Scout Notes

Antonio update, Liverpool’s defence and Klopp on Jota: key FPL notes from Anfield

Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United

  • Goals: Mohamed Salah (£12.4m), Diogo Jota (£6.3m) | Pablo Fornals (£6.4m)
  • Assists: Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.4m)
  • Bonus: Fornals x3, Jota x2, Salah x1

Liverpool laboured to a win over West Ham that raised yet more questions about a defence with just one league clean sheet to its name all season.

Key injuries have hugely reduced coach Jurgen Klopp’s options at the back, with the latest player coming in at centre-half, Nathaniel Phillips (£4.0m), handed his league debut.

Nat’s The Way To Do It

It’s fair to say the 23-year-old let nobody down, earning himself plenty of post-match praise from Klopp.

He kept it really simple tonight, which was incredibly important for us. The boys supported him well and he supported the boys; he was vocal and he spoke on the pitch. In the challenges he was there, really aggressive but no fouls really, maybe one. It was a really good game.

Whether he keeps his league place is another matter, however.

Klopp has been non-committal about Joel Matip‘s (£5.4m) return from the knock he picked up in Gameweek 5, but with the games coming thick and fast – Champions League in midweek and a trip to Manchester City on Sunday – Phillips looks likely to be in the frame for at least one of those fixtures.

But however tempting a bargain basement Reds defender might be, Phillips is still a long way off holding down a regular spot in the team.

The Defence Rests

Not that Liverpool defenders, at any price, have been overly attractive this campaign.

Only Andy Robertson (£7.1m) has come close to justifying the lofty price tag that comes with being a member of the Reds’ backline, and that’s been thanks to the goal and two assists he’s produced to boost the one and only clean sheet.

Those attacking returns have saved him from sales…until now. After five weeks of ownership increases, the left-back now finds himself in the top 15 for Gameweek 8 transfers out.

His fellow full-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m), knows all about that feeling – he’s lost managers every week since Gameweek 1’s 4-3 win over Leeds United.

Neither were at fault for Saturday’s goal, scored by Pablo Fornals (£6.4m). The midfielder reacted smartly after Joe Gomez‘s (£5.4m) weak clearing header came straight to him, guiding the ball past Alisson (£5.9m) and in off the post.

Alexander-Arnold’s previously nailed-on supply of attacking returns has dried up to just one assist from seven starts and the full-backs managed only one chance created between them – take a bow, Trent – and one shot each against West Ham.

All of that, and Man City and Leicester to come next, suggests more backline sales for the foreseeable future.

Jota Joy

The ownership levels of big hitters Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) and Sadio Mane (£12.0m) have remained rather more stable, although a net -8,171 missed out on an eight-point haul for the former when he earned, and then scored, a penalty to level the score on Saturday.

The spot-kick award was generous, with referee Kevin Friend probably right to deem the contact from Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) sufficient to be deemed a foul, if not enough to warrant Salah’s dramatic reaction to it.

Friend then went on to deny Mane owners an assist when substitute Diogo Jota (£6.3m) scored from what seemed to be a rebound caused by the Senegal international’s challenge on Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m).

VAR invited the referee to take another look at the incident and he rightly chalked off the goal for Mane’s sliding tackle on the goalkeeper as it had little to do with the ball.

Minutes later, Jota scored again – from fellow sub Xherdan Shaqiri‘s (£6.4m) canny pass, and that effort stood.

The signing from Wolves now has three goals from his last three matches in all competitions, and three from five in the league, prompting some love from Klopp.

Diogo is in a good moment. He is a good player and we are really happy that we could make that signing, so it is a proper win-win situation. I think we can help him and he can help us a lot.

Jota certainly helps add some flexibility to Liverpool’s system as he started (and scored) in a 4-2-3-1 formation in Gameweek 6.

Klopp, however, reverted to his tried-and-trusted 4-3-3 against the Hammers and while the demands of this season will require frequent squad rotation, it’s hard to see Jota consistently breaking up the German’s preferred front three of Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) on anything but an occasional basis.

That’s not stopping managers buying into him – Jota is currently in the top 10 for Gameweek 8 purchases.

But there are nine midfielders around his price with more than the 26 points Jota currently has in Fantasy Premier League (FPL). All have played at least twice as many minutes, so while his output has been impressive – he’s scored three goals from 10 attempts – Jota will do well to sustain that kind of form unless his pitch-time improves.

