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Klopp stuns FPL world by benching Mané and Alexander-Arnold

Jurgen Klopp has landed a cruel blow on Fantasy Premier League managers by benching two of the game’s most popular assets.

Sadio Mané (£12.3m), who this week became FPL’s most expensive player and formed part of the captaincy debate, finds himself among the Liverpool substitutes.

If that wasn’t bad enough for the 42.9% of Fantasy managers in possession of Mané, the 31.1% with Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) in their squads will also be reeling.

The right-back has been replaced in the Liverpool team by Joe Gomez (£5.1m) for the first time all season.

Meanwhile, there was a return to the side for Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.4m).

Harry Wilson (£6.0m) misses out for Bournemouth as he is ineligible to face his parent club but Fantasy option, Diego Rico (£4.3m) keeps his place at left-back.

His performance could be of huge significance to Fantasy managers as he could end up emerging from benches to replace Fikayo Tomori (£4.9m) and Alexander-Arnold if he doesn’t come on at Bournemouth.

Elsewhere, the key assets at Spurs have all kept their places with Son Heung-min (£9.9m) and Dele Alli (£8.6m) still in the attacking midfield trio behind Harry Kane (£10.9m).

Burnley hand a recall to Matt Lowton (£4.5m) at right-back with Phil Bardsley (£4.3m) a doubt coming into Gameweek 16.

Ashley Barnes (£6.3m) is absent from the Burnley squad through injury so Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m) comes in to replace him.

Finally, there was good news for owners of Crystal Palace defensive assets as Gary Cahill (£4.5m) returned to the starting line-up.

He has been named at centre-back alongside James Tomkins (£5.0m) while Scott Dann (£4.3m) is fit enough for the bench.

Having those assets back fit should help justify investment in Martin Kelly (£4.2m), who starts again at right-back.

Bournemouth: Ramsdale; Rico, Ake, Mepham, Francis; Fraser, Billing, Lerma, Danjuma; Solanke, Wilson.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez; Keita, Henderson, Milner; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah.

Spurs XI: Gazzaniga; Vertonghen, D Sánchez, Alderweireld, Aurier; Sissoko, Dier; Son, Alli, Moura; Kane.

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Hendrick, Cork, Brady; Rodriguez, Wood.

Watford XI: Foster; Masina, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenía; Capoue, Doucouré; Pereyra, Deulofeu, Sarr; Deeney.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Schlupp, Cahill, Tomkins, Kelly; McArthur, Kouyaté, Milivojevic; Zaha, Ayew, Townsend.

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2,358 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL FREAK
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    My defence is killing me every game week... Want to bring in some cheap but good defs...

    My back line:

    Pope. Button.
    Tomori. Lundstram. Rico. Engels. Lescalles

    I will bring Kelly this gw but is it good to bring in soy...?? Cuz Leicester got Man city and Liverpool soon....

    Which defs do u suggest...?? I need clean sheets.....

    1. FPL FREAK
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Anyone....?

    2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Dump tomori

    3. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      soy is essential

  2. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    The week I sell Kane for Alli, naturally.

    1. Bakra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Noob

    2. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Alli has two assists tho

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        It's not two goals though, is it.

    3. kraftwerker
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Join the club mate

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Jesus, Pope has made one save?

  4. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Salah yesss. Kane noooo

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Well done Salah holders 🙂

    1. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      😎

    2. Arteta
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      It's nice to see patience rewarded.

    3. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Thanks! Did not have balls for giving the C + Mane vc though.

  6. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Come on Mo, we want more!

  7. Trophé Mourinho
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Huuricane warning sirens sounding at Spurs stadium

  8. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Wonder how Joe feels. Was insistent that selling Kane wouldn't hurt. It's gotta hurt a little 😛

    1. Mull
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      This makes having no Spurs players feel much better.

  9. Tcheco
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Jammy Alli assist yesssss

  10. Would Ed Woodward
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    I might go triple Spurs attack 19-21.

    1. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      yeah genuinely, whos your 3rd?

      1. fgdu
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        id get kane

  11. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Mo Salah!
    Mo Salah!
    Mo Salah!

    1. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      brace? ?

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Another?

  12. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Alli or Son?

    Can only have one.

    With Alli I can get Rashford too

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Son all day

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Son is the much better player. But Alli seems to be getting the lucky assists 🙂

  13. The Senate
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    G+A for Salah, casuals win again

    1. Am sorry to say again it�…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      no

    2. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Casuals couldn't spot brilliant captain potential this week

  14. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Just refreshed and Alli got another assist, sure it wasn’t that way a second ago. Am I getting jammy (c) points today?

  15. Isco Disco
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Smart people have already started captaining Kane or Salah coz it’s Christmas time baby

  16. Queens of the South Age
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    What a difference a game week makes. Captained Salah and got Kane as vice last week. Kept the faith and went for Kane captain this time.

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Nice wish I’d been able to bring salah in too. Always loves playing Bournemouth

  17. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Salah + Kane

    Clock turns back?

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Yes, for 1 evening

  18. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Nobody mocking my Kane captain decision now! Happy days. Will sell to Tammy/rashford next week still I think. What were pros saying about correcting a mistake straight away...only if it is still actually a mistake!

    1. Bakra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Even a broken clock is correct twice a day

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Haha twice indeed

  19. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Sold Kane after 4 wks of nothing. Had Auba for wks of nothing before that. Bought Alli this wk.
    Mane benched

    Actually hate this game sometimes. I am furious.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Alli has two assists...

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Alli has had a great game at least. Wish I’d brought him in for Pulisic this week.

    3. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Me too... Sold Kane this week to get back Tammy. Mane captain and he is benched. Silver lining, swapped Mount for Alli and made him VC. Hope Mane warms the bench

  20. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Will be some serious selection headaches for us who still have wc in hand ....

  21. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    How does Spurs look defensively?

  22. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Need Sterling and KDB to deliver tonight.

  23. EL tridente
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    How is that an assist for Alli? It was tackled to kane

  24. luk46
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 18 days ago

    SaLaH hOlDeRs So cAsUaL

    Get in, Mo!!

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Yep

    2. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I mean it's one match, nobody said he'd never score again

      1. luk46
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Ye, but still... This game was why I kept and it paid off now.

  25. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Naby loves the BAPs.

  26. KINGS
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Son(c) with Kane(vc) Can’t go wrong this week

  27. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Wow going from 30k to 100k+ :-(:-(

  28. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    How’s Zaha looking guys?

  29. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    I put Pope on bench with McGovern in goal. Any chance McG can play?

    -1 coming in off my bench unless McG plays lol