Liverpool have long threatened to challenge for their maiden Premier League title. They came closest to it under Brendon Rodgers in 2013/14 but were cruelly denied by Manchester City at the very end. However, this version of the team under Klopp has been excellent of late and even though they sold one of their most influential players in Phillipe Coutinho, they have become a better team for it.
Coutinho’s replacements – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana – are both high energy players and they make the team look more complete and give them an extra edge in the press. They became the first team this season to beat Manchester City and while beating them to a certain title seems unlikely, they could easily be considered the best of the rest.
Let’s see how we managers can take advantage of Klopp’s players for our FPL teams in coming weeks.
22 Jan 20:00 24 Swansea (A) 2
30 Jan 20:00 25 Huddersfield (A) 2
04 Feb 16:30 26 Spurs (H) 4
11 Feb 16:30 27 Southampton (A) 2
24 Feb 15:00 28 West Ham (H) 2
03 Mar 15:00 29 Newcastle (H) 2
10 Mar 15:00 30 Man Utd (A) 5
Out of their next 13 fixtures only 3 matches rate higher than a 2 on the fixture difficulty rating. These are all matches that Liverpool should be able to win without sweating and also score a bucket of goals while at it.
What to Expect
Klopp focuses on a style of play called ‘Gegenpressing’. He likes to pin teams back in their own halves and lets his attackers run at defenders with no abandon. This often pressurizes even the best of teams to make mistakes and concede possession cheaply, as we saw last weekend against Manchester City.
The pace of his attackers, especially Salah and Mane, along with the tireless efforts of Roberto Firmino give Liverpool one of the most deadly frontlines of all of Europe, capable of coming at you from all angles in every imaginable way. A strong and athletic midfield lends them support in attack and although there is no outright defensive midfielder, they all track back and this just shows the relentless machine that Klopp wants his team to become.
Players to look out for:
What a season this man is having. He has won a lot of accolades already and he is easily one of, if not the best player in the league right now. He has great pace, excellent finishing and is always a threat when he goes forward. One FPL signing you could not go wrong with.
He was Liverpool’s player of the season last year but injuries and suspension mean that he has taken time to fit form this time around. He is looking close to his best self in the last few weeks and since he has not played as much as his teammates in the first half of the season, he could have an explosive second half.
Almost a bargain price for a tier 1 striker. He also plays every single game and is tireless in both his attacking and defending. Has quietly gone on to become one of the league’s best strikers and the number of chances that Liverpool create mean that he is usually in the points – week in, week out.
Players to be wary of:
Van Dijk (£5.5)
Even though he is the world’s most expensive defender, he is not going to make everything alright in defence of a team that almost capitulated and gave away a 3 goal lead in the last 10 minutes against City. He is also on a path to full fitness and is likely to be carefully used to be fit to give his everything in the Champions League.
Even though he was widely lauded on account of his impressive showing against Raheem Sterling last weekend, Robertson might not necessarily prove to be the best choice for your fantasy team. Although they are great going forward, Liverpool are suspect of conceding easy goals at the back. Couple that with the prospective return of Alberto Moreno from injury, managers need to be cautious of getting in Robertson into their teams.