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FPL team news: Liverpool worries can aid Arnautovic

The Scout 10 Aug 2018
Marko Arnautovic

The Scout says the West Ham forward could profit from Liverpool's defensive worries

Liverpool's prospects of a clean sheet in Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League have been hit by a number of injury concerns in their defence.

Jurgen Klopp will assess Joe Gomez (£5.0m) and Joel Matip (£5.0m) for Sunday's home encounter with West Ham United, while Ragnar Klavan (£4.5m) is expected to miss out.

And Dejan Lovren (£5.0m) has already been ruled out because of a late return to training after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Liverpool conceded only 10 goals at home last season, the second best defensive record in the Premier League.

Because of that, Virgil van Dijk (£6.0m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.0m) and Andrew Robertson (£6.0m) are among the top nine most popular defenders in FPL.

But their chances of claiming a clean sheet may diminish if Klopp has to shuffle his options.

Popular Arnie

That could boost the hopes of Marko Arnautovic (£7.0m) scoring at Anfield.

The Austrian is the fifth-most popular forward in the game, owned by 22 per cent of managers.

He tallied 11 goals and seven assists in 20 appearances as a striker last season for West Ham.

Mourinho monitoring

Jose Mourinho will need to check on a number of his attackers as Manchester United welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford this evening.

Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m), Paul Pogba (£8.0m) and Jesse Lingard (£7.0m) did not feature during pre-season because of the FIFA World Cup.

This could allow Alexis Sanchez (£10.5m) to occupy a forward role for United.

The Chilean has benefitted from a place up front in recent friendlies.

He has played a part in three of United's final four goals over the summer, scoring twice and supplying an assist.

The World Cup has also affected the plans of Leicester manager Claude Puel, who will assess England pair Harry Maguire (£5.5m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) ahead of Friday's match.

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