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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
    1 month, 27 days ago

    buy
    Lanzini or Mount?

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Mount if he's fit

    2. MiLK2018
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Mount if fit

    3. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Lanzini

  2. Recklesss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Salah not worth the 1.0 over Mane... k

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not last week

      1. Recklesss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Who cares about last week

    2. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Home weeks, away weeks....

  3. Prawnsandwich
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

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

  4. EMBOLOFAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    this page is blessed

  5. Tcheco
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    -350k net transfers

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

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not every game

      1. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

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

    2. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

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

    3. The Sociologist
        1 month, 27 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.

    4. The Casual One
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      imagine wildcarding and getting rid of Salah and TAA

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        To get United assets....

        1. Loyal Subject
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          GGMU brother

      2. Royal5
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I think plenty did

    5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ceballos bandwagon derailed

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

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

      2. Recklesss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        This - has not been in the game at all

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        This is Pool of old that we thought had disappeared?

      4. Loyal Subject
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Almost assisted Mane

    6. micsway
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

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

      1. micsway
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sorry it was Fabinio

      2. Recklesss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Just a goal

      3. The Neville Wears Prada
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

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

    7. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Luiz definitely has Salah (TC).

      1. Recklesss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

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

    8. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 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
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I dont.
        Their loss our gain.

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Well yeah there is that 🙂

        2. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Hehe yeah. Fantasy darwinism for ya

    9. luk46
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

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

    10. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Hope many didn't sell Salah

      1. MAGMA MONSTER
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Never even a thought for me

          1. Recklesss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            This 100%

        • Jafalad
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

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

      2. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 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
          1 month, 27 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
            1 month, 27 days ago

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

      3. Skalla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

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

        1. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Probably will replace Pukki at Norwich

      4. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
          1 month, 27 days ago

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

          1. Recklesss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            lol

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          MOREEE

          1. Licky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            *bays for blood*

        • Differential (c)
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

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

        • Ross From Friends
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Robbo a better striker than Kane

          1. Recklesss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Flase

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Shock Salah passes to Mane?

          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Hah

        • Jacky boy
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Season over. Sold TAA robbo and salah

          1. Limbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            WC?

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

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

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 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
            1 month, 27 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
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Yup

            2. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Yeah. Lampeter/Gerrard/Ronaldo all reached 13

            3. Little Red Lacazette
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              True.

          2. money face bandwagon
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Price

          3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
              1 month, 27 days ago

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

          4. Deulofail
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Another Chelsea double operative

            1. Deulofail
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

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

              Agh ffs Luiz

          5. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            You can be sure Robertson will never score in fpl again

          6. Bossworld
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Should have captained Salah

            • OldBenKenobi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

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

            • Shankly611
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 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
                1 month, 27 days ago

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

            • Tomerick
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

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

            • Giggs Boson.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

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

            • Differentiator
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              EMBARASSING

              by me for not having Salah

              1. cravencottage
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                You can always get him back- its a long season

              2. FPL Pillars
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 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
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                It's ok I still don't have Pukki

            • The Neville Wears Prada
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              salah still not worth 12.5?..

              1. Nomar
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                No.

                Will be 12 6 on Monday

                1. The Neville Wears Prada
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  got em