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What to do with Liverpool’s FPL assets after their Premier League title win?

Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace

  • Goals: Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), Mohamed Salah (£12.7m), Fabinho (£5.4m), Sadio Mane (£12.5m)
  • Assists: Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m), Fabinho, Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Salah
  • Bonus: Fabinho x3, Alexander-Arnold x2, Mane x1

Liverpool have won their first-ever Premier League title following Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Thursday.

The Reds had inched closer to that elusive crown on Wednesday evening with a crushing victory over an outclassed Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson’s side had won their previous four league matches, all involving clean sheets, so a tough night for the hosts was expected by many.

But if Palace arrived at Anfield in form, they left it infirm, with key attacker Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) potentially sidelined with a calf injury and a re-jigged defensive unit pulled apart by an irresistible Reds front line.

A return to the swashbuckling form that characterised much of the first half of Liverpool’s season might be pleasing on the eye, but it creates Fantasy headaches.

The destination of the title has now been decided and, as a result, questions over motivation among the players and how strong the desire of Jurgen Klopp to give squad members pitch-time for their post-coronation celebration tour will now be at the forefront of Fantasy managers’ minds.

But with a Premier League points record up for grabs, no Champions League on the horizon and a team seemingly back to their exhilarating best, just how much will Klopp chop and change from here on in?

Rotation has certainly been a factor in the first two Ganeweeks back, with Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) returning to the fray last night.

That was welcome news for their Fantasy Premier League (FPL) owners, 36.9% and 18% respectively, and neither player disappointed.

Salah looked sharp throughout, scoring one goal and setting up another, while Robertson produced an assist and a 12th clean sheet to bring in a tidy nine-point haul.

Liverpool started briskly, with Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.4m) going close before Zaha went off injured after 14 minutes and the Reds took total control.

They opened the scoring when Jordan Ayew (£5.2m) eased Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) off the ball and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) curled home an exquisite free-kick.

That proved to be the Palace striker’s most meaningful input across 84 minutes of fruitless toil involving one chance created and zero attempts on goal – testament to both Liverpool’s dominance and the visitors’ limited ambitions.

The goal was Alexander-Arnold’s third of a campaign that has also included a mind-boggling 14 assists – only Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) has more – and an FPL points total of 187, with his sixth double-digit haul of the season bringing him level with teammate Sadio Mane (£12.5m).

Injuries to James Milner (£5.3m) and Joel Matip (£5.2m), which required Joe Gomez (£5.3m) to slot in alongside Van Dijk against Palace, should mean a bit less competition for Alexander-Arnold’s place in the side.

But Klopp spoke about rotation post-match, saying:

It was clear we had the first two games in pretty much three days which is difficult, and other teams had to do it as well. Then eight days off, nobody wants that.

After that it will be really, really tough with four games in nine days… and we will need them all, they will all play and they will all have game time, which is nice.

But Alexander-Arnold looks to be one of the key players likely to play much of the rest of this season, even if starlet Neco Williams (£4.0m) was given a 16-minute league debut last night.

Fantasy managers, thus far at least, agree as the right-back is currently the only Liverpool player in the top 30 for Gameweek 32+ transfers-in.

Last night’s lead was doubled when Fabinho (£5.4m) dinked a ball into the area for Salah to control with one touch and score with the next.

It was a simple goal beautifully executed, whereas Liverpool’s third was a classic screamer, Fabinho blasting home from 30 yards out following a pass from Robertson.

The scoring was rounded off with a fine, one-touch breakaway goal involving a superb through ball from Salah and a cool finish from Mane.

Such was Liverpool’s dominance – they harried and hassled the visitors all night – that further goals should have arrived, with Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) and Salah (twice) going close.

And the display was so impressive that it will be a brave coach who tinkers too much with a team in such fine fettle.

For context, however, Palace’s woefulness needs a mention.

Hodgson brought keeper Wayne Hennessey (£4.2m) and Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) into the backline and neither impressed, while the team’s attacking intent can be summed up in one, incredibly damning, stat: Liverpool had 44 total touches in the opposition penalty area, Palace had none.

The Eagles have a mixed bag of fixtures to see out the season, but few are likely to be as chasteningly one-sided as this one, so it was no surprise that Hodgson heaped praise on Liverpool  rather than blame his own team’s shortcomings.

The Palace boss went on to provide an update on Zaha:

It’s a calf muscle strain. There were some discussions as to whether he should attempt to play, but he was adamant it was something he could try to get away with. It became obvious he couldn’t and we don’t want him to be out for a long period.

We don’t have the squad numbers, the bodies when our players go down. We have four forwards competing for three places.

