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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. FPL DONKEY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Mane is the new Sigurdsson

  2. Zilla
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Mane off
    Ox on

  3. fr3d
    • 1 Year
    24 days, 22 hours ago

    Did anyone else get more than 3 points from their Liverpool mid?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Mine is on 26

      1. Mr Peanutbutter
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          32*

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Us who didn’t ditch Salah

    2. Bartowski
      • 9 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Newcastle are going to lose 7-0 next weekend.

      1. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Watford aren’t that good

      2. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        0-7

      3. Recklesss
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        watford going to smash... k

    3. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Painful match for me not owning Salah and my captain Mane blanking and now subbed. I knew there would be days when Salah hauls which I've accounted for but still painful when it happens. Kane and Sterling still to come and no doubt inflict more damage. Horrible day, horrible gameweek. Won't be on here now looking at any ff sites for 2 weeks.

      1. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Do you own Sterling or Kane?

        1. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Have Sterling, no Kane

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Laca coming on

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Nice front three.

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Is it not too early? 😉

    5. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Pepe is Lingard in disguise

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        When Lingard reaches Pepe's age he'll be much better.

        1. Tcheco
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          One to watch that boy...

    6. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Emery sold his double Pool defence on WC, Laca has one job!

    7. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Mane fail

    8. FC Bama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      24 days, 22 hours ago

      Martial injured?

      1. Recklesss
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        maybe

      2. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Kinda, wait for the news.

      3. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Picked up an injury, but noone knows how bad it is

      4. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        We'll have to wait and see.

        Might just fortify my bench if it doesn't sound serious. Donks -> Cantwell looks good long term.

    9. FOO FIGHTER
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        WC is a b*tch if you got rid of Salah.

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          -4 to fix

      • Skalla
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        What is Laca supposed to do now in 10min for Arsenal except ruin the Liverpool CS?

        1. Ross From Friends
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          I think the real question is, what is Adrian going to do

      • fusen
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Was it Az during the latest scoutcast screaming that it was foolish to doubt Liverpool defence after just 2 gameweeks?

        10 minutes for him to be proved right

        1. Recklesss
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Many held

        2. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Atleast he got it right for 80 min

      • Ross From Friends
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Lacazette coming on with 10 minutes to go....worth a -4 to bring him in? looks essential

        1. Recklesss
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          chill Ross

      • balint84
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        get Martial or Perez out first? save one?

        1. Recklesss
          • 4 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Ole how hurt is Martial?

      • @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Well it looks like ill be wildcarding next week anyway....

      • Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        It’s like a cesspit of smug hindsight on here.

        1. Tcheco
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          When is it not?

        2. COK3Y5MURF
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Better focus on Liverpool alternatives

        3. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          There's always someone who made the improbable correct call.

          Monkeys, typewriters etc...

        4. Deulofail
          • 3 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Easy to say that now...

      • Deulofail
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Lacazette on for the last 10 mins. Stroke of genius

      • jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Wildcarding out AWB, Perez, Fraser & some other riff raff and siding with TAA + Robbo (yup dbl LIV def viable again haha) with Laporte, Haller, Maddison, Cantwell, Douglas & Lundstram!
        Feels pretty good before I head to my bed and can always change it up if and when I come to my senses....Goodnight all 🙂

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Timing is the key to humour

      • 1zverGGadeM
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        WC'ing a team and selling Salah to get funds is a trap

      • SkeletONv01
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Sterling(C), Salah (VC), no pressure Raheem.... 😛

        1. SkeletONv01
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          Pep if youre reading this, can you bench Raheem tomorrow? TY

      • @fpl_phenom
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Haller Barnes Pukki frontline...

        # Unstoppable

      • Kun Tozser
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        A. Romeu > Cantwell

        B. Trossard > Mount

        C. Both sod it

      • Brian Boitano
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Salah is the definition of a gameweek saving performance.

      • ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        100000000000% Liverpool will keep cleanie ..

        Trust them

        1. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          you're missing a few 0s

        2. DR0GBA
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          you're an idiot

          this is your fault

      • Goat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Salah or Mane + £1m ???

      • FDMS All Starz
        • 3 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Is it daft to sell Salah for Mane this week?

        1. SkeletONv01
          • 2 Years
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          No.

      • Hairy Potter
        • 4 Years
        24 days, 22 hours ago

        Just think if I'd shipped Salah to Mane on my WC, I could've had Ceballos instead of Cantwell today.

      • purple lamborGhini
          24 days, 22 hours ago

          how are ceballos owners feeling? He had a great cross into his own box I admit

        • RealVirg
            24 days, 22 hours ago

            This is terrifying please CS stay in tact

            Does it look at risk???

            1. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              24 days, 22 hours ago

              Very

            2. purple lamborGhini
                24 days, 22 hours ago

                looks ok but Laca just came on, if anyone gonna score for the gooners will be Laca

              • RealVirg
                  24 days, 22 hours ago

                  Oops did I jinx it?