Scout Notes

Mané returns to haunt sellers as Salah blanks at Norwich

Norwich City 0-1 Liverpool

Goals: Sadio Mane (£12.2m)

Assists: Jordan Henderson (£5.5m)

Bonus Points: Andrew Robertson x3 (£7.0m), Joe Gomez x2 (£5.3m), Trent Alexander-Arnold x1 (£7.7m), J Henderson x1

The ongoing Sadio Mané (£12.2m) narrative took a perhaps predictable turn in Gameweek 26 as he scored the winning goal for Liverpool at Norwich.

Over 1.6 million Fantasy Premier League managers sold the Senegalese international after he went off injured at Wolves in the first match of Double Gameweek 24. While it took a few weeks for Mané to recover, in the end, he only missed two Premier League outings.

Those who were brave enough to hold onto Liverpool’s left-winger were the real winners of Saturday’s Gameweek 26 action, especially as there was also a blank for the 45.4% owned Mohamed Salah (£12.8m), who was the most captained player of the round.

Also, there was further joy for the 2.7% who own Jordan Henderson (£5.5m) as he produced an assist for Mané’s late goal.

Despite registering just three attacking returns in the first 23 matches of the campaign, Henderson now has five since the start of Double Gameweek 24, more than any of his colleagues.

In truth, Liverpool had to work much harder than many would have expected considering Norwich’s defensive displays this season. The Canaries restricted their illustrious visitors to very few clearcut chances, Mane’s effort in the closing stages, arguably the biggest of the afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were, understandably, dominant in possession but, especially in the first half, struggled to fashion anything really testing for Norwich or goalkeeper Tim Krul (£4.5m). Salah was his usual busy self in the penalty area with plenty of efforts on goal to show for it, but he lacked quality and accuracy – and the same was true of Roberto Firmino (£9.7m).

Liverpool had to watch their own back-line too with much of their issues in the opening period coming from a spirited start to the game from Norwich. In the 35th minute, new signing Lukas Rupp (£4.5m), deployed on the right flank of attacking midfield again, got clear behind Liverpool’s defence. In acres of space he probably could have shot himself but opted to square to Teemu Pukki (£6.5m), the pass lacking the power to get past an impressive Alisson (£6.1m) save. Either way, were it not for their goalkeeper’s actions, Liverpool might have found themselves (arguably) deservedly behind.

Todd Cantwell (£4.9m) was a thorn in the Reds’ side for much of the afternoon, fouled four times in the opening half-hour and spearheaded their counter-attacks in the second half, one of which resulted in Alex Tettey (£4.5m) inadvertently striking the foot of Alisson’s post.

It was in this period of the game that it became more attack versus defence in favour of Liverpool but they only started to work Krul enough just before the hour-mark.

Salah teed up Naby Keïta (£5.8m) for an edge of the box effort in the 57th minute, which required palming over from Krul, although he was still comfortable.

Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) then headed the resulting corner at the Norwich goalkeeper, before the former Newcastle shot-stopper produced a world-class double-save.

Salah shot on the turn from close range, forcing another impressive Krul stop and setting up Keïta with an easy loose-ball to tap in. However, his effort was stopped by a smothering save from Krul.

It was after this that Henderson played a fantastic through-pass, which Mané hit beyond Krul on the turn.

Firmino had a late chance to get on the score-sheet as Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m) fizzed a ball across the goal-line, perhaps too fast for the Brazilian to get any real purchase on it.

Despite Norwich’s spirited efforts, and Alisson’s crucial first-half intervention, it was also a big evening for those who had doubled or tripled-up on Liverpool defence.

With the Reds dominating possession and only one player scoring at Carrow Road, the excessive number of passes registered at the back helped Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Joe Gomez (£5.3m) and Alexander-Arnold to bonus points to go with their clean sheet.

Norwich City XI: Krul; Byram (Lewis 27′), Zimmermann, Hanley, Aarons; Tettey (Buendia 83′), McLean; Cantwell, Duda, Rupp (Drmic 83′); Pukki.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Keita (Milner 84′), J Henderson, Wijnaldum (Fabinho 60′); Oxlade-Chamberlain (Mane 60′), Firmino, Salah.

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960 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Come on Bergwijn !

  2. FPL Kakarot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Just seen that Aston Villa back line without Ming's

    Come on Son, they are here for the taking!

    Brace territory please

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Pepe the frog Reina to spill one / leap frog the ball?