Hammer Time?

It’s been a long time coming, but West Ham’s schedule is now finally easing, with their fixture list looking generally attractive all the way through to the end of January.

David Moyes’ men have acquitted themselves excellently through a brutal start to the season and their key attackers, such as Fornals and Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m), could well attract plenty of investment from now onwards.

The pair are in the top ten for attempts among midfielders, with 12 apiece, with Fornals the team-leader for chances created (six).

How the Hammers manage without striker Michail Antonio (£6.2m), who missed the match with a hamstring injury, could be key, although Moyes has been upbeat about the issue:

We’ve already got him on the bike and he’s moving, which for the type of injury we’re really pleased with. He had another scan and an ultrasound yesterday (Oct 29) as well. He’s in a good place.

All three midfielders should benefit from an improved schedule, with Fornals leading the way both in terms of points (39 to Bowen’s 33 and Soucek’s 18) and attempts on Saturday – only Salah could match him for the three shots he had.

Fornals looks the most rounded option, with two goals and three assists thus far, while Bowen has three goals to his name.

But despite facing Fulham next, neither are in the top 30 for transfers-in. 

In fact, only one Hammer is and it’s defender Aaron Cresswell (£5.0m), presumably because of the three assists he’s produced this season.


Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Gomez, N Phillips, Alexander-Arnold; C Jones (Shaqiri 70), Wijnaldum, J Henderson; Mané, Firmino (Jota 70), Salah (Milner 90).

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Masuaku (Lanzini 88), Soucek, Rice, Coufal; Fornals, Bowen (Benrahma 89); Haller (Yarmolenko 74).

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1,155 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jafalad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Just watched the TOT/BHA game. How the ref missed the foul on Hojboj that led to Lamptey's goal is mystifying. The clearest foul you'll ever see and he had the benefit of VAR.

    Spuds looked devoid of ideas for the most part. BHA missed Maupay.

    1. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Remarkably poor decisions throughout the game..The fact that he rechecked the incident on the screen and refused to admit he missed out is laughable indeed

      1. Jafalad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I can only think the ref thought the defender got some contact on the ball, but when you view it front on, the foul is clear to see. It is hard to understand how he could get it so wrong with the benefit of VAR.

    2. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Var is having pretty bad influence on the refferies. They all hesitate to make calls knowing the VAR is there to watch their back. That has led to some cringeworthy situations that were not resolved correctly, imo.

      And it's way different to look at that incident alone and judge it, and to look at it having in mind that it is actually goal/non goal decision. They can't tell me they can ignore that.

      1. Jafalad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I would have thought that VAR offers support to referees rather than otherwise. If I was a referee, I would want that support because you are always going to miss something. They want to get their decisions right after all.

        1. Mile Plankton
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Agree. But it looks like it's backfiring. They are leaving too many decisions for VAR to decide. And they still get things wrong.
          Pickford's tackle on VVD, Lamela's elbow on Martial...

          1. Jafalad
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I don't think they deliberately leave it to VAR - it's more a case of VAR flagging up incidents that might warrant a second viewing.

          2. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Agree with this entirely. Refs dont want to make certain calls or in case of penalties theyve been way too trigger friendly and var goes with this stupid clear and obvious rule

    3. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I still don’t know what type of football Spurs play

      1. Jafalad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        It was only when the subs came on midway through the 2nd half that they looked threatening again.

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Lol...

  2. Weeb Kakashi
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    41 with Dallas and Areola to go. Is it average? Cannot log in to fpl.

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      43 average.

    2. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Average will be over 50 this week you'd think. Leeds v Leicester will mean points and the average will rise a fair bit when all the Saiss owners get Lampteys 9 pts off the bench

  3. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Are these moves ok for free?
    Saiss Maupay OUT
    Coufal Bamford IN

    1. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I would hold on Maupay

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Maupay has Burnley next. Keep imo

    3. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      I'd prob hold on Maupay until further news.

