Scout Notes

Alexander-Arnold offering FPL consistency ahead of appealing Liverpool fixtures

Leeds 1-1 Liverpool

  • Goals: Diego Llorente (£4.4m) | Sadio Mané (£11.7m)
  • Assists: Jack Harrison (£5.4m) | Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m)
  • Bonus points: Alexander-Arnold x3, Llorente x2, Illan Meslier x1 (£4.7m)

FOLLOW THE TRENT

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) continues to command a significant place on the Fantasy Premier League radar after securing his third attacking return in as many matches.

The right-back produced his fifth assist of the campaign as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Leeds at Elland Road and was minutes away from a third successive double-digit haul before Diego Llorente (£4.4m) struck a late equaliser.

Despite losing the clean sheet, Alexander-Arnold still claimed all three bonus points and remains on a fantastic run of Fantasy points.

Between Double Gameweek 26 and 32, the premium defender has scored a total of 52, working out at 7.4 points per match.

The fact that Sadio Mané (£11.8m) scored his first league goal since January, and only his fourth since October, should also be of encouragement to Alexander-Arnold owners and any potential suitors.

Not including Fantasy assists, eight of his Premier League assists have been for the Senegalese international, at least three more than he has provided for any other player. If Mané can get back to his best form, Alexander-Arnold should benefit too. 

And, of course, Liverpool’s fixtures continue to offer plenty of appeal with Newcastle (home), Southampton (home), West Bromwich Albion (away), Burnley (away) and Crystal Palace (home) five of their remaining six opponents this season.

75% of Mané’s league goals this season have come away from home (six of eight), with three of Liverpool’s next five matches set to take place on the road.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Still, it must be said that Liverpool’s ability to capitalise on their upcoming appealing fixtures might be something Fantasy onlookers may have some concerns about.

The Reds are one of six teams who have signed up to the newly-formed European Super League, a move which has been met with criticism in the football world.

Consequently, the build-up to Liverpool’s Double Gameweek 32 meeting with Leeds featured a somewhat unique dynamic for their players and manager, with protests outside Elland Road and challenging questions from the media. 

What impact these scenarios will have on Liverpool on a longer-term basis remains to be seen, of course, but it is worth highlighting that the managers and players of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are likely to face something similar in the coming days – while representatives of the other 14 Premier League clubs are expected to be under much less scrutiny.

“Obviously, I heard first time about it yesterday. I was trying to prepare a very difficult game against Leeds United. We got some informations, not a lot, to be honest. Most of the things you can read in the newspaper. It’s a tough one. People are not happy, I can understand that. I cannot say more because we were not involved in any processes. Not me, or players. We will have to wait how it develops.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking pre-match

“The boys didn’t do anything wrong. I want to make sure everyone understands that.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking pre-match

“This morning I had a short meeting and told the boys the things I know, which is not a lot and then we just try to focus on the game, which we will do.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking pre-match

“I heard already there are warm-up shirts or whatever. We will not wear them because we cannot. But if somebody thinks he has to remind us you have to earn to go to the Champions League, that’s a real joke. It makes me angry. If it was a Leeds idea, thank you very much. Nobody has to remind us, maybe they should remind themselves.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking pre-match

“(We played) very good. I was not in doubt about that.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking post-match

“I just don’t think it’s right (to ask Liverpool players to wear shirts protesting the European Super League). Everybody knows what is the idea behind it. I don’t think we deserved that, as a team to bring us into these kinds of situations. In this specific moment, we cannot blame the team. I take the criticism for everything if we don’t play well, we feel responsible and the players do the same. But for this (the European Super League), we have nothing to do with it, to be honest. The supporters were shouting at us. People forget that we are people as well.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking post-match

LINE-UP LESSONS

Salah benched as Matip returns for Liverpool's Palace visit

There were a number of key pieces of team news from Liverpool’s 1-1 draw, including a frustrating development for owners of budget defender Nathaniel Phillips (£4.1m).

The centre-back missed out on the game with a minor hamstring injury, with Fabinho (£5.4m) called into defence to play alongside Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) for only the second time in the Premier League.

The last time they featured together was against Chelsea, meaning they are yet to keep a clean sheet as a centre-back pairing thus far.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) found himself among the Liverpool substitutes on Monday night after a run of 12 back-to-back Premier League starts.

While that restricted him to a one-point cameo, the Egyptian is now, of course, more likely to start the Blank Gameweek 33 meeting with Newcastle and, in producing two shots at Elland Road, became the second player to record 100 attempts on goal in the Premier League this season (101 in total), after Harry Kane (£11.8m), currently on 117.

Leeds midfielder Raphinha (£5.5m) also missed out with the knock he sustained at Manchester City. According to Marcelo Bielsa, he is still in the process of recovering ahead of a Blank Gameweek 33 encounter with Manchester United.

“He is in the process of recovery. We will have to continue evaluating him on a daily basis.” – Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United XI (4-1-4-1): Meslier; Alioski (Klich 79′), Llorente, Struijk, Ayling; K Phillips; Costa (Poveda-Ocampo 67′), Roberts (Hernández 86′), Dallas, Harrison; Bamford.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Kabak, Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner; Mané (Salah 71′), Firmino, Jota (Oxlade-Chamberlain 81′).

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132 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    26 days, 19 hours ago

    Is Ryan Mason that same guy who got badly injured couple of years back?

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      Believe so, all I know for sure is he's younger than some of the players in the squad haha

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        Only 29, Bale might punch him if he doesn't get a start 😀

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          Hahaha, I could picture him letting out all the built up anger on him after enduring a season of Mourinho (probably already let all his steam off on the golf course though).
          Would've been more fitting if he was signed as a player manager so he can sub himself on when they're down late, much like Darren Moore was looking like he was going to do when he was interim coach for WBA a few years back and turned up to games in a training kit 🙂

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      Yes

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        Good for him I guess, atleast he is able to stick with Football after that kind of injury.

