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Which Liverpool assets should we buy for Double Gameweek 24?

Six-time top 5k finisher Utkarsh Dalmia – aka Zophar –  talks us through the Liverpool options after Double Gameweek 24 was confirmed.

With Utkarsh drawing heavily on stats from our Members Area, a large chunk of this article is available only to subscribers.


It’s been a tough Christmas period. Games have been coming thick and fast and with the turnaround so short between fixtures, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers have barely enough time to digest the information from one Gameweek before another is upon us.

The confirmation that Liverpool and West Ham will enjoy a Double Gameweek 24 (due to their postponed fixture in Gameweek 18) has grabbed headlines and, given Liverpool’s dominant form in the league, surely three assets is almost a requirement. Their players are already highly owned:

  • Virgil van Dijk (£6.4m) – 39.5% ownership
  • Sadio Mané (£12.3m) – 37.7% ownership
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) – 34.1% ownership
  • Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) – 24.7% ownership
  • Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) – 18.9% ownership

The ownership indicates that most teams already feature at least one of Mané or Salah with at least one Liverpool defender. The question before managers then is where to invest in for the third asset: attack or defence?

Despite conceding the fewest goals in the league (14), Liverpool have kept just six clean sheets, approximately one every third game. They registered a total of 20 shut-outs last season, an average of just over one every two games, so there has definitely been some regression there. However, it is worth mentioning that they have banked four clean sheets in as many matches since Joe Gomez (£5.1m) was partnered alongside van Dijk, so there are signs of improvement and their defence definitely warrants investment.

Their two full-backs are compared using the Comparison Tool in the Members Area for the last six Gameweeks, with Robertson on the left and Trent on the right in the below graphic:


An FPL veteran of 10 seasons, Utkarsh Dalmia has been a member of the site right since 2009 and has finished in the top 5k in six of those campaigns, with a best finish of 17th in 2010. A Chelsea fan based in India, he relies heavily on statistics for his FPL decision-making process.

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1,336 Comments Post a Comment
  1. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Who to bench here?

    A) Lundstram (liv)
    B) Connolly (CHE)

    1. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Both

      1. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Rest of my bench is Tomori and Hayden, be surprised if either of them get more than 2 points.

    2. Stoic
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      A. Connolly could get something against that defense

  2. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Is Grealish completely done as a pick?

    1. Fitzy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Why would he be?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Villa’s form, McGinn out, fixtures

        1. Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Apart from last game, he's returned with McGinn out, and fixtures are fine other than MCI next week.

          1. Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            But Traore is almost 1m cheaper

    2. Karhumies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Until McGinn recovers, you might hold on to Grealish if you have him already if you have fires elsewhere in the team. But not high on the buy list.

    3. Barnes Owl
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I wouldn't say he's done but at 6.4m, keeping him will require some patience

  3. Kryptonite666
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Bottomed. Any thoughts on this team?

    Pope

    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu (Kelly) (Kiko)

    Mane KDB Maddison Alli (Orial Romeu)

    Vardy Abraham Rashford

    1. fish&chips
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      GTG

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

    Looking to upgrade one of Kelly, Rico or Soy for 0.7.

    Any good options to upgrade to?

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

      Kelly to Holgate feels like an upgrade without spending much? Early protection against Kelly losing his place

    2. Stoic
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Sidibe ? If you have a transfer to burn. Otherwise play Soy against Newcastle

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

      Cheers!

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

    Bottom on prev page!

    Already done Grealish > Adama and one FT left (3.5 ITB).
    Currently have Salah and TAA - what's the best move for Pool triple up?

    A) Kelly > VvD now
    B) Ings + Madds > Greenwood + Mané in the next week or two

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

      Probably A. Wouldn't fancy losing Ings just yet.

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

        Thanks. You think there's merit in defensive double up and going without Mané?

    2. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      A

    3. fish&chips
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Personally I'm not a fan of the Liverpool mid double up because I think it blows too much budget so I would say A. But anyway you can squeeze Robbo in instead of VVD?

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

        Thanks mate. I can get to Robbo comfortably, but the security of starts for VvD is swaying me

  6. fish&chips
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Guita,
    TAA, Doherty, Chilwell
    KDB, Traore, Alli, Madds 
    Rashford, Vardy(c), Kane

    4.0, Cantwell, Kelly, Lund

    GTG? Bench order correct?

