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Fantasy Premier League Targets: Leicester & Liverpool

Leicester

Lifting the Premier League trophy is like a distant memory for fans of the foxes now. In the two years since the club’s greatest ever achievement they have overseen a number of changes in both manager and playing staff.

Current manager is Claude Puel who made a very strong start to his Leicester career when he joined the club in October. After a disappointing start to the season under Craig Shakespeare, he took the club to a 9th place finish. A poor run towards the end of the season saw them only win one match in their last seven and the Frenchman will be hoping the team don’t take that form into the new season.

One player he will be without is talismanic attacker Riyad Mahrez who has finally jumped ship in a £60m move to Champions Manchester City. The Algerian contributed 42 goals and 33 assists in 158 matches in his four seasons in the Premier League and leaves a big gap in the foxes team.

With further rumours of strong interest in England’s World Cup hero Harry Maguire and club legend goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from Manchester United and Chelsea respectively, Leicester may find the upcoming campaign quite a struggle unless the right replacements can be sought.

Jamie Vardy

Leicester may be losing some of their heroes from that famous 2016 season but one player who is still there is emphatic striker Jamie Vardy. Having suffered a disappointing summer where he was unable to stamp his mark on the world stage, Vardy will be desperate to resume league action and get himself scoring again.

There’s no denying that without Riyad Mahrez Leicester appear to look a weaker side going forward and many would predict this to have an impact on Vardy’s output. Only time will tell.

Bargain

James Maddison

No more mention of Mahrez for the rest of this piece as theirs a new man in town who could hold the future of the club in his hands. James Maddison has joined the Foxes from Norwich this summer for a fee believed to be around £20m.

There is great excitement around the club about this 21 year old who shone in the Championship last season scoring 14 goals. Maddison is a very creative player who is likely to play behind Vardy in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

As a dead-ball specialist, the former Coventry man has already been claiming free kick and corner duties in preseason.

Priced at £6.5m Maddison is one to watch at the start of the season as he could prove to be a star at the KP Stadium.

Hidden gem

Hamza Choudhury

Homegrown talent Hamza Choudhury broke into the first team last season having been on the club’s academy books for 13 years. After two loan spells at Burton Albion in the football League Choudhury came back to Leicester and managed to begin his Premier League career towards the end of last season.

Although his preferred role is as a central midfielder, Choudhury is capable of filling in across the middle in any position and could prove to be an excellent utility man for Puel this season.

The youngster is not expected to be a nailed on starter but as a fan favourite, if he is given a chance to impress may well hold down his place and prove excellent value at just £4.5m.

Liverpool

There is no denying that the Mersysiders are under a rejuvenation under charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp. Since his move from Borussia Dortmund 2 and half years ago the German manager has transformed Liverpool from a team on the fringes of the top four to potential league contenders.

With his attacking pressing style he has made the team into the most dynamic and entertaining sides to watch in the country. Coupled with his tactical knowledge he has made Liverpool one of the best teams to beat in the league.

Klopp has been on a spending spree this summer adding a raft of new signings to the club to improve his overall squad as well as his starting eleven.

With a breadth of options available to him we may see a high degree of rotation among the ranks but if you can catch the right player at the right time in FPL they could be worth their weight in gold.

There is no doubt that Liverpool are an exciting prospect this season and look the most likely to challenge Man City for the league title.

Mo Salah

When it comes to Liverpool there is only one man in the running. Mo Salah made FPL history becoming the first player to ever score over 300 points in a season thanks to his 32 goals and 12 assists.

With a bumper return though comes a bumper price increase and the Egyptian now finds himself as the most expensive player to own in the game. It’s clear that a pricetag of £13m is still not putting people off though as he currently finds himself in over 50% of teams right now.

With such a high ownership and an incredible record it takes a brave soul to go without Salah in their FPL team.

Hidden gem

Naby Keita

The wait is over as Liverpool very soon will finally get to see Naby Keita in a Liverpool shirt. The central midfielder agreed to join the club last summer but wanted to see out a further year at RB Leipzig in Germany after the scousers triggered a release fee in his contract.

The Guniean is a dynamic box-to-box midfielder who is likely to breath even more energy into Liverpool’s already electrifying attack. Capable of breaking up and starting attacks there is every chance that Keita could improve on the 6 goals and 5 assists from last season.

Keita is expected to be a new favourite in Klopp’s new look midfield alongside other recent addition Fabinho could be the difference that takes them from a top team to a great one.

A word of warning on Keita for any would be owners is that his disciplinary record is not the best. In just 27 appearances last season he collected 7 yellow cards and 2 reds.

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