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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. fplfansss
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Which one?

    A. Ings to Jimenez
    B. Abraham to Rashford
    C. Save FT

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

      C

    2. BigPointDipper
        2 months, 3 days ago

        C

      • AnyLaporteinastorm
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        C

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

        Maybe B

      • DannyD
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        C

    3. The Red Devil
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Choose
      A) Trent and Maddison to
      Aurier & Alli
      B) Tammy & Maddison to
      Rashford & grealish/Lucas
      C) Trent and Tammy to
      Aurier & Kane

      1. AnyLaporteinastorm
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        B

        1. The Red Devil
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Grealish or Moura?

    4. Oggle22
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      G2G?
      Pope
      Lundstarm Rico Kelly
      Grealish Alli Martial KDB
      Vardy Jiminez Rashford

      Button Zaha Chilwell TAA

      Cheers

      1. boroie
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Gtg

      2. AnyLaporteinastorm
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Nice

    5. nelluckram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Just did Mane & Maddison - > Sterling & Martial and I feel horrible about it

      Feel the need to captain one of them to get the most out of my transfers...

      Other options are Son & KDB...

      What would Jesus do?

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

        Not much he would just take it as it comes

        1. nelluckram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          He'd fill in for Aguero

      2. BigPointDipper
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Martial could be good diff, give him the band if you are feeling naughty

          1. nelluckram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I'm so tempted. Can't handle a 4 pointer though

          2. nelluckram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            If Rashford does well then so does Martial.... RIGHT??

        • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Both son and Kdb are good picks - don't sweat. I'm flipping between them. Though why I don't just bail and go Jimenez I don't know

          1. nelluckram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Think I'm on Sterling. Watch this go tits up (Liverpool fan). Should have mentioned I'm 2 points ahead in a money league that ends GW21 and I've spent January's rent on Xmas...

      3. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Start McGinn or Cantwell?

        1. fplfansss
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Cantwell has strong home records

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

          People still own McGinn.

        3. BigPointDipper
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Cantwell.. Mcginn isn’t doing anything unfortunately

          • nelluckram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I'd go Cantwell based on current form and home record

        4. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Last 4 wks:

          SiB:

          KdB=5
          Alli=8
          Rashy=9
          Son=7

          1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Rashford time

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

            Next step check the opponents

            1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              True. Leicester tighter then Chelsea in that respect. Watford I assume are crud but I think they will give it a right go vs MU.

        5. Crystal Alice
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Bench one
          A Kelly (new)
          B Rico (BUR)
          C Maddison (mci)

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

            A

          2. BigPointDipper
              2 months, 3 days ago

              A

          3. SirStevieG
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Aubameyang captain anyone? He has three double-digit hauls away from home this season.

            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Good choice, I was looking at him but cant afford. I feel that this game will have most goals

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

              But he dosent like his new manager, player power - avoid Arsenal.

          4. ChadW98
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Mousset -> kane for -4?

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

              Next GW

          5. stupendous
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Bottomed sorry..

            Mane and Ings to Grealish and Kane for free?

            I'll get Salah/Mane in later on WC probably

            1. Blunder fc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Keep ings just move mane to a premium mid

          6. THFC4LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Took a -4 to get this lot

            Pope
            Aurier Lundstram Kelly
            KDB Son(c) Alli Martial
            Vardy Rashford Jimenez

            Button Cantwell Soyuncu Mings

            Good luck all

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

              Attack is close to mine bar Son Jimenez > Grealish Abraham, so you maybe better off, only I don’t take any hits

              1. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Good luck fella

            2. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Looks class mate GL

              1. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Cheers fella

          7. Weilong7
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Play 2:

            Mount
            Soy
            Greenwood

            Cpt:

            Son
            Alli
            Rashford

            Thanks.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              None
              Rashford

          8. dwight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            No idea who to bench?? I’ve changed it a hundred times lol

            Ryan
            Lundstram, Rico, Kelly, Targett
            Son (C), Alli (VC), KDB, Grealish
            Vardy, Abraham
            Bench: Maddison, Mousset

            1/ Maddy/Mousset
            2/ Targett/Mousset
            3/ Kelly/Mousset
            4/ Targett/Maddy
            5/ Kelly/Maddy

            1. Kaptenen
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              2

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              1

            3. BigPointDipper
                2 months, 3 days ago

                2

              • dwight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Thanks guys

            4. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              I could happily captain any of 8 players in my team...weird GW!

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Same

            5. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Captain kdb or rasford or son?

