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GW36 Lessons: Liverpool defence forcing rethink

By The Scout 30 Apr 2019
Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson

The Scout says Andrew Robertson's success can spark more investment in the Reds' backline next season

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The two assists Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) recorded against Huddersfield Town helped him to a record-breaking haul in Fantasy Premier League and may force managers to a switch of tactics.

With two Gameweeks to go, the Liverpool full-back has totalled 202 points, beating the record for a defender in FPL, held by Joleon Lescott, who scored 196 points for Everton in 2007/08.

Liverpool's resilience has been a huge factor in Robertson's impressive season, the Reds recording a league-leading 20 clean sheets.

Robertson as creative as Salah

But it is his creative ability that makes Robertson a standout pick. His 12 FPL assists are more than any defender in the game and rank fourth overall, level with Mohamed Salah (£13.3m).

The importance of attacking full-backs for Jurgen Klopp's side has also benefited Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.7m).

He is second only to Robertson for assists in defence, with nine.

Robertson's all-round ability means that, along with Virgil van Dijk (£6.7m), he ranks among the six highest-scoring players in FPL.

Both Liverpool defenders sit above Sergio Aguero (£11.9m), the top-scoring forward with 193 points.

Double up on Reds defence?

At the start of the season, Robertson and Van Dijk cost a combined £12.0m, compared with the £11.0m for Aguero.

Their success could force a change of tactics from Fantasy managers next season.

Those who spend big on premium attackers may reconsider the potential on offer from Liverpool's defence.

Robertson will again be the standout contender, with Alexander-Arnold pushing hard as the double-up option.

Also in this series

Part 1: GW36 Lessons: Vardy back to his best
Part 2: FPL Experts: Fixtures favour Lukaku

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