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

    Atsu goal helped the ref not have to make a call

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

      Guess we will never know but would have expected a peno and red given. Great decision

  2. Manani
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    got lucky again as a TAA owner.

  3. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    All starts with Lovern backpass

    1. Amey
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Best in the world

  4. TONY123
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Considering the current terrible refereeing, I bet Marriner would’ve waved play on if Atsu hadn’t scored.

  5. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Refs jerrypicking. Sons gets a red and TAA doesnt. I call bull

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

      Different ref.

  6. Jet5605
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I know he's young and has a lot of time to develop but Trent can't defend to a good enough standard right now and Liverpool need a new RB next season. Gomez should be in the middle with VVD.

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

      Hard to knock the first choice right back of a team that’s conceded less than 25 goals all season

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

      TAA was never a defender imo, liability in CL.

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

    Perez SOT!!

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

    Wake up Liverpool!!!! Has Barca's beatdown ruined you? Should we just crown City champs already?

    1. Amey
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No way
      Need Raz© for last gw

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

    Perez almost

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

    Newcastle giving this a go

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

    MOOOOOOOOOO

  12. Bun Rab
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    TAA A
    Salah G

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

    Trent again 🙂

  14. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Thats what im talkin bout, lets go RAFAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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

    MOOOOOOO

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

    Salah G
    Trent A

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

    SALAHHHHHHH AND TRENT OMGGGG

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

      Heaven jumping up the ranks big time

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

    Salah goal
    TAA assist

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

    Hate Trent but love Salah

    1. DA Minnion
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Love both.

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

    Who needs Robbo 🙂

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

      Me

  21. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Stop slacking Mane, get involved

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

    Trent you absolute boy!

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

    Smooth: Brought in TAA this week for Duffy 😉

  24. Make Arrows Green Again
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Lol to be TAA owner. Rollercoaster.

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

    Mane and Robbo owner 🙁

  26. Van der Faart
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    You couldn't make it up. Should have been sent off. Provides another assist. I'll take the points though

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

    Who needs clean sheets? 🙂

    *apart from Robbo owners 😛

  28. DandyDon
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Trent young player of the year for me. Superb talent

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

    Who here sold Salah this week?

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bought him for son!
      Couldn't be better

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

    Screw off Salah.

    ML lost!