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Starts for Salah, Firmino and Mane in Liverpool’s season opener

As expected, there are starts for Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), Sadio Mane (£9.5m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.5) as the Reds welcome West Ham United to Anfield this afternoon.

Fabinho (£6.0m), who missed a penalty in the Tuesday night friendly win over Torino, is only fit enough for a place on the substitute’s bench after struggling with illness this week. James Milner (£5.5m) however has recovered from a head injury to take his place in the three-man midfield alongside Georgino Wijnaldum (£5.5m) and Naby Keita (£7.5m).

Joe Gomez (£5.0m) has won his own fitness battle to line up in the Liverpool defence, which is otherwise at full strength. Alisson (£5.5m) makes his league debut for the Reds between the sticks.

Having missed West Ham United’s final pre-season fixtures with a hip injury, Andriy Yarmolenko (£7.0m) only features as a substitute for the Hammers today. Michail Antonio (£7.0m) takes his place on the right flank.

Declan Rice (£4.5m) looks set to feature out of position in the West Ham midfield, while there are competitive Irons debuts for Lukasz Fabianski (£4.5m), Ryan Fredericks (£5.0m), Fabian Balbuena (£4.5m), Jack Wilshere (£5.0m) and Felipe Anderson (£7.0m).

In the other 13:30 BST kick-off, Cedric Soares (£4.5m) has been passed fit to play at wing-back after missing all of Southampton’s pre-season.

Jack Stephens (£4.5m) gets the nod over Jan Bednarek (£4.0m) in central defence, while Manolo Gabbiadini  (£6.0m) is only among the substitutes – along with Danny Ings (£5.5m).

Charlie Austin (£6.0m) is supported by Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong (both £5.5m) in attack.

Matthew Lowton and Stephen Ward (both £5.0m) return at full-back for Burnley after being rested for the Thursday night Europa League fixture in Istanbul, while Chris Wood (£6.5m) is the sole striker in the attack.

Joe Hart (£4.5m) makes his Burnley league debut, with Tom Heaton (£5.0m) watching on from the bench.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita; Firmino, Salah, Mane

West Ham XI (4-3-3): Fabianski; Fredericks, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Masuaku; Noble, Rice, Wilshere; Arnautovic, Antonio, Anderson

Southampton XI (3-4-2-1): McCarthy; Hoedt, Vestergaard, Stephens; Soares, Romeu, Lemina, Bertrand; Armstrong, Redmond; Austin

Burnley XI (4-4-1-1): Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Lennon; Hendrick; Wood

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  1. yanks250125
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    Anyone got the team IDs of our trusted fellas? Andy is 662 but anyone know the others?

    1. Ginkapo - Kolarov a Semi Fi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 59 mins ago

      Why do you trust them?

      1. yanks250125
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 48 mins ago

        same reason we're all on this site to begin with

    2. Meppelfield
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 59 mins ago

      Go to andys page and find the mods and cons league. Voila.

    3. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      Go to FFS Mods and Cons League on Andy's page.

    4. Chaste
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 57 mins ago

      Are you just gonna follow their teams?

  2. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    Hopefully Mendy, Bernardo and Aguero can replicate Robertson, Mane and Salah. Terrific Trio’s they are

    1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      Yep, I have all six 😀

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 57 mins ago

        Super six!

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      This*

  3. Papamoa Fc
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    I’d have hit the 100+ mark if United didn’t concede last kick...

    1. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 59 mins ago

      I could have hit 150 with all the highest scoring players

      1. Papamoa Fc
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 56 mins ago

        😆

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 59 mins ago

      I’d have hit the 100+ mark if Kabasele scored a hat trick...

    3. Count of Monte Hristo
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      Same.

    4. Marstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 56 mins ago

      I'd have hit my wife if ...

      Edit: wifi (auto- correct)

  4. Differentiator
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    Bullet dodged. No Salah but still on 50 pts with a few to play. Phew

    1. Alnair
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      Just get him in, he got played in about 5 times today and could've had more.

    2. The Wise Owl
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      Risky!

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 57 mins ago

      If only 50 then the risk certainly wasn't worth it.

