Scout Notes

How Everton negated Liverpool attack as poor home form continues

Liverpool 0-2 Everton

  • Goals: Richarlison (£7.9m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.8m)
  • Assists: James Rodríguez (£7.7m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m)
  • Bonus points: Jordan Pickford x3 (£4.8m), Richarlison x2, Lucas Digne x1 (£6.1m), Michael Keane x1 (£5.1m)

PERFECT EXECUTION

Liverpool’s Fantasy Premier League prospects took another hit as they lost 2-0 to Everton in Double Gameweek 25.

Ahead of two fixtures in Double Gameweek 26, their Merseyside rivals restricted the Reds’ key attacking assets, ensuring they put on the worst possible audition for the next Fantasy deadline.

On Saturday evening, Carlo Ancelotti set Everton up specifically to negate Jurgen Klopp’s men, operating with a back-four protected by three central midfielders and Seamus Coleman (£4.8m) deployed in a defensive double-up on the right-hand side.

As we saw with Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m) and Ryan Fredericks (£4.2m) doubled-up on Jack Grealish (£7.7m) in Gameweek 22, Coleman and right-back Mason Holgate (£4.8m) combined to take Andrew Robertson (£7.2m) out of Saturday’s Merseyside derby, severely limiting Liverpool’s threat down one of their strongest flanks.

And long balls out of the back helped Everton bypass Liverpool pressing from the front and in the middle to go from defence to attack quickly at key moments.

“We have this kind of quality (in the air). We want to avoid the pressure from Liverpool. We know they press a lot in front.” – Carlo Ancelotti

The effect of those tactical decisions by Ancelotti insisting pre-match that Everton would be in their usual shape, a great example of mind games succeeding.

“The system and the strategy will be the same. I put more fresh legs because we played Wednesday night so it will be a game with a lot of intensity. I want to be ready for it.” – Carlo Ancelotti, pre-match

“We played with two strikers, James and Richarlison. We fix a little bit the position of Coleman to deal with Robertson. Three midfielders and four at the back to control Salah, Mané and Firmino.” – Carlo Ancelotti, post-match

KOP FLOPS

Liverpool face two home fixtures in their next three matches, where they have recently struggled to get results.

Not only are Klopp’s men winless in their last six league matches at Anfield, but they have also found the net just twice in that time.

Before their Saturday night meeting with Sheffield United, Fulham were the only Premier League team to score fewer goals in their last six at home.

By contrast, Manchester City have netted 13 goals across the same data set ahead of facing four matches at the Etihad Stadium in the next two Gameweeks.

It must be said that Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) played his part on Saturday, producing six saves that helped him to maximum bonus and an 11-point haul.

His first two stopped impressive first-half shots from range by Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m).

Then, in the second period, Pickford spread himself at the near-post to deny Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) a golden opportunity.

PROBLEMS AT KABAK

While Liverpool’s goal-scoring problems are certainly headline-worthy, their ongoing defensive issues are also holding them back.

They have conceded nine goals across their last three matches as Ozan Kabak‘s (£5.0m) introduction to the team has not been particularly productive.

In three appearances in all competitions, the centre-back already has three yellow cards to his name and it was the Stuttgart loanee who was exposed for Everton’s first goal.

James Rodríguez (£7.7m) played an insightful pass inside Kabak in the opening exchanges and, by the time he had turned to respond to it, Richarlison (£7.9m) was already through on goal and slotting past Alisson (£5.9m), his second in two matches.

“(Richarlison) is back and he’s scoring. He is playing with a lot of consistency. Rodríguez does not have the physicality of the others but he has the quality.” – Carlo Ancelotti

Liverpool have not been entirely the masters of their own downfall as their wretched injury curse sunk its tendrils into their campaign once more on Saturday.

Already filling in at centre-back, captain Henderson was forced off with a hamstring injury in the first half, replaced by Nathaniel Phillips (£4.0m).

“It’s the groin/adductor region and nobody in the medical department was positive about it. It doesn’t look good, but we have to wait, of course, for the scan tomorrow, hopefully.” – Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, J Henderson (N Phillips 30′), Kabak, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago (Origi 87′), Wijnaldum, C Jones (Shaqiri 63′); Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Everton XI (4-4-2): Pickford; Digne, Godfrey, Keane, Holgate; Gomes (Sigurdsson 59′), T Davies, Doucouré, Coleman; Richarlison (Iwobi 86′), Rodríguez (Calvert-Lewin 62′).

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798 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Thoughts on this hit?

    Bamford and Sterling to Kane and Foden/H.Barnes (-4)

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Good. I would choose Barnes.

