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GW36 Ones to watch: Virgil van Dijk

The Scout 25 Apr 2019
Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool

The Scout says the Liverpool centre-back's home form is too good to ignore

The Scout is tipping five players to produce big points in Gameweek 36 of Fantasy Premier League.

Virgil van Dijk (LIV) £6.6m

The Dutchman has been a huge success at both ends of the pitch in Liverpool's recent home matches.

Van Dijk has two goals, an assist and two clean sheets in his last four at Anfield.

He has amassed 35 FPL points in those fixtures, second only to the 38 of Sadio Mane (£10.0m) for Liverpool.

Friday evening's home encounter with Huddersfield Town lifts Van Dijk's potential for further attacking and defensive points.

Set-piece threat

A big threat from set-pieces, his total of 23 shots inside the penalty area is more than double any other Liverpool defender.

Liverpool boast the league's best defence, having conceded just 10 goals at home.

And Huddersfield have scored 11 goals away from home, joint-bottom with Cardiff City.

Van Dijk's security of starts could also be a factor for managers looking to invest in the Reds' rearguard for Gameweek 36.

He has been the only ever present in Liverpool's resilient back-four, starting all 35 of their Gameweeks.

Rotation protection

That means he is unlikely to be rotated should manager Jurgen Klopp have one eye on next week's UEFA Champions League semi-final meeting with Barcelona.

Van Dijk is now only four points behind Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) at the top of the FPL defender standings.

And his form at Anfield means the Dutchman could finally overtake his team-mate at the summit this weekend.

Remember, this week's FPL deadline is 19:00 BST on Friday, 26 April.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW36 Ones to watch: Aleksandar Mitrovic
Part 2: GW36 Ones to watch: Youri Tielemans
Part 4: GW36 Ones to watch: Pascal Gross
Part 5: GW36 Ones to watch: Ilkay Gundogan

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