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Key Liverpool defenders start as Lacazette benched for Arsenal

All eyes will be on Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Sadio Mané (£11.5m) as Liverpool take on Arsenal this evening.

The Egyptian has been largely ditched by those playing their Wildcards for Gameweek 3, Mané seeming to be the most popular replacement for him.

With the Gunners defence somewhat questionable away from home since Unai Emery took over, both players are likely to have plenty of chances.

The success of those who Wildcarded Salah out could very well come down to fine margins at Anfield this evening.

Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) may also be on the fringes of the Fantasy radar with more shots in the box than any Liverpool attacking player so far this season and an impressive record against Arsenal.

Despite some poor performances at the back for Jurgen Klopp’s men so far this season, all the key defenders have kept their places.

Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) are deployed at full-back while Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) is paired with Joel Matip (£5.4m).

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Emery looks to have matched Liverpool’s 4-3-3 with an identical formation of his own.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) leads the line for the Gunners while Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5m) drops to the bench.

On the flanks of the front-three are Dani Ceballos (£5.6m), who performed well against Burnley, and Nicolas Pépé (£9.4m) who comes in for his first start in an Arsenal shirt.

Sead Kolasinac (£5.4m) still awaits his first start of the season, named on the bench as Nacho Monreal (£5.0m) is selected at left-back.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Leno; Monreal, D Luiz, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock; Pépé, Aubameyang, Ceballos.

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  1. balint84
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    buy
    Lanzini or Mount?

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Mount if he's fit

    2. MiLK2018
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Mount if fit

    3. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Lanzini

  2. pumpkinhead
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Salah not worth the 1.0 over Mane... k

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Not last week

      1. pumpkinhead
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Who cares about last week

    2. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Home weeks, away weeks....

  3. Prawnsandwich
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Where the accidental Salah captainer who posted earlier? Lucked out ha ha

  4. EMBOLOFAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    this page is blessed

  5. Tcheco
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    -350k net transfers

    He does this every time. Glad I learned my lesson from last season.

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Not every game

      1. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        It works out to be a bad move over time, if not immediately

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      SAME. Was punished by his hattie last season. No way I’m dropping him

    3. The Sociologist
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Season ruined last year after selling Salah before his purple patch over the Winter period after a long string of blanks. Never again. Mo always finds a way.

  6. The Casual One
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    imagine wildcarding and getting rid of Salah and TAA

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      To get United assets....

      1. Loyal Subject
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        GGMU brother

    2. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I think plenty did

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Ceballos bandwagon derailed

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Still offers great value. Was never the fixture to start him.

    2. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      This - has not been in the game at all

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      This is Pool of old that we thought had disappeared?

    4. Loyal Subject
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Almost assisted Mane

  8. micsway
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Anyone got matip? He's on a goal and an assist!

    1. micsway
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Sorry it was Fabinio

    2. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Just a goal

    3. The Neville Wears Prada
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      that's racist, they don't all look the same

  9. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Luiz definitely has Salah (TC).

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      He has too much ego to do that. Probably has himself TC this week.

  10. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Salah Sterling in every team before GW1. Feel bad for those who lost patience so early.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I dont.
      Their loss our gain.

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Well yeah there is that 🙂

      2. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Hehe yeah. Fantasy darwinism for ya

  11. luk46
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Where are the Salah sellers? Can't hear you from up there...

  12. KAPTAIN KUN
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Hope many didn't sell Salah

    1. MAGMA MONSTER
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Never even a thought for me

      1. pumpkinhead
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        This 100%

    2. Jafalad
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Me. Learnt my lesson from last season. Getting UTD assets was always a dicey move imo.

  13. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    So the directors realised on the plane back from the Europa League final loss that they needed to invest.

    Will they realise on the train back from this shambles that they need to invest?

    And if David Luiz was the answer - what on earth was the question??!!

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Still an upgrade on Mustafi and what else they have there. In fairness, Luiz had a good year or two at Chelsea and is experienced and they got him very cheap

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        But I agree they should have done much much better to try to shore up the defense somehow

  14. Skalla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Lacazette still on bench 3-0 down vs Liverpool , which team will he go to next season?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Probably will replace Pukki at Norwich

  15. Trophé Mourinho
    5 months, 5 days ago

    when an unstoppable force (salah) meets a movable object (luiz)

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      lol

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    MOREEE

    1. Licky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      *bays for blood*

  17. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Robertson close with a timely block to deny him. Come on, Robbo!

  18. Ross From Friends
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Robbo a better striker than Kane

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Flase

  19. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Shock Salah passes to Mane?

    1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Hah

  20. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Season over. Sold TAA robbo and salah

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      WC?

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Why if I may ask? Good matchups after this game.

  21. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Salah only owned by 38.6% when he has been leading FPL scorer 2 seasons in a row. Should have at least 60% ownership.

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      And he isn't prohibitively priced. Wasn't the likes of Henry, Ronaldo, even Var Persie 14mil?

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Yup

      2. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah. Lampeter/Gerrard/Ronaldo all reached 13

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        True.

    2. money face bandwagon
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Price

    3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Yes and was at 48% start of season. Lost 10% to group-think

  22. Deulofail
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Another Chelsea double operative

    1. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Not even trying to cover up his sabotage. He can't be that bad by accident.

      Agh ffs Luiz

  23. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    You can be sure Robertson will never score in fpl again

  24. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Should have captained Salah

  25. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Joe did contemplate Salah as a potential captain this week. Wonder if he took the chance?

  26. Shankly611
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Planning to transfer King and Perez for Pukki and Mount.

    I have 0.8 in the bank.

    When would be the best time to do those transfers? I expect price changes, so should I do them tonight?

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      You have plenty of wiggle room so you can do either.

  27. Tomerick
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Nearly Wildcarders and would have dumped Salah, Vardy and Haller. Thank goodness I didn’t.

  28. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    It's amazing Robertson hasn't returned yet. Always looks a threat. Not fun watching him as a TAA and VVD owner.

  29. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    EMBARASSING

    by me for not having Salah

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      You can always get him back- its a long season

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      It's good to admit it, well done!

      He's top points scorer, only a matter of patience.

    3. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      It's ok I still don't have Pukki

  30. The Neville Wears Prada
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    salah still not worth 12.5?..

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      No.

      Will be 12 6 on Monday

      1. The Neville Wears Prada
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        got em