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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
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Mane is the new Sigurdsson

  2. Zilla
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Mane off
    Ox on

  3. fr3d
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Mine is on 26

      1. Mr Peanutbutter
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        32*

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Us who didn’t ditch Salah

  4. Bartowski
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Newcastle are going to lose 7-0 next weekend.

    1. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Watford aren’t that good

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      0-7

    3. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      watford going to smash... k

  5. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 9 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
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Do you own Sterling or Kane?

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Have Sterling, no Kane

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Laca coming on

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

      Nice front three.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Is it not too early? 😉

  7. Tcheco
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Pepe is Lingard in disguise

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

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

      1. Tcheco
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        One to watch that boy...

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

  9. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Mane fail

  10. FC Bama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Martial injured?

    1. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      maybe

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Kinda, wait for the news.

    3. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

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

    4. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 9 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.

  11. FOO FIGHTER
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      -4 to fix

  12. Skalla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 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
      28 days, 9 hours ago

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

  13. fusen
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 9 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
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Many held

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Atleast he got it right for 80 min

  14. Ross From Friends
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

    1. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      chill Ross

  15. balint84
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    get Martial or Perez out first? save one?

    1. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Ole how hurt is Martial?

  16. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

  17. Wild Rover
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

    1. Tcheco
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      When is it not?

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Better focus on Liverpool alternatives

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

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

      Monkeys, typewriters etc...

    4. Deulofail
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Easy to say that now...

  18. Deulofail
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Lacazette on for the last 10 mins. Stroke of genius

  19. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 9 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
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Timing is the key to humour

  20. 1zverGGadeM
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

  21. SkeletONv01
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

    1. SkeletONv01
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

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

  22. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Haller Barnes Pukki frontline...

    # Unstoppable

  23. Kun Tozser
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    A. Romeu > Cantwell

    B. Trossard > Mount

    C. Both sod it

  24. Brian Boitano
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Salah is the definition of a gameweek saving performance.

  25. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    100000000000% Liverpool will keep cleanie ..

    Trust them

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      you're missing a few 0s

    2. DR0GBA
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      you're an idiot

      this is your fault

  26. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Salah or Mane + £1m ???

  27. FDMS All Starz
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Is it daft to sell Salah for Mane this week?

    1. SkeletONv01
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      No.

  28. Hairy Potter
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

  29. purple lamborGhini
    28 days, 9 hours ago

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

  30. RealVirg
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    This is terrifying please CS stay in tact

    Does it look at risk???

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

      Very

    2. purple lamborGhini
      28 days, 9 hours ago

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

    3. RealVirg
      28 days, 9 hours ago

      Oops did I jinx it?