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Firmino absent again as Liverpool face Newcastle

Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) is absent from the Liverpool match day squad yet again as they travel to Newcastle.

The Brazilian missed Gameweek 36 through injury but did play some part against Barcelona midweek.

Daniel Sturridge (£5.6m) gets a second consecutive start in the Liverpool attack, which might not necessarily be great news for owners of Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) and Sadio Mané (£10.2m).

Against Huddersfield, the Englishman was a little selfish in possession, opting to shoot more often than he looked to pass to his colleagues.

With Newcastle expected to try and stifle Liverpool, it will be interesting to see what effect Sturridge will have on those around him.

Those invested in the Reds’ defence will be happy to see the usual suspects lining up after some changes were made in the Champions League.

Virgil van Dijk (£6.7m) is paired with Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) at centre-back, flanked by Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.7m).

Newcastle continue to be very much out of the Fantasy picture with only Salomón Rondón (£5.9m) currently above 5% ownership.

Newcastle XI: Dubravka; Dummett, Lascelles, Schär, Manquillo; Ritchie, Hayden, Ki, Atsu; Rondón, Pérez.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho; Mané, Sturridge, Salah.

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1,094 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Atsu G

  2. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Oh no

  3. Distinctly Average
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Dreams come true 🙂

  4. Yank Revolution
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Goddamit Newcastle

  5. Bubz
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Thats good for me as just a TAA owner right?

    1. Pras United
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yup

    2. Amey
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Absolutely

      • COK3Y5MURF
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        An assist and a cleanie might've gotten you 3 baps.

        1. Bubz
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Hmm true, but doubt it ahead of van dijk? Alot of people with double D

        2. COK3Y5MURF
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          or 2.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Trent saves off the line.
      WTF was Lovren doing!

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Blaming the wrong wred

    4. Luka - Man Like Serbia
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lovely Newcastle, great stuff!

    5. Offside Trapattoni
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Atsu first goal since 2017 wow

    6. DV8R
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Atsuuuuu goal

      1. Right back Atsu
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Oh lovely, Virgil will have to get a 2nd.

    7. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      TAA is the worst defender, left his man wide open

      1. TAT
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yet he'll probably outscore defenders like Robbo points wise tonight…

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Probably...a classic 'better FPL player than real player' conundrum

          1. TAT
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Exactly!

      2. Luka - Man Like Serbia
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yep. TAA is no AWB in that regard.

    8. Salarrivederci
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Perfect as an van Dijk, Salah (C) & Mané owner!

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Losing potentially 7 points plus bonus for VVD?

        1. Salarrivederci
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Well so many with double pool defenders.
          And if they scored to 2-0 one could fear Salah and Mané would be taken off early?

    9. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Virg and TAA here. Benched Fraser and Rui tho

    10. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      TAA great save

      1. Distinctly Average
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Solid hands

    11. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      TAA avoids my second red today 🙂

    12. Gobigorgohome
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Should be RED for TAA

    13. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      How can I get 125 points last week and not have even broken 10 points so far.

      Lol!

      1. AC Yew
          1 month, 13 days ago

          136 last week. Currently on 8 points from 8 lol. Just when you think you know what you're doing

      2. True Deadzoner
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Atsu first goal since 2008

      3. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yep cmon yah Newcastle... gob Matip is benched

        1. Chucky
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Glad*

      4. Leo10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I own TAA but that should be a red card.

        1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I guess to be fair he hasn't denied a goal.

        2. McEwan
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Nah, advantage played and goal. If they didn’t score, would have been.

        3. Daniel - The Veteran
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          clear red. he should be banned next gw

      5. Gobigorgohome
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Imagine TAA against Messi

      6. Usually Babel
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Robertson & Doucoure > Doherty & Pogba.

          Dreams.

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Carragher is so bad on commentary during Liverpool games

          Come on Newcastle

        • Daniel - The Veteran
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Sent TAA off !!!

          1. Royal5
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Delete

        • Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Delighted that clean sheet is gone for liverpool.
          Now I just want Mane and Salah to do thier stuff.

        • Daniel - The Veteran
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Retrospective ban for TAA?

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No.

          2. McEwan
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            For what?

        • Dakes.
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Trent the bane of my bloody existence as a Robbo Mane owner

        • Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Trent owners very lucky

        • Distinctly Average
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Trent you lucky, lucky boy

        • Forza Papac
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Strangely content with that Newcastle goal as a Robbo owner

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Rondon scaring that Liverpool defence