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Liverpool rule the bonus points in Fantasy

The Scout 28 Aug 2017
Liverpool v Arsenal, Joe Gomez

The Scout explains why the Reds' defenders outscored all but Roberto Firmino in the Bonus Points System

A superb 4-0 victory over Arsenal helped Liverpool's Fantasy Premier League options dominate in the Bonus Points System (BPS).

Jurgen Klopp’s players claimed the top four spots, with Roberto Firmino (£8.5m) at the summit with 51.

The Brazilian has scored 101 in the BPS over the season, more than any other forward.

Firmino’s creativity has been key. He has recorded two assists, with six key passes and two big chances created, more than any other FPL forward in all cases.

Reds defence put scorers in the shade

Both Mohamed Salah (£9.1m) and Sadio Mane (£9.6m) missed out on bonus points.

Salah was caught offside twice and missed two big chances to score 39 in the BPS.

Mane has scored in each of his three Gameweeks but has yet to be awarded a bonus point.

He tallied 36 and ranks second in the BPS (83) to Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£8.2m, 106) among midfielders.

The two midfielders were edged out of the BPS by defenders Alberto Moreno and Joe Gomez (both £4.5m).

Moreno completed more passes (64) than any other Liverpool player and won six of his eight attempted tackles to score 40 in the BPS.

The Spaniard has made and won more tackles (11 and nine) than any other defender this season.

Gomez, pictured top, bettered Moreno with a BPS score of 42 after supplying an assist, two key passes and winning three of his six tackles.


Jones betters Bailly

Phil Jones (£5.1m) gained his first bonus point of the season in Man Utd's 2-0 win over Leicester City.

The centre-back ranks second to Eric Bailly (£6.1m) in the overall BPS standings (92 vs 88).

However, Bailly’s tally has benefited from his goal at Swansea City in Gameweek 2.

The underlying statistics show Jones to be outperforming his team-mate across key metrics.

He has recorded more clearances, blocks and interceptions (29 v 21).

He also boasts a higher pass completion (94% v 86%) and has committed fewer fouls (one v four).

Smith supply key for Terriers

The Huddersfield Town defence has been full of eye-catching performances in the BPS, with Tommy Smith (£5.0m) the latest to shine.

The right-back claimed two bonus points from the 0-0 draw with Southampton, after delivering three open play crosses and five key passes to score 30 in the BPS.

Only Tottenham Hotspur’s Ben Davies (£5.6m) has created more chances (nine) than Smith's six among FPL defenders this season.

Smith produced 10 assists in the Championship in 2016/17, averaging a key pass every 71 minutes.

See: Lessons learned: Managers' forward moves

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