  5. Nightf0x
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 59 mins ago

    Sane benched, second guessing peo starts now, hell of a team alot of options this man have

    1. Nightf0x
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 59 mins ago

      *pep

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      Not a suprise after his CS performance

  6. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 59 mins ago

    If only I'd capainted Mane over King, was 50/50 on it, would have reached triple digits! lol@firstworldproblems

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      reply fail to Papamoa

    2. The Wise Owl
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      Ownership was scary for Salah, was the better pick at the time

    3. MC Hammer
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 56 mins ago

      If only I’d captained the Biss

  7. Count of Monte Hristo
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 58 mins ago

    Which do you prefer?

    a) Kane + Wilson

    b) Aubameyang + Vardy

    1. Marstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 53 mins ago

      B for me ... until September at least :p

  8. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 58 mins ago

    Use my FT for Hughes > Neves?

    No Brainer?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 58 mins ago

      Yep. Don’t do it

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 57 mins ago

        Keep Will Hughes then lad?

    2. Winners900
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 57 mins ago

      I'm thinking I might do that as well really.

      Hughes->Neves

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 56 mins ago

        I will see how this game pans out with City & Gunners then make a decision I think?

        1. Winners900
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 53 mins ago

          yeah injuries can happen

    3. Sylas
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 52 mins ago

      You wouldn't be asking the question if it was a no-brainer.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 47 mins ago

        forget I said no brainer then lol

  9. SADIO SANE ①⑨
    • 3 Years
    9 days, 58 mins ago

    forwards have all been shite so far, hopefully Kun shows them how it's done

    1. diesel001
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 57 mins ago

      Zaha and Vardy scored

    2. Guy Demel
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 56 mins ago

      Salah, mane, KDB will be my base going forward I think... plenty to work with around them

  10. Shrimpy
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 57 mins ago

    Boy do I wanna FT Alexis > Mane

    1. The Wise Owl
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 57 mins ago

      Sanchez have Brighton next

      1. The Wise Owl
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 57 mins ago

        has*

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 57 mins ago

      Do it. Mane, Eriksen or KDB.

      Bobby's turn to haul next week tho

    3. MC Hammer
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 56 mins ago

      Do it

  11. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 8 Years
    9 days, 57 mins ago

    This FPL caper is mad isn't it 🙂

  12. The Wise Owl
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 57 mins ago

    Salah > Neves, asking for a friend

    1. MC Hammer
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 55 mins ago

      Do it, you’ll be a friend for life

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 8 Years
      9 days, 55 mins ago

      obviously

      Neves = 12 points for 5.0m - 2.4 points per £1m
      Salah = 8 points for 13.0m - 1.6 points per £1m

      By my calculations that makes Neves approximately 150% better than Salah

      1. Ben Mee Over A Table
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 46 mins ago

        8 points for 13 mil = 0.6 ppm

      2. piquiblanco
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 45 mins ago

        Boy you screwed up the maths here.

    3. SweeSwee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 52 mins ago

      No brainer

  13. CYN
      9 days, 57 mins ago

      Dont like chasing points.

      Hold on these 3 right?

      Arnie
      Moura
      Sanchez

      1. Genji3lade
          9 days, 53 mins ago

          im concerned about Moura's minutes, but yes hodl the other two

      2. Captain Vantastic™
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 57 mins ago

        79 with Aguero and Bernardo to go. Red arrow?

        1. Wild Rover
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 56 mins ago

          I’ll give you a red card

          1. Captain Vantastic™
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 55 mins ago

            🙁

        2. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 56 mins ago

          Do 1 maybe even 2

        3. speedyboyzz
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 55 mins ago

          Ban

        4. Sylas
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 50 mins ago

          Another weirdo seeking validation on his score.

      3. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 57 mins ago

        Loving seeing so many high scores around here. Very pleased to see some good names get well deserved scores.

