Scout Notes

Jota continues relentless form as Klopp manages Salah’s minutes

BRIGHTON 1-1 LIVERPOOL

  • Goals: Pascal Groß (£5.8m) | Diogo Jota (£6.8m)
  • Assists: Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) | Mohamed Salah (£12.2m)
  • Bonus points: Gross x3, Jota x2, Lewis Dunk x1 (£4.8m)

JOT THAT DOWN

A Pascal Groß (£5.8m) stoppage-time penalty denied Liverpool a victory and left owners of Andrew Robertson (£7.2m) rueing the late VAR decisions in Gameweek 10.

But Diogo Jota (£6.8m) continued his fantastic scoring record with a 60th minute goal – the ninth since his £40m summer move from Wolves. It came from Liverpool’s left-hand side, as Robertson setting up Mohamed Salah’s (£12.2m) one-touch pass to Jota, who managed to wriggle through the defence to hit a low right-footed shot into the corner.

Such success has seen Jota’s ownership rise to 22% and this strike certainly won’t slow down the race to grab the league’s most in-form player. Initially perceived as a back-up option, Jota is making himself undroppable and faces Fulham in Gameweek 12.

In a match of two penalties and two disallowed goals, both Salah and substitute Sadio Mané (£12.1m) were victims of the latter. The Egyptian star was ditched by 1.4 million FPL managers when his positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests ruled him out of last Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leicester. 

Owners who risked that Salah would only miss one match were delighted to see him play in midweek and again here, hoping to add to his record of five goals and three assists against Brighton.

“I can explain it one last time: in this period we are now in, five subs is not for tactical changes. And if ever one coach has the luck to use it for tactical changes that would be the exception. If we would have had five subs today then Andy Robertson I would have taken off, 100 per cent; I had Kostas Tsimikas on the bench, so he can play 15/20 minutes.” – Jurgen Klopp

A couple of early opportunities did arrive for Salah. Firstly, Jota was released down the flank in the opening minute and almost provided a tap-in for his team mate, were it not for a defender getting there first. Two minutes later, Fabinho’s (£5.4m) long pass put Salah through on goal but his left-footed shot went wide.

However, when he converted a similar one-on-one, VAR ruled he was offside and that his calm finish past Mat Ryan (£4.5m) would not count. That was it for Salah, as the assist for Jota put him on six points – substituted off for Mané with a clean sheet point secured.

Salah was furious at being replaced but Mané, rested as part of Jurgen Klopp’s decision to carefully manage an injury-ravaged squad, perhaps a sign of an explosive score on the horizon.

Jota’s hot streak has coincided with Mané’s relative drought, scoring just once from his previous eight games in all competitions. He headed home a Robertson free kick in the 84th minute but VAR again deemed it offside.

ROBBO ROBBED?

It looked set to be a comfortable Liverpool victory, as the champions improved since the half-time introduction of captain Jordan Henderson (£5.4m). With a vocal leader on the pitch, they were able to nullify the threat of Brighton better than they had done previously.

Yet a late attack led to Robertson kicking the boot of Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) and the awarding of the Seagulls’ second penalty – this time successfully converted by Gross.

“Football is played by human beings, there’s going to be some mistakes and errors, including from the officials. We will be on the wrong end of them sometimes, but we will also be on the right end of them. We’ve got to accept that VAR is here and try and support it as best we can and not get too carried away with decisions because they’re nothing we can control.” – Graham Potter

This equaliser prevented the patched-up Liverpool defence from keeping their sixth clean sheet in the nine games since Virgil van Dijk’s (£6.3m) ACL injury against Everton. After hosting Wolves in Gameweek 11, encouraging fixtures against Fulham (away), Crystal Palace (away), West Brom (home) and Newcastle (away) will tempt many to return to Klopp’s back line, especially once Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) returns from his calf injury.

NEAL’D IT

Brighton’s upcoming games are mixed – Southampton (home), Leicester (away), Fulham (away), Sheffield United (home) and West Ham (away). Those with Neal Maupay (£6.3m) might be wondering if he’ll ever score again. Without a goal since his spree between Gameweeks 2 and 4, disciplinary problems saw him dropped for the recent visit to Tottenham and the former Brentford man missed Brighton’s first penalty of the day.

