Liverpool's renaissance is built around goal scoring midfielders

We had the misfortune to attend the City v Liverpool game at The Etihad on Saturday evening and although City's performance was nothing short of disgraceful, that should take nothing away from the new, resurgent Liverpool inspired by the brilliant Kloppo.

Kloppo has imported his “Gegenpressing” tactics from Dortmund and the Liverpool players have clearly bought into it with them closing City down all over the pitch and making 3 times as many tackles as the blues. However, what’s of interest to us FPL managers is that Liverpool’s forwards didn’t even get a start. Sure, Sturridge will probably get a chance when he’s fully fit but for the moment Coutinho, Firmino and Lallana are in possession of the shirts and looking at the performance on Saturday, they ain’t giving them up in a hurry. And they’re all FPL midfielders who score 5 points for a goal and also get the chance to share in the clean sheet bonus. In terms of differential, Firmino and Lallana have got less than a 2% ownership between them. And is Benteke, with a 14% ownership a definite sell? Interesting.

In our league, Consol Partners’ Luis Cruz has got the yellow jersey with an excellent 80 points and he didn’t even have Harry as his captain. However, he did have the foresight to not only have Andre Ayew in his team but to also make him VC and was rewarded by a goal, an assist and 3 bonus points. If he’d only put his Stoke pair of Butland and Wollscheid in the team rather than on the bench he could have scored 90.

Let’s give a shout out to Paul Cellini who has never featured in any of these reports before. Paul played his BB chip and it was a good job too, with him having both Butland and Barkley warming the wood.

The Top 10 are as follows:

Luis Cruz, ConSol Partners

Gary Smith

Adam Grainger

Jay Egersdorff

Alan Furley

Bartley Hilliam

Dave Cattell

Natasha Wilcox, FuturaRec2Rec

Paul Cellini

Jon Pheasant

Manager of the Week

Paul Anderson

In 30th place with an amazing score of 98 points without a chip being played we find Paul Anderson. Paul of course was last week’s Page 2 Pacesetter and was in 81st place then. Wow, a rise of 51 places in one week. Maybe we should be copying his team? Paul’s defence was pony scoring just 4 points between them but who needs a defence when you have a midfield of Ozil, Barkley, Mahrez and Coutinho to complement the normal Lukaku, Vardy and Kane up front? And he has £4.6m in the bank, didn’t even take his free transfer this week and still has a goalie in Schwarzer who hasn’t played all season.

Get your hand in your pocket eh Paul?

Page 2 Pacesetter

With 87 points in 60th place, we find James Mullins who is another manager with a load of cash in the bank. £6.3m in James’ case. James hasn’t even played his wildcard but although he’s had a great week this week, there’s holes all over his team and he ought to get that money spent and the card played asap if he’s going to get to Page 1. Micah Richards? Adam Smith? Are you sure?

Get spending James.

The Best of the Rest

With 79 points in 128th place we find our sponsor’s MD, FuturaRec2Rec’s Tim Goodwin. Tim is a massive Everton fan and obviously has Barkley and Lukaku in his team but he wasn’t confident enough of his beloved blues to choose either of them as his captain and instead went for the safe bet of Sanchez and was rewarded with a measly 4 points. He did get lucky on Saturday night though. He was planning to come to The Etihad to watch City demolish Liverpool but of course, that just didn’t happen. It would have been nice to see him squirming in his seat alongside the City fans!

We think you need to concentrate less on placing consultants and more on your FL team Tim.

Taxi for...........

Bacary Sagna......

Sagna’s actually played OK this season, which is something of a surprise because last season he was hopeless. However, his inept performance against Liverpool on Saturday, coupled with the impending return of the City fans’ great hero, Pablo Zabaleta inevitably means the best the Frenchman can hope for is a place on the bench. He’s the FPL’s 5th favourite defender with a 20% ownership and so selling him now should also give you that vital differential.

Get him binned!

One to watch..........

Jack Butland......

You may well ask yourself why the FPL’s 6th favourite goalie with just an 11% ownership has the most points of any keeper, has made the most saves and has 5 clean sheets to his name – all of which have been earned in the last 6 games. The 22-year-old England stopper has not let in an away goal since September 12, stretching five matches and 455 minutes. And he’s only £4.7m.

No Brainer!

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