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FPL Lessons: Liverpool full-backs set to fly

The Scout 19 May 2018
Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool

The Scout on why Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold may be two of the best options in defence next season

With 2017/18 Fantasy Premier League ended, The Scout reviews each position to highlight the players managers should consider for 2018/19.

Defenders

A big score on the final day suggests that Andrew Robertson could be a significant draw next season.

The left-back was the joint-top scoring player for Gameweek 38. His 18 points, thanks to a goal, an assist and clean sheet in Liverpool's 4-0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion, was matched only by Patrick van Aanholt.

Finding their feet

Jurgen Klopp’s tactics have been vital to the progress of Robertson and his fellow full-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool's 4-3-3 formation allows the pair to raid forward.

Signed from Hull City last summer, Robertson made only two appearances in the first 14 Gameweeks before displacing Alberto Moreno as the first-choice left-back.

In 22 matches, the Scot returned a goal, five assists and 10 clean sheets.

His average of 5.0 points per match (ppm) was joint-top for FPL defenders, equalled only by Marcos Alonso and Phil Jones.

Alexander-Arnold tallied 4.4 ppm in a breakout season, supplying a goal and two assists over 18 Gameweek starts.

Like Robertson, he only cemented regular starts as the campaign went on, featuring only six times in the first 19 Gameweeks.

The third Red

Liverpool's defensive potential was transformed mid-season following the arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

From the Dutchman’s Premier League debut in Gameweek 24, Liverpool claimed eight clean sheets, more than any other side.

No team conceded fewer goals than Liverpool’s 10 in that period.

Van Dijk’s aerial threat from set-pieces looks to be a weapon for Klopp's side.

He was among the top three defenders for his 12 shots inside the penalty area and six shots on target since Gameweek 24.

But Van Dijk could be overshadowed by his defensive team-mates next season.

If they can maintain their starting roles, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold will have the platform to rank among the most popular and highest-scoring FPL defenders.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL Lessons: De Gea's season a game-changer
Part 2: FPL Lessons: Burnley battle is key for managers
Part 3: FPL Lessons: Promoted goalkeepers can save seasons
Part 4: FPL Lessons: Chelsea defence still on top
Part 6: FPL Lessons: Cresswell proves a rare bargain
Part 7: FPL Lessons: Position and price crucial for Salah appeal
Part 8: FPL Lessons: Watch out for 'forward' midfielders
Part 9: FPL Lessons: Set-pieces key for midfield bargains
Part 10: FPL Lessons: Kane still the go-to Fantasy forward
Part 11: FPL Lessons: Firmino soars as a forward
Part 12: FPL Lessons: Can Perez save the 3-4-3?

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