Double Trouble: FPL Gameweek 26 – Liverpool

Double Trouble: FPL Gameweek 26 – Liverpool


Having covered Swansea’s options in our previous article (click here), it’s time to analyse the Liverpool potential going into Gameweek 26’s double. Once again, we’d like to remind you that both Swansea and Liverpool have a blank fixture in Gameweek 27, so keep this in mind when feasting your eyes on the double gameweek potential. After the success of both the Arsenal and Chelsea doubles in January, it’s awfully tempting to load up on double gameweek players but in those instances, we didn’t have to deal with a blank right after the double.

Liverpool Options

Starting at the back, we have two marauding full backs worthy of consideration in the form of Glen Johnson (6.4m) and Jose Enrique (5.7m). Liverpool have kept it very tight at the back, keeping clean sheets in all of their last 3 home games. However, their away form has not been as strong but the level of opposition should be taken into account, having travelled to top table sides in recent weeks. Taking this into account, at least one clean sheet looks possible from the two home games against WBA and SWA but to be safe you can pick Johnson or Enrique who offer attacking potential.

Johnson, who is 0.7m more expensive, has been in the stronger attacking form with 5 goal attempts and 7 chances created in his last 4 games. Enrique has only just returned from injury but has failed to register a goal attempt and has only created the one chance in his last game. However, with this match coming at the Etihad, we expect Enrique to be more of a threat in Gameweek 26, so he is a valid option for those with less money to burn

Moving onto the midfield, there is a clear option in the form of Stevie Gerrard (9.7m) who has reignited a fantasy fire to let us know that there’s still life in the old dog. After a underwhelming start to the season, Gerrard has shown incredible reliability in the past 12 gameweeks, picking up 5 goals and 11 assists, and is now the fourth highest points scoring player in the entire game. Clearly, he isn’t a cheap acquisition but in this current form, it’s hard to argue with his potential in the double gameweek, especially with set pieces and penalties in his locker too.

Cheaper midfield options include Downing (5.7m) and Henderson (5.3m) but as reflected in their prices, these players offer very little reliability compared to Gerrard. Of course, you can take a gamble on these budget midfielders with the option of selling them on in the following gameweek if things don’t work out for a midfielder like Sissoko (6.0m) from Newcastle who is on fire.

Last but not least, we have the striking options and in all fairness there are only 2 but boy are they a good double to have. First up, we have the Liverpool new boy, Daniel Sturridge (7.7m) who has settled in immediately, scoring goals in 3 of his 4 league appearances. He seems to have struck up a partnership with Suarez and has been given the direct role up front. Sturridge’s goals have come away from home, so it will be interesting to see how he copes with teams that are less open but he’ll be full of confidence. He’s currently a doubt for the WBA game, which is slightly worrying but with the game coming on Monday night, he has every chance to prove his fitness.

To finish things off we have the enigma that is Luis Suarez (10.7m),¬† who is the third highest points scoring player overall behind Mata and RVP. With 6 goals in his last 6 matches including an assist and 9 bonus points, he’s in strong form going into the double gameweek. To allay the fears regarding Sturridge’s effect on Suarez’s output, the statistics seem to be positive with the Uruguayan recording 16 shots in the last 4 gameweeks with 6 on target. During this period, Suarez has also created 11 chances for team mates and put in 7 crosses to show the shift out wide to accommodate Sturridge’s central role. Going into Gameweek 26, Suarez is definitely a strong captain choice, alongside Gerrard.

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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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