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FPL managers wait on Coutinho injury

The Scout 28 Nov 2016
Liverpool v Sunderland

Scan results due back today as 43% of Fantasy players fear the worst

The Bonus Points

Jordan Henderson (£6.4m) claimed the maximum three Fantasy Premier League bonus points in Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Sunderland, but managers will be worried by an injury to Philippe Coutinho (£8.7m)

The Reds' captain recorded 37 in the Bonus Points System, providing the assist for Divock Origi's (£6.5m) opener, one of six key passes he supplied.

Henderson attempted more passes (128) than any other player in Gameweek 13, with a completion rate of 88%, and has now earned nine bonus points this season.

Origi was awarded two bonus points having been introduced from the bench for Coutinho after 43 minutes. The Belgian recorded 31 in the BPS, ahead of full-backs James Milner (£6.6m) and Nathaniel Clyne (£5.7m) on 30.

Milner scored his fifth goal of the season, all of which have arrived from the penalty spot, while also completing 88% of his 61 passes.

Clyne contributed two key passes, along with five recoveries and three tackles won as Liverpool earned back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season. 

Liverpool v Sunderland
Jordan Henderson provided six key passes and has now earned nine bonus points in 2016/17

The ICT Index

Henderson also led the way in the ICT Index, recording 13.5, his highest tally of the season.

Having supplied six goalscoring opportunities, via 70 completed passes in the Sunderland half, Henderson's Creativity score of 80 was ranked top for Gameweek 13 overall.

Emre Can (£4.8m) was another vital component in the Reds' midfield, recording 11.1 in the Index; his biggest score of the campaign.

The German created four chances for team-mates, while also registering five goal attempts to score 48 for Threat.

Sadio Mane (£9.2m) and Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) both bettered Can's Threat tally, scoring 63 and 57 respectively.

The latter fired in four attempts, while Mane had three efforts, all from inside the Sunderland penalty area.

Liverpool v Sunderland
Sadio Mane (70) is now only eight FPL points behind Philippe Coutinho (78)

The Scout Notes

Previously the top-owned FPL asset, Coutinho has been sold by more than 216,000 managers since Saturday's deadline.

Still found in 42.9% of squads, the verdict from scans on his ankle injury is now eagerly awaited.

With Adam Lallana (£7.1m) missing out again due to a groin injury and Firmino also picking up a minor knock to his calf, there is cause for concern among Jurgen Klopp's midfield options.

Mane remains fully fit and, off the back of his assist for Milner's penalty, has earned more than 36,000 new owners ahead of Gameweek 14.

The Senegal international is now on 70 points, only eight behind Coutinho.

With fixtures against AFC Bournemouth (A), West Ham United (H) and Middlesbrough (A) to come, Liverpool's attacking assets still warrant consideration.   

Sunderland left Anfield without reward and mustered only six attempts on goal - the lowest total in Gameweek 13.

Owners of Jermain Defoe (£7.5m) and Victor Anichebe (£4.6m) will be hopeful of improved prospects ahead of a Gameweek 14 home meeting with Leicester City.

The Foxes have conceded a Premier-League high 16 goals on their travels and are yet to earn a clean sheet away from the King Power Stadium.

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