Hodgson’s Liverpool counterpart was considerably more tigerish, and rightly so:

You shouldn’t underestimate how much this team wants it. You should not. This team really wants it; they want to fulfil the wishes of the people at home. We all have a common dream, but we have to work for it and we have to work our way for it.

That desire should mean Liverpool’s key players need to feature in our Fantasy thoughts for a while longer, regardless of the league having finally been won.

Because if they can continue showing anything close to the form they displayed against Palace, it will be hard for Fantasy managers to ignore the points potential on offer from the likes of Salah, Mane and Alexander-Arnold.


Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson (Elliott 84′), Alexander-Arnold (Williams 74′), Gomez, van Dijk; Fabinho, Henderson (Oxlade-Chamberlain 64′), Wijnaldum; Firmino (Minamino 74′), Mane (Keita 84′), Salah.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Hennessey; Ward, van Aanholt, Cahill, Sakho; Kouyate (Milivojevic 66′), McArthur (Riedewald 66′), McCarthy; Zaha (Meyer 15′), Townsend, Ayew (Keutcha 84′).

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1,441 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Syd.
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Congratulations Liverpool

    Fully deserved for a wonderful team

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yep

    2. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Spot on Syd

    3. Goodbye Horses
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Brilliant team, brilliant manager. Love what they've done these last two years. Always a good crowd when they come to St.James's and always welcome in the North East. Well done LFC !! Fantastic result.

  2. More Cowbell
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Dump em! They’re on the beach now!

    1. Marmalade Forest
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Dumped them a week too early... Wild decisions not paying off

    2. Zen_Master
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nope. Salah and Mane still chasing that golden boot. Liverpool chasing points records. If anything, Liverpool will put the pedal to metal now.

    3. Andy Ftw
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      So were half of Bournemouth today it seems!

  3. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    That KdB YC means I might sneak into the next round of FFS cup by 1 point and win my weekly cash prize by 1 point. 🙂

    1. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Well done

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ta mate

  4. XabiAlonso
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Boom

  5. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    (c)

    A) Jimenez
    B) B.Fernandes
    C) Aubameyang

    Note, B&C play in FA Cup before their matches

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Wait for FA Cup matches before making a decision

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cup games are after deadline

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          What? How come?

      2. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I can't, deadline is before FA Cup

      3. Mweene
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I hope this is a joke

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Why? When are the FA Cup games?

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            After the deadline

          2. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Sat & Sun

          3. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Any recommendations any one?

            1. OptimusBlack
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              A

            2. POLSKA GOLA
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              The one not playing FA Cup for me, don’t fancy going into Captaincy flindfolded

    2. Whiskerz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm on a. But if you've kept aubade for this long you should cap him for his Norwich blank so you can feel truly vindicated in rage selling him afterwards and forever having a vendetta against him.

    3. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Just sold Auba for Nketia, cash can be used elsewhere

      Captain Jimmy for me

  6. Cheesyzoot
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Can someone tell Kenny to put his phone on silent?

  7. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    You know FFS have had this article ready to go.

  8. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Finally it's our year baby.

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Congrats, well deserved 🙂

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers WR

  9. Fuddled FC
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How was Alonso looking?

    Is it better to downgrade him or Doherty to upgrade a mid?

    1. Mason Van Greenwood
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Non factor, picked up a yellow

    2. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'd upgrade Alonso

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Sorry downgrade

        1. norab
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Looked like a red card waiting to happen

    3. In and Out
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Ditch Alonso

  10. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Expecting rotations with full-backs but reckon likes of Mane/Salah will get most games

    1. kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      1 or the other to start. But eyeing that GW33 against villa

  11. kysersosa
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Richarlison to Pulisic on a free??

  12. Wild Rover
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    I don’t know whether to sell Auba or captain him 😐

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Cap and sell after deadline 😉

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I reckon ge might be rested v Norwich

    2. kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Haha, classic!

    3. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      If ever a man was “due” !

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        A rest

    4. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Could easily have had 2 goals and an assist today. Only issue is the FA cup game. One of him, Pépé, Laca and Nketiah are going to destroy Norwich

    5. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I’d captain if I had him this week. Norwich have a tiring cup game before. Arsenal finally won a game. No other great options.

    6. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I think he's a trap

  13. SouthCoastSaint
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Enjoy all you Liverpool fans. What an unbelievable season.

    And thank you Trent for your performance in my draft team!

  14. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Think I should've gone Origi instead of Greenwood

    Listened to advice though

  15. Oooo Matron
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Another KDB goal but with no incentive in the league, would it be worth selling him for Kane or Aubameyang next week?

    1. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Martial

    2. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Foden

    3. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      NO

    4. Tinkermania
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Auba

      • Only a Hazard of time
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Why on earth would you consider Aubameyang after the last 3 games?

