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Coutinho stakes claim in Reds midfield

The Scout 19 Sep 2016
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

Playmaker back in the starting XI and the FPL points as Liverpool win at Stamford Bridge

The Bonus Points

A triumphant Liverpool mopped up the Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Friday night's Gameweek opener.

Match-winner Jordan Henderson (£6.4m) claimed the maximum three points with a score of 37 in the Bonus Point System (BPS). 

In addition to his stunning long-range effort, the Liverpool skipper also contributed a key pass and eight recoveries as the visitors held firm. 

Philippe Coutinho's (£8.1m) searching ball for Dejan Lovren's (£4.9m) opening strike earned him an assist and two additional points via 31 BPS. 


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Lovren's goal contributed to an impressive all-round display

Coutinho also made seven recoveries, won a pair of tackles and completed 91% of his 58 passes on the night. 

Lovren's goal helped him to a single bonus point, with the Croatian also making a total of nine clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

The ICT Index

Both Lovren and Coutinho featured prominently in the ICT Index, but it was Chelsea's Diego Costa (£9.9m) who topped the ranks. 

The Spain international claimed what proved to be a consolation goal for Antonio Conte's men and contributed an all round shift that registered 12.8 in the Index. 

The striker, who has netted five Premier League goals this season, had more penalty box touches than any other player and recorded two efforts on target, along with a pair of key passes. 


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Despite being on the losing side, goalscorer Costa topped the ICT Index

Coutinho completed more passes in the opponents' half than any other player and laid on two opportunities for team-mates. 

But Chelsea's Willian (£7.4m) was the most creative player on show with a 53 Creativity score. 

The Blues' right winger laid on three goal scoring chances and provided 13 crosses.

The Scout Notes

Re-installed in the Liverpool line-up, Coutinho contributed his first returns since Gameweek 1. 

FPL managers had been selling the Brazilian leading up to Friday's deadline: he had lost 124,000 owners before Gameweek 5. 

His seven points has since reversed that trend, with Coutinho currently gaining ownership once more. 

But Jurgen Klopp's preferred options in attack are still uncertain.

Roberto Firmino (£8.4m) sat out Friday's encounter with a minor groin problem, making the task of recalling Coutinho a simple one for the Liverpool manager. 

For Chelsea, Eden Hazard's (£10.1m) second blank of the season has triggered significant sales. The Belgian is currently being sold more than any other player and has dropped 0.2 in value since Friday's outcome. 

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Eden Hazard endured a frustrating night, leading to sales in Fantasy

Hazard has mustered two attempts on goal in his last two outings, having fired in 14 efforts in his previous three Gameweeks. 

David Luiz (£6.0m) replaced John Terry (£5.5m) in the Chelsea defence with the Blues' skipper missing out with an ankle problem. 

Conte's back four continues to be an expensive luxury for FPL managers. 

With just a single clean sheet so far, Chelsea now face a trip to Arsenal, plus home matches with Leicester City and Manchester United over the next four Gameweeks.

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