  4. subhojit123
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    Which of these should be my priority signings -

    1. Ings -> Kane ( great fixture against Westbrook but then fixtures toughen up)
    2. Ings -> Bamford ( Leeds have nice fixture run)
    3. Bissouma -> Grealish(form and fixtures)
    4. Ryan -> Martinez (not sure why Ryan was dropped)

    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 18 days ago

      Not sure about the Leeds fixtures as there are still some tough games in the next 6 (WHM, CHS).

      I wouldn't get rid of Ings.

      Grealish is a no brainer for me. Always looks threatening.

      1. subhojit123
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Ings I was planning to get rid coz of the injury he picked at end of the match...
        And should I bring in Kane for this last good fixture of spurs ? This is another question I have...

  5. Gemma817
      2 months, 18 days ago

      What to do here?
      Ryan
      TAA, Lamptey, Justin, Mitchel, Dunne
      Son, Salah, Rashford, Podence, Anguissa
      DCL, Kane, Bamford

      IBT: 2M, FT: 1

      Cheers!

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Trent out & upgrade midfield?

      2. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Either that or save imo

        1. Gemma817
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Tbh I'm thinking of selling Trent too. Who'd you change Trent for and who'd you have in midfield?

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Probably for a sub 7/8m midfielder then Trent to Coufal/Masuaku/Lamptey/Ayling.
              Anguissa to a 6m midfielder could also be an option, then you keep Trent.

              I am tempted too but I will hold Trent for the time being although he is on the chopping board

            2. Party time
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Also Chilwell/Cresswell are nice options

        2. The Head-Ake
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Try getting Grealish in and TAA out.

      3. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Play 2 out of:
        A) Coufal (FUL)
        B) Lamptey (BUR)
        C) Robertson (mci)

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          AB

        2. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          AB

          1. subhojit123
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Don't bench Robbo...so B and C for me

        3. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          A and B as long as Lamptey’s definitely fit (or he could easily cameo from the bench)

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Worth it to keep Maupay? They have Burnley next.

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Yes. Got him at 6.5 so a .1 drop won’t affect his price. Burnley next & other good fixtures. I need more info before deadline to be sure he starts the Burnley game otherwise I will sell

      5. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Wgats wrong with lamptey?

        Was thinking lewos to lamptey

      6. Sz21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Think I am going to remove TAA + Jimenez here.
        Podence to survive another week and then him or Barkley (more likely) out.

        Chilwell + Bamford/ Wilson (leaving 4.8m ITB) looking good options.
        Any other guys I should consider?

        McCarthy.
        TAA, Robbo, Ayling.
        Salah, Barkley, Podence, Son.
        Kane, Jimenez, DCL.
        Button, Justin, Mitchell, Bissouma.
        2ft, 0.7m ITB.

      7. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Mitchell,Pulisic -> Coufal,Bowen ?

        That will enable Son to Kdb in gw9

        1. The Handsome Hunk
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I am also looking to bring some west ham players, dont know Bowen or Fornals whom to pick out of them.

      8. FortunesAlwaysHiding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Hi guys...

        Harvey Barnes to

        A) Zaha
        B) Grealish
        C) Other-Who?

        Thank you

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          B

        2. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          B

        3. Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          C) Bowen or Fornals?

        4. GuenDoozy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          B easy

        5. THE KING CANTONA
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          A) Zaha is Pen taker & Next 4 fixtures for CPL are tempting.

          1. Sloane426
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Not the pen taker

            1. THE KING CANTONA
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Milli suspended for next 3 games.

      9. THE KING CANTONA
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        With 1 FT 0itb, which transfer(s) would you suggest?

        1. Sterling => Zaha (no hit) - Concerned about city form and next 2 fixtures.
        2. Podence & Jimenez => Zaha & Wilson (for -4)
        3. Replace one of the defenders (Saiss, Lamptey)?
        4. Save FT

        Martinez | Forster
        Coufal | Konsa | Saiss | Mitchell | Lamptey
        Salah | Sterling | Grealish | Podence | Bissouma
        Kane | Werner | Jimenez

        1. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          4 or 2

        2. Gazza2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Get rid of Saiss or save

          1. THE KING CANTONA
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Who's the best replacement def option for $5.1 budget?

      10. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        B is the way to go..right? Or not?
        A. Bruno + Coufal
        B. Ziyech + Chilwell (+1.1 m)

      11. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Bowen: 590mp 3g 0a
        Vs
        Fornals: 589mp 2g 3a

        Which WHU mid would you get?

