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Lundstram returns as Klopp names a full-strength team

The final match of Gameweek 21 – and the last of 39 Premier League fixtures contested over the past fortnight – takes place at Anfield.

Sheffield United are the visitors to Liverpool, with kick-off on Merseyside at 20:00 GMT.

Given the no-shows from the likes of Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) on New Year’s Day, some Fantasy managers may be counting on returns of some sort from John Lundstram (£5.2m).

The good news on that front is that Fantasy Premier League’s most-owned ‘defender’ is fit to start this evening, having made a swift recovery from the twisted ankle that forced his absence at the Etihad on Sunday.

Lundstram replaces Mo Besic (£4.4m) in the Sheffield United starting XI, while David McGoldrick (£5.4m) returns to the side at the expense of Callum Robinson (£5.0m) in Chris Wilder’s only other alteration.

Jurgen Klopp has also kept changes to a minimum, with his solitary tweak seeing James Milner (£5.3m) replace Adam Lallana (£5.8m) in midfield.

Naby Keita (£5.8m) had originally been named in the team but injured himself in the warm-up.

That means there are starts for all five Liverpool players who have a double-digit ownership in FPL: Mohamed Salah (£12.3m), Sadio Mane (£12.3m), Virgil van Dijk (£7.0m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m).

Salah and Mane are among the ten most-captained players in Gameweek 21, with only one of the other eight – Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) – scoring more than two points yesterday.

The reverse fixture of this match saw Liverpool defeat the Blades 1-0, with Wilder’s side one of just three teams who have not conceded more than one goal to Klopp’s troops in a league fixture this season.


Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Sheffield United XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Stevens, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Mousset, McGoldrick.

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2,537 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Mane and Trent fail.

    Just getting it in early.

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Early it's only it matters here

    2. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Trying to tempt fate more like

  2. The_Fish
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    -4 to bring in Robbo and Ings for Tomori and Tammy this week has paid off wonderfully.

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Fab moves tbh

      1. The_Fish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Also included Alli to Martial that hasn’t paid off...

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Lundstram literally leading the line. The ultimate OOP

  4. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Lundy is almost playing as a striker haha wtf

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Nothing new in that.

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Will be great to have him at home against West ham next week

  5. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Salah (20)
    Robertson (16)
    Gomez (9)

    Currently

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Salah wont be anywhere near at the end unless Liverpool concede

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        You think?

    2. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Robbo if keeps CS probably with 3BP and Salah with 2

  6. tm245
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Liverpool are fantastic to watch - every man knows his part and plays it with such confidence and superiority. Each time they get the ball back they look like they will score.

  7. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Mane + TAA to Salah + Robbo for -8 a no brainer? 😉

    1. Sid1891
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      For 20 mins so far 🙂

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Dont’t jinx this, or the goals and assists can start floaring

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        ‘Floating

        1. evilfish
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          *flowing

  8. Regin
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Did taa and Robbo switch flanks?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      From defending set pieces.

    2. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      They normally do it for corners. They'll drift back to their respective positions in the preceding phase

  9. southernpacific
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Salah mane marital kdb

    Ings vardy dcl

    Or

    Maddison kdb mane martial richarlison

    Vardy ings (ayew)

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      B

      1. southernpacific
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        B has def of

        Henderson McCarthy
        Soy Trent Gomez Lundy dunk

        A has def of

        Ryan (4.0)

        Trent Soy Lundy Holgate 4.0

  10. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Come on Salah just another 5 or so would do it.

  11. mynameisq
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    McGoldrick is really good to watch, very technical and smart

  12. Clinton19
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Best replacement for aurier under 5.5m please?

    1. Sid1891
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Sidibé

      1. Clinton19
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Dunk any good?

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Great home form, baps, goal involvement

  13. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Salah(C) let’s goooo

    Now I need Mane to return

  14. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    With some of the passing that Salah is doing he's going to need a double return to get bonus.

    1. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      If Liverpool keep a clean.

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I’ll be very happy

  15. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    VVD get involved yah twerp...

  16. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    That is Andy Robertson's 17th assist in the #PL since start of last season

    Only Trent Alexander-Arnold has made more of all PL players in this period (20)...

    1. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Thanks OfficialFPL twitter.

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Cheers Geoff

    2. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Best duo of fullbacks ever

      1. Smurf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Agreed.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Cheers Geoff

  17. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Milner worst player so far.

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Get him off and Salah on pens 😉

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      He needs a rest so he doesn't have to take any penalties.

    3. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      I want Milner to stay on.
      And Henderson to save his pen.
      Then salah to score the rebound.

      Henderson and Salah owner 😉

  18. Gimli son of Gloin
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Mariott is so bad for Derby 😐

  19. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Liverpool triple up.

    I have Salah and TAA, and can easily afford Mane (in for Sterling) but I am really struggling to ignore Robertson.

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Double defence and one mid, it’s obviously the right way to go about it

    2. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Mane

  20. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Next season VAR will look in to improperly performed throw-ins. Football will become truer and purer. Rejoice!

  21. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    So much space for Mo but they use it weakly

    1. -Klaus-
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Bi-weakly during the festive fixtures.

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Anyone watching the boy Rooney? Is he waddling about?

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Milner wasting Trent assist

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        You are about 5 minutes behind

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Salah another shot on target. Maybe could have done better.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Scratch that, it wasn't the easiest angel.

    5. Make America Greta Again
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Mo could have had a hattie by now.

    6. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Salah wastes Mane assist

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I think wasn't Mane assist

    7. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Salah score that !!!! Save by hendo

    8. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Salah sot

    9. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Trent wizardry

    10. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Mooy anyone?

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        What?

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Hard to ignore Toddwell

      3. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Mooys mother

      4. evilfish
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I was more thinking Jajanbahksh.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Didnt he do this last year? Pop up for a couple of games and then disappear?

          1. evilfish
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            All I know is that I couldn't spell his name last season either.

      5. puhd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Not a bad pick. Brighton have great fixtures.
        But I think Cantwell or Fleck are safer bets.

      6. Karhumies
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Yes, please. Fleck and Cantwell are tough opposition, though.

      7. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        He got hauled off at half time against Chelsea when Potter wanted to make a tactical switch. So he isn't 100% nailed, Brighton have a lot of decent attacking miss he could lose out on.

        You can't look a Cantwell in the mouth