  3. FPLShaqiri
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    38 so far with KDB and Grealish to go. Moved from 29.5k to 29.3k... any chance I stay on a green arrow?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Probably not unless Grealish is going super mental

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Same players left but we are going back down today/tomorrow/Wednesday.

  4. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Good afternoon.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Afternoon, any United player in your team today?

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I was looking forward to our game tomorrow night but then I thought about it some more and think it was the winter break football drought talking.

  5. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    9 years ago we beat Barcelona, today we will struggle against Newcastle. Makes you think.

    1. Nightcrawler
        1 month, 13 days ago

        9 years is a long time in football

        The year arsenal beat barca was also the year they let newcastle back from 4-0

        1. Nightcrawler
            1 month, 13 days ago

            And lost to birmingham the following week

          • Niho992
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Barcelona reached in next round actually but Arsenal fans are deluded.

            1. Nightcrawler
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Arsenal did beat them at the emirates and almost certianly would hsve gone through if not for some seriously dodgy red card for rvp

                1. Nightcrawler
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    But its the end result that matters so

                    1. Niho992
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Yup

          • Fantasy Gold
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Owning no Son, Alli or Moura doesn’t feel great.

            That Villa team looks bloody awful.

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Prob be 1-1

            2. Niho992
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              0-3 Bergwijn hattie.

            3. kime67
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              no mings is awful

            4. Greek Freak
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I'd feel great if I didn't own Moura tbh.

          • FDMS All Starz
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Which combo better for the following team?

            A) DCL - Mane - Lundstram
            Or
            B) Vardy - Traore - Robertson

            Ryan
            TAA - Taylor - XXX (Soy - Cathcart)
            Salah - Kdb - Son - XXX (Romeu)
            Jimenez - Ings - XXX

            1. jonnybhoy
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              A purely cause Mane

            2. JohnBlack
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              B

          • Lindelol
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            come on Son and Grelish

            1. Fantasy Gold
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Disgusting.

            2. Ógie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              And Aurier. 😉

          • Woy_is_back
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Betting some money on Son to score the first goal to jinx him.
            Thank me later 😉

            1. FPL Pillars
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Enjoy your winnings

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              He will just score a hatty in the last 30 minutes if you do that.

          • jonnybhoy
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Need Tanganga to stay on that bench so I don't end up with my 3rd Cameo appearance in my starting 11. Please Jose do me a favour

          • kime67
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No mings and drinkwater in midfield... this one is spurs w

          • ALI_G
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Our FPL god
            Who art in heaven
            Give us this day our daily bench jam
            And forgive us our bad transfers
            For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory of the green arrow
            Amen

            1. beric
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Weak

              1. ALI_G
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Thanks professor

          • RoysCallerAnne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            If only I had gone with triple Liverpool defence these last 6 GWs,
            why didn't I think of it? WHY? WHY?
            Maybe I could've jumped on, before it was too late.
            If only I had logged on here and read comments more carefully. There could've been someone that mentioned it 4,000 times and I would have spotted it.

            1. beric
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Haha

            2. Ginkapo FPL
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I did mention it a lot tbf.

              No one else did.

          • Jullepuu
              1 month, 13 days ago

              What to do here? Got 2 free transfers and 1.2 in the bank.

              Guaita Button
              TAA Robbo Lundy Sidibe Reid
              Salah KDB Son Grealish Hayden
              DCL Vardy Ings

              Currently on DCL and Sidibe to Jimenez and Lascelles

            • chaser123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              When will we know when the blanks/doubles (post GW28) are?

              1. ALI_G
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                After next fa cup games

                1. chaser123
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Before the start of GW29?

            • Jordan.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              191 points benched so far this season .....grrrrrrr

              1. bjstanier
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                197... feel your pain

            • bjstanier
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              GW27 -
              a) Maddison and Auba for Mane and Calvert? (for -4)
              b) Do nothing and make move GW28? (no hit)

              Current team:
              Ryan Button
              Lundstram Soy Stevens Rico TAA
              Maddison Salah Cantwell KDB Traore
              Auba Ings Vardy

            • Taegugk Warrior
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 11 days ago

              is it save to bring in jimenez now...

            • Green Jumper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              I've got Salah and intend on holding on to him.

              Given their respective fixtures, I'm thinking of switching Richarlison for Martial for a few weeks, but think it's a marginal call, plus Everton under Ancelotti look potential dark horses to me.