    3. Echoes
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        Yeah, the guy is 29 years old ffs. Probably the youngest manager ever?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          Probably

          Thought Parker must be close, but he is 10 years older.

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          AVB was in charge of Porto at 32, Chelsea at 33, and Spurs at 34...

          Then went to manage Zenith & Shanghai before ending up at Marseille

          He;s still only 43 and has managed 6 clubs but talk about peaking early

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            26 days, 19 hours ago

            *And he won the league & Europa League with Porto as a 32 year old manager 😆

    4. BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      If the Government change ownership rules/levy a windfall tax the owners won't hesitate to move the six clubs abroad as a franchise.

    5. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      Anyone cares to rate/comment my wildcard team? Taking into account possible doubles in 35

      Martinez
      TAA/Coady/Phillips
      Salah/Rashford/Greenwood/Lingard/Rodriguez
      Nacho/Watkins

      Leno, Kane, Dallas, Ward

      0.1 itb
      Cheers!

      1. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        Pretty good. Prefer Maddison to Rodriguez though I think.

        1. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          Me too, only worries me that he didnt start vs Soton at weekend and he is healthy. Maybe Rodgers prefers Perez as 10?

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        I rate that a lot mate, looks like a very fun team. Only one i'm not sure about his Rodriguez but it's a tough price point. How'd you come to Watkins > Bamford? Not saying one is better than the other but interested to hear your thought process

        1. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          Both Watkins and Rodriguez are there with doubles in mind. James is in a awkward price spot I agree. Regarding Bamford > < Watkins, the plan is to ship him back to Bamford for the last 3 juicy fixtures right after GW35.
          DCL would actually be my first option for the attack, but i dont hear anything for him being close to ready, maybe im wrong

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            26 days, 19 hours ago

            Gotcha, I see what you mean now re Rod, I just worry he doesn't start both games due to his injury history but I haven't seen his recent minutes so he may well start both and end up a great differential. Also, no point bringing in DCL and hoping unless you hear anything concrete, especially if it means having to reshape the squad a bit. All in all sounds like you got a good plan worked out though all round though, I presume also your keepers rotate pretty well to justify nearly 9.5m on the two

            1. Silecro
              • 3 Years
              26 days, 19 hours ago

              Yes, Leno and Martinez rotation gives me for the rest of the season: WBA, new, WBA, MUN&cry, cry, BHA.

              As for the James, yep, his minutes are a concern for me also. Other option i'm considering is dropping James to Trossard and upgrading Phillips to Pereira (leicester), but we'll see. Anyway, James is probably biggest conundrum I have

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                26 days, 19 hours ago

                Looks a saucy rotation that,
                Wait and see how the rest of the week goes and reassess what needs to be changed then, if Rodriguez/Trossard look good etc. Great start to a WC team that though

                1. Silecro
                  • 3 Years
                  26 days, 18 hours ago

                  I nearly forgot about Jota...he is also an option ( I can remove Phillips). Jota probably better end-of-season option than either Trossard or James, right?

                  1. Thomas Magnum
                    • 5 Years
                    26 days, 18 hours ago

                    I would say as is he is a better option, depends though how happy you are with your mids being made up of 2 pool and 2 united. I know some like to spread the risk but others are happy with something like that. What may be best to do is put your options h2h and see which looks best
                    Jota & whichever 4.8 defender you end up liking
                    J.Rod & Phillips
                    Trossard & Pereira/5.9 defender

                    1. Silecro
                      • 3 Years
                      26 days, 18 hours ago

                      Thanks for the advice mate

      3. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        Also you could save money from doing Leno to Foster at this point and invest more in defense.

        1. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          Could do, but Leno rotates great with Martinez for the rest of the season, and Forster might lose his spot

      4. Wigflex
        • 6 Years
        26 days, 18 hours ago

        Looks great, any reason for not having son over James? I've just done a wc draught with your squad and have kept Forster over Leno which means I don't need to downgrade son.

    6. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      Thoughts on this for a GW 33 move? (-8)

      Bruno, Alonso + Raphina to Salah (C), Saiss + Greenwood

    7. PP6
      • 2 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      Hi all.

      Son and Stones > Trent and Greenwood/Jota -4? Sick of taking hits but it needs must!

      Thank you.

      1. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        Yep, good move! Long-term one as well.

        1. PP6
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          Appriecate it. Who do you prefer between Jota and Mason? Utd fan in me wants to say Greenwood..

          1. Hart-ake
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 19 hours ago

            Tough one. Probably Jota due to Liverpool's fixtures, but Greenwood is in red hot form so not against it.

    8. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      Kane to Vardy will be a popular move this week

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        If he performs against brom

      2. PP6
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        Kane isn’t even badly injured right?

        1. PP6
          • 2 Years
          26 days, 19 hours ago

          There’s absolutely no way if he’s healthy for the Sheffield game he’s going no where tbh

      3. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 19 hours ago

        I was happy losing Son but don't see myself losing Kane for any reason other than injury, especially with Sheffield next season and him in the hunt for what may be his last PL golden boot

    9. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      26 days, 19 hours ago

      I’d love a bit of TAA in my team, but just not sure how to go about it...

      Maybe wait a week and do Bruno > Greenwood & Stones > TAA?

      ..........Martinez
      Rudi -Velt - Coady - Shaw
      Bruno - Salah - Linz - Jota
      ......Watkins - Nacho
      Bench: Kane - Son - Stones
      0 ITB & 0FT