His spot kick was given in the 19th minute, in a period where Aaron Connolly (£5.3m) was a constant menace to Liverpool’s inexperienced defence. Shortly before, he was put through on goal by Maupay’s defence-splitting pass but put his shot off-target. Then Connolly was fouled by Neco Williams (£3.9m), before Maupay put the eventual penalty wide. The Frenchman compounded his misery by limping off with a hamstring problem minutes later.

Injuries are everywhere right now, with Liverpool’s known troubles almost worsened when versatile James Milner (£5.3m) was in pain. Against his former club, substitute Adam Lallana (£6.2m) only lasted eight minutes for Brighton before he himself was replaced due to injury.

Head coach Graham Potter will be pleased with a point, especially as it was gained without suspended right-back Tariq Lamptey (£4.8m). His sending off against Aston Villa deprived the Seagulls of a huge attacking threat – second to Robertson in penalty box touches of defenders.

He is part of a Brighton defence that only has two clean sheets, despite heading into Gameweek 10 with fewer shots conceded than everyone else bar Man City, who have played one fewer match. Between them, goalkeepers Ryan and Robert Sanchez (£4.4m) had only made 13 saves, with Ryan adding one more here.

So their solid defence isn’t letting many shots through, yet those that do are often goals. Owners of Lamptey will hope that this peculiar rate sorts itself out over their upcoming fixtures, enabling him to bring in returns at both ends of the field.

BRIGHTON XI (3-5-2): Ryan; Dunk, Webster, White; Veltman, Gross, Bissouma, March, Connolly (Lallana 63’ (Jahanbakhsh 71’)); Maupay (Trossard 26’), Welbeck

LIVERPOOL XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson; N Williams (Henderson 46’), Fabinho, Phillips, Robertson; Milner (Jones 74’), Wijnaldum; Minamino, Jota, Salah (Mane 64’); Firmino

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1,257 Comments Post a Comment
  1. mookie
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    0 from 0 any good?

    1. mookie
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Not sorry about the top post.

    2. HODGE
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      How have you had no players so far lol

    3. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Better than those who took hits for cancelo/Sterling

    4. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Sounds better than my 10 from 4

    5. UTG
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      What’s your team?

      1. mookie
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        It's linked

        1. UTG
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          To be fair, I’d be pretty happy sat in your position right now

          1. mookie
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Cheers mate! Honestly I have mixed feelings about it. No highly owned player did too well so far. On the other hand I have attackers playing my defenders and GK.

  2. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Which out of ziyech/son would you sell for kdb? Or sell both & get kdb+jota (for a hit)?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B

    2. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Don’t sell Son with a London derby coming up

      1. The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        But this isn't the usual swashbuckling arsenal side of old

  3. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Which max 6.7 forward to get?

    Considering Zaha/Kane to KDB/max 6.7 fwd for -4

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Adams, fantastic points per price value

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Wilson Bamford

    3. mookie
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I'm waiting for Ings or Antonio to be fit.

      1. mookie
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Already own Watkins

      2. mookie
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Hold on! Ings might be more expensive than that.

    4. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      PS don’t get rid of Kane. He has Arsenal coming up, his favourite fixture

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Just that I want kdb/city attackers. Orher option is selling Salah for free

        Attacking 8 is Salah, Bruno, Zaha, Grealish, Bissouma
        Kane, Vardy, DCL

    5. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I’ve slated Bamford for long enough but points are coming for him from gw12

    6. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Wilson, just look at his PPG

    7. Weeb Kakashi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Wilson

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Anybody know how long ASM and Fraser are out for Newcastle ?

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Fraser must be back this week.

