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Red Mist Descending: Which Liverpool attacker should you pick in your FPL squad?

The Reds go into the 2017/18 Premier League season with an attacking unit second to none. Liverpool’s attacking talent is capable of unsettling the best defences in the Premier League. Sadio Mane’s pace and trickery were central to Liverpool’s attack threat last season, while the Brazilian duo of Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho proved to be unplayable at times. Adam Lallana had one of the best seasons of his career. This year Liverpool have added the likes of Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke to their ranks. Dominic Solanke has already started the season on a high note.

Adam Lallana had one of the best seasons of his career. This year Liverpool have added the likes of Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke to their ranks. Dominic Solanke has already started the season on a high note. However, the performances of Egyptian winger Salah during pre-season have caught the eye of not only Liverpool fans, but their rivals too. And after all said and done, we have still not talked about a striker named Daniel Sturridge, while Divock Origi and Danny Ings might be used at some point during the season.

It is a problem of plenty for FPL managers while selecting a player from Liverpool’s attack. In this article, we take a look at the wealth of talent at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal and assess which Liverpool attacker would be the best fit for your FPL squads.

Analysing Liverpool’s Attack and their Prospective FPL returns

Roberto Firmino

The £29m signing from Hoffenheim had a lot to prove going into his second season at Liverpool. And he did exactly that by scoring 11 goals and assisted another 7. However, it’s not his scoring but his overall contribution to Liverpool that makes him a key asset. The Brazilian forward has been vital to Jurgen Klopp’s tactics, implementing the ‘Gegenpress’ from the first line of defence itself.

Surrounded by quality players like Salah, Mane, Coutinho and Lallana, he is sure to be among the goals often. He is likely to be Klopp’s first choice but must be at his very best as Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke, Divock Origi and even Danny Ings are fighting for the same spot.

The Brazilian is priced at 8.5 million as a forward and can prove to be a bargain buy as the season goes on.

 

Roberto Firmino shoots

 

Philippe Coutinho

Nicknamed ‘The Little Magician’, the Brazilian playmaker oozes class on the pitch. His dribbling, vision and shooting often make him an unstoppable force. Such has been his form that he is currently linked with a £90 million move to Barcelona.

In his 31 appearances last season in the league, he was directly involved in 20 goals, scoring 13 in the process.

This season he might be shifted to the midfield, a change which might or might not hamper his FPL returns. However, he might not be central to Liverpool’s every attacking move and might improve on his shooting statistics (he averaged more than 4 shot per 90 minutes last season).

He already takes Liverpool’s corners and free kicks and if Milner is not in the starting 11, the Brazilian might be handed the penalties too. Priced at 9.0 million, more than 30% of the managers already own him.

 

Sadio Mane

The Senegalese took no time to adapt to his new surroundings, and his acquisition from Southampton last summer was termed as one of the signings of the season.

It was his absence in January (due to the African Cup of Nations) that was the major reason for Liverpool’s steep dip in form which cost them a potential title challenge.

His speed, directness and scoring prowess gets highlighted by the fact that he was directly involved in a goal every 112 minutes in the league last summer. Scoring 13 goals and assisting 7, he can easily surpass his last year’s tally – provided he remains fit.

Last week, he played his first game since his injury and is likely to be fully fit for the start of the season.

 

Sadio Mane scores

 

 

Mohamed Salah

The prospect of Salah on one wing and Sadio Mane on the other is a mouthwatering prospect for Liverpool and its supporters. The ex-Roma winger has the very traits which made Sadio Mane a success in his very season at the club: pace and an eye for goal.

Liverpool often found it difficult to break down teams which defended deep against them in the absence of Mane but now with the Egyptian in the team, the Reds should significantly improve in that department.

The 25-year-old scored 15 and assisted another 11 goals in the Serie A last season and according to his performances in the pre-season, he can easily replicate, if not improve his form at Roma.

Priced at 9.0 million and owned by 15% managers only, he looks like the best bet for managers looking to get Liverpool coverage.

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Adam Lallana

The Englishman had his best season in a Liverpool shirt last year with 8 goals and 7 assists to his name, from central midfield. However, he is not a sure shot starter at Liverpool this season. With Coutinho relishing his new midfield role, the remaining two spots will be battled by Lallana, Henderson, Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum.

We would recommend FPL managers to wait for the start of the season to see where he fits in Jurgen Klopp’s scheme of things and accordingly make a move for the midfielder.

Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke, Danny Ings and Divock Origi will be used as impact substitutions mostly, and cover for injuries. Hence, at the start of the season, these forwards should be avoided, in spite of their potential for goals.

Roberto Firmino can be drafted if the managers are on a lookout for a mid price forward. However, it is almost impossible to make a pick among the trio of Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah. Having said that, the Egyptian winger slightly nicks it for us due to his very advanced role, a certainty of starts and injury free status.

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