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Lallana absence reduces Coutinho threat

The Scout 21 Nov 2016
Southampton v Liverpool

Reds fail to score in each of last two matches without midfielder, but fixtures suggest goals will come

The Bonus Points

Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne (£5.6m) collected the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Saturday’s goalless draw with Southampton.

The right-back scored 31 in the Bonus Points System thanks to six successful tackles, seven recoveries and four clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).

Southampton's central-defensive partners Jose Fonte (£5.4m) and Virgil Van Dijk (£5.4m) were also rewarded with extra points thanks to BPS scores of 30 and 29 respectively.

Fonte was awarded two bonus, nullifying the Reds’ attack with 10 CBI and seven recoveries.

Van Dijk also produced seven recoveries, six CBI and a successful tackle, in addition to completing 80% of 45 attempted passes. 

Southampton v Liverpool
Nathaniel Clyne has created 17 chances this term, more than any other FPL defender

The ICT Index

Having produced 15 attempts on goal to the hosts’ three, Liverpool dominated the ICT Index standings.

Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) was ranked first with a score of 8.9.

The midfielder fired three attempts on goal, all from inside the penalty area, and also supplied a trio of scoring opportunities for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Philippe Coutinho (£8.7m) clinched second with a tally of 6.4.

Passed fit after undergoing scans on a tight hamstring, the Brazilian made more successful passes in the final third (22) than any player on the pitch, in addition to producing two key passes.

All three of Coutinho’s attempts on goal were off target, with only one arriving from inside Saints’ penalty box.

Georginio Wijnaldum (£7.5m) was ranked third in the Index.

Deputising for the injured Adam Lallana (£7.2m), he scored 6.3 after firing in two attempts and providing a pair of scoring opportunities.

The Scout Notes

Liverpool have now failed to score in each of the last two Premier League fixtures without Lallana.

The England international remains a doubt for the next two to three matches, meaning that Wijnaldum could retain a role in the starting line-up.

Despite failing to score, Klopp’s side offer FPL managers the opportunity of attacking returns due to a favourable upcoming schedule. 

Southampton v Liverpool
Despite not scoring, a promising run of fixtures promotes interest in Liverpool's attackers

According to the Fixture Difficulty Rankings (FDR), Liverpool record a score of only seven over the next four Gameweeks, which gets under way with an Anfield encounter with Sunderland next weekend.

In defence, Clyne has now collected maximum bonus points on the two occasions that Klopp’s side have registered a clean sheet.

The right-back is ranked top for chances created (17) among defenders this season and sits second for attempts on goal (12).

Southampton's Dusan Tadic (£7.1m) failed to recover from a broken nose, allowing Sofiane Boufal (£6.8m) a first Premier League start.

The club's record signing now adds competition in attack, with Nathan Redmond (£6.0m) and Charlie Austin (£6.8m) also in contention to start in Claude Puel’s front three. 

Cedric Soares, Southampton
Cedric Soares' return to fitness offers FPL managers a cheaper route into the Southampton defence

The return of Cedric Soares (£4.9m) bolstered the hosts’ resilience ahead of some improving fixtures.

Puel’s side have now recorded a clean sheet in the last four league matches that the Portuguese right-back has started; they had conceded in four successive Gameweeks prior to the weekend.

Four of Southampton’s next five matches score two in the FDR, suggesting that investment at both ends of the pitch could prove a profitable strategy.

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