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Yep, maybe Barnes over Foden to avoid the enevitable pep roulette

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Yes

    4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Price aside, doesn't DCL appeal more than Kane? Fixtures are more favourable and neither team have been firing in the goals

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

        Already have DCL

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Kane and Barnes for me

  2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Please help me decide:

    A) Get Jorginho and Areola to have 12 GWers + Bamford + Vestergaard + Struijk and activate BB.
    B) Get Maddison to have 11 DGWers. Consider using TC on Kane. Defer using BB to a later GW.

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      B

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

      I would just try and get the BB played as soon as if it’s taking away from optimal decision making for your starting XI each week

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        In fact its the opposite in this case. Getting Maddison would mean having an optimal 11 and cheap bench which I normally prefer. Using BB would mean spreading cash on players who I wont play every week. In fact the decision comes down to who scores more in the next 4 or 5 (FH in 29):

        A) Bamford
        B) Maddison

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

          I prefer Maddison

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

            Actually if you’re going down that route I prefer Harvey Barnes to Maddison

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Performance or money?

    3. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      B

  3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Prepared for the likes of Bruno and Kane to outscore my 6 DGW players. The silver lining is that there has never been a DGW in which no DGW player didn't get double digits.

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Its just about picking the right one 😉

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Yes. So I went all out with 6 in the hope of bagging the hauler

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          I did that too, but its turned out to be soo unlucky.

          Leeds double defence - Meslier unlucky OG
          Vestergaard - Hits the bar and somewhat a lucky pen
          Raphinha - Should've had 2 or more assists

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            There is hope my friend

  4. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 28 days ago

    DDG* Lowton* Bamford Rafinha

    Good enough for BB?

    Other 11 all DGWers

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Worth a shot

    2. Tango74
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Not TC Kane if you have him

    3. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      This is my current team atm:

      McCarthy, Forster
      Shaw, Stones, Mee, Tark, Dallas
      Salah, Bruno, Sterling, Son, Raphinha
      Bamford, Watkins, Brewster

      should I WC this? or save? Still Have BB and TC

    4. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      -12 or -8 worth it to get 15 (good) double gwers. And Kane C? Using bb.

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        My dilemma also and still undecided

      2. Davros
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Do you have a viable team for BGW29 if you have 15 DGWers?

      3. Ginola
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 28 days ago

        I’m going for a -8 myself.

      4. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Not worth the big hit. 13/14 dgw with a -4 max will be fine

    5. Tango74
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Seems Everyone building to get Kane this week, can you imagine carnage on here if a rumour started on morning of deadline if he’s not fit!!

        1. lugs
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          meh, i own hm already so the damage would be minimal

          1. Tango74
              1 month, 28 days ago

              TC KANE. Or BB?

              1. lugs
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                no BB left, i'm not feeling it yet for a Kane TC, maybe he can change my mind with a good performance today, we shall see

                1. Tango74
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Good spot , they have been poor lately

            • Oggle22
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Or if he missed there europa league game because of injury or a previous injury causing an issue?

          2. Vazza
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Any further news on Grealish?

            • JurgenRodgers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Fav option

              (A) Ings/Tark - DCL/Digne

              (B) Ings/TAA - Kane/£4.9 def

              Both -4

            • Vazza
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Is it worth doing Areola to Martinez for a 4 point hit?

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

                  Yeah - probably yes with the double

              • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Anyone considering a Spurs defender for DGW26? Decent fixtures and play BGW29

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

                  Only if someone like Reguillon, Aurier or Doherty were nailed. Don’t love their CBS

                  1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Yeah. Unsettled back line recently

                2. Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  If Reggie is back maybe.

              • greggles
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Antonio > Kane (TC) is the plan but wondering whether there is a better option than Salah.

                1. Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  There are definitely better options than Salah

                  1. greggles
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Care to name them?

                    1. Van der Faart
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      In no particular order
                      Kane, DCL, Gundo, KDB*, Son, Bruno, Vardy*

                      *if fit enough for both games

              • dshv
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Would you WC this?

                Martinez (johnstone)
                Diaz mee dallas (coufal mitchell)
                Salah son bruno grealish gundogan
                Ings bamford(c) (antonio)

                1mil itb

                Some ideas with transfers?

              • Henning
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Wildcard this or take a few hits to get Kane or Vardy in?

                Martinez
                Cancelo Dias Mee
                Son Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha
                Bamford DCL

                Pope Dallas Ings Coufal

              • Bavarian
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                What to do with Leeds assets?

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

                  Keeping for the blank, then getting rid after the Sheffield game as fixtures are horrendous thereafter.

              • Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Better option on wildcard?

                A) Salah & Cancelo
                B) KDB & Leicester def?

                Not sure if there is any better option than a City defender if I already have Shaw & Rudiger on wildcard.
                Also will KDB start all 4 games between GW26-27?

                Cheers!

                1. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  A

              • House Frey Wedding Planner
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I did consider Davies for wc25 but opted against it with Reguillon back soon.