        1. Tinkermania
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Next week's points as opposed to last week's points.

          • yakirh
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            This

      • Forza Papac
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Barnes or Armstrong > Pulisic?

      • Mweene
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Really struggling with a replacement for Barnes.

        Got 6.3 and don't really want to risk an FA cup player.

        Armstrong? Redmond? Sarr?

        1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Keep him. He'll come good. No good alternatives. Maybe Saar and Pulisic, but they are more expensive

      • Only a Hazard of time
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Next GW's captain choice is looking like a proper headache. Son? Jimi? Bruno? Aaargh

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Pulišić

        2. baps sniffer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Looks like Martial tbh. Or Auba 🙁

        3. yakirh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Jimmy for safety for me

      • Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Awful Gameweek

        74. Out LMS. Red arrow.

        Yet I still played my free hit. Rashford vs vardy really didn't help. Same with Digne vs Aurier

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Come on now, 74 is hardly terrible - just a slightly below average week for someone around the top 10k

          You’ll get them next week

      • Captain_Shirokov
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Sarr to Pulisic (-4) a good move?

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          was a toss up between the two of them for me on wc

        2. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          No

      • Green Eggs & Abraham
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        95 GW points; OR @ 82; but all I have to say is congrats Liverpool fans!

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          wow well done

        2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          All you have to say after the brag that is 😉

          1. Wild Rover
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            😀

        3. Captain_Shirokov
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          so why didn't you just say that?

        4. Wild Rover
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Lol, most insincere congrats ever 😀

      • JustPark
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Congratulations Pool.

        Anyway, getting rid of Egan. Saiss/Boly or Aurier? Currently have Doherty if that helps.

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Egan

        2. Fuddled FC
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Egan to go

        3. JustPark
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Saiss/Boly or Aurier are the replacements.

      • Athletic Nasherbo
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Grealish + Aguero > Pulisic/Martial + Rashford (-4)?

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          No brainer. Martial

        2. moment
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Same situation. I'm thinking just doing Aguero to Rashford and crossing fingers for Grealish to do something now Villa are really up against it. Avoid the -4 if possible.

          1. Athletic Nasherbo
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yeah I am leaning towards this...those FA Cup games scare me.

      • DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Another difficult deadline with cup games running alongside the gameweek. Players I’m considering May likely only play one or the other so bit of a nightmare.

      • TheBabyfacedAssassin
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Martinez
        AWB, Doherthy, TAA, Kiko, Lascelles
        Salah, Son, Martial, Bruno, Richa
        Jimenez, DCL, Nketiah

        Save FT? Bench who? Can't even deside. Thanks

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          BB if u can. Otherwise bench Lascelles, Kiko, Nketiah

        2. Only a Hazard of time
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Bench DCL, Kiko and Lascelles

      • Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        City are going to want to prove a point v pool right?

        1. Graham Zusi's Hair is …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Pool are going to want to prove a point vs City.

          1. Noah’s Ark
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 17 days ago

            I can’t see them going with second strings v each other

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Pope
        TAA AWB Saiss
        Salah KDB Fernandes Sarr
        Rashford Jimenez DCL

        Henderson Lascelles Cantwell Lundstram

        1FT, 1.4itb

        What to do here?

        1. Save
        2. Other

        Thanks

        What to do here

        1. yakirh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Save.

          Captain?

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            no idea mate... i thought last week was a tough decision... this week harder

            who are you captaining?

            1. yakirh
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              It should be between Jimenez and UTD attacker

              Currently on Jimmy but unsure

      • tristanabc
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thoughts on my WC team?
        Staying up to hit tonight to avoid a few price changes.

        Pope Button
        TAA Alonso Aurier Holgate Robinson
        Salah Bruno Martial Foden Saka
        Kane Rashford Jimi

        1. yakirh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          KDB missing

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        78 points is a red arrow.. tough week

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          81 for a small green, saved by Pope and KDB tonight.

      • Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        My strikeforce has looked absolutely lethal since the return, Vardy DCL Jota. I think I wanna punt on Bowen instead of Jota and switch to 352 but it's gonna be tough to find the extra FT, thoughts on Bowen? West Ham are awful but decent fixtures soon and playing for survival, I think he's looked a goal threat since coming into the side.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          no :/

        2. Only a Hazard of time
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Just avoid the headache and stay away from Moyes, he's not the manager you want in a relegation fight, he's a black hole that sucks in positivity. Not just saying that as a bitter Sunderland fan too.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Post-Everton Moyes isn't a manager I'd want in any situation to be fair.

        3. yakirh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I like 3-5-2 lots of great midfielders to own