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Liverpool's Defence Was A Fantasy Football Manager's Dream Against Watford

Liverpool's Defence Was A Fantasy Football Manager's Dream Against Watford

Liverpool's performance on Wednesday night, as they battered Watford to stay top of the Premier League table, would have pleased a lot of their fans and the performance of their defence would have been enjoyed by plenty of fantasy football managers.

Last season Liverpool were a joy to watch for many neutrals. Jurgen Klopp's side rampaged forward with gay abandon and regularly smashed lots of goals past sides, the problem was that the tactic could be easily exposed at the other end.

The Reds finished fourth, as they spent the back end of the season concentrating on the Champions League, but scored the second most goals with 84.

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This season Klopp has been pragmatic in his approach. Liverpool are still an attacking side but they have performed much better in defence.

So far this term in 28 games the Reds have only conceded 15 times, with Manchester City's 20 conceded the second least.

On Wednesday night the Reds were back to their marauding best with a 5-0 win against Watford, with Sadio Mane's backheel goal potentially the highlight of the night.

However it wasn't just a good day for the attacking side as Liverpool's defence put together a performance to put a beaming smile on the face of any fantasy football manager.

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Virgil van Dijk's two goals, clean sheet and two bonus points gave him 20 points. Alexander-Arnold obviously also had a clean sheet but popped up with three assists and three bonus points to earn 18 points. Finally Robertson followed suit with two assists and a clean sheet for 13 points.

Van Dijk heads home the fifth for Liverpool. Image: PA Images
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This week's average points were 53 and you'd have nearly matched that just with those three in your team alone.

Speaking of which this week's number one scorer on the official Premier League game managed to grab 142 points and had all three of them in the team.

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Admittedly the guy managed to hit such a huge score because he triple captained Van Dijk, that's a bloody good move.

Van Dijk and Robertson celebrate. Image: PA Images
Van Dijk and Robertson celebrate. Image: PA Images

Personally I'm kicking myself because I was going to captain Robertson and got talked out of it by a colleague, always follow your instincts.

First Liverpool attacked to win games, then they defended and now their defence are doing the attacking and defending, it's quite the transformation.

Topics: Watford, Liverpool, Football News, Trent Alexander Arnold, Premier League, Virgil Van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp, Fantasy Football

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