                None of the Spurs defenders are nailed right now nor covering themselves in any glory

                1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  **fail***

                  Was meant as a reply to ultras are for kinnear

                  1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Yep. That's what's holding me back

              • TAB
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Martinez
                Cancelo - Dias - Maguire - Digne
                Bruno - Gundogan - Son - Maddison
                Kane - DCL

                Pope Bamford - Raphinha - Mee

                BB or Kane(TC) ?

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

                  TC imo. Use BB another week.

                2. Tango74
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    I would BB within 13 DGW ?

                    Most people will have 11DGW and 3 Leeds on bench

                  • House Frey Wedding Planner
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Deffo BB

                  • Warby84
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Bench boost

                  • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    BB

                3. MMN
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  1 FT 2.3m. Planning to bench boost. Any thoughts?

                  Martinez
                  Chilwell*, Stones, Cancelo
                  Gundo, Salah, Bruno, Barnes
                  DCL, Watkins, Bamford*
                  Areola, Mee, Dallas*, Raphina*

                4. THFC4LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  This worth a -8? Will use bench boost this week.

                  Coufal Holding Antonio to Aina Konsa Watkins

                  Will use WC in 27/28 still have FH

                  1. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    It probably is to get the BB chip out of the way.

                    1. THFC4LIFE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      That’s what I’m thinking. Cheers

                5. Vazza
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Is it worth doing Areola to Martinez for a 4 point hit??

                    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      No

                  • Captain Vantastic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Any rumours on the City lineup? Have Lookman and Digne on the bench.

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

                      Suspect they will hold back Gundogan if that helps you

                  • dshv
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    Martinez (johnstone)
                    Diaz mee dallas (coufal mitchell)
                    Salah son bruno grealish gundogan
                    Ings bamford (antonio)

                    Salah and antonio to Kane and Maddison (-4) and TC kane ??

                  • DAZZ
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    I believe we find ourselves in a position where we seriously have to consider the sale of Mo Salah. His output just is not good enough for a 12M player. 4 goals in 11 games.

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

                      But selling before a double is tricky

                    2. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      That's one way of looking at it.

                      He's also scored 4 goals in the last 5 games.

                    3. GuenDoozy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Fixtures can bring form and their Fixtures are great

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

                      Still the second highest scorer in the game, 43% owned with a DGW.

                      Think I will keep for now.

                  • Van der Faart
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    -8

                    Tarko
                    A. Barnes
                    Bamford

                    To
                    Targett
                    Kane
                    DCL

                    Worth it for the DGW?

                  • Vazza
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Would you spend 8 points to bring in DCL?

                      Alternatively, I could just play Lowton who plays Leicester and Spurs in the DGW

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

                        Hard to say without seeing the full moves

                    • Going Home
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Would you BB this lot? Would mean -4 to bring in Taylor for Mitchell (which I won’t do if Mitchell starts this week)...

                      McCarthy Bamford Dallas Coufal

                      If not, I could TC Son/Kane, start Dallas and bring in Pickford for Steer (giving 9 DGW players)

                      1. Van der Faart
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Is there not a better keeper than Pickford you can get?

                        1. Going Home
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Is there a better keeper for the DGW? I’ve got 4.8 max to replace Steer

                          1. Van der Faart
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            Perhaps not at that price, just don't think you'd want him after the double

                            1. Going Home
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 28 days ago

                              I’ve got McCarthy for DGW27. Can then work towards getting Martinez for the BGW. Areola is the other one, as he plays in 29...

                          2. Ruud000
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            Areola - should have clean sheet against palace.

                            1. Going Home
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 28 days ago

                              He’s an option. Especially with a fixture in 29. Basically dead-ending to GW29 with a GW30 wildcard. Salah being useless really helps with the tactic as I’m not sure I’d want him back haha

                    • matiakez
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Is anyone still in the cup? This is definetly the furthest I've been

                      1. Inazuma X1
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        Yep

                    • nicholasporteous
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      I'm done with holding onto Salah for home games! (Regret typing that already).

                      Thoughts on this:

                      Salah, Antonio, Peacock-Farrel -> Mount, Kane, Pope?

                    • Disturbed
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      BB this or TC one of Kane/ son/ Bruno? Coufal can be Shaw with a hit.

                      Martinez Dallas raphina coufal

                      1. Van der Faart
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        I'd get Shaw and do it yes

                        1. Disturbed
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Cheers. Would mean a -8 for the gw. Still worth it?

                          1. Van der Faart
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 28 days ago

                            Yeah. That'll be the average hit for plenty here and in the game overall

                            1. Disturbed
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 28 days ago

                              Thanks

                      2. Mesh
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        I have a similar bench and don't think it's worth BB, but I don't know when would be best to use BB.
                        I am contemplating using TC on Kane.

                      3. Tango74
                          1 month, 28 days ago

                          Most asked questions in last 12hours , same for most people, some say Kane not firing at mo