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GW35 team news: Klopp boost for FPL managers

The Scout 20 Apr 2018
Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed  Salah

Liverpool manager vows to field a strong line-up at The Hawthorns as The Scout reviews the key FPL team news

Managers in Fantasy Premier League have been buoyed by the prospect of a strong Liverpool line-up at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Mohamed Salah (£10.6m), Roberto Firmino (£9.4m) and Sadio Mane (£9.5m) will be considered for selection against West Bromwich Albion, despite Liverpool facing a UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg with Roma on Tuesday.

The Liverpool manager has revealed Salah, in particular, is fit and available as the Egyptian pursues the Premier League Golden Boot and a possible record for goals in a season.

End of Salah sales

Salah is FPL’s leading points scorer, with 281 points, but has lost more than 328,000 managers across the last two Gameweeks.

That trend has been reversed ahead of tomorrow’s 11:30 BST deadline, with more than 80,000 managers recruiting him for the match at The Hawthorns.

He has failed to score in just one of his last nine starts and will doubtless be the most popular selection for the Gameweek 35 captaincy.

End to Arsenal rotation?

Arsene Wenger has stated that he will use Arsenal’s home meeting with West Ham United as preparation for next week's UEFA Europa League semi-final first-leg against Atletico Madrid. 

The departing manager yesterday suggested he could field some of his likely starting XI for that tie in Sunday's fixture. 

That could mean recalls for Hector Bellerin (£5.9m), Laurent Koscielny (£6.0m), Mesut Ozil (£9.3m) and the fit-again Aaron Ramsey (£6.8m) on Sunday.

Aubameyang doubts

But it means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s (£10.7m) pitch time is not guaranteed.

The striker has started the last eight league matches, producing six goals and two assists.

Aubameyang's 6.3 points per match ranks second only to Sergio Aguero (£11.6m) among FPL forwards.

The Gabonese forward is cup-tied on Thursday, and Wenger admitted he has yet to decide whether Aubameyang would retain his start on Sunday.

He is part of at least 667,000 squads, but lost over 167,000 in ownership for Gameweek 34 as managers switched to Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) and Harry Kane (£12.9m).

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