Fantasy Premier League: Liverpool's Fab Four set to wow us this season

Klopp likes Lallana, do you?
Klopp likes Lallana, do you?

The Reds have started the season in fine goalscoring form and every Fantasy team must have one of their midfield quartet, according to Joe Dyer...

"Firmino, 8.4m, is a key attacking plank of Klopp's Liverpool side. Often playing furthest forward, he has scored or assisted 18 times in 35 Premier League games for the Reds."

We're swiftly back in to Fantasy Premier League action with the second Friday night kick-off of the season taking place at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea host Liverpool.

And Friday night's match seems as good a place as any to begin our column on Gameweek Five of this Fantasy Premier League season.

Using the Betfair markets as our guide the battle between Red and Blue is going to deliver goals, the 1.84/5 on over 2.5 goals is the third shortest in the Premier League this weekend.

Only Manchester City v Bournemouth and Spurs v Sunderland trade shorter. Assuming the markets have it right which players should we be targeting this gameweek?


Tricky to choose between Liverpool's Fab Four

Liverpool's midfield is a good place to start, with four men carrying a clear goal threat - Roberto Firmino, Phillipe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana have all scored twice this season.

So which man do you want in your lineup? In truth it looks hard to go wrong with any of the quartet and much will depend on how much cash you have to spare.

England's Lallana is the cheapest of the bunch at 7.1m and is becoming a favourite of Jurgen Klopp thanks to his sheer energy and ability to conjure up something a little different in attack.

Coutinho comes in at 8.2m. The Brazilian was on the bench last weekend after a long journey back from the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers but should return to first team duties after an eight goal campaign last season.

Firmino, 8.4m, is a key attacking plank of Klopp's Liverpool side. Often playing furthest forward, he has scored or assisted 18 times in 35 Premier League games for the Reds.

Liverpool spent a lot of money on Mane this summer, and he has justified that with two goals so far so you can expect him to start as often as possible. At 8.9m he is just about into the marquee price range for midfielders.

Klopp's Liverpool have scored nine times in four games so far and they look like providing us with plenty of entertainment throughout the season with these fab four to the fore.

They sure do concede a few, though, and we can expect Chelsea to get on the scoresheet on Friday. But if looking to buy a Blue the options are thin on the ground, unless you want to spend big. Simply put, there's not much mystery to the Blues' attack, with four-goal Diego Costa carrying the scoring load, assisted by two goals from Eden Hazard. Willian, Victor Moses, and Michy Batshuayi have added one apiece, but the latter two have not even played 60 minutes of Premier League football this season.


Iheanacho a stunning stopgap selection


City are fancied to run riot at home to Bournemouth and, though undoubtedly a short-term option given he only starts as Sergio Aguero is suspended, Kelechi Iheanacho is stunning value at 7m. He should start the next pair of matches for the league leaders with Swansea away facing City in Gameweek Six.

The looming figure of Aguero may put you off buying Iheanacho, but he looks a very solid To Score bet at 19/20 this weekend.


Can Spurs snare a third clean sheet?


If City and Liverpool, who play three of four games at Anfield following their trip to Chelsea, can be relied upon to provide the goals where do we look for clean sheet points?

The longest price in the Both Teams to Score market this weekend is at White Hart Lane where Spurs host shot-shy Sunderland. The Tottenham rearguard has registered two clean sheets already this season and, though the unit comes up against old boy Jermain Defoe, should be relatively confident of blanking their opponents who have scored just three Premier League goals this season.

Mauricio Pochettino has settled on his preferred back four - Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker - and though on the pricey side, they look solid long-term purchases.

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Don't forget that there is an early deadline to the transfer window this week - all purchases must be made by 7pm on Friday night.

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