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Coutinho capturing Fantasy imagination

The Scout 10 Apr 2017
Stoke City v Liverpool

With three goals in as many Gameweeks, the Liverpool midfielder is luring back FPL managers after recent sales

The Bonus Points

Goals from substitutes Philippe Coutinho (£8.3m) and Roberto Firmino (£8.6m) inspired Liverpool's 2-1 win at Stoke City, but it was Nathaniel Clyne (£5.8m) who scooped the maximum Fantasy Premier League bonus points.

Starting at left wing-back before switching to the right, Clyne recorded nine recoveries, won five tackles and two successful dribbles, scoring 25 in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

That was just enough to edge out Coutinho. 

The Brazilian tallied 24 in the BPS to claim two additional points, having produced three key passes for the visitors in addition to their opening goal.

Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters (£5.4m) opened the scoring at the bet365 Stadium and picked up the final bonus point on offer.

The Republic of Ireland international also supplied a key pass for a BPS total of 23. 

The ICT Index

Despite their cameo roles both Coutinho and Firmino still led the way in the ICT Index, with scores of 13.3 and 10.4 respectively.

Coutinho registered three shots on goal, with two arriving from inside the box, while he also created three chances. His Creativity score of 46 was more than any other player in Saturday’s encounter.

Firmino, meanwhile, top scored for Threat (48) with five touches and three shots from inside the Stoke penalty area. 

The Scout Notes

A doubt for Saturday’s outing due to a recent illness, Coutinho was sold by more than 141,000 FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 32.

But he has now found the net in each of his last three Gameweeks and, with 28 points in that spell, FPL managers are flocking back to the Liverpool playmaker.

More than 24,000 have moved to acquire his services ahead of a Gameweek 33 trip to West Bromwich Albion

Joe Allen, Stoke City
Joe Allen is losing FPL owners after suffering a hamstring injury

The Hawthorns encounter is among five of Liverpool’s six remaining matches that score a Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR) of two.

So while Jurgen Klopp's side will not benefit from a Double Gameweek, a combination of form and fixtures could help Coutinho maintain his upward trajectory.

The Potters were dealt a blow when Joe Allen (£5.1m) was forced off with a hamstring injury during the first half.

The 9.4%-owned midfielder may now miss the Gameweek 33 home match against Hull City, with 12,000+ FPL managers already deciding to sell onthe former Fantasy favourite.

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