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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. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      None of the 11+ players are particularly good value, so I'm not sure why value is even a consideration for some people at that price. You buy these players as a captaincy option, that's what gives them the value.

  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Salah off pens? 😛

  2. SEYPULISIC
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Changed the (C) last minute from Sterling to Salah. 🙂

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Surely I can see you left it on Pulisic.

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Well played

    3. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      wait for Sterling to play first!

  3. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Milly On, Wiji off.

    Salah off pens then

    1. Garlana
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Surely not if he's on for a Hattie?

      1. The Neville Wears Prada
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        we don't feed trolls around here

  4. 1zverGGadeM
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Millie in for Gini

  5. Pad Randa
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Salah owners - you’re welcome. Sterling blank incoming tomorrow. Ffs...

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      This would be amazing!

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      He could easily outscore Salah. Happy Salah got returns but wouldn't be stressed as a Sterling capper

      1. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Kane (c) for me, but I did Mo > Raz last week.

  6. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Which is better?

    A) Lunsdram & Salah

    Or

    B) Robertson & Kdb

    1. Royal5
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      A if you have Sterling

  7. FOO FIGHTER
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Where are the Salah dictators now.

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Locked in car with Ozil.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Looking up the FPL 20/21 start date.

      3. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        What is a Salah dictator?

        1. Bram
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          I think it would look like the Sacha Baron Cohen one.

      4. Says
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Spreading Salah facism somewhere probably

      5. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Mo has a evil twin?

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Milner on the pitch but Salah after the brilliant last pen and on a hatrick should take if they get another imo!

    • Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Feel like I'm gonna slowly start taking more hits... oh dear

    • Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Captained TAA for the first two weeks with no success. And this is the week he's on for 12 points 🙄 😆

      1. BrutalLogiC
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        really...?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Really!

      2. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Unlucky, captained him gw38 and he won me my minileague.

    • DAZZ
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Imagine WCing AWB in for TAA

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Or using a FT for it heh

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Imagine WC'ing after 2 GWs.

      3. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Not all those who wildcarded took out TAA, Salah...

        But a lot did...ha ha

    • diesel001
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      What minute will Arsenal get their consolation goal?

      1. Licky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Sometime next week hopefully.

      2. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        92

      3. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        90th min.

        Next week against Spurs that is

      4. Le _ Professeur
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        83

      5. Zilla
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        84

    • Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Thoughts on Deulofeu starting next week?

    • Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I captained Kane over Salah 🙁

      1. moz_1983
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Made sense, may atill make sense.

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Did Kane blank?

      3. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Me too. Let's see what happens.

      4. pumpkinhead
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Kane hasn't even played... you serious?

      5. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Look on bright side you still have him to play.

    • FOO FIGHTER
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I love Mane but Salah is FPL KING!

      • SkeletONv01
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Obviously if pen happens, Klopp will give it to Salah to get a hattrick tonight, calm tits, "Salah off pens"...

      • @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Was Mounts injury serious or did anyone see it?

        1. Licky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Just a knock.

        2. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Nobody saw it

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            So I guess it's not serious 😉

      • NED KELLY
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        15mins for a mane hattrick

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 25 days ago

          It's happened before

      • Inazuma X1
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Whats the average now?

      • ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Luckily looks like only 37% EO on Salah this week - us Sterling(C) owners may not be punished too much...

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Guendouzi isn't good enough for a top 5 team is he?

        1. Gnu Scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Not a problem then if he's at Arsenal?

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Finished top 5 last season and likely again this year

          2. @fpl_phenom
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            oof nice

        2. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          He's decent imo. Much better than Xhaka and room for improvement.

      • Ross From Friends
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) was the most transferred-out player ahead of Gameweek 3, moved on by 398,638 managers

        ^ now that's hilarious

        1. DandyDon
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Haha

        2. 1zverGGadeM
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Cant wait to see Sterling TO after tommorow's blank 😀

      • Moose™
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Same old, same old. I always captain the wrong guy... Each week..

        1. pumpkinhead
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Who did you captain this week?

      • RealVirg
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Right going for a bubble bath, I do not want to see any more goals for next 20 mins

        • Differential (c)
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Arsenal, that back four is utter crap, wow. Only consolation is that next season that wont be the starting defence.

          Bellerin, Holding, Tierney and Saliba can't come back soon enough.

          1. Freaki
              10 months, 25 days ago

              Look at last season yeah, now look at this we’ve been able to hold off a class Liverpool away and only conceded three. If you have been watching the match you would see how well we have been defending for the majority of the game bellerin is only good because speed that’s it.

          2. banskt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            I captained Martial over Salah. Can't help but laugh at my decisions.

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 25 days ago

              After 2 GWs that looked the right call though.

              1. banskt
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                10 months, 25 days ago

                Hindsight is always cruel.

            2. SkeletONv01
              • 2 Years
              10 months, 25 days ago

              Well weird decision to captain, owning him sure, but captain? 🙂

              1. banskt
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                10 months, 25 days ago

                Form, fixture and stats, all went in his favor.

          3. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Could Mo finally get 3 Bonus?

          4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            This van dijk chap looks quite good.

            1. GOTHAM City F.C.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 25 days ago

              Sounds unbiased opinion.

          5. micsway
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Salah looking so dangerous and direct.