Liverpool FPL Assets
Stadium of Sports, host at FPL Juice‘s FPL Round Up Show, looks in depth had how Liverpool performed over pre-season.
Liverpool FPL Assets
Liverpool have had the longest pre-season with majority of the players together. This bodes well for the upcoming season as they look to avert the disaster of last season.
The team gathered for a camp back in Austria then onto Evian for training and a friendly. They finished off with two friendlies with crowds back at Anfield.
FC Wacker Innsbruck (30 min) 1-1 Divock Origi
VFB Stuttgart (30 min) 1-1 Sadio Mane
FSV Mainz 05 1-0 win via an own goal
Hertha Berlin 4-3 loss Sadio Mane, Takumi Minamino, Chamberlain
Bologna (60 min) 2-0 win Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane
Bologna (60 min) 1-0 win Takumi Minamino
Athletic Club 1-1 Diogo Jota
CA Osasuna 3-1 Takumi Minamino, Roberto Firmino x2
Players coming back
The biggest news being the return of Van Dijk (DEF | 6.5) alongside Gomez (DEF | 5.0) and Matip (DEF | 5.0).
From being stretched to breaking point last season, Liverpool now appears to have a dearth of options in Center Back position. New boy Ibrahima Konate (DEF |5.5) is also added to the mix.
With only Thiago (MID | 5.5), Firmino (FWD | 9.0) and Henderson (MID | 5.0) coming back right towards the end for the final game, Liverpool have had time for Klopp to gel his troops for the new season. While other clubs have been buying shiny new players, Liverpool have quietly gone about building the togetherness and team spirit that brought the Champions League and the league title in consecutive years.
Matip and Konate have played the majority of pre- season, both looking assured, Konate especially impressing with his recovery speed and bringing the ball out of defence.
With VVD and Gomez still building their match fitness, early indications are Konate and Matip will start the season, but don’t be surprised if the Rolls Royce of defenders’ steps in.
Alexander-Arnold (DEF | 7.5) has looked back to his best, running the line and delivering De-Bruyne-esque crosses. Last season he had COVID which took him the first part of the season to recover from. He looks sharp and has continued with the explosive form that we saw from him in the latter half of last season. He looks like the player that produced 200 FPL points two season ago.
Robertson (DEF | 7.0) on the other side has been his usual all action self, with his boundless energy driving forward. The unfortunate injury against Athletic has led to an opportunity for Tsimikas (DEF | 4.0).
A lot has been made of his £4.0m tag but he’s looked bright, setting up two goals and look a constant threat. Finally, we may see why Liverpool invested in him.
Midfield / Attack
Jota (MID | 7.5) has returned looking sharp with two goals in pre- season and I fully expect him to start the season. Firmino looked terrific in the final pre-season game but with that being his only that game so far, I expect him to be on the bench.
Mane (MID | 12.0) who had a poor season by his standards, is looking hungry again. Fully rested, he seems to be back at his high levels, already bagging three goals in Pre-season.
Salah (MID | 12.5) is Salah, always buzzing around and a highlight has been an outrageous back heal to set up Minamino (MID | 5.5).
An interesting part of pre- season has been the deployment of Chamberlain (MID | 6.0) as a number 9 in the absence of Firmino and Jota. This something Klopp looked at times last season and has gone on record as saying that it is a position he has talked about with him. Ox has a big season ahead, like Naby Keita (MID | 5.0), both have to prove the investment laid out for them was worth it and step up to the mark.
Keita has looked lively but he cannot afford another false dawn. He needs to stay fit and get himself a consistent run of games to show why many at RB Leipzig view him as one of the best players to have played for the club. Both will have opportunities if the void left by Wijnaldum is not filled.
Minamino is another interesting option. Looking sharp as part of the front three, and scoring three goals, it will be interesting to see if Klopp will trust him this year. He has the skill set no doubt, but he needs self-belief if he is to make an impression at Anfield.
One of the most exciting players has been Harvey Elliot (MID | 5.5). I’ve been raving about him since we signed him as 16 yr old. He is a special talent. Primarily seen as right of a front three, he has been playing in a new deeper role in midfield. He’s looked bright, unfazed and offers a creative spark to a working midfield. He will get minutes this season and could be the next young English star to emerge.
A Season to look forward to
Liverpool are slightly under the radar with both Manchester clubs and Chelsea grabbing the headlines. I think Klopp would like that. It will give an added incentive to a group of players hurting from last season’s poor defence and hungry to re-claim their perch.
Overall, it has been a successful pre- season and with the likes of Man City and Chelsea having players coming back late, Liverpool could take the early initiative in the first few weeks of the season.
Some young players to keep an eye out do the future – Kaide Gordon who looks unbelievably good in midfield and a young left back in Owen Beck who in a few years will be pressing Robbo very hard for his spot.
Key FPL players to look at
- Sadio Mane
- Diogo Jota
- Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Mo Salah
- Tsmikas. (with Robbo out till international break)
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