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Two Liverpool midfielders? What the FPL experts say

30 Nov 2020
Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah

The Scout's panel on whether or not managers should double up on the Reds' attack

The Scout's panel of experts discuss the value offered by in-form Liverpool star Diogo Jota (£6.8m) and whether managers should be pairing him with either Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) or Sadio Mane (£12.1m).

What the experts say
Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

For me, Jota is an option only alongside Salah. I don't think Jota is a replacement for Salah over the course of the season. I also wouldn't trust Jota with the armband, whereas I would happily captain Salah most weeks, especially at Anfield.

As a fourth midfielder alongside Salah, he can provide managers with a Liverpool double-up at far less cost than owning Salah and Mane.

Geoff Dance (@GeoffreyDance)

I will be avoiding Jota, even though he will provide great value if he continues starting. I'm going with four premium midfielders - Salah, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m), Bruno Fernandes (£10.8m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m), plus Jack Grealish (£7.7m), to maximise my captaincy options.

Neal Thurman (@nealjthurman)

I'm still sceptical of how much playing time Jota will get. Still at a low price, you should think about him the same way you did Phil Foden (£6.5m) last season. 

Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12

If Jota continues playing at this rate, he makes a mockery of his price. You don’t compare him to Mane or Salah because he doesn’t cost the same amount. I’m looking to double up with Jota and Salah.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Jota looks a great option. I don’t think he covers Salah, who is still likely to get a huge points total, but he is easier to keep during tricky fixtures given his price.

Ben McNair (@drbenmcnair)

I still have my doubts. I don’t think Jota is in Liverpool’s best XI so I predict his minutes will decrease as injuries ease. For the price, perhaps that’s a reasonable trade-off to make, but he’s no substitute for Salah as a captaincy option.

Nick (@WGTA_FPL)

Jota came in for me in Gameweek 10 and I was instantly rewarded. In a congested premium market where we are trying to fit De Bruyne and Fernandes in alongside Spurs attackers and Jamie Vardy (£10.2m), Jota acts a cut-price way of covering Liverpool and has shown excellent form.

Also in this series

Part 1: Double up on Liverpool with Jota
Part 3: Mourinho tactics restricting star duo

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