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Reds' 'surprise package' shines again

By The Scout 26 Sep 2016
Liverpool v Hull City

Adam Lallana claimed 15 FPL points, with statistics and fixtures attracting plenty of managers

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The Bonus Points

A convincing 5-1 Anfield victory over Hull City ensured that Liverpool’s midfield contingent dominated the Fantasy Premier League bonus points.

The trio of James Milner (£6.5m), Adam Lallana (£7.2m) and Philippe Coutinho (£8.2m) registered three of the top five Bonus Point System (BPS) tallies in Gameweek 6.

Milner achieved the highest BPS score overall with an impressive total of 58.

A pair of coolly converted penalties, his second and third of the season, were Milner's key contributions, although he also completed four dribbles and won two tackles from left-back.

Lallana was close behind with 55 in the BPS.

The England international struck a third goal and laid on a third assist of the campaign, in addition to completing 94% of his 50 passes.

Coutinho's two assists and a majestic strike from range earned him a score of 52 in the BPS and a single bonus point as a result.

The ICT Index

Coutinho fared even better in the ICT Index, producing the top overall score so far in Gameweek 6 (22.3) – his highest tally of the season.

The Brazilian peppered the Tigers' goal with six attempts, including an on-target effort from six yards, to record the highest Threat on show (84).

He also top-scored for Creativity (69) after presenting four goalscoring opportunities with 50 completed passes in the attacking third.

Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool
Coutinho scores Liverpool's fourth goal against Hull with a long-range strike

Sadio Mane (£9.0m) ranked next in the Index with a tally of 16.5 – his best score of the season so far.

The Senegalese winger registered six goal attempts, with four arriving from inside the box, and supplied three chances for team-mates.

Roberto Firmino (£8.4m) failed to pick up the points but still produced some encouraging statistics.

He ranked third in the ICT Index with 16.0, having fired in four attempts on goal and laid on five chances.

The Scout Notes

In addition to Milner’s goals from the spot, the versatile midfielder has also created 12 chances for team-mates – only Nathaniel Clyne (£5.5m and 13) and Firmino (19) have contributed more.

But Lallana is the big surprise package among Liverpool's plethora of FPL talent.

Flourishing in Jurgen Klopp’s fluid system, he is firing in a goal attempt every 33 minutes this season, compared to an average of 50 minutes last term.

Liverpool v Hull City
Mane registered six goal attempts and supplied three chances for his team-mates

Lallana has attracted more than 68,000 new owners so far this week; he is now found in 11.4% of FPL squads.

Liverpool’s fixtures certainly promote investment.

Klopp’s side face a trip to Swansea City in Gameweek 7. They follow this up with five Anfield encounters in the next eight, with West Bromwich Albion, Watford, Sunderland and West Ham United all scheduled to arrive on Merseyside.

Having lost his starting role to Loris Karius (£4.9m) on Saturday, Simon Mignolet (£5.0m) may well face a watching brief for that run of fixtures.

The Tigers made their own change between the posts on Saturday, with Eldin Jakupovic (£4.2m) dropping to the bench.

Owned by 23% of FPL managers, Jakupovic made way as David Marshall (£4.5m) earned his Hull City debut.

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