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Can Robertson sustain value advantage over Alexander-Arnold after 10-point haul?

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

  • Goals: Sadio Mané (£11.9m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Diogo Jota (£6.3m) | Alexandre Lacazette (£8.5m)
  • Assists: Mohamed Salah (£12.1m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m)
  • Bonus points: Alexander-Arnold x3, Robertson x2, Mané x1

Robbo’s Return

Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) is fast making a case to be considered the best Fantasy Premier League asset among Liverpool defenders this season.

His goal and 10-point haul against Arsenal took him to a total of 20 for the season so far, behind only Timothy Castagne (£5.7m), Tyrone Mings (£5.0m) and Ezri Konsa (£4.5m) among all defenders after three Gameweeks.

Crucially, the left-back is ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) by a total of five points and, unlike his right-sided counterpart, is yet to blank this season.

Robertson assisted in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Leeds, kept a clean sheet at Chelsea and found the net against Arsenal. In that time, Alexander-Arnold blanked against Leeds, before stringing together two seven-point scores in Gameweeks 2 and 3.

While the right-back is not too far behind his colleague, at a time when Wildcards are the talk of the town, the fact that Robertson is proving better value, by 2.9 points per million spent to 2.0, will not have gone unnoticed.

There is no denying that Robertson is in great form right now but Alexander-Arnold owners will certainly feel rather unfortunate not to come out of Gameweek 3 with more attacking returns.

Alexander-Arnold’s persistence

The right-back enjoyed an evening defined by a constant stream of trademark balls into the box, fired in from deep – and he could easily have racked up a hat-trick of assists.

In the 11th minute, he put up an excellent ball for Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m), whose header back across goal was denied on the line by David Luiz (£5.5m).

Three minutes later, Alexander-Arnold fired in another delightful cross, met by an onrushing Sadio Mané (£11.9m), whose powerful effort was well-saved by Bernd Leno (£5.0m).

Then, in the 20th minute, the right-back unleashed his own shot from range which deflected through a crowd of bodies onto the crossbar.

In the end, Alexander-Arnold’s perseverance in the cross paid off when he found Robertson at the back post to poke home and put Liverpool 2-1 up.

Such a display, which came with maximum bonus points, is almost certainly enough to keep 

Latest on the Defensive double-up

Is there still value in the Liverpool double-up? Perhaps not on the clean sheet front, but the attacking returns are helping Alexander-Arnold and Robertson offer plenty of points potential between them.

The Reds are still waiting for their first home clean sheet of the campaign, and they have registered just two from a possible eight since February 24, but their full-backs still scored 17 points between them on Monday night.

That seems to be indicative of what this Liverpool team is all about right now. We have seen this side operate on a ‘risk-versus-reward’ basis for some time now. It is something that will lead to the concession of poor goals, as we have seen against Leeds and Arsenal now, but it also adds to how dangerous Liverpool are at Anfield.

In fact, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson were the very men at fault for Alexandre Lacazette‘s (£9.5m) first-half strike. The right-back was caught stranded high up the pitch, allowing Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.9m) to press into leftover space, while Robertson was the man whose clearance went straight to Lacazette’s feet.

But, considering their exploits further up the field led to Liverpool winning the game 3-1, and each full-back coming away with attacking returns, Jurgen Klopp will have no complaints, and maybe Fantasy managers shouldn’t either.

“I didn’t see us really being sloppy in defending. I saw us in one or two passing situations when we gave the ball too easy away, which is just then a problem because to outplay Arsenal you need a quite expansive formation. Losing the ball without any pressure on yourself, that doesn’t make too much sense, that can really hurt you. So in these moments yes, but our defending was really good, really good, because you cannot defend Arsenal for 90 minutes with the quality they have. It’s completely normal that they have chances [and] you need a goalie for that, you need a block for that, you need all these kind of things.” – Jurgen Klopp

Magic Mané

Meanwhile, Mané insists on pushing Mohamed Salah (£12.1m) for Fantasy returns once again this season. With three goals in as many matches, the Senegalese international is now only three points behind his Egyptian colleague and, arguably looked the sharper of the two on Monday night.

