Liverpool Preview – FPL 2019/20

Man City may have won the league but it was Liverpool who were the dominant force in Fantasy Premier League.

They had four players – Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah – that scored more than 200 points. Furthermore, 5 of the 8 top scorers in total were from Liverpool.

Liverpool 2018/19 Home and Away

Finishing Position: 2nd
Home (2nd) Away (2nd)
19 17 2 0 55 10 45 53 19 13 5 1 34 12 22 44

Liverpool were just good last season, period. They can consider themselves mightily unlucky they didn’t win the league as their 97 points was the 3rd highest total in Premier League history.

Liverpool’s 22 goals conceded was the lowest of any side and they were the only team to remain undefeated at home.

  • Odds of winning Premier League: 10/3
  • Expected Premier League finish: 2nd

Even Their Fixtures Are Good

With last season’s stats FPL managers won’t need too much of a push to invest in Liverpool players. On top of that though, Liverpool do have great fixtures to start the season.

The Premier League opener against Norwich demands you have Liverpool players in your team. Managers who avoid Mohamed Salah, and you can justifiably do so at £12.5m, will watch the game with one eye closed. There will also be anguish for those who don’t have Andrew Robertson or Trent Alexander-Arnold who will likely be doing more attacking than defending.

A trip to Southampton, who finished 16th last season, is then followed by hosting Arsenal. These are both games the Reds will be very confident in, as Southampton were comfortably beaten home and away last season and Arsenal’s record away to the big teams isn’t the best.

Trips to Burnley and hosting Newcastle come in Gameweek 4 and 5 respectively which will be two more appealing fixtures for Fantasy Premier League managers.

Best Value Liverpool Players

It goes without saying that based on last season and Liverpool’s fixture to kick off the 2019/20 campaign that their players are essential. Most managers will opting to utilise their full allocation of three Liverpool players.

Alisson Worth the £6.0m?

Alisson Becker, along with Ederson Moraes, are understandably the two premium goalkeepers this season – and their £6.0m price tags reflect this. The Liverpool goalkeeper was the best value between the sticks despite his heavy price.

However, this came alongside 21 clean sheets, something which he may struggle to repeat this season. The question you need to be asking yourself is, will a £4.5m get 75% of the points Alisson will. Of course that’s a difficult question answer right now but the answer could well be yes.

On top of this, selecting Alisson in goal takes away one of your Liverpool player allocation which is something that should be taken into account when you consider the breadth of options available.

Spoilt for Choice with Liverpool Defenders

Is anyone not picking a Liverpool defender? It would be a brave, or questionable, FPL manager that doesn’t.

Trent Alexander-Arnold got 13 assists last season, the third highest in the league among all players. Over on the left side, Andrew Robertson pushed him all the way for the accolade of being the defender with the most assists but fell short albeit with an impressive 12.

Consequently, both have been listed at £7.0m. Even at this price though, they could well be good value once again. Priced at £6.0m last season, Robertson was the 4th highest scoring player in the whole of Fantasy Premier League.

Liverpool’s defensive options don’t stop there though, with PFA Player of the Year, Virgil van Dijk, priced at £6.5m. It’s interesting the Dutchman has been priced £0.5m less than his teammates. This price difference has clearly swayed a lot of managers too, as he is the most picked player at 47.6%.

All three will be expected to start but Alexander-Arnold may be rotated occasionally while Van Dijk is as nailed as a player can be in the Premier League.

Salah – Spend The Money or Sweat

Mohamed Salah was Fantasy Premier League’s highest scoring player for the second season running. Despite this his price has dropped to £12.5m for the 2019/20 season.

Given his goal scoring exploits and average position many, including us, felt Salah should have been listed as a forward this time around. Remaining a midfielder only adds to his appeal, though.

FPL managers will be either very confident with Salah as their captain against Norwich or sweating the decision to leave him out. His price tag makes him the most expensive player in Fantasy Premier League (again) but even so he is selected by 38.6%.

The Egyptian’s results speak volumes. 22 goals and 12 assists last season is an incredible return but even this fell short of his ridiculous 32 goals and 12 assists the previous season. Either of those season’s returns will be tough to produce again but if he can score more than 250 points for the third successive season, he will once again be good value.

Mane Over Salah?

Sadio Mane has given Fantasy managers a problem – or at least something to think about. The Senegalese international had a sensational season scoring 22 and assisting three times.

However, despite his best season to date, he was still behind Salah. The joint top scorer from last season is priced £1.0m cheaper than Salah though, which in a game where budget is everything, tempt some managers to take the cheaper route.

He is currently picked by 17.6%, less than half what Salah is. It should be noted that Mane isn’t expected to start the first game though, which will lessen his pick percentage at this stage.

It will be interesting to see who managers side with over the course of the season.

What About Firmino?

A cheaper option to cover the Liverpool attack is Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian is a certain starter under Jurgen Klopp, and while he does a lot of the more industrious, less fancy work, he also contributes his fair share goals too.

At £9.5m he may be just the option some are looking for if they have opted for the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne instead. Firmino is also somewhat of a differential option being picked by just 10.3%.

Liverpool’s Lineup Against Norwich

When investing such a large portion of your budget in one team, making sure those player start is essential. We predict Liverpool’s starting 11 along with each player’s percentage chances of doing so on our Fantasy Premier League Team News page.

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