A very exciting weekend packed with action from both the Merseyside and Manchester derbies must have had some important talking points, and we will discuss those here.
From Jurgen Klopp’s surprising tactics to a Chelsea defeat against West Ham, here are 5 things we learned from Gameweek 16.
- Liverpool’s team is shaping up nicely:
Liverpool faced Everton at Anfield on Sunday, and the match was expected to deliver much enthusiasm. Jurgen Klopp’s approach to the game was quite surprising, with the German benching both Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilians were both expected to make the Starting 11, especially ahead of a big derby.
That must have been what most FPL managers thought, and all those who put one or both of them in their team must have been disappointed when they saw the team-sheet.
However, other Liverpool players did well in the game, and examples include Mohamad Salah, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The manager is unlikely to bench the two Brazilians again any soon, at least not both at the same time. The Reds ended up drawing 1-1 with the Toffees, and Klopp’s decisions were put into question.
- Charlie Austin should be in your team:
If Southampton forward Charlie Austin isn’t in your team yet, then go buy him!
The Englishman scored the opening goal against Arsenal on Sunday, and he helped his side pick up a draw at St. Mary’s.
He scored 4 goals in his last 3 appearances, and, at the affordable price of £6.1 million, he is a top pick for anyone who wants a decent forward.
- Chelsea dropping points:
Chelsea are going through a poor run of form at the moment, coming from behind against Newcastle and losing to West Ham at the London Stadium.
Their players haven’t been doing any better, with Alvaro Morata scoring only 1 goal in his last 4 games. The Spaniard is also one yellow card away from a one-match ban.
This Gameweek, he has received only 2 points, and that is certainly an underperformance for the £10.8 million striker.
- Manchester City back on track, Aguero not:
Manchester City have emerged winners on Sunday against Manchester United in a possibly significant game concerning the league title. Silva and Otamendi found the net for the Sky Blues, but Sergio Aguero was benched once again.
We couldn’t believe that Aguero was back in the Starting XI for Manchester City after some time on the bench, and FPL managers were very quick to put him in their teams.
At Old Trafford, the Argentinean was benched once again, something very frustrating for many FPL managers.
- Bye-Bye Lukaku:
Belgian international Romelu Lukaku had high expectations on him when he joined Manchester United in the summer.
He did have a good run of form at the beginning of the season, and he started to become a fan-favourite.
However, his form started to drop, and he got only 2 points in the Manchester derby. In addition, a terrible clearance of his resulted in Man. City’s 2nd goal, and that should be the final straw for many managers.