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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. PUP02
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Captain?

    A) Rashford
    B) Alli

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

      A

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      A

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

      b - Watford to sit deep and frustrate

      1. Rashford FC
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        This is my worry. Can’t predict this United side

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

      Come on A!

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

      Just switched to A.

    6. Yankee Toffee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      C

  2. STRANGER INGS
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    okay not too much to change here but i need to burn an ft

    pope (heaton)
    lundy kelly dunk rico (taa)
    maddison son kdb (mane cantwell)
    ings vardy tammy

    2ft 0.3 itb

    my initial plan was to get rid of cantwell but I can't get a proper replacement for that price
    should i instead replace heaton for gazzaniga?

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Changing Pope to 4m would be better

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      TAA or Mane depending on how much is tied up in value as you can get back next week

  3. Bubbles1985
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    For a 1 week count before WC...

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

    1. Bubbles1985
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Punt*

    2. King Henrik
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      D

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

    Morning all!

    Ryan
    Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
    KDB Alli Maddison Cantwell
    Vardy Jiminez Abraham

    Button Tomori Mane* TAA*

    2FT, 0.7 in the bank

    Lots more budget tied up in Mane (bought at 11.6) than in TAA ((bought at 7.1).

    A) TAA and Abraham to Targett/Kelly and Rashford
    B) TAA and Cantwell to Targett/Kelly and Grealish/Richarlison/Lucas Moura
    C) Something else

    Any advice or opinions appreciated!

    1. King Henrik
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Keep Mane and Taa. Focus elsewhere on your team.

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

        Cheers. Maybe I'll do Tomori to Targett or Kelly, then roll a transfer

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

    Who to start?

    A) Soyuncu (mci)

    B) Tomori (tot)

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      A

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

      A

  6. D.Glynn
      5 months, 11 days ago

      G2G?
      Have 1ft, might save..
      Gaza
      Lund Rico Kelly
      KDB Martial Greilish Troure
      Kane Vardy Ings
      (4.0Soy TAA Salah)

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

      I’m a little disappointed I haven’t seen a -12 yet. Hits here; hits there; hits galore everywhere. What could possibly go wrong - perfect week for it.

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

        I too wish to gain rank.

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

          :). Absolutely crazy.

      2. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Yep when the average score is going to be low, I want everyone doing -12s !!

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          If City Lei and Spurs Che throw lots of goals, it could easily be high scoring week 😉

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

            Maybe - you never know. All of the models I’ve seen however are predicting a lower points week.

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Yes 10-15 points lower than last week I saw

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

          We might even get to see a -16 today. I have a good feeling about this.

      3. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        I had to get rid of 2 injured players plus I had 3 Liverpool, so had no choice but to do a -8

    • King Henrik
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      I am thinking of giving the armband to Grealish. Anyone else considering this at all ?

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

        o/

      2. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Good pick, some were considering but looks like they have moved on to Rashford/Kevin/Spurs boys

      3. FPL Pillars
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Very ballsy

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

        \0/

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

        im doing it.

    • yer old da
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      47 points behind the leader in my £100 a head league, and he doesn’t have Jimenez so must have a punt on him eh? Perfect week to gamble...

      1. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        It’s what I’m doing then shipping him to Rashford next week

        1. yer old da
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Yeah one final hurrah before shipping - my plan too

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Tempted to switch cappo from Son to Vardy

      City aren't great at the back...

      1. Van der Faart
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        9 games on the spin with a return. Been my perma captain for that time. Almost afraid to change it

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

      Jesus! The Plebs have woke up,
      I may take a little snooze.

    • Puzzle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      1. Abraham > Rashford (start Soyuncu, Rash cap)
      2. Mings > Aurier (captain Son, bench Soyu)

      1. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        2

      2. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        2

    • Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Which is better pick for the next 2
      A) Martial (watford, NEWCASTLE)
      B) Abraham (spurs, SOUTHAMPTON)

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

      Pros and cons for captaining Rashford versus Son?

      1. Big Hands Barry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Rashford playing vs poorer opposition and on pens.
        Son playing for a better team and good home record.

      2. Rashford FC
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Watford sit deep. United tend to drop points vs struggling teams.

        However Rashford is scoring well this season.

        Chelsea in terrible form. Spurs at home since Mourinho took over has been goals galore

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Both may blank ha-ha ... 😉

        1. Jullepuu
            5 months, 11 days ago

            That's why the C belongs to Jimenez. He is unable to blank against Norwich lol

      4. KINGS
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Mane further price drop possible?

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Hope.so

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Yes possible

      5. LOLarov
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Who to captain?

        A) sterling
        b) KDB
        C) jimmy

        Thanks

        1. Big Hands Barry
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          I'd go B of those

        2. Obi Wan Elokobi
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          C

      6. woodles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Already done Mane and Pula for Alli and Grealish for -4.

        Would you do Maddison to Son for another -4? Surely over the next 2 weeks Son will out score him by 4??

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

        Morning guys, do i play:

        A) soy vs mci
        B) Hayden vs NEW

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

          CRY* (sorry,tough night,still stupid)

        2. Big Hands Barry
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          B

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

        Jimmynez captain?

        1. Big Hands Barry
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Not a bad pick at all

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          I would if I had him

      9. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Who to start?

        A) Pope

        B) Hendo

        Opted for Pope as have Lund as cover for Shef

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

          Makes sense - Brighton are really quite ok at home

      10. Erez Avni
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        So what’ the story with Kun?
        I have Jesus so should I get rid of him for a hit to bring ings/jimenez/rashford?

      11. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        G2G?

        Pope
        Targett Lundstram Hanley
        Martial KDB Son(vc) Pulisic
        Vardy Kane(c) Rashford

        Button Cantwell Soyuncu Tomori

        1. Obi Wan Elokobi
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Potentially Soy over Hanley. Both likely to concede but Soy more a goal threat

      12. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Its time for a Pulisic haul 😀

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

          Punish the sellers!

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          On my first bench ... should I promote?

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            You is in your midfield now?

      13. Tube!!
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        A - Ryan. Martin. Rico or
        B - Ryan. Button. Targett.

      14. tim
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        GTG?

        Gazza
        Rico Lund Kelly
        Son Alli McGinn Pulisic
        Rash(C) Tammy Vardy

        Button Soy Tielemans TAA

      15. yer old da
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        G2G eh?

        Gazzaniga
        Lundstram, Rico, Kelly
        KDB, Son, Grealish(vc), Dendoncker
        Vardy, Abraham, Jimenez(c)

        Subs: Martin, Soyuncu (TAA, Mane)

        1FT to roll to next week...

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

          Wot no Pulisic 🙂

          1. yer old da
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Touché

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

              We both know he’s going to haul now - I did actually manage to get one return from him before ditching for a hit and a price rise last time

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

          I would C Son

          1. yer old da
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            My rival doesn’t have Jimi and I’m 47 points behind so taking a punt on him.

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

              There’s plenty of time to go. Too early for punts in my opinion.

      16. boroie
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Have 1 FT... Anything worth changing here? Or gtg?

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

        Button; Zouma Soyuncu Mane

      17. Ohh1454
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Captain?
        A. Son
        B. Kdb
        C. Ings

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

          A

      18. boroie
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Captain...

        A - Alli
        B - Rashford
        C - KDB

      19. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        I’m going to the pub on Sunday afternoon so would prefer to captain Rashford or Son to make it more exciting. Poor logic right ha

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

          Not poor logic at all! Captain Rash here w Son vc

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          One of those weeks where that’s a logical reason as any other really. It’s a game and should be fun

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 days ago

          That’s an absolutely strong reason!