Dugout Discussion

Salah and key defenders start for Liverpool as Mané benched

As expected, Sadio Mané (£11.5m) has been named on the bench for Liverpool’s opening Premier League match of the season.

The Senegalese international missed all of the club’s pre-season friendly campaign and was always a doubt to be involved against Norwich.

Jurgen Klopp did not appear too fazed by not being able to include Mané in the starting XI.

As had been predicted, Divock Origi (£5.5m) starts on the left flank of the forward line in the 4-3-3 system.

“I’m happy with how it is now. It’s not about me it’s about the players. If the player aren’t available or fit they are the things we have to deal with.” – Jurgen Klopp

The Belgian features alongside Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) in a central role while Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), the winner of the Gameweek 1 captain poll, is on the right flank.

There was keen interest in Liverpool’s defence over the summer and all three key individuals find themselves in the starting XI.

Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) are on the left and right flanks of the back-four, with Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) in the middle.

Paired with the Dutchman at centre-back is Joe Gomez (£5.5m), which comes as welcome news to those invested in Alexander-Arnold.

After the Englishman replaced his compatriot around the hour mark in the Community Shield final, with Joel Matip (£5.5m) starting that match at centre-back, there had been some concern over Alexander-Arnold’s role.

However, a home match against newly-promoted opposition was clearly seen as a different prospect to Manchester City at Wembley by Klopp, who clearly favours playing the more attacking full-back in this one.

Norwich line up in the 4-2-3-1 formation that Daniel Farke was so fond of on his way to securing the Championship title last season.

There was only one change to our predicted line-up provided by team news correspondent Neale Rigg.

Todd Cantwell (£4.5m) has been handed a start on the left side of attacking midfield, alongside Marco Stiepermann (£6.0m) and Emi Buendía (£6.0m).

That means Onel Hernandez (£5.5m) taking up a spot on the bench.

As expected, Grant Hanley (£4.0m) starts at centre-back alongside Ben Godfrey (£4.5m) with Timm Klose (£4.5m) and Christoph Zimmermann (£4.5m) injured.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabinho; Origi, Firmino, Salah.

Substitutes: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Mané, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Matip.

Norwich XI (4-2-3-1): Krul; Lewis, Godfrey, Hanley, Aarons; McLean, Trybull; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Buendía; Pukki.

Substitutes: Fahrmann, Byram, Roberts, Vrancic, Leitner, O Hernandez, Drmic

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2,602 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 10 hours ago

    Well that gw could have gone better for me

    Liverpool cleansheet gone had Treble liverpool defence
    Robertson - TAA - Alison

    Alison injured - clean sheet gone for the other two.

    Captained TAA at least he got an assist I got that part right!

    I don't think I will bother replacing alison unless he is out for longer than 3 weeks.

    Fair play to those who got Krul - I remember a few mentioned him pre-season.

    1. POLSKA GOLA
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      How many point did Krul get from saves?
      I was considering him and Ryan rotation but went with 4.0 as second keeper

    2. Manani
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      what do you mean fair play? he got 1pt. and is 4.5m

      1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 9 hours ago

        Oh sorry what I mean he looks like a good keeper to have for the season with the amount of saves he has to do.

    3. Mc3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      Don't smoke weed before team deadline

      1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 9 hours ago

        It was close to being good. Salah only beat TAA by 7 when all is said and done.
        If the clean sheet landed Trent would have beaten Salah or being close to him.

        1. Mc3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          But it didn't. And you're without the best player in the game + have to make a GK transfer (unlucky Tbf)

          1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 8 hours ago

            I might hold off on the keeper transfer and stick to my original plan

            gw3 with free transfer
            fraser out sterling in
            wilson out greenwood in

  2. POLSKA GOLA
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 10 hours ago

    268400 live GW1 rank,
    How about you guys?

    1. Ay Ay Ron
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      Where are you getting this info from so quickly?

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 9 hours ago

        don’t want to advertise any sites but this one’s from the ff fix site, feature available without paying

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          I don’t think livefpl have live rank as yet but may be wrong, their other new features are great though

    2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      add a nought on to that!

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 9 hours ago

        Kane (C) by any chance?

        1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          No that would be good
          Captain TAA - and had Alison and Robertson

          All that planning and Alison got injured sickner.
          Plus had Ryan VVD instead for ages then switched as I went KWP

          1. POLSKA GOLA
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            That’s fpl live, you can’t get all them calls right but if you stick to your plan it will even out over the season

            1. POLSKA GOLA
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 9 hours ago

              * life

              1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                • 10 Years
                12 days, 9 hours ago

                I am happy enough I went with my plan in a way because - I had rough ideas for gw3 save a transfer etc.
                But that Alisson injury has put me in a dilemma.

  3. Guilty Sigurðsson ♛
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 9 hours ago

    Bonus added. (Possible dialup connection)

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 9 hours ago

    What’s ragabolys live site link?

  5. POLSKA GOLA
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 9 hours ago

    4200 people have already transferred Robbo out 🙂

    1. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      not many out of the 3 million that own him

      1. POLSKA GOLA
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 9 hours ago

        4200 too many inho

  6. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 9 hours ago

    Any updates on the Alison injury how bad is the prognosis?