FPL Gameweek 4 review: Haaland treble, Salah blank, Zinchenko injury

A little later than usual, we dissect the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from Saturday’s top-flight fixtures. 

For those who prefer a more numbers-based recap, we also have a statistical breakdown of Saturday’s Gameweek 4 action.

The numbers and heatmaps you see in this article are from our Premium Members Area, where you can access Opta player and team data for every single Premier League fixture.

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Roberto Firmino‘s (£8.0m) 22-point haul in Saturday’s win over Bournemouth was not only the highest individual FPL Gameweek score of the season but also over a third of what he managed in the whole of 2021/22.

We’ve seen enough of Firmino in recent years to know that he is capable of producing a monster score (Watford in Gameweek 8 of last season for example) before reverting to underwhelming type but what it does do is lay down the gauntlet to the suspended Darwin Nunez (£8.9m), who will return in Gameweek 6. With Diogo Jota (£8.9m) also in the final stages of recovery from injury, short-term competition is fierce again up top for the Reds.

“In a bunch of outstanding football players and top performances today; loved Robbo’s impact, for example, [he] makes all the difference for us when he’s that lively, but Bobby, yes. He played, I know that’s not the moment to talk about individual performances when you lose at Man United 2-1, but he played a really good game there. Imagine a game against United where we have near 70 per cent possession without Bobby, it would probably have been 49 [per cent], or whatever, so he was everywhere, but today was a completely different game.

“So for him, again, high up the pitch, more between the centre-halves, dropping, yes, but in different areas between the different lines and arriving in the box, being part of the massive chance in the first half when it was the little one-two with Harvey I think, backheel – that’s Bobby Firmino how we all know him. For him, if you talk about what kind you get off the chest, this was a massive game today. So, and the timing couldn’t have been better, to be honest.” – Jurgen Klopp

Most key Liverpool assets filled their boots against sorry Bournemouth on Saturday, with defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) supplementing clean sheets with attacking returns and Luiz Diaz (£8.1m) walking away with a 14-point haul. Most that is, except for Mohamed Salah (£13.0m).

In a season in which there has been plenty of talk about a possible reduction in goalmouth proximity due to Darwin’s arrival, he was ironically at his most dangerous in the Bournemouth game.


‘Variance’/luck can only really explain the two misses below and a blank in a 9-0 win. While there may be a longer-term debate to be had and analysis to be done about Salah’s value and potentially diminishing threat alongside Darwin, transferring the Egyptian out – over 270,000 have done this already – only based on Saturday’s three-pointer does seem short-sighted.

Diaz overtook Salah in the FPL points table after Gameweek 4, although it should be said that his expected goal involvement (xGI) for the season is not far off a third of his Egyptian teammate’s (1.21 v 3.20).

Liverpool probably won’t get an easier league fixture than this all year, with the Cherries looking like a team well out of their depth. Bournemouth’s survival won’t be based on results against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, of course, but owners of Pedro Neto (£5.3m) and co will be hoping that their hosts’ confidence is shot to pieces come Gameweek 5 and that the much-needed new recruits still haven’t arrived.

Scott Parker does at least have star striker Dominic Solanke (£5.8m) and club captain Lloyd Kelly (£4.5m) to come back into the side in midweek, with the former only the bench on Saturday and the latter absent with a minor injury.

“At this present moment in time, yeah, for sure [it was the lowest point of my job]. Definitely. But where we currently are, I can see some more, to be honest with you.” – Scott Parker

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold (Clark, 83), Gomez, van Dijk, Fabinho, Robertson (Tsimikas, 69), Henderson (Milner, 69), Elliott (Carvalho, h/t), Diaz, Salah, Firmino (Bajcetic, 70).

AFC Bournemouth XI: Travers, Smith (Solanke, h/t), Mepham (Bevan, 82), Senesi, Zemura, Lerma, Cook (Pearson, 77, Marcondes, 82), Tavernier, Christie (Billing, h/t), Anthony, Moore.


Touches, smouches. Erling Haaland (£11.8m) got on the ball on fewer occasions (16) than Crystal Palace’s second-half substitute Chris Richards (£4.5m) in Saturday’s six-goal thriller at the Etihad but still ended Gameweek 4 with the match-ball and top of the FPL points table.