While Salah had an evening characterised by snatched shots, and in some cases, snatching them away from his colleagues, Mané had the more clear cut opportunities.

He was on hand to gobble up the rebound from Salah’s shot in the 28th minute, and, just after the hour-mark, he clipped wide after a well-worked one-two with Roberto Firmino (£9.4m).

Furthermore, Mané has had the edge over Salah in away matches for the last year, with eight goals on the road to the Egyptian’s four since the start of last season. That particular statistic bodes well for him considering that three of Liverpool’s next five Premier League matches take them away from Anfield.

Meanwhile, Salah owners will feel a little unlucky not to have seen the Egyptian leave Gameweek 3 with two assists. He made an excellent run inside from his right-attacking-midfield station, across Arsenal’s defensive line and fed substitute Diogo Jota (£6.3m) on the left. The former Wolves man looked certain to score, but could only ruffle the side-netting.

And if we are focussing on Liverpool’s road-trip contributions last season, none of Salah’s colleagues registered more assists away from home in 2019/20, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold matching his total of six from over 200 more minutes each.

Time to consider Lacazette?

We are certainly at the point where the Fantasy community should start considering Lacazette for their squads.

Thankfully for the one million FPL managers who sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.9m) for Gameweek 3, it was the Frenchman who, once again, represented the chief goal threat for Arsenal.

Lacazette was in the right place to capitalise on Robertson’s 25th-minute error and had two other gilt-edged chances to score at Anfield before Eddie Nketiah (£5.9m) replaced him in the 73rd minute.

That made for a seven-point haul in Gameweek 3, his third of the campaign, which takes him to a total of 21. That is only one less than the similarly-priced Danny Ings (£8.4m) and Richarlison (£8.0m).

Crucially, it also means that Lacazette is one of the most reliable Fantasy assets thus far, yet to blank and about to face Sheffield United (home), Manchester City (away) and Leicester City (home). Each of those clubs has conceded at least four times this season, giving up an average of 1.75 goals per game.

Perhaps the only thing that counts against Lacazette is his game-time. Given his scoring record, it seems unlikely that Arteta will bench him anytime soon, but it is still worth noting that he is yet to complete 90 minutes this season, averaging 78.3 per outing in 2020/21. 

Latest from the managers

Thiago Silva in action for Liverpool

There were plenty of developments on the injury front for this game. Thiago Alcantara (£6.0m) was missing for Liverpool, but Joe Gomez (£5.4m) slotted back into central defence and James Milner (£5.4m) returned from his yellow flag on the bench.

“After the international break, (Thiago) will be fine, for sure. That’s the situation, in the moment. He is not fit enough to be involved today, but that’s it.” – Jurgen Klopp

Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) was back for Arsenal, which should boost their already strong clean sheet potential for the Sheffield United game. There is perhaps less certainty about starters in the Gunners’ back-three than before Monday night though, as new signing Gabriel (£5.1m) was left on the bench, Arteta preferring David Luiz (£5.5m).

“(Gabriel) has done really well, adapted really well. He’s played a few games already with us. David [Luiz] has huge experience and has played here many, many times. He gives us something different.” – Mikel Arteta

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Keita (Milner 79′), Wijnaldum, Fabinho; Mané (D Jota 80′), Firmino (Minamino 90+1′), Salah.

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Leno; Tierney, D Luiz, Holding; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka (Ceballos 60′), Elneny, Bellerín; Aubameyang, Lacazette (Nketiah 74′), Willian (Pépé 68′).

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1,707 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Mount yah twerp.. Wener should have taken it...

  2. ivantys
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No penalty save for Lloris

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      thought werner was in line after jorginho but obviously not

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Werner is injured, that's reason why he didnt shot penalty

    • Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Werner limping quite heavily. Not good news. Just a muscle injury, but still.

