FPL Klopptions: MID & ATT

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Under Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, Liverpool have become renowned for an attractive brand of high-octane, attacking football. Klopp’s famous gegenpress, and all the counter-attacking opportunities it provides, helped Liverpool finish the 2017/18 season with 84 goals in the PL. They scored a further 51 goals in cup competitions taking their total for the season to a dizzying 135 goals, making them an FPL titan.

Top scoring PL teams in 2017/18

Liverpool’s attacking prowess makes their midfielders and attackers extremely exciting options in the FPL. Below we take a look at the best prospects that Klopp’s young, talented attacking contingent has to offer.

Naby “Deco” Keita (£7.5m)

Naby Keita LFC

All smiles: Naby Keita joins his dream club

This diminutive Guinean powerhouse arrives at Liverpool off the back of 2 superb seasons with RB Leipzig. Racking up 16 goals and 14 assists along the way, Keita showcased to the world his exceptional balance, acceleration and passing.

Keita comfortably outperformed his PL contemporaries

Keita joins the FPL with a fairly modest pricetag of £7.5m. This makes him a very appealing enabler for your premium attackers. As seen above, Keita stacks up very impressively against the other similarly-priced midfield options.

Statistics such as dribbles, key passes and chances created have a heavy impact on a player’s BPS (Bonus Point System) score, meaning Keita will be a candidate for Bonus Points regularly throughout the season. With a modest ownership of 6.5%, Keita provides an opportunity to break free of the pack.

Sadio Mané (£9.5m)

Mané unveils his new shirt number

Liverpool’s newly-appointed number 10, Sadio Mané rallied from a frustrating start to the 17/18 campaign to finish the season with 20 goals and 9 assists in all competitions and 147 FPL points.

Mané comes into this year’s game as the joint-cheapest member of Liverpool’s fearsome attacking trident. What sets him apart from Roberto Firmino (Also £9.5m) is that Mané has managed to hold on to his midfield classification. This entitles Mané to 5 points per goal instead of 4 and 1 point per clean sheet.

Another benefit of choosing Mané over Firmino is the wealth of quality, mid-priced forwards available this term. Reclassifications for Arnautovic and Zaha, as well as players like Tosun, King and Rashford make it much easier to omit Firmino than in previous seasons.

Mohamed Salah (£13.0m)

Mo Salah is presented with the PL Golden Boot at Anfield

The Egyptian King, the elephant in the FPL room. Mohamed Salah’s historic 32-goal debut season for Liverpool in the PL earned him an all-time record 303 points and an eye-watering price of £13.0m.

This will undoubtedly tempt many FPL punters to overlook Salah in favour of a balanced attack and midfield of semi-premium top 6 talents.

However, with Salah’s staggering 47.2% ownership, habit of explosive, double-digit returns and fairly kind opening fixtures (WHU, cpa, BHA, lei) you run the very serious risk of being out of contention by the international break.

A deeper look at Salah’s extraordinary numbers and accomplishments in 2017/18 almost make £13.0m seem like a bargain, when you consider his 32 goals were accompanied by 12 assists, 15 clean sheets, 67 shots on target at 61% accuracy and a whopping 26 bonus points.

Leave him out at your utmost peril, reds.

Roberto Firmino (£9.5m)

Bobby celebrates scoring one of his 27 goals for the season

Liverpool’s tireless spearhead, Roberto Firmino was the 3rd highest scoring forward in FPL for the 2017/18 season. Bobby firmly cemented himself as one of the most talented number 9s in world football. Scoring 15 goals and supplying 8 assists, Firmino amassed 181 FPL points at the modest price of £9.5m.

Amazingly, Firmino has been allowed to keep the £9.5m pricetag, giving him a decided edge over other top 6 strikers such as Lukaku, Aubameyang, Aguero and Jesus.

Firmino currently tops his classification in ownership with 37.5% of owners putting their faith in the eccentric Brazilian. As with Salah, this does heighten the risk incurred when overlooking Firmino.

The cornerstone of Firmino’s unique charm is his defensive contribution. Firmino’s total of 65 tackles was the 28th highest in the league among all classifications. This had a heavy impact on Firmino’s BPS and led to him picking up 29 bonus points, amazingly 3 more than Mohamed Salah.

Roberto’s defensive work ethic was very effective for earning FPL bonus points

In summary, Firmino makes the ideal second striker for any FPL user given his mix of value and point-scoring ability.

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