  5. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Bruno & DCL to Wilson & KDB (C) -4

    A. Yes
    B. No

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B

    3. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Cheers guys. Need to find a way to get in KDB (C)

      1. UTG
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        For me, you’d have to lose both Son and Kane in order to get KDB

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        What’s your other front 8s

  6. Weeb Kakashi
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Kane Son Vardy Bruno blanks today please.

    1. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Lol

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Vardy is tomorrow

    3. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Carey will blank..playing tomorrow

    4. mookie
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Even though I have him captain, I want Vardy to blank today as well.

    5. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I can handle Vardy blanking today as long as he doesn't blank tomorrow. Spuds blanks would be lovely.

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Only Chilwell and James playing today. It was nice knowing you lads

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Other than Bruno, nothing to worry about

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Kane/Son are concerning despite it being the worst possible fixture. A Chelsea CS would be utterly glorious

    2. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Kinda tough..

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Hope you’ll get the CS!

  8. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Bus captain:

    A) Werner (LEE)
    B) Vardy (shu)

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      A

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B

    4. Andriy Shevchenko is Back
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Decide after the games tonight. I want to see Werner back upfront before I’d captain him

  9. Riverside Red
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Is Torres a cheap option for Fulham game. Seems to be getting selected on regular basis

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Think the Porto game will given an idea about selection for the Fulham game

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        This

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      For one week maybe but beyond that? no

  10. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    1FT.

    How would you get KDB into this team? May be willing to do a (-4).

    Martinez
    Coufal Chilwell Kilman
    Grealish Son Bruno Salah
    Bamford Kane DCL

    Steer Dallas Bissouma Lamptey

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      How much cash?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        0.4M

    2. mookie
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      You won't like it but I'd do Salah to KDB in a heartbeat. Then again Salah is not even on my extended watchlist let alone my team.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Explain more on this.

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      You need 2 moves. I’d be getting rid of one of Kane personally to fund it

    4. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Kane/Grealish to Kdb/Wilson

    5. duststorm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Salah to KDB

  11. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Who to bring in to replace Cancelo...

    A. James
    B. Bellerin
    C. Other?

    Worried James may be Cancelo 2.0 so currently leaning towards Bellerin (Also I don’t own Chilwell)

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Maybe Lewis or Manquillo?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Newcastle? Really?

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      B

    3. HODGE
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      A

    4. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Why take him out before Fulham game? See who plays midweek first

  12. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Chelsea fan with Chiwell, Werner, Kane and Son. Nothing less than a 5-3 win will do.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      It'll be low scoring

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yup - unless Chelsea get an early goal

    2. Weeb Kakashi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      2-1
      Ziyech (X2) Bergwyn

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        If it puts us top of the league I’d take it

  13. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Still very confident in Vardy (C).

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      He is blanking mate.

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Is he ? Anything else happened on Monday that you'd like to tell us about Marty ?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Wouldn’t he more likely be Biff than Marty?

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Fair point.

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 28 days ago

        😆

  14. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Will Wan Bissaka start today?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Why wouldn’t he?

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Why wouldn’t he

      1. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Ankle Injury

  15. ebb2sparky
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Was there any news regarding Mitchell not even making the bench? I guess it was tactical rather than injury related.

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I think he'll start the next game.

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Come on mate, if you're gonna suggest that .... you need to say why you think it.

  16. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Raphinha passed the eye-test last night. May well become my Bissouma replacement through the heavy December period.

  17. afsr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Bought Van Anholt, but want to sell him back, cause their fixtures are only getting worse. Which def do i get?
    Have Chilwell, Cresswell and Lamptey already

    1. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Dallas a good punt - basically playing as an attacking mid-fielder

      1. afsr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I've been unlucky with him, had him for a couple of blanks and sold him convinced that Leeds can never ever not concede. But it does look like a good punt now

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I hear you, but in truth, 4 CS out of 10, having played Pool, City, Lei, Ars, Eve is pretty decent, actually.

    2. Shreyydv19
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 28 days ago

      dallas or ayling maybe

    3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      I'm giving him 1 more GW at least.

      Looked pretty attacking vs Newcastle, created some chances.

  18. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Just seen Dallas has only 5.9% ownership.

    By far the best pick in that price bracket for me. Will be getting him in for GW12 onwards.