey
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              If you would have 2FT and happy with your team, would you free money with Chilwell->Evans (£0.6 difference) or would you waste your FT?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Do it

              2. Netley Lucas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Cash in, Evans is the value.

              3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Soy?

                1. Spacemonkey
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Have him.

              4. Spacemonkey
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Thanks, all.

            • sammymitch99
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Grealish or Ings (C)? Think I’m going to go risky this week out of these two who would you prefer

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Ings

              2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I

              3. D.Glynn
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Grealish for me

                • Sloopy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Ings!

              4. Mr_Barbs
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                1FT. No City. Which one?

                A) Mount > Grealish
                B) Mount & TAA > KDB & 4.6 def (-4)

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  A

              5. manu4life99
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Start Maddison or Tammy

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Tam

                2. Netley Lucas
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Gotta start Tammy bud.

                3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  T

              6. Mattdrid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Hi All, quick q... Rico or targett for next 4/5 games?

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Targett

                2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  R

                3. OptimusBlack
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Targett

                4. Mattdrid
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  T wind! Thanks

                5. Mr_Barbs
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  T

              7. OptimusBlack
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                If You on WC who would get from those players ?
                A- Sterling but 4YC
                B- Richarlison 4Ys also
                C- Kane brown

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  B
                  Kane brown?

                  1. OptimusBlack
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Sorry Keyboard 😀

                2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  X

                  1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    I mean Kane lol

                    1. OptimusBlack
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      LOL.

                3. OptimusBlack
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  :::(

                4. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  B

                5. D.Glynn
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    C

                  • Sloopy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    B

                6. Jones Kusi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Alli or Jimenez captain?

                  1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    J

                    1. amit1964
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      j

                    2. OptimusBlack
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      @Nabil can you answer me plz

                  2. Netley Lucas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Either, good bets.

                7. Playing_the_Numbers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Maguire or Doherty for a one game week punt?

                  1. OptimusBlack
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Doherty

                  2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Doh easy

                  3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Doh

                  4. Netley Lucas
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Massively Doh!

                  5. Playing_the_Numbers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Bookies odds suggest that Maguire is more likely to keep a clean sheet

                    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      FECK the enemy.

                      We need to Kill the Bar Stewards without any Empathy

                8. Ed
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  All set?

                  Pope
                  Targett Lundy Rico Kelly
                  KDB Alli Traore
                  Vardy Kane(C) Rashford

                  Soy first sub. Got the most budget defence going on.

                  1. Sloopy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Yep!

                9. Bubbles1985
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  For a 1 week count before WC..

                  A - Kane
                  B - Aubameyang
                  C - Jesus
                  D - Rashford

                  1. Bubbles1985
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Punt not count!

                    1. Blueberg
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Could have been worse...

                  2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    D

                  3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    A

                  4. The Gambler.
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    D

                10. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Any defender below 4.9m worth a hit? Want to cover my LEI boys for next 2-3 games if possible.

                  1. The Gambler.
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    No defender is really worth a hit

                11. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Surprised Alli so low down the captain rankings

                12. Rashford FC
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Son vs Rashford captain is doing my head in.

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Same... what’s your pros and cons?