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Salah and Gomez benched as unfit Robertson misses out on Merseyside derby

The penultimate match of Double Gameweek 30+ is the 236th Merseyside derby, with Liverpool aiming to move within one win – or a Manchester City defeat – of the Premier League title.

Kick-off at Goodison Park is at 19:00 BST.

Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) failed to make Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI in the reverse fixture in December and is among the substitutes again this evening, along with Joe Gomez (£5.3m).

Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) misses out completely, meanwhile, with the Reds’ boss saying ahead of kick-off:

Some players couldn’t train in the last week – they trained, but not with the team – like Mo and Robbo, but yesterday they were in training and both looked really good. That’s why Mo is in the squad, Robbo not yet but on Wednesday [he will be] again.

For Robbo, it was better to have a proper session today and then be in for Wednesday, and for Mo it is the right thing to do it like this.

James Milner (£5.3m) starts at left-back in Robertson’s absence, while Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) and Sadio Mane (£12.5m) are joined by Takumi Minamino (£6.0m) in the front three.

Joel Matip (£5.2m) partners Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) at the heart of the defence, while Alisson (£6.2m) returns from injury and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) starts again at right-back.

The team news for the blue half of Merseyside is also intriguing, with teenage forward Anthony Gordon (£4.5m) handed a start down the left flank and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) benched for the first time in the league under Carlo Ancelotti.

Richarlison (£8.3m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.5m) start up front as usual, however, for the injury-hit Toffees.

Calvert-Lewin was among the top four most-sold players of Gameweek 30+, while Salah suffered more transfers out than any other FPL midfielder.

Not one Liverpool or Everton asset was among the top 30 most-bought players of this current Gameweek.

Mane’s joint-highest FPL score of the season (15 points) came in the reverse fixture, which ended 5-2 to the Reds.


Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Gordon, Gomes, Davies, Iwobi, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Minamino, Mane, Firmino.


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1,113 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Train Driver
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Still getting Salah on WC...

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not unless I hear something positive from klopp

      1. The Train Driver
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        He said he looked great in training...

  2. FPL Dancer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Wildcard Draft | Triple up on Wolves?

    Click the link below to find out why!!

    https://youtu.be/52ZgZaR7iek

  3. The Train Driver
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bergwjin instead of Son allows me Doherty and Ritchie in my team, sacrifice worth it?

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I still think Son is a better player than Doherty

      1. The Train Driver
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        So you think Lascelles and Saiss instead of Doherty and Ritchie is a good downgrade to get Son in?

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yep

    2. Pompel
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Struggling with same, but yes I think

    3. Reg83
        1 month, 12 days ago

        yes i would

    4. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      92 points.

      Let’s hope Kun starts and scores tomorrow.

      I’ve not a 100 point Gameweek for two seasons

      1. Iggypop
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Nice 1, on 93 with with kdb jesus and kun captain so will b disappointed if I don't hit triple figures

      2. El Fenomeno R9
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Good luck,same here hope i can hit 100 with KDB(C) left on 95 now.

      3. Reg83
          1 month, 12 days ago

          89 with kdb tc tmrw plus kun and ederson

        • Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          GL lads

      4. FPL Dancer
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wildcard Draft | Double Liverpool/Double Arsenal/Double Spurs?

        Click the link below to find out why!!

        https://youtu.be/FnB8Ca7M3xo

        1. El Fenomeno R9
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          No tnx

      5. El Fenomeno R9
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What to do here,1FT 0.9ITB

        Leno*
        TAA - VVD - Doherty
        Salah - KDB - Grealish - Martial - El Ghazi*
        Auba* - DLC

        Nyland - Egan* - Lund* - Nketiah

        Plan was Auba+El Ghazi > Jimenez + Bruno (-4) but now have Leno + Egan/Lund to sort too

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Deal with Leno.

          Everyone else can be benched

        2. waltzingmatildas
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Leno and auba to playing gk and jiminez?

          1. El Fenomeno R9
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Cheers both,guess i will sell Leno.

            Dont think Auba>Jimenez -4 is worth it,plus Auba has NOR after.

      6. waltzingmatildas
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A) leno, mahrez to Martinez, richarlison (-4)
        B) Leno, mahrez, Aguero to Martinez, son, dcl (-8)
        C) go without playing keeper 31,reduce above to free and - 4

        1. Dthinger
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Why not just deal with Leno? What’s the hurry to sell Mahrez?

      7. RamaJama
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Salah/Mane audition for my WC today, really tempted to go without any of them on WC to get A strong front 7 of

        Pope (Martin)
        TAA, Doherty, Stevens, Saiss, Fernandez
        Kdb, Fernandes, Martial, Son (Saka)
        Vardy, Jimenez, Rashford

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Think I'm going without. Rotation now, let alone when once they've won the league. Big risk though

        2. Pompel
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yeah, it didn't look like the break had done them any good. Would still like at least Mané against Palace, they need to bounce back in that match.

        3. Firminoooo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I think ManU, Wolves and ManC are the teams that showed the best form this GW. 3 ManU in midfield/attack can be a good move.

      8. Pedersen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Salah + Grealish to Son + Bruno worth it?

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I’d wait a week.

      9. Firminoooo
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        BB 33points. Thats pretty good. 119 with Aguero, Mahrez and KdB(C).

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Well done mate

          1. Firminoooo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thanks

        2. Twisted Saltergater
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Nice!

          1. Firminoooo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thanks. Good GW so far.

        3. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          106 with Aguero (c), Sterling and KdB(C) It's us Aguero captainers turn to rake in the points Monday. 😀

      10. Fernandito
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        De Gea
        Justin Doherty TAA
        Traore Fernandes Son Mane
        Vardy Rashford Jimenez

        Thoughts on this FH side?

      11. The Train Driver
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Is Martinez a good goalkeeper? Even if Ars def ish sh**, can he still get some save points? Don't know much about him...

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Key for me is "is Leno out for the rest of the season" ?

          1. Reg83
              1 month, 12 days ago

              yes definitely. season only 1 month remaining. he wont recover so soon

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Thanks

          2. Reg83
              1 month, 12 days ago

              he is good. get him as a budget gk. him and nyland if u want 2 cheapies

          3. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Too risky to go without sane or Salah ?today was exactly a great attacking showdown by Liverpool