Liverpool took a major leap finishing inside the top four for the first time since they were runners up in 2013/14. Scoring 78 goals made Liverpool’s attack sought after assets, and they will be expected to provide some top FPL scorers once more.
Liverpool’s standout man of last season Philippe Coutinho is expected to carry on his strong vein of form. With 171 points last season from 13 goals and 8 assists, Coutinho was the eighth highest scoring midfielder. With the signing of Salah, Coutinho is expected to be dropped back a little into the middle of the park. However, this deeper role saw him flourish in the last two games of the season, racking up three goals and an assist. He is however, a player prone to injury having only played over 2500 minutes once in four full seasons with the club. He is also a Barcelona target, but Liverpool seem intent to hold firm on their star man for now.
In only 4.8% of teams, James Milner provides an interesting alternative in defence. On penalty duty whilst also high up the list for free kicks and corners, James Milner is not short of opportunity to rake in the points this season. His hefty price tag of £6.5M is daunting, however he arguably has the strongest goal threat out of that price category. If he were classified as a defender last season in FPL, he would have been in the top three high scorers for that position. Liverpool were awarded eight penalties in the Premier League last season, with pace and intricate footwork throughout their attack we could well see a similar total next season. Milner’s value will ultimately come down to spot kicks, but could offer an early window to sneak ahead of your mini-league rivals.
Reduced to his lowest price since 2012/13 Jordan Henderson is priced at just £5.5M following two injury hit seasons. While most likely to be stationed in the holding midfielder role, Henderson does have a tendency to get further forward as games go on. He is one who will also see a share of free kicks, corners and the occasional penalty. If Henderson can stay fit it is likely as Liverpool captain to see his fair share of time on the pitch, making him perhaps a value pick as a fifth midfielder.
Liverpool’s defence was subject to a fair amount of criticism last season and Jurgen Klopp’s high pressing style can leave them open at the back providing high percentage chances for the opposition. Despite the unfamiliarity of the Gegenpress and the high amount of individual mistakes Liverpool still managed 12 clean sheets in 16/17 putting them in the top eight of the league. Their defence is pretty set with Mignolet, Matip, Lovren and Milner set to start the season linking up in defence. Clyne is currently suffering from multiple injuries, so perhaps Alexander-Arnold or Gomez will get the opportunity to come in and provide a budget option for the early weeks of the season.
Going forward last season Liverpool were the fourth highest scorers in the Premier League. Boasting Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana and Mane they struck a blend of creativity, pace and goal threat that threatened even the league’s most elite defences. They have added Mohamed Salah to that mix, and it is expected this addition will see Coutinho drop deeper alongside Lallana or Wijnaldum, with Salah and Mane on the flanks. In Klopp’s preferred 4-3-3/4-2-3-1, we tend to just see one central lone striker. Roberto Firmino is expected to lead the line, with Sturridge and Origi hoping to see some rotation minutes with Liverpool’s Champions League schedule.
With Champions League football, we might perhaps see Liverpool’s ambitions turn a little from the league this year. We might also have to temper expectations if they are to lose Coutinho before the start of September. However, with Klopp it is best to expect goals and investment in the Red’s front line should be well funded over the course of the season.