      That’s why he didn’t take one...

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lampard goes to Werner, who is getting treatment for cramp, to ask if he wants to/can take a penalty. He says no.

    • Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Werner to Ings gotta be done.

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        yup it is easier now

    • Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Havertz penalty récord: 13/13, 100% effectiveness... Think he might be the taker when jorginho is absent

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        going rodriguez>havertz/pulisic after ib for sure

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Absolutely pathetic from spinless coward Werner

      1. Netley Lucas
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Crocked.

      2. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Limping you fool.

      3. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Well said

      4. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        From you, expected.

      5. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Classy

      6. Valar(Keith)
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        He spun quite a bit.. and hence got cramp

    • pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Reguillion pure class. We'll all have him soon

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Who'll be on pens for Chelsea then without Jorginho? Havertz? Ziyech?

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Werner bottled pen due to cramp

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      now everyone will have ings, not happy with that

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I was hoping to be the only player who thought to do Werner > Ings. Damn! 😉

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          😀

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Werner and Son to Jimenez and Havertz for free. Let's go

    • Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is KWP attacking?

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        very

      2. Badluck Jonathan
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is the Pope Catholic?

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Is Werner on pens?

      3. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Well absolutely lovely then, thanks

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Guess that makes my Werner out decision easy

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Who you swapping him for.....I'm going Ings

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Jimenez

      2. RedAlpha10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Richarlison

      3. LOLarov
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What why???

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Played 90 minutes, played very wide, didn’t take a penalty due to injury

    • panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Werner didn't have the balls to take a peno!

      1. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        He's not on pens then that's for sure

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No, he had cramp.

    • SMOOTH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      a. ings kwp
      b. foden digne

      1. RedAlpha10
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        for me b, but i know alot of people would say a

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      And people were hoping Werner would be on pens when Jorginho doesn’t play 😆 😆

      Perhaps he’s 6th choice.

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        havertz maybe first in line if jorginho doesnt play

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Injury

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yeah, didn’t realise. Maybe that’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back for owners though.

    • Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Did the reporter say Werner didnt take pen because had a dead leg? Anyone else hear it?

      1. xHaTr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yeah look up Nizar Kinsella on twitter Werner had an injury

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      so German Ighalo is coward ?

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        No had cramp

    • kopite65
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Thoughts?
      Son an podence to Barnes and mahrez for a hit ?
      Cheers

    • Valar(Keith)
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      The good news is Werner had a cramp else would've taken a peno so he is definitely in line for one.. the bad news is he had a cramp and will probably get a yellow flag until it's cleared Friday leading to a fire sale.. hmmm.. may use my FT now 🙂

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Wouldn’t push through some cramp for 100k a week

    • Jdpz
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Will Podence play in next GW?

      • thehodge
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Looks like -4 for Werner out is done then. Will be holding onto until we’ve more news however. I think he’s one for dramatics

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          The new Kun

      • Laserface
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Wolves fans. What's the update on Podence ? Likely to be fit for GW4 ?

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Wolves fans....will Vinagre hold his place this week.....looks like his dropping in price again....

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I know the answers to these. Unfortunately I'm not a Wolves fan so you don't want to know from me. Your call.

            1. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Pray tell

      • ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        VVD > Robertson worth a transfer?
        If yes, is it worth a hit?

        1. Laserface
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes
          No

        2. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Not worth -4

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No and no.

          There are surely more impactful transfers you can make.

      • Ha.
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Werner gotta go

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lampard or Fraudiola. Who is worst ?

      • Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Kepa to start against palace?

        1. RedAlpha10
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Why ??LMAOO

      • Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        g2g??
        2 FT
        0.0 itb

        Mccarthy
        Taa, Saiss, Justin
        Salah, Bruno, KDB, Klich
        Jimmy (c), Wilson, DCL

        Steer, Alzate, Taylor, Mitchell