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Firmino falls foul of rotation as Salah and Mané start for Liverpool

Rotation inspired by the Champions League has finally arrived in the Premier League as Liverpool host Newcastle this afternoon.

Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) has fallen foul of it at Anfield, dropping to the bench with Divock Origi (£5.4m) leading the Reds’ line. Perhaps that is no surprise as the Brazilian was in action for his country in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Ahead of a packed fixture list with seven games in 21 days, Jurgen Klopp has also opted to give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.3m) his first league start of 2019/20 at the expense of captain Jordan Henderson (£5.5m).

Liverpool’s defensive quartet remains unchanged in the form of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.1m), Virgil Van Dijk (£6.5m), Joel Matip (£5.5m) and Andy Robertson (£6.9m) with Adrian (£4.6m) continuing to marshall the backline in the absence of Alisson (£5.8m). 

Klopp’s decision to rest both Henderson and Firmino is telling of the packed fixture list that sits on the horizon, yet this may also point to a propensity for rotation within Liverpool’s squad over the winter months, but for now the highly owned attacking assets of Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Saido Mane (£11.5m) retain their starting berths. 

Steve Bruce has opted to make just one change to the Newcastle side who drew with Watford last time out, with Jonjo Shelvey (£5.0m) earning a start in place of Sean Longstaff (£5.0m). 

The attacking option in the form of Shelvey as opposed to the more defensively-orientated Longstaff could be telling of Bruce’s plans to play swift, counter-attacking football against the Reds, but the likes of Fabien Schar (£5.0m), Jamal Lascelles (£4.5m) Paul Dummett (£4.5m) and Emil Krafth (£4.5m) will have to be on top of their game at Anfield to take anything from the side who currently sit 1st in the Premier League going into Gameweek 5. 

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Salah, Origi.

Newcastle XI (5-3-2): Dubravka, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Krafth, Hayden, Shelvey, Willems, Atsu, Joelinton, Almiron.

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1,598 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Monya Meow Meow
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Bloody Greenwood first sub for no-show Montoya

    1. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Always a risk

  2. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Brighton starting 4 CBs at home to Burnley 😀

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Good as I want a Ryan clean sheet

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Barnes starting as expected 🙂

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Come on Trent, get at least one assist my son

    1. Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      So much this. Or a goal, even!

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      If it is to Mane, yes

  5. balint84
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    next week

    A) sell Sala to Sterling and give him the armbend
    C) save Salah and KDB (C)

  6. FIRMINOLOOKGOAL
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Bobby dancing efficiently

  7. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Any chance of Salah nicking a bonus point then?

    1. Citizenkane91
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      No. Been absolutely torrid. Lost position thirty percent of the time.

      1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        He's on for one atm.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Absolutely, especially if he gets another goal or assist as I fully expect

      1. Citizenkane91
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Insane. Should have been Mane Firminho Robbo.

        1. Citizenkane91
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          Gladly taking the 4 extra points, though.

  8. ‘Tis the Season
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Anfield is a fortress

    1. Tomerick
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Shame the fortress doesn’t house a clean sheet factory.

  9. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    I'm guessing Salah's EO in the top 10k is about 100%?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Close enough. 98.

      1. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Thanks!

  10. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    After the exact same formation week-in, week-out (not always a bad thing, mind), its nice to see some flexibility from Lampard.

    Could just be to match Wolves, though.

    1. DR0GBA
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      yep, at least Alonso isn't playing LB like he did under Sarri which wasn't his best position

  11. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Can't possibly sell Robbo or Trent based on what we've seen today

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Both great picks

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Great reading if you’re into your xGAs...

    3. RECKLESS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Taa season keeper end of. 7mn mid in title chasing team is great deal

    4. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Which one. Thinking of changing Robbo to TAA

    5. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      VVD is a different story though.

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      It’s a Gael cliche, but they are wingers scoring points as defenders for pretty attractive prices

  12. Citizenkane91
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Who's this fraud Salah look-alike playing for LIV right now?

  13. RECKLESS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Montoyo Benched? looks not even in subs

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Must be injured

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Weird, was starting him myself.
      Soyuncu first sub feels okay though
      Looking at Uniteds lineup. It's not good at all.

  14. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Great, Montoya injured grrr

  15. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    KANE STARTS!!

    1. La Roja
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Shocker

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Did you Kaptain him?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        No VC, Salah capo

  16. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 4 hours ago

    Brighton starting with 4CB >1m90 to bock Barnes & Wood

  17. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Would love some jammy Cantwell points off the bench for Montoya

    • Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Very promising from all Liverpool defenders here today. Disappointing for owners they conceded but clearly all three mainstays have serious attacking threat still

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        I was ready to celebrate Robbo scoring when he got in on goal earlier

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Just relieved to get something from my captain finally.

    • Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Schar injured?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        think so

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Yep

    • Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Milner on. Now we will see a VAR penalty award.

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Gary Cahill surely edging up watchlists everywhere

      Keeping Tomkins on bench today

      1. JustPark
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Ward's place to lose isn't it?

    • FPL Fox
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      ALONSO - Left Wing Back today ??

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Giggity!

    • Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Alonso haul incoming for a throwback.

      2 assists for Mount and then a goal for himself? 😉

    • Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Dendoncker at CB in Willy’s place?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        No. Vallejo.

        1. Smurf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          Thanks

    • diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Salah's EO in the Top 10k is basically 100%. So if you own, but didn't captain then it isn't a blow yet. Only if your captain fails do you feel the effect.

    • Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Montoya injured or dropped?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        433 so irellevant to their formation today I guess.

        1. Maddamotha
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          Kay, thanks. My worst buy of the season lol

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 hours ago

            I blame FFS. Only player I picked purely based on GW1 Scout Picks 😀

    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Kudos to Klopp for the way he keeps mo & mane on for 90’s even with Napoli in 72 hours

      1. FPL Fox
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        No for long. One is coming off

    • Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Lineups?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        been posted

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 hours ago

          Helpful

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 hours ago

      Liv attacking triple up anyone?

      1. diesel001
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Prefer Man City triple up at the prices and given fixtures.

        Aguero, Sterling, KDB > Firmino, Salah, Mane.

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 hours ago

        Not with those fixtures.