The scintillating midweek performance of Liverpool has certainly given managers something to think about as we head in to game week 36 but with the the return leg hanging in the balance it remains to be seen just how Jurgen Klopp will set up his team for the visit of Stoke.
With Man City turning on the style last week and Spurs having a favourable looking home game against Watford we could see a decent spread of captain selections for GW36. We assess the best three options late this week to ensure we have the latest intel before making our decision.
GW36 Captain Pick No.3: Mo Salah
Salah was in fine form against his old club in midweek as he ran the show and walked off the pitch with his side 5-0 up. The Egyptian looked unfazed by winning the PFA Player of the Year award at the weekend and will be desperate to play in this game against Stoke City.
The chances are that even if Salah does start (which is looking more likely with the injury doubt over Mane) he won’t last the full 90 as his manager will want to protect him and keep him as fresh as possible for the return leg against Roma. The fact that he didn’t complete the midweek game points to him starting here and even 60-70 minutes of action warrants serious consideration in terms of a captain pick. If you do pick him then make sure you have a rock solid vice captain.
GW36 Captain Pick No.2: Raheem Sterling
Sterling was our number 1 pick last week and he duly obliged with a goal and an assist and would have had another if Jesus had converted the penalty that the Englishman had won. He remains a top captain choice for game week 36 as Man City head to West Ham who conceded 4 to Arsenal last weekend.
That result for the Hammers last weekend doesn’t bode well for this game and although they look safe from relegation they do still need points on the board to secure their Premier League future. It is unlikely to come from this game though and we should be seeing another City masterclass as Pep keeps the regime tight in search of 100 point+ league tally.
The truth is that for Sterling it could read Silva, Jesus or KDB and any of those will be top choices heading in to this weekend but Sterling just pips it for us despite his likely reduced game time.
GW36 Captain Pick No.3: Harry Kane
Harry Kane has not looked himself since coming back from injury but we are taking a gamble and backing him to bounce back to scoring ways in this home game against Watford. The Hornets are about as inspiring as Theresa May Brexit speech and with nothing to play for they look lost. Spurs on the other hand have everything to play for and victory here will all but secure them Champions League football next season.