        Just don't do too well all season please 😉

        1. Robbieblob
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 55 mins ago

          You deserve the high scores around here. Somehow you manage to stay nice and genuine

        2. EgyptianKing
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 50 mins ago

          I feel the same. Great to see this good first GW to many of us that throughout the last 2 weeks were here discussing several ideas 🙂

      4. Robbieblob
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 56 mins ago

        I know it’s early days but I can’t seem to find a way to get any arsenal players in for their good run of fixtures. This is based on players such as Aguero, continuing to perform and the fact that laca doesn’t look nailed

        1. Four Hit Wonder
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 55 mins ago

          Ramsey is a player who gets retuns against poor teams so I'm bringing him in for the nice fixtures for Ars.

        2. Differential (c)
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 54 mins ago

          Hoping Aguero scores, Auba blanks and price drops. Easy switch later on lol.

      5. Four Hit Wonder
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 56 mins ago

        83 pts with Bilva, Aguero and Laca still to play. Emery apparently will only field Laca and Auba together in games vs poor oposition. So that's 9.5m wasted.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 55 mins ago

          I made the same mistake

        2. Robbieblob
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 54 mins ago

          Is that last statement correct because if so he’d be great (laca) from gw3 to gw6 at least

        3. speedyboyzz
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 53 mins ago

          They will start together against all teams except City,Spurs,Pool,Chelsea imo.

      6. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 56 mins ago

        Fraser neutralized no Richarlison for me.

        Please Mahrez, do same for Mane.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 55 mins ago

          Need all 4 + Salah 😉

          1. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 54 mins ago

            Damned Eriksen 🙁

      7. Kellz86
          9 days, 56 mins ago

          All these ppl saying Salah to Mane because Salah isn't worth it at 13mil must have a pretty short memory - it wasn't so long ago Aguero was essential at the same price.

          Salah is clearly the more dangerous player and bigger goal threat - today just happened to be a better day for Mane. Just watch it switch next week.

          1. Limbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            9 days, 55 mins ago

            Safe money on both

        • Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 55 mins ago

          I’m guessing some folk already hit triple digits then? Good start to the year. Loads of goals / CSs

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        • The Wise Owl
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 55 mins ago

          Neves to likely rise tonight

          1. Gazpilicueta
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 54 mins ago

            are you trolling?

          2. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 53 mins ago

            hope not I am thinking of doing Hughes > Neves after this game.

        • Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 55 mins ago

          Arno and King fail, keep faith at least 1 more week probably right though. What do you think?

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 8 Years
            9 days, 53 mins ago

            Arnie better not be injured or I am going to smash up my sitting room

          2. Marstar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 49 mins ago

            Yes, hold. Arnie had a tough gig at Anfield and King was good in a FPL non-scoring kinda way.

        • Papamoa Fc
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 53 mins ago

          How much do you focus on gaining value early doors?

        • Royal5
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 52 mins ago

          City playing in Pyjamas.

        • Moshinp4p
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 51 mins ago

          Could someone kindly link ville ronkes team can't seem to find it

        • Kevin de Blanke
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 26 mins ago

          A bit early, but I need to replace Martial (pls don't laugh :P)

          Got Richarlison, Mahrez, Salah

          Looking at Ramsey, Pedro/Willian....

          1. TheGman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 24 mins ago

            Willian over Pedro, Ramsey's got some good fixtures after Arsenal finish getting thrashed. Have you thought about a bandwagon (i.e Neves)?

            1. Kevin de Blanke
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 23 mins ago

              Yes Neves on my mind, but if I go Ramsey I'll have 0.5 to do Stephens-->Neves next gw (if nothing gets in my way)

              1. Kevin de Blanke
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 22 mins ago

                Guess Neves will be 4.6 by then....ah I'll reverse it

                Get Neves now then Ramsey after Che

              2. TheGman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                9 days, 21 mins ago

                Good plan... No one seems to be considering Jorginho over Neves, just a thought as he did good for me for just 5m this week.

                1. Kevin de Blanke
                  • 2 Years
                  9 days, 10 mins ago

                  Nice shout, I'll keep in mind

        • CLASS OF 78
            8 days, 23 hours ago

            BSilva -> Mane was nailed for me before that. Then he moves forward. Then he does that! Now what???