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FPL watchlist: Alexander-Arnold worth the premium

The Scout 7 Jul 2021
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The Scout says Liverpool right-back can score big Fantasy points in the first eight Gameweeks

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV) £7.5m

Liverpool’s early schedule increases the right-back’s chances of making an immediate impact at both ends of the pitch.

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According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), five of the Reds' opening eight matches score only two.

Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face all three promoted sides during that period.

Liverpool’s first eight Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR GW Opponent FDR
1 NOR (A) 2 5 CRY (H) 2
2 BUR (H) 2 6 BRE (A) 2
3 CHE (H) 4 7 MCI (H) 4
4 LEE (A) 3 8 WAT (A) 2

Managers have been quick to select Alexander-Arnold in their opening squads.

He is the third most-popular defender for 2021/22, owned by 27.6 per cent, despite being the most expensive player in his position.

All-round appeal

Alexander-Arnold’s ability to deliver points in both attack and defence is key to his appeal.

The 22-year-old combined two goals and eight assists with 10 clean sheets in 2020/21.

He had 55 shots and created 77 chances last term, both more than any other defender in Fantasy.

And with Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) expected to return to fitness for the new season, Liverpool’s prospects of more clean sheets have certainly improved.

Alexander-Arnold scores last season

Alexander-Arnold's all-round style of play is also favoured by the Bonus Points System (BPS), which determines the bonus points in any given match.

He picked up 26 bonus points in the last campaign, more than any other defender.

When that factor is added to his potential for goals, assists and clean sheets, Alexander-Arnold has the early schedule to establish himself as a key player in 2021/22 Fantasy. 

Tomorrow: Dias is Man City's best choice

See: The Scout's FPL watchlist for 2021/22

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