Salah rises in price, Jota is now a striker

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Scout assess player prices in 2022/23 Fantastic Premier League and their implications.

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Managers will have to pay £13.0million to have Mohammad Salah in their opening squads this season.

The Liverpool Egyptian is up £0.5m from last term, matching his highest ever starting cost in 2018/19.

Fantasy’s best player of the past season, Salah has produced over 230 points in each of his five campaigns on Merseyside.

His potential for huge armbar returns, combined with a favorable opening schedule, should make Salah a strong favorite from the start of the season.

Liverpool face just one of the top six last term in their first seven outings, visiting Manchester United in Gameweek 3.

This amiable series of opponents indicates that a hat-trick over Jurgen Klopp’s regulars can immediately reward managers, with a host of Reds players at a bargain price.

Liverpool Opening Gameweeks
GW Opp
1 FULL (A)
2 CRI (H)
3 A (A)
4 BOU (H)
5 NEW (H)
6 EVE (A)
seven WOL (H)

Luis Diaz could prove exceptional value at just £8.0million, with the Colombian set to secure the left-winger role following Sadio Mane’s departure.

Diogo Jota, meanwhile, takes on a new position in Fantasy this season. The Portuguese is changing from a midfielder to a striker as he earned the vast majority of his minutes as a central striker in the previous campaign.

Nevertheless, the arrival of Darwin Nunez means Jota will be a rotational risk.

The Uruguay striker is priced the same as Jota at £9.0m. He produced 26 goals and four assists in 28 league appearances for Benfica last season.

Defensive double?

At the back are Liverpool’s top three defenders from last season, Trent Alexandre-Arnold (£7.5 million), Andrew Robertson (£7.0 million) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m), remained the same prices.

Alexander-Arnold ranked third in the overall player rankings with 208 points in 2021/22 and his many return routes will make him the defender of choice for millions of managers.

He combined two goals and 12 assists with 18 clean sheets and 32 bonus points.

Goalkeeper Alisson (£5.5million) could be a strong source of value between positions for those considering doubling down on Liverpool’s defence.

The Brazilian finished just seven points behind Van Dijk last season but is £1.0m less than the centre-back in 2022/23.

Also in this series

Part 1: Saka rises after career best campaign
Part 2: Haaland cheaper than De Bruyne
Part 3: Brentford offers early value

See: All 2022/23 player prices revealed

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