Scout Notes

Should Liverpool defenders be back on FPL radars and is Jota a trustworthy asset?

Liverpool 3-0 Leicester

  • Goals: Diogo Jota (£6.6m), Roberto Firmino (£9.2m)
  • Own goals: Jonny Evans (£5.5m)
  • Assists: James Milner x2 (£5.3m), Andrew Robertson (£7.1m)
  • Bonus points: Robertson x3, Milner x2, Alisson x1 (£, Jota x1

F-A-B

Liverpool’s injury-stricken defence turned the Fantasy Premier League narrative on its head in Gameweek 9 as they kept a first home clean sheet of the season against Leicester City.

The Fantasy community largely turned its collective back on members of the Reds’ back-line after the international break but the much-needed return of Fabinho (£5.4m) may have changed a few minds already.

Jurgen Klopp paired the Brazilian midfielder with Joel Matip (£5.4m), at the heart of Liverpool’s defence against Leicester, to the stepping up superbly to a late charge from the visitors.

Anyone wondering about the Reds’ defensive potential for upcoming fixtures against Brighton (away), Wolves (home) and Fulham (away) need only consider the tactical implications of keeping a clean sheet against an in-form Jamie Vardy (£10.2m)

On Sunday, Liverpool pinned Leicester in their own half virtually from kick-off, usually something that suits the Foxes’ central striker’s ability to punish space behind the defence – but the Reds still gave him no quarter and professional rode out a late Leicester charge. 

Leicester simply could not string enough passes together to get Vardy through into the space he thrives in, Brendan Rodgers men often shaken in possession by the constant wave of Liverpool attacks. A hugely impressive achievement given the number of shortages at the back.

“We had a good opportunity on the counter with Harvey Barnes, but overall when you are passive like that, your football is not quite the same. We weren’t aggressive enough.” – Brendan Rodgers

“Centre-half, I try to be always in good communication with my teammates – Joel (Matip), Robbo, the players around me. They help me a lot. We knew we were playing against a very good team and a very dangerous striker [Jamie Vardy] but the communication was very important for that as well.” – Fabinho

NECO THE WOODS

Unsurprisingly, there was plenty of focus on Liverpool’s full-backs against Leicester, improved defensive control helping Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) to a 12-point haul courtesy of his third assist of the season and maximum bonus.

“But especially (the second) goal, Jota couldn’t have scored without an outstanding cross from Andy Robertson. What a situation in the whole build-up. All these passes and then I think it was Joel to Robbo. Albrighton tries everything to win the battle, the little challenge there and Robbo is really good first contact. Then a sensational cross.” – Jurgen Klopp

Fantasy opportunisits will have had their eye on the right-back berth though, where set-piece taker James Milner (£5.3m) filled in for Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) and registered two assists for an 11-point haul.

“There were a lot of good things. I can’t pick one that pleased me most – maybe the performance of James Milner at right-back. He played an exceptional game, first there and then in midfield. That is what we expect from ourselves. The injuries were a massive shock in that moment but the boys have to offer solutions. We have centre-halves, they are really young. They are not experienced, you saw the bench tonight.” – Jurgen Klopp

Milner’s midfield classification might be enough to put off investment in him but Fantasy managers will be keeping an eye on the implications of an injury to Naby Keïta (£5.2m).

When he was forced off with a hamstring problem in the 54th minute, Milner took his place in midfield, leaving Neco Williams (£3.9m) to come on and finish the game at right-back.

If Keïta remains sidelined for the same length of time as Alexander-Arnold, then we might finally have a reliable budget starter in the Liverpool defence for long enough to justify investment.

“(Keïta) felt his hamstring and was not able to play on, otherwise he would have stayed on the pitch.” – Jurgen Klopp

DO I STAY OR DIOGO?

Diogo Jota (£6.6m) is starting to ask serious questions of Fantasy managers as he scored yet again in the 3-0 win over Leicester.

He has become the first player in Liverpool’s history to find the net in each of his first four competitive home matches and averages seven points per game since Gameweek 6.

The former Wolves man has secured five bonus in that time and could easily have left Anfield with a double-figure haul against Leicester, operating in Mohamed Salah‘s (£12.2m).

Kasper Schmeichel (£5.5m) was twice called into action to deny Jota at the near post while Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) twice struck the woodwork either from the Portuguese international’s pass or rebounded shot, the Brazilian’s slight waywardness costing him two assists.

The question now is, of course, how often can he start with Salah coming back into the fold following a self-isolation period?

Thankfully, we have a Champions League match against Atalanta midweek to see how prepared Klopp is to throw the Egyptian straight back into the starting line-up.

