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FPL Klopptions: GK & DEF

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So it begins…

The Fantasy Premier League. Merciful respite from the famine of quality football in the no-man’s-land between World Cup and Premier League. Tepid pre-season friendlies become scouting missions and every new signing sets the mind abuzz with potential FPL implications.

For myself and many FOAR readers, the first question we ask ourselves will be: Which Liverpool players make the cut? Sadly, there can only be 3. Below I will outline the best Liverpool prospects from the first 2 of the 4 player categories (GK, DEF, MID, ATT)

Alisson Wonderland

Alisson Becker LFC

Entering into the game at the premium price of £5.5m, Liverpool’s latest Brazilian starlet offers a very tantalising alternative to his premium top 6 counterparts. Alisson boasted elite stats in the 17/18 Serie A season, such as 3.91 saves per goal, 90% claim success and 15 clean sheets. As such, Alisson has proven his worth as a top class keeper and highlighted his potential for clean sheets and save points in FPL. Alisson also offers a £0.5m saving on David De Gea and more security than the potentially departing Courtois. All of these factors coupled with Liverpool’s fairly kind opening fixtures (WHU, cpa, BHA, lei) make Alisson a serious option for the pre-international gameweeks.

Defensive Renaissance

In 2018, with the help of world record signing Virgil Van Dijk (£6.0m) and the emergence of young full backs Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.0m) and Andy Robertson (£6.0m) as genuine PL quality players , Jurgen Klopp was able to finally settle on his best defensive line. This led to Liverpool achieving the 2nd best defensive record from January 2018. This newfound consistency at the back, along with the signings of Alisson and a talented DM in Fabinho, mean that Liverpool defenders come in as a more exciting option than in perhaps any other FPL season to date, with the defence as a whole looking capable of a hefty return of clean sheets this season.

Andy Robertson (£6.0m)

Of the 2 £6.0m options in Liverpool’s defence, Andy Robertson comes in as a much more desirable option than Virgil Van Dijk. So much so that “Scottish Steel” seems like a no-brainer for any starting team, Liverpool supporter or not. Coming off the back of a football-free summer (Sorry, Scotland) Robertson compliments his freshness and guaranteed starting position with blistering potential for attacking returns. Despite only featuring in 22 PL games, Andy Robertson returned 1 goal, 5 assists, 24 chances created and 19 key passes. As seen, below these numbers stack up very nicely against Robertson’s similarly priced rivals. While VVD remains a very respectable option at £6.0m, bolstered by aerial threat at set-pieces and potential direct free kick duties in TAA’s early season absence, the clear winner at £6.0m is Andrew Robertson.

Comparison Matrix of Premium Full Backs

World Cup Hangovers

As a result of England and Croatia remaining in Russia until the 14th and 15th of July respectively, the 2 right sided spots of Liverpool’s defence make for an FPL headache in the weeks before the international break. While Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren seem prepped to be superb value-for-money options at £5.0m as the season wears on, the uncertainty over the timeframe of their return to action makes them practically unpickable for the opening stanza. Concurrently, there is little value to be had from the short-term holding of Gomez, Matip or Clyne (All £5.0m) as the 3 are set to battle for the 2 available spots as it stands and stand to lose out once the World Cup stars return. Once the team has settled in and League Cup and Champions League duties become clear, some of the £5.0m defensive options for Liverpool could become absolute must-haves.

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FPL Klopptions: MID & ATT

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