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

                KDB

              2. Kaptenen
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Son

              3. AnyLaporteinastorm
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                The million dollar question! Armbands been on kdb all week but polls say rashford/son.

              4. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Christina been posting info through the morning,

                Last 4 wks:

                SiB:

                KdB=5
                Alli=8
                Rashy=9
                Son=7

            6. Kaptenen
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              What do you think about Jota (C)?
              Wolves will be all over Norwich with their playing style..

              1. Kip
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Good pick, but i prefer Jimi

                1. Kaptenen
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Yeah Jimenez is a consistent point machine but i think Jota could go crazy as he has found some form lately

            7. Kip
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              So, who’s putting their pool assets in the starting 11 just to mess with the others in your ML?

              o/

              1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Me, putting Elneny and Reid as well 😆

              2. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Mane(c) TAA(vc)

              3. Crystal Alice
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Yeah with Mane (c)

              4. Miniboss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Mess with them real time and do like one chap suggested, captain and vice Pool boys.

                1. Miniboss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  ...if you have the cojones....

            8. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              People expecting much rotation today or will most teams play their strongest XI and rotate for fixtures on 26th and 28th December?

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

                There is a very good article on this somewhere on site.

              2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                26th and 28th is likely

              3. Kip
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                I dont expect much rotation since the top half team all have important encounters.

                I think we’ll see some players rested in midweek. A few highly owned players ( Lund, Grealish) might pick up their fifth yellow this gw as well

            9. Lecky Legs FC
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Who to Captain this weekend?

              A) KdB
              B) Jesus
              C) Richarlison

              1. boroie
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                A

            10. lordkippe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              El Ghazi overlooked

            11. TM44
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Team set for this GW, GTG?

              Pope

              lundstrum rico soyuncu

              Alli maddison sterling(c) kdb

              Vardy abraham ings

              Subs: button, cantwell, tomori, robbo

            12. boroie
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Have 1 FT... Change anything? Or save FT?

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

              Button; Zouma Soyuncu Mane

            13. Reinhold
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Any point getting this Martin fella? The keeper. I am on a WC but no point if Fabianski is due back

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

                4 weeks ish for Fabianski

            14. OptimusBlack
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Who To C if You have both
              A- Rashford
              B- Kane

              1. boroie
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                A

              2. Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                B

            15. Blunder fc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Why are people on here looking to sell ings this week, surely against villa he's captaincy material

              1. stupendous
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Fancy villa this week
                Also want to sell ahead of masses and Kane is a slight upgrade. Just slightly.

              2. IRBOX ⚽
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Captaincy? Villa are extremely good defensively at home

            16. KDB4PREZ
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Who to captain? First to 2 gets the armband.

                A) Son
                B) Ali
                C) KDB
                D) Rashy

                1. Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  B

                2. Eytexi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  D

                3. Dont give a fuchs
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I'm going with KDB

                4. boroie
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  A

              • stupendous
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                One last try.

                Mane and Ings out
                Grealish and Kane(c) in for free?

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

                  Don't lose Ings - Villa top for shots in box conceded

                2. boroie
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I wouldn’t

                3. stupendous
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Thanks guys

              • Oggle22
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Anything worth a -4 not sure on 4 at the back

                Pope
                Lundstarm Targett Rico Kelly
                Martial Son Alli
                Jiminez Vardy Rashford

                Button Guendouzi TAA Salah

                Cheers

              • SHOOTER MCGINN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Sounds like Vardy won't be playing boxing day from Rodgers comments. Then it's City, Liverpool and a blank. Maybe time to sell?

                1. stupendous
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  What did he say?

                  1. SHOOTER MCGINN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    The Leicester boss, whose side travel to third- placed Manchester City on Saturday (17:30 GMT), added: "You cannot risk the fitness of a player.

                    "You play on the 26th, a high-intensity game against Liverpool, fighting for the result. In football, it's the second day where the players suffer.

                    "You get that first day of recovery but it's the second day where it's really tough for a player.

                    "If we go along that route then the second day, instead of recovering, we're kicking off at 5.30pm at West Ham.

                    "It's just nonsense really."

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

                  Think he is more likely to miss the Newcastle game after

                3. SHOOTER MCGINN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Meant he'll miss the game on 28th (West Ham)

                4. Blunder fc
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Fixtures are good after that and everyone must have lots of value ties up in him

                5. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Probably still score

              • OptimusBlack
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                On Wc and want to get Kane instead of Rashford ?
                Yaaaay
                Naaay
                BTW i have both Alli & Son