“I’ve heard, yes, it [was] negative today. I think he is from now on pretty normal in testing. Tomorrow we have the UEFA testing for the Champions League and I am pretty sure he will be in that. He can now train with us tomorrow, that’s it. He will have two tests in the next two days, so, yes, he will be tested like all of us.” – Jurgen Klopp

That said, even if Salah does return for the Gameweek 10 trip to Brighton, Jota has still delivered while sharing the pitch with him.

The two attackers started together in Gameweek 6, when Jota registered a nine-point score. And even if a Salah return pushes the former Wolves man to the bench, he came on for 20 minutes against West Ham and came away with eight points.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Fabinho, Matip, Milner; Keïta (N Williams 54′), Wijnaldum, C Jones; Mané (Minamino 89′), Firmino, Jota (Origi 89′).

Leicester City XI (3-4-2-1): Schmeichel; Fuchs (Praet 62′), Evans, Fofana; Justin, N Mendy, Tielemans, Albrighton; H Barnes (Ünder 62′), Maddison; Vardy.

Lessons Learned from FPL Gameweek 9

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472 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Art Vandelay
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    I am not holding out for many defensive points this week. Its a car crash - I've got an Ayling James Digne starting.

    I'll get me coat...

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Most people probably won’t get the James ‘Rebel a without a cause’ Dean reference.

      1. Art Vandelay
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I realised that and I’m on an old post. Perhaps appropriate given the I vintage of the pun and it’s poster...

  2. Alex_thekid
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Kane & Kdb to Vardy(c) & Salah ?? Or keep them & captain bruno or Kdb

    1. Art Vandelay
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Madness to ditch KDB IMO. Kane to Vardy (c) is a popular move which I am also thinking about but have other fires...

      1. Alex_thekid
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Kdb & city have not done or looked that good still

        1. Art Vandelay
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Sure, but to sell him ahead of the next two fixtures seems all sorts of wrong.

  3. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    A) r james and Kane to cancelo and vardy
    B) grealish and Kane to kdb and vardy

    Annoyingly 0.4 from all 3 moves

  4. FDMS All Starz
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Team:

    McCarthy
    Justin - Chilwell - Targett - Bernardo - Douglas
    Son - Bruno - Rashford - Podence - Bissuma
    Vardy - DCL - Adams

    Which move is better? 1FT & 5.0itb
    A) Bernardo —> Dias
    Or
    B) Podence —> Jota

    1. FPLShaqiri
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      B.

      Think about who you will play each week. Not sure you need Dias as you'll have to bench a def with nice fixture

    2. FPLShaqiri
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I am in a similar position with money in the bank. I will do Podence to Jota, and then take a hit for Son to KDB. Are you considering that move as well or do you prefer holding Son?

      1. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Depends on how Rashford & Son look one them will make way for my cap Kdb and then Bruno will become Salah the week after

  5. rnrd
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Shouldn't we have been informed of the potential DGW18/19 witht the re-arranged MCI,MUN,BUR,AVL GW1 postponned games before GW10 kicks offs? any chance it happens before satruday?

    1. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I think it will be decided once we know who the League Cup semi-finalists are.

  6. Szczajuszka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    First season, joined GW4 but now addicted!

    Current team is

    Martinez Darlow
    Zouma Mitchell Chilwell Cresswell Saiss
    Grealish Zaha Bruno Son Fornals
    DCL Kane Watkins

    .4 itb and 1FT

    Hesitant to lose Kane, Bruno but FOMO the City/Lei/Liv fixtures.

    A) Kane >> Vardy
    B) Kane, Zaha >> Vardy, Jota for -4
    C) Bruno, Zaha >> KDB, Jota for -4
    D) Bruno, Zaha, Kane >> KDB, Jota , Vardy for -8

    Any other ideas greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Do you still have wildcard? Its not a bad team but theres quite a few issues. Darlow is waste of funds second GK, get a 4m. Saiss also a waste of funds now, not starting. Fornals needs to be upgraded, and probably time to ditch Zaha with him being out and fixtures getting worse. Thats 4 good reasons, and will release a lot more funds, Fornals / Zaha could be Jota / Ziyech for example. Or because you have a front 8, you could downgrade fornals to 4.5m, then add up all the spare cash and turn Zaha into a KDB if you're lucky. Maybe Kane > Vardy frees up a litte bit more.

      If no WC, I'd honestly wait and save a FT because you need to make 2x moves ideally. Free up funds and use them without taking a -4

      1. Szczajuszka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Unfortunately my debut GW4 team was an autopick. So WC GW5! I’ll know better next year!

        1. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Haha okay. Just sit and save a FT, then downgrade fornals to 4.5 or soucek and upgrade Zaha