    0 FT, 0.1 ITB

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

      Yep like it! Doherty pick could be really nice over the next few

      1. fish&chips
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Cheers pal. He's a nice placeholder for Robbo who I'll bring in before GW24

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

          GL! Any thoughts on mine above?

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

    Play:

    A) Grealish (bur)
    B) or use FT and get Traore (wat)

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

      If you only have one FT, I'd play Grealish and reassess with 2 next year

    2. fish&chips
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I'd be tempted by B. Burnley have been tight at home all season and villa look like relegation fodder right now

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        This

  8. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Charlie Austin : The Rise of The VAR

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Pardon?

      1. Stoic
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Remember his rant on referees in the post match interview last season ?

  9. ice-cold aubameyang
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Are we confident of capping Vardy this week? Aren't Newcastle a bus at home?

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

      The security of start/minutes make him very difficult to overlook. More teams than not have struggled to keep him out this season

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I'd be surprised if he blanked.

    3. Barnes Owl
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Not lately. Lei beat Newc 5-0 earlier in the season. Entire Lei team is fully rested. Bruce also said his team is struggling with fixture build up and injuries. Could be another blow out imo

    4. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Post-Christmas implosion that happens to every Steve Bruce team looks to have started.

    5. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Vardy just had a baby, and is rested. Will score for sure

    6. Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I’m looking at either him or KDB/Sterling

  10. United2603
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Pope
    TAA AWB Rico
    Mane Kdb Traore Grealish
    Vardy Rashford Maupay

    Button Pulisic Lundstram Reid

    Pulisic out for Alli/Mahrez worth a hit? Or hold and do next Gw?

    1. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I would hold, will you bring in another Liverpool for DGW?

    2. United2603
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Was thinking Robertson

      1. FPL-Albion
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 5 days ago

        I’m thinking of getting Robertson this week, just worried about a rest

  11. Will Kane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Who would you play this week out of Cantwell and Traore?

    I'm in an odd position this week where I might bring in two players (Traore and Kiko Femenia) and bench both of them.... (They are mainly strategic transfers freeing up the funds to bring in TAA next week)

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Definitely Traore.

      1. Will Kane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        I'm interested as to why you are so certain? Watford looking much tighter under Pearson, Cantwell was rested so seems sure to play against Palace....

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Better player, better form, better team, equally appealing fixture, seems to be more explosive, has good players around him. Not seeing much of anything to suggest Cantwell is a better pick this week.

          1. Will Kane
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Well, that's pretty convincing! I'll go with Traore then 🙂

    2. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Traore, rested from last week, on form

      1. Will Kane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        OK guys, I'm taking the hint, I'll play Traore!!

        Thanks 🙂

    3. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Probably start Traore since Palace usually dont concede many goals

      I'm benching him for Doucoure though...

  12. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Start Digne or Rico this gw?

    1. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Rico

  13. FPL-Albion
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Guita (Martin)
    TAA Soy Aurier (Kelly, Rico)
    KDB Alli Willian Grealish Traore
    Vardy Rashford (Greenwood)

    Moved Richarlison to Traore already,
    1FT 5.8mill in the bank

    Which do you reckon?
    A) Aurier to Robertson
    B) Alli to Salah
    C) Willian to Salah
    D) Greenwood to Jimenez
    E) save for next week

  14. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Start one:

    A) Grealish (bur)
    B) Traore (wat)

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

      B

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

      B

    3. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      B. Though I have to say that as I've just transferred him in for A!

    4. JaydenLFC87
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      This is tough.. personally going g B as getting rid of grealish to free up funds for Salah

      1. FPL-Albion
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 5 days ago

        I’m starting both. Although have sneaky feeling Greenwood will start for United and he’s at the end of my bench

    5. The Dribbler
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      have been flip flopping on this one myself. currently have grealish 1st sub but that could change in 5 minutes...

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Interesting, 5-0 to Traore, I expected a Grealish win as the talisman but Traore might do well against the Watford defence who probably won’t sit back

    6. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Did Grealish to Traoré this week. Gotta be B.