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Bownals

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Do you have a psn nightcrawler? I have a friend with same psn.

            1. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Yess

              1. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Are u who i think u are

      12. subhojit123
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Should I bring in Kane at this point? Or is it too late?

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          It is kinda late. He only has one green fixture coming up. Look for a differential there. Maybe Vardy

          1. subhojit123
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Thank you...

      13. Weeb Kakashi
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        41 with Areola and Dallas to go. Need cs from both to get a green arrow right?

      14. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Any chance Struijk doesn't start?

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I replied on your previous post

      15. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Captain scores this season

        40
        10
        10
        26
        32
        4
        16

        = 138

        Captain next week----> zaha

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I am on Zaha

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Kane or Son

      16. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Can anyone help with the following please: what would be your priority with this team?1FT 0ITB Thanks heaps

        Ryan*
        Robbo Chilwell Mitchell*
        Puli* Salah Son Grealish
        Wood* Kane DCL

        Forster Taylor Dunne Alzate

        1. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I would see Wood and Pulisic as priority removals
          Maybe to Bamford/Wilson and Ziyech/Zaha

          1. De Gea is GOAT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Thank you so much for this. Much appreciated

        2. yash
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Pulisic to Ziyech could be good option

      17. Bielsa Murderball
          2 months, 18 days ago

          i am not able to sign in ever since i logged out, and I am getting a message "Sorry, but there has been an unexpected error processing your request." What to do?

          1. ChuckN
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Nothing. See Hot topic.

          2. HODGE
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Think a lot of people getting the same error. I can log in on my laptop but not my phone.

          3. Bielsa Murderball
              2 months, 18 days ago

              So wait and see?

          4. The Handsome Hunk
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Best West Ham mid to own for upcoming good run ? Can't have Antonio as I am happy with my all strikers right now:-

            A) Fornals
            B) Bowen

            Also, if Benrahma plays, who falls out of the team ?

            1. Rondon9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              B

          5. Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            JWP good fpl pick or just kneejerk?

          6. Chelsea91
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Martinez
            Robbo,PVA,Chilwell
            Salah,Son,Grealish,Zaha(c)
            Kane(VC),Dcl,Maupay

            1ft 0 itb, anything worth transfer ? Suggestion please , Maupay to whom?

          7. yash
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Who to bench this week?
            A) Lamptey
            B) Robertson
            C) KWP
            D)Grealish

            I keep on benching the wrong defender.
            I think this time around many people got lucky with Lamptey from bench

            1. Chelsea91
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              B mate

          8. unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            any news on lamptey injury?

            1. tokara
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Too early

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 18 days ago

              He’s not injured; precautionary ; he gave a post match interview on TV for heavens sake

              1. unitednations
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                wasnt aware...hence asking.

                Just read somewhere he was taken off due to a hamstring issue

          9. Sid07
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Have 2fts
            Pulisic + saiss to ziyech + chilwell

          10. Totalfootball
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            No idea what to do here
            HELP

            Meslier
            TAA Robbo Lamptey
            Salah Son Grealish Zaha Trossard
            Kane DCL

            4.0 Brewester Dallas Dunne

            2FT 0.5itb

            1. Silent Friend
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Taa and Ro bo need to go

            2. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Drop one of TAA/Robbo and get Chilwell or Zooooma.

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 18 days ago

                This

            3. Totalfootball
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Cheers for replies

          11. FPL Egregious
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Ralph on Danny Ings: “It didn’t look good, to be honest. I hope it’s not too bad. He was immediately shouting, ‘my knee, my knee’. He will have a scan tomorrow.”

            What are you going to do Ings owners in case Danny is out for sometime? Which player are you thinking to get in?

          12. tokara
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            What time does the FPL tower open for business? Dammit i want to logon my fpl account but have error!!!

            1. Bielsa Murderball
                2 months, 18 days ago

                same issue here

              • TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Need to sign in to email them.

            2. Gazza2000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Any ideas for this lot?

              Saiss, Hames, Podence and Jimenez can go and don’t mind a hit.

              2FT 0.1 ITB

              McCarthy
              TAA Ayling Justin
              Salah Son Hames Podence
              DCL Kane Jimenez

              Steer Bissouma Mitchell Saiss