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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. Dont give a fuchs
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Worth transferring out tammy to rashford for -4?

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      No

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

      No

    3. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Nope

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

      No, you’ll want him back next week

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

      Yes

  2. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Colour of the arrow this week is going to come down to captain choice. On Vardy all week but tempted by Jimi now.

    1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      i’m going jimi

  3. Berna1985
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Pope or Heaton for this GW?

  4. Gameweek 18 Captaincy
    Gregor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Where are you aiming your armbands this week then, folks?

    Marcus Rashford leads the Captains Poll though Watford put in a decent performance at Anfield last week whilst Jack Grealish and Raúl Jiminez have all the makings of being deadly differentials. Could there also be an argument for form over fixture and sticking with recent favourite Jamie Vardy or Kevin De Bruyne after his 19 point haul at Arsenal last time out?

    I’m currently on Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son, the South Korean has amassed 30 points over his last three home games whilst Chelsea have conceded 17 goals away from home in the league this season - only three teams have conceded more. Jose Mourinho will be keen to get one over his old side and a win for Spurs would see them go level on points with their London rivals in what promises to be an entertaining game in the late Sunday kick off.

    Who are you captaining this gameweek and why?

    1. Dont give a fuchs
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      KDB coz of his form

    2. Dirty Harry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Took a hit for Son so giving him the armband

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

      Son. Chelsea are dump

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

      Kane

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

      Alli - better stats than Son and playing more advanced and more centrally. That fixture could be a goal fest and I fancy Son to do well also. KDB another solid shout. Expect him to be involved in a City win over the foxes

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

        Kante

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

          Back 4

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

            Absolutely but I think alli might struggle more so than those on the wings

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

      Alli, don’t have Son and Che defense as you described

    7. Kaptenen
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Jota, Norwich will not sit back and Wolves will be all over them

      1. I hate Moreno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Love this

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

      Alli, similar reasons to above and I don't have Son. Spurs will score for sure.

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

      Ings because villa defence is poor currently and he seems to always get bonus when he scores

    10. I hate Moreno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Grealish baby! Fancy Chels to steamroller Spurs and Watford to do a number on United.

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

        Bold prediction, Cotton.

        1. I hate Moreno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Effin A

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

        This

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

      might do grealish (c)

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

      Kane just over Son but still undecided, think maybe a haul due...

    13. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      RashSon?

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Soon

        1. Mince n Tatties
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          SonFord?

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 11 days ago

            MarcMin

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

      Changed between Son and Rashford 5 times
      Currently on Son

    15. ONGO GABLOGIAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      jimenez. will be debating between him and son till last minute...

    16. Pras Scott Talent
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      KDB and not just because of last weekend. Dilva being out is just better for him attacking-wise as he plays with 2 other kids who track back more.

      1. Pras Scott Talent
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Mids*

    17. Mortal.Swinbat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Had it on Jiminez all week and trying my hardest to keep it there as that as my gut choice, really tempted by Son though...

    18. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Great week for captaincy debate.

      I've been on Vardy all week - City look fragile at the back and Vardy is in amazing form. But now I'm thinking Jimi. Norwich should be a good fixture for him, on pens, while he hasn't really hauled yet he has had just 2 blanks in the last 10GWs. Thinking of bringing in Doherty on one week punt too so investing in a decent Wolves win.

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

        Yeah, Mr Consistentcy, hard to argue with that.

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

      Think Richarlison is a bigger and slightly better differential than Grealish and Jimenez

    20. SirStevieG
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Aubameyang - 3 double-digit away hauls this season.

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

      captain grealish here. good luck

    22. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Sterling.

      Because that's what Mark will do.

      1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Baaaaaa

    23. Space Cadete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Been on Grealish all week, but shifted to KDB. That performance last week plus the alarming number of chances created by Norwich against the foxes swayed me. Keep him in the front 3 Pep!

    24. Steinburg FC
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      INGS CCC!!!!! Brace please!

      1. TONY123
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Jimenez. Norwich are piss. Conceding 2.5 goals on average at home.

    25. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Was between KdB and Sonny. Decide to go with Sonny at the end. Have a good feeling.

    26. wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Sterling

    27. ST United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Shane Duffy

    28. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Dele. Got Rash and Son. Dele record v CHE, form, OOO as second striker

    29. LewanGOALski
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      No Son, no Kane, nor Rashford in my team - they’d be my favourite choices

      Was debating between Alli, KDB and Jimenez and going for Raul (C)

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

      KDB.

      Form, big home game.

  5. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Who will have EO above 100?

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

      Probably Vardy

  6. Kante Touch This
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 11 days ago

    Ings C a bit too bold?

    1. asdf_1
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Torn between ings and grealish

      1. Kante Touch This
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        I’m between son (easiest pick) and Ings as a captain differential, feel like he could exploit the villa defence a lot in his current form

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

      Good weak for a differential choice

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

    Any Richarlison captains with me?

    1. Lecky Legs FC
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 days ago

      Vice at the moment just whether i can pull the trigger and switch it permanently

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

    Can’t decide on captain...

