Three Liverpool men to win you some weekend beer money

Liverpool have had an up and down start to the new season. Three games for Jurgen Klopp’s team have seen a win, a defeat, and a draw. Topsy turvy doesn’t begin to describe it, however.

After a nervy start against Arsenal, they blew the Gunners away before almost letting them back into the game. After dominating Burnley for an entire game, they contrived to obtain the most possession (a little over 80%) than any other losing team in Premier League history. And after a fine performance against a lacklustre Tottenham, they let a sluggish Spurs nab an equaliser.

But the performances have been more encouraging than the results suggest. Liverpool have played incredibly well, and up against a Leicester City side who have a very similar record of one win, one defeat and one draw in their first three games.

After three games to whet the appetite, and an international break to make us remember just how much we love club football, the Premier League is back and form can settle down.

So here are three men who will do the business for Liverpool this weekend as form and potential will settle down and the results will flow – so update your FanDuel team accordingly. You heard it here first! And remember, FanDuel will match your first deposit all the way up to £400, so you really have no excuse not to….

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James Milner

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The highest scorer of FanDuel points for Liverpool against Tottenham two week ago, Milner wins points not just because he scored the Reds’ goal but also because he is one of football’s great all-rounders.

Milner wins points for tackles and clearances owing to his new-found slot at left back. He wins points for passing because he’s a clever, passing midfielder; he wins points for creating chances because he’s a great crosser; and he wins points for tackles and interceptions because he’s now a defender. If you think about it, it’s really all down to Alberto Moreno that you’re doing so well on FanDuel!

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Roberto Firmino

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When Divock Origi came onto the pitch for Liverpool against Tottenham, he went up front. The idea, surely, was to make Spurs – who were chasing the game – think twice about committing men forward for fear of the counter attack.

In reality, all that did was make Roberto Firmino less effective at closing down the centre backs, giving them the chance to play the ball out from the back with more accuracy, allowing them to get a foothold in the game and create chances.

Firmino was Liverpool’s second-highest scoring player on FanDuel last week, and that has a lot to do with his work rate. He earned as many points (six) for tackles as James Milner – Liverpool’s left back – and more than Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren put together. Couple that with 15 points for chances created (joint top in the league in gameweek three) and you have a winner.

Up against Leicester’s hulking defensive line, perhaps that work rate and terrier-like yapping will bear more fruit.

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Philippe Coutinho

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When it comes to fantasy football, you kind of know what you’re going to get from Philippe Coutinho. He’s a wonderful passer, he creates chances and he often scores sensational goals, too.

Against Burnley, Liverpool had all the possession but couldn’t fashion the perfect opening. Against Leicester this week, you’d expect Jurgen Klopp’s men to have the lion’s share of the possession once again, and if they’re to break down the champions’ solid defence, they’ll probably need a little bit of magic from Coutinho this time.

You know he’s good for a goal or an assist….

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