  15. JaydenLFC87
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Right I can get this team to the below all being well for GW 24 without any hits..

    G2G???

    Fab
    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu
    Mane Traore KDB Salah
    Vardy Jimenez Abraham

    Button Romeu Rico Simpson

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Looks OK but there's a long way to go yet.

  16. Evasivo
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    GTG?

    Ramsdale
    Kiko TAA Robertson
    KDB Maddison Grealish Mane(vc)
    Jimenez Vardy(C) Ings

    McCarthy Cantwell Kelly Lund

    1. JaydenLFC87
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Yes mate looks good

      1. Evasivo
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Cheers m8

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

    Is this worth a hit? -4 as have 2FT

    Gazza, Grealish, Dendo
    To
    Button, Traore, Cantwell.

    It feels like I'm upgrading Dendo and Grealish anyway but not sure if its worthy of a hit to change the keeper too. Other keeper is Ryan

    1. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Not worth a hit when you are likely benching two of them

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

        Grealish to Traore then and leave it at that?

        1. FPL-Albion
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 5 days ago

          I still quite like grealish so would try and keep, but if you only want to do one transfer and save money for later moves then yes

  18. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    a) rash grealish/traore
    B) Jimenez martial

    1. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      B

    2. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I actually did 1 to 2 for free as really wanted wolves cover

  19. Lord of Ings
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    How have Southampton looked recently? Would you captain Kane vs soton?

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Considering same myself but Kane looks shattered from Christmas fixture congestion

  20. Taegugk Warrior
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Double United Rash & Martial when away to ARS.... is it god or bad...?

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

      Good I would say. United are excellent at counter attacking and Arsenal will want to dominate the ball. I've got Rashford, cant afford Martial but I'd love him this week.

    2. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      United have been so inconsistent. Although arsenal are shocking defensively. Nice differential but I wouldn’t personally

    3. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Good against that defense

    4. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Rash plays well against tougher opposition so work well

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

      Very good. Arsenal will play on the front foot. Lots of space in transition.

  21. Lord of Ings
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Would you captain Kane this gwk?

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

      Yes

      1. fish&chips
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Even over Vardy?

  22. Champions united
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Any suggestions how i can improve this lot
    1 ft
    Ramsdale
    Soy TAA rico
    mane KDB Alli Grealish richa
    Vardy rash

  23. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    1) Right decision to bench Ings this week?
    2) Tomori deserve a starting spot over someone?

    Ryan
    Rico, Soy, Kelly
    KdB, Mané, Alli, Maddison, Traoré
    Vardy, Rashford

    Button, Ings, Lund, Tomori

    1. West Hammered
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      No Ings over Traore

  24. Kroneek
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Bench one!

    A) Moura (SOU away)
    B) Grealish (BUR away)

  25. Arse Craic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Play one:

    A. Cantwell (CRY)
    B. DCL (mci)
    C. Sidibe (mci)

    1. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      DCL

    2. shearer9
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      A

  26. KINGS
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Start Kelly or Rico?

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

      Kelly

    2. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I have both on bench, but my first sub is Kelly

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

      Kelly

  27. shearer9
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Alli to Martial? Not sure whether to keep Moura either - upgrading Traore to him has backfired somewhat.

    1. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Keep alli over Moura

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

      Keep both for this week, drop in next

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

    Morning all:

    Which midfielder shall I ditch for a Mane/Salah double up.

    A) Maddison
    B) Martial

    Having Vardy makes me inclined to go for Martial.

  29. Kroneek
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Bench one!

    A) Moura (SOU away)
    B) Grealish (BUR away)
    C) Ings (TOT home)

    1. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Ouch that is tough. Ings seems to be scoring against everyone, grealish is the only player doing anything for Burnley, so maybe Moura, although what’s the point In having Moura If you don’t play him against Southampton with son out

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      B

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

      A.

    4. Kroneek
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Thanks all!

  30. The Dribbler
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    play aurier or rico? aurier yeah?

    1. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Yes although I have zero trust in spurs defence.

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

      Yep

      1. The Dribbler
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        thanks gents. yeah I'll likely be shipping aurier in a few weeks but dammit I want some sort of roi before i do!