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

    How does a shot on target effect bps? Does salah’s two chances help or hinder when it comes to bonus points?

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

      Also interested if those were chances missed or positive SoT

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

      shot on target is +bps, unless it counts as a big chance missed, then its -bps.

      Depends on who the guy at OPTA who decides whats a big chance or not owns in FPL.

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

        Contray to popular belief there are no +bps for SOTs.

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

      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/help/rules
      It doesn't say shot on target, supposedly meaning shot on target has no effect.
      Shot off target gives you negative BPS.

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

    Mane sighting

  3. xtina
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Worth keeping Otamendi or get rid next GW? (He's not started since i got him 2 weeks ago...)

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

      Get rid

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

        Cheers. Stephens in

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

      not worth keeping

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

    That's some chinstrap on gomez

  5. CrouchDown
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Mane looking very tired

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

      How?

  6. sovietrockettes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Now thinking Salah TAA Robertson GW24 FTW

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

      No brainer isn’t it.

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

        Not really

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

      Until Salah blanks and then Mane takes over, and the merry go round continues

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

        Salah will score more FPL points than Mane this year. January and February are the cornucopia months of reign.

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

          Next Lottery numbers as well please

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

            9 17 22 29 38, 11

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

              Noted, if i win i’ll be forever grateful

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

      A mane goal and he’s in

    4. Team Bobcat
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Nothing is a no brainer in this game

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

    Will Mane get any minutes tonight?

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

      Might get some minutes of the hairdryer at half time before being subbed off in disgrace

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

        Haha, even a hairdryer can’t fix that

        1. Fantasy Gold
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Ah look who is back.

          How’s the rank looking chief?

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

    Mane has to go.

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

      Where to?

    2. SB8
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      With Bobby

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

      Lol

    4. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      He is no Rashford

  9. Rains of Castamere
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Mane looks off the pace. Wouldn't be surprised at 59th minute sub.

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

      Bound to happen.

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

      How does someone look tired when playing football?

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

        They’re slower than usual? What hahaha

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

          Can’t take that as absolute proof a player is tired

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

            Sorry doctor

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

              No doctor about it, although it would he a great job. This is just common sense.

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

        Late night maybe?

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

      When people talk like that we know he’ll score

  10. Team Bobcat
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 23 days ago

    Is getting Allison a bit light weight as my 3rd liverpool player.

    Gomez and Salah other two

    Gazzinga needs to go. Could get TAA but would require surgery and a (-4)

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Honestly just take the hit for Trent, he'll pay you back.

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

        doesnt it sort of matter who they would have to get rid of?

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

      seems like there are better options. He doesnt make many saves, so rarely ends up with bonus. And he's pretty expensive

      1. Team Bobcat
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I see that. But 5 clean sheets in a row.. and fixture proof. No guarantee taa or robbo play both games in the dgw and another game a few days later

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

          but it's not all about the DGW, there are 15 others games

          if you want nailed defence would go VVD better chance of BAPS and the odd goal

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

    What's the earliest a team has won the league?

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

      GW38

    2. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Liverpool once won it with 7 games left to play

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

        Cool thanks!

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

      1889

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

        You're not wrong I guess

    4. -Klaus-
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Man United used to have it wrapped up by week 1...courtesy of a few dozen brown paper bags of used twenties

        1. Rains of Castamere
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Salty

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

        Imagine they'll have it won by Paddy's day, handy fixtures.

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

      Why does this commentator feel the need to call Mane by his full name every time , but not anyone else.

    6. fplking14
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      This match has confirmed to me that you need both Mane and Salah for the DGW as you cant tell which one will do better.

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

        For that exact reason it’s a lot of money just to have cover
        Much more fun choosing one

      2. Monkey Hanger
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Or which one to captain.

      3. GAMBIT
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        This. And captain the one with the higher OE

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

        If anything it proves go with only one, dunno how you draw that conclusion, too heavily dependent on both doing well then when both never haul in one game

        1. fplking14
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          If one doesn't do well then you have the other to cover.

      5. SC not pearls before swine
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I'm really tempted to go triple defense with Robbo/Trent/Gomez. That would also force me to captain Trent which is what my heart wants to do.

        1. fplking14
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Captaining Trent is risky but can hugely pay off.

      6. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        I have both now, but will only C Salah

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

          If both then i’d always cap mane

    7. Strchld
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      0.1m short to do Kane + Alli >> Salah and Jimenez.
      How about DCL and Maupay or Ings. Whos the best pick?

