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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. Berna1985
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Pope or Heaton?

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Currently on Pope as I have captained Ings

    2. Bubi
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Heaton

  2. matiakez
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Any chance digne is going to play?

    Need a defender up to 5.7 already have kelly aurier Ricardo Lund.

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      He hasn't shown much form of late

    2. boroie
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Go cheap and spend your money elsewhere!

  3. jackhammer1
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Pulisic/ Maddison to Richalison for a hit?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Nay

    2. boroie
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 16 days ago

      No

  4. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Do we think KDB will be playing in a more forward role again this week?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Pep will know

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        I know, daft question really 🙂

    2. BigPointDipper
        6 months, 16 days ago

        With Dilva being out I would guess so

    3. stupendous
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Anyone benching Vardy this week? Sounds mad doesn't it.

      1. boroie
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 16 days ago

        No!

      2. Bubi
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Nope

      3. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Hell no/Yes it does!

    4. Puzzle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      1. Abraham > Rashford (start Soyuncu, Rash cap)
      2. Mings > Aurier (captain Son, bench Soyu)
      3. Abraham > Kane
      4. 1+2 for -4.

      1. Bubi
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        2

      2. boroie
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 16 days ago

        2

    5. MGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Bench 1:
      A) Pereira (mci)
      B) Cantwell (WOL)
      C) Kelly (new)

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        A

      2. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        A

    6. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Captain Alli or Son?

      1. boroie
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Son

      2. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Son

      3. Bubi
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Alli

      4. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Son

    7. disarrays11
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Play Aurier (H Chelsea) or A. Connolly (H Sheffield United)?
      Normally I'd say Connolly but fear he might not start after returning from injury..

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Aurier

    8. boroie
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Where to put the C

      A - KDB
      B - Rashford
      C - Alli

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        C

      2. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        C

      3. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        C

    9. SALVA
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Capt Alli, Son or KdB?

      Currently on KdB

      1. Puzzle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Plan on having all, will choose Son I think,

    10. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Pick a trio
      Trent Grealish Rashford
      Aurier Maddison Kane
      Aurier Alli Tammy

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        second

        1. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Check below

    11. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Which pair do you prefer from gw 19-24 ?

      A) Richarlison Kane

      B) Salah Maupay

      C) Grealish Rashford

      Pope 4.0
      TAA Soy Lundy (Dunk Kelly)
      KDB Son Alli ________ (Cantwell)
      Vardy _________, Ings

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        B

      2. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Rich Rash

      3. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        A or B

        1. HurriKane
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Which one do you prefer more?

      4. RoryzonderR
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        C

      5. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        A

      6. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        A

    12. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Jimmy or KDB for the C?

    13. Abaddon
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      For free

      A. Ings to Rash
      B. Tammy to Rash
      C. Hold?

      1. Mattador
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        B

    14. ONGO GABLOGIAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      last post before I go enjoy cry into my double sausage & egg bagel.

      1
      a) martial
      b) dele
      c) richarlison

      2
      d) dunk
      e) willems
      f) guilbert
      g) maguire

    15. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Who to Get for next 4 or 5 GWS ?
      A- Kane
      B- Rashford
      C- Jiménez

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        spurs midfield looks good, i’m on C.

      2. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Kane

    16. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      1. Play a. cantwell or b. Kelly
      2. Captain a. Son or b. Alli or c. Rash

      TIA 🙂

      1. Mattador
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        1b
        2c

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Im on 1a and 2 a at moment hmm

    17. Mattador
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Is it worth losing 0.3 in team value tranferring out Maddison and TAA for Son and WIllems. I have 2 FT this week and have my wildcard to play next week?

    18. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Pick a trio
      Trent Grealish Rashford
      Aurier Maddison Kane
      VVD Alli Tammy

    19. maysarhi2
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Bench

        A- Grealish
        B- Cantwell

        1. Mattador
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          B

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 16 days ago

          B

        3. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          B.

      • H-Over United
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        A) Hole Pulisic
        B) Pulisic to Grealish
        C) Pulisic to Richarlison
        D) Pulisic to Zaha

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 16 days ago

          B

        2. Luton_Fan
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          C

      • Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Liverpool owners are going to be even more annoyed if after a blank and Leicester away, Klopp decides to rotate for GW20 and GW21.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Can’t see it

          Trent, firmino and mane had a rest midweek

      • Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 16 days ago

        GK to start
        a. Ryan
        b. Pope

        bench 1 player
        1. Dunk
        2. Rico
        3. willem
        4. Connolly

      • boroie
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Down to 2 for captain...

        A - Rashford
        B - Alli

        1. FirMinaMiMo
            6 months, 16 days ago

            B

          • Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            B

        2. FirMinaMiMo
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Here's my line up lads 🙂

            Gtg????

            Guita
            Lund aurier kelly rico
            Kdb grealish Son(c)
            Vardy rash jimmy

            Subs:- cantwell soy mane

            Any thoughts lads 🙂

            1. nelluckram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 16 days ago

              Great team but I'd have the armband on Rashford if I had him

              1. FirMinaMiMo
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  Still confused....

                  Start cantwell or kelly .....

                  1. Luton_Fan
                    • 10 Years
                    6 months, 16 days ago

                    Same dilemma. Going cantwell i think

              2. All Hail K
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                I think Spurs will concede and Aurier is due a clumsy yellow/red card. Personally I'd replace him with Cantwell.

                Just a suggestion...

            2. nelluckram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 16 days ago

              I might actually put the armband on Martial ahead of Son, KDB and Sterling

              A) Genius
              B) Kamikaze

              1. FirMinaMiMo
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  No martial is a lazy punt 🙂 imo.....so son for me!

                • Big Col
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  I’d go Sterling

                • OptimusBlack
                  • 7 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  Martial and Rashford both are Donkeys

                  1. nelluckram
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 16 days ago

                    Martial PPM are sick

                • nelluckram
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  Every year there are a few of these weeks. I miss putting the armband on Ronaldo and Suarez and just leaving it there

                • Oscar Slater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  I'm capping Martial. All I need is for Rashford to pass him the ball every now and then to knock it into an empty net.

              2. SUPER MOKH
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Hendo
                Lund Rico Kelly
                Son Alli Richarlison Martial
                Tammy Vardy Mousset
                (McGovern Williams Mane TAA)

                Mousset > Maupay worth a hit?

              3. BigPointDipper
                  6 months, 16 days ago

                  Pope or Hendo?

                • maysarhi2
                    6 months, 16 days ago

                    Bench

                    A- Aurier
                    B- Kelly

                    1. FirMinaMiMo
                        6 months, 16 days ago

                        I m starting both !!! 🙂

                      • Luton_Fan
                        • 10 Years
                        6 months, 16 days ago

                        B

                      • All Hail K
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        6 months, 16 days ago

                        I'd bench Aurier and put him in the 3rd spot after Mané even.