We continue our Scout Notes of the weekend’s Fantasy Premier League (FPL) matches with analysis of Leeds United v Liverpool.
For a recap of all of Saturday’s action, check out our Scoreboard summary here.
LEEDS UNITED 0-3 LIVERPOOL
- Goals: Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Fabinho (£5.4m), Sadio Mane (£11.9m)
- Assists: Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Thiago (£5.4m)
- Bonus (projected): Alexander-Arnold x3, Alisson (£6.0m) x2, Thiago x1, Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) x1
- Red cards: Pascal Struijk (£4.4m)
SALAH JOINS 100 CLUB
Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) netted his 100th Premier League goal by slotting in from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s (£7.5m) perfect cross.
The Egyptian is the 30th player to have joined the ‘100 club’, with only four others reaching the milestone in fewer appearances.
In a match where Liverpool outshot their opponents 30-9, Salah was lively throughout, registering three shots in the box and 1.22 expected goals (xG).
He also came close to adding an assist when Thiago (£5.4m) headed home, but the Egyptian was a yard offside.
Liverpool doubled their lead after Leeds failed to clear an Alexander-Arnold corner, with Fabinho (£5.4m) smashing home from six-yards out, with Sadio Mane (£11.9m) firing in during injury time for the Reds third.
The Senegalese winger finally scored with his 10th shot and third big chance of the game.
Sadio Mane’s shot map v Leeds United in Gameweek 4
Alexander-Arnold served up his second double-digit haul of the season, via an assist, clean sheet and three bonus points.
The England international’s creativity was again on show, as he created five chances and attempted nine crosses. In fact, his totals of 20 chances created, including four big chances, are both more than any other player in the game.
Again, we saw plenty of infield movements, which is captured on his Gameweek 4 touch heat map:
It’s also worth noting that Diogo Jota (£7.7m) was a little unfortunate not to register an assist with six created chances, with Mane particularly wasteful in front of goal.
An excellent match was overshadowed by an unfortunate ankle injury to Harvey Elliott (£5.5m), who was stretchered off just after the hour mark.
As a result, Pascal Struijk (£4.4m) was sent off, and will now sit out Leeds’ next three fixtures.
LEEDS YET TO WIN IN LEAGUE
Following this afternoon’s defeat, Leeds are still yet to win in the Premier League, but with fixtures easing from Gameweek 5 to 10 (see below), the likes of Raphinha (£6.5m) and Patrick Bamford (£7.9m) still look like good options for our FPL squads.
Junior Firpo (£4.8m) took up some nice advanced positions, especially in the first-half, and could be one to add to the Watchlist, though Leeds will be without Struijk and possibly Diego Llorente (£4.5m), too, who limped off in the first-half with a hamstring injury.
LEEDS XI: Meslier, Ayling, Llorente (Struijk 33), Cooper, Firpo, Phillips, Dallas, Rodrigo (Roberts 45), Raphinha, Harrison (James 68), Bamford
LIVERPOOL XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago (Keita 90+3), Elliott (Henderson 63), Salah, Mane, Jota (Oxlade-Chamberlain 82)