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

        Ings

    8. SB8
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      This is probably the worst performance from Firmino I have ever seen

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Agreed

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

        It's because it's first time I'm owning him this season, mate 🙁

        1. SB8
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          He is usually on fire against top teams. Mane, Salah better options for games like this 😉

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

        hopefully it stops his price rising so I can swap for rashford soon

      4. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Clumsy passes none successful looked like

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Really slow and sluggish on the ball.

    9. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Hi folks. I think I’m going to stop shaving funds for Manè now and go for the defensive double up. I’d have to either sell KDB or tear apart the team. I have 3.5m itb mind but would still need another 2.5 to do Grealish to Manè.

    10. 16ShimiC16
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Frustrating watch if you own Mane, Salah looks more mobile/threatening

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

        Until next game where Mane explodes and salah does nothing, and so it continues

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

          This, people forgot Salah performance last gw

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

            It’s hilarious how recency bias works here

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

              This

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

          That’s why you need both for dgw 24 and jammy fixtures to follow

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

            Not really, you’re banking on both to do great each game

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

              Think knowing one of them do great each match is enough

        3. Maddamotha
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Salahs been looking better for a few weeks now just hasnt gotten the points.

      2. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Mane got into some amazing positions too - there's nothing in it

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

        But mane more clinical. He just needs one good chance. Salah needs 6-7 bug chances to score 1.

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

          This, it’s like giving a prodigal kid a chance to solve a math question, then a regular kid more chances to solve it

        2. markus808
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          This is essentially it. Also, teams know how to play against Salah this year and he is not still 100% it seems

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

      As only a Robbo and mane owner (kdb vc) I'll take a 1-0 and a 12 pointer by Robbo.

    12. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Such an annoying goal to concede but pool are unreal. Still think we might be able to nick it

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

        Lol

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

      Liverpool will be punished at this rate.

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

        Fleck?

    14. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Salah by far the sharpest of the front 3 tonight.

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

        2 mane goals and Salah is crap and sold for mane

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

          Yup

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Just talking about general play. I feel a lot better owning both though.

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

            Lucky to see the match

    15. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 23 days ago

      Dropping ALL the way down to 4k OR as it stands, do you feel sorry for me?

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Of course

        1. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Thanks!

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

        So sorry for this tragic event

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

        incredible

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

        Probably the worst brag i’ve seen

      5. iL PiStOlErO
          1 month, 23 days ago

          No

        • Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Just past you. Did you see me waving. 3448 at live rank.

      6. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Liverpool are turning into The Invincibles

        One nil to the Arsenal

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

          One null to the LiVARpool

        2. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          The invincibles drew every third game.

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

          This team is better than Arsenal 03/04

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

        Another goal and 3 baps for Salah and I´m satisfied

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

          assisted by VVD then my GW will be saved...

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

            *TAA

        2. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          This

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

          But if mane scores and pool cleanie then no chance?

      8. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Everyone criticising Mane but but Firmino has been as bad, hardly found a teammate with a pass all night

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Firmino has been Sheffield Utd’ best defender all night

          He’s broken up more pool attacks than the whole SHU team combined

      9. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        What combo would you guys prefer?

        A) Sarr ings
        B) moura Maupay/dcl
        C) grealish dcl/Maupay

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

          Grealish Ings not possible?

          1. Rhodes your boat
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            0.1 short 🙁 late to the parties!

          2. Rhodes your boat
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Could do grealish Deulofeu

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

          Sarr seems overpriced to me

          1. Rhodes your boat
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Any other better options at 6.2?

        3. SC not pearls before swine
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          A

      10. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        On the subject of keepers am thinking Nyland offers up a cheap option between the sticks with Heaton injured.

        Under rated imo and with Mings back and 5 at the back Villa should tighten up

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

          lots of red in their fixture list, though

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

          McCarthy for 4.3m is better.

          Improving side, great fixtures til mid-March after Leicester away (only Liverpool in the sea of green)

          Will Villa not go shopping for a keeper in Jan if it is ACL and long term?

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

            Didn’t realise McArthy was that cheap. Good shout

      11. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Why does BPS system hate Salah and love Vardy?

        1. Syd.
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Salah is a midfielder

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

          Cuz Salah misses at least two clear chances

        3. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          One is a forward, one a mid.

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

          Salah gives the ball away a lot. Vardy rarely has it except when he's scoring.

        5. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Vardy is clinical

      12. KAPTAIN KANTWELL
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Where's my BLOODBATH?!

      13. ALI_G
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Liverpool looking good shout for top 4

        1. Syd.
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          Tony Pulis must be so envious

          They are his dream long ball team

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

          They look more like what world champions. Which they are.