    A - KDB
    B - Vardy
    C - Alli
    D - Rashford

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

      C

    2. BigPointDipper
        5 months, 11 days ago

        B

      • Gold Coast
          5 months, 11 days ago

          C

      • rokonto
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        A. Mané and marrinelli
        B. Martial and rashford

      • Eastman
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Will Pulisic and Mount both start?

        1. Kante Touch This
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Probably not, one will start on the wing whilst lamps will most likely start Kante Kov and Jorg in mid

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

            Yes thanks, think that swapping for Grealish over the Xmas period makes sense as he’s surely more nailed

      • jackhammer1
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 11 days ago

        Pope
        Kelly Lund Rico (Soy Janmaat)
        Alli Maddison Kdb Pulisic (mane)
        Vardy Rashford Connolly

        0ft 1.5itb
        Anything worth a hit here?

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Nope

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

        Jimi or Kane captain?

        Mount > Grealish with FT?

        1. BigPointDipper
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Don’t think mount will start imo so could be a good move... I brought him in so fingers crossed

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

              Will Pulisic start?

          • Eastman
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            Just posted above as I think he’s more nailed over Xmas

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

          So Sausage Rolls are now the most toxic food snack on planet Earth.

          Shove 'em where the Sun don't shine BBC. With knobs on.

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

            Prob why you can buy 50 frozen cocktail sausage rolls for 99p....Got to Love it.

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

              They are stealthily killing you and that twat the Queens 'husband knows it.

              Hope the National Health treats him well over Xmas so our Lizzy don't have to cut our tax payer Xmas Holiday short.

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

            You needed the BBC to tell you this?

        3. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 11 days ago

          Lucas or Grealish?
          Kane & Aurier or Rashford & Trent?

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

            Grealish
            Former for this week and the next few

            1. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Don't think Trent will keep enough CSs?

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

          morning all

          a) dunk
          b) guilbert
          c) willems
          d) AWB
          e) slab head
          f) baines

          currently leaning towards D

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            What's the question?

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

              Yes

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                That's nice.

              2. La Roja
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                no

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

              pick one for me to transfer in

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                A

          2. Blueberg
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 11 days ago

            The 4 yellows put me off AWB ,and likely facing deulofeu a fair bit.

          3. BigPointDipper
              5 months, 11 days ago

              C

            • BigPointDipper
                5 months, 11 days ago

                For one week punt

                1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 11 days ago

                  sheffield are good.

            • Alli
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              A) Robbo, Pulisic > Dunk, Grealish
              B) Robbo, Pulisic > Targett, Richarlison

              Ryan
              Aurier - Lundstram - Kelly
              Son - KDB - Pulisic - Cantwell
              Vardy - Tammy - Ings

              Button - Söyüncü - Mané - Robbo

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                A

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

              Zaha > Grealish for a hit? Yay or nay?

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Nay

              2. SoShy
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                Nay

            • Runaway
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Which one for next 2 GWs (WC before GW20)?

              A) Maddison (mci,LIV)
              B) Martial - 4 (wat,NEW)
              C) Richarlison - 4 (ARS,BUR)

              1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                allergic to hits

              2. Lecky Legs FC
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                C

            • La Roja
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Kane (c)

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

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

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

                C

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

                C

            • SoShy
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Start Grealish over Madders?

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

                Of course

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

                Um. Yeah.

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

              Will KdB play forward like last week? If yes I would captain him.

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

                Don't think so

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

                Pep knows

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

                  Why not? What more does he need to do to prove that’s where he should be

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

                    Silva injured, must win game so could well do

            • timawflowers
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Quick poll for my capt please
              A - kane
              B - son
              C - kdb

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

                I went with B

            • Starky22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Who to captain:
              A. Sterling
              B. KDB

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

                I’d go A

            • FDMS All Starz
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Captain Son or Alli??? Doing my head in!

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

                Flip a coin. I’d probably go Son if I had him.

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

                Sonny boi

            • boroie
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Narrowed my captain choice down to 3...

              A - Alli
              B - KDB
              C - Rashford

            • Indio
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Hi all, not sure what to do here (bottomed earlier). Any help much appreciated.

              A: Mings > Targett; play incoming defender and bench Kelly.

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

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

              Pope
              Lunds, Rico, Kelly
              KDB, Cantwell, Maddy, Alli
              Vardy, Rash (C), Tammy
              (Button, Mings, Mane, TAA)
              [£0.4M in bank. 1 FT]

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

                C

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

                C

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

                  thanks!

            • Woy_is_back
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Captain

              A. Jimmy
              B. KDB
              C. Becks jr

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 11 days ago

                B

            • Ribus
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Captain:
              A) Rash
              B) Son
              C) Sterling

            • -GK22-
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 11 days ago

              Gtg?

              Guita
              Aurier, Lundstrum, Baldock, Pereira
              KDB, Grealish, Son (c)
              Vardy, Rashford, Ings

              Gazza, Tielemans, Saka