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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. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Few poor calls from Dean.

    1. Marvin III
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Beard obstructed his view.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Because he is arrogant. Jon Moss is the same. A more humble referee would have got a VAR check.

  2. Team Cruel
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Mane 2 match ban for diving incoming?

  3. krzys
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Dean still blind

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

    Dean looks like a homeless man

    1. UnitedRthebest
        1 month, 12 days ago

        That’s a little mean

    2. SomeoneKnows
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Would appreciate your thoughts on the following WC team:

      Pope (Martinez)
      TAA, Saiss, Lascelles (Aurier, Basham)
      Mane, KDB, Fernandes, Saka (Douglas Luiz)
      Aguero, Jimenez, Rashford

      0.5 itb so upgrade suggestions are welcome

      1. The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Aguero to Kane

        1. The Mandalorian
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Aurier to AWB

    3. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Brain freeze.
      I transfer out auba today for rashford.then freehit on Tuesday.
      Which player is in my team when team reverts?

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Auba

      2. diesel001
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Auba

      3. Teahupo'o
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Auba

        1. Teahupo'o
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Home to Norwich btw.

          1. tisza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Just an example

          2. Bossworld
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Norwich to win 1-0

      4. tisza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks.

    4. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      “Here’s Matip” “he’s just clipped Matip there”

      I have a little chuckle everytime. I’m a very simple person

      1. Marvin III
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        You're in good company.

      2. mrodgers91
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Never realised that before and im genuinely laughing. Its fine so long as nobody goes in hard on matip

    5. La Vida Latte
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is pulisic an option for fourth mid?

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        nah

    6. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Think Henderson should take it

    7. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      How long is Leno out for?

      1. FPL_DON
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        too long baby

      2. FPL-(VAR)dy
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        end of season

    8. FPL_DON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mike Dean really is a bean head

    9. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      3 - Alexander-Arnold, Pickford, Coleman (26)

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Decent

    10. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Still no Salah.

    11. KGFC
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Salah firmly on the bench

    12. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No salad today

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

        Sure?

        1. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          You can only make subs in 3 points in the game

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Seems that way.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Confirmed. No more subs

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Great for me. Took him out on a FH this week.

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Half time is included?

            1. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Don't think so. Can't see any mention of that anywhere

      3. lilmessipran
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        How about a pizza?

    13. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hi All! I hope your double gws are
      going well?

      Currently my team is;

      Pope
      TAA Boly Stephens
      Salah Mane Bruno KDB Saka
      Kane Jimmi

      Button Nketiah O’Connell Williams (0.4ITB)

      Should I?
      A) Nketiah Mane O’Connell to Martial Doherty DCL
      B) Nketiah Mane O’Connell to Doherty Rashford and an up to 6.5 mid but who?

      With all the Sheffield United defence out I see united running riot next week and Doherty looks immense.

      Thanks.

    14. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      On FH 31+
      A)KDB+Saiss
      B)Pepe+Doherty

      1. JONALDINHO
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A easy

    15. wolves_simmo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      If you make 2 transfers for a -4 then in the same GW play your free hit, does it undo the 2 transfers youve done prior?

      1. FPL-(VAR)dy
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        yes it does

      2. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        yes

    16. JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Salah can’t even get subbed on let alone start against Palace

    17. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mane it is.

    18. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I’d take a 0-0 to be honest, but 0-1 incoming

    19. MGD
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Keeping Salah this gw such a waste

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I sold for Mane in FTs, but not much gain to be honest

        1. SuperMane Returns
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Can turn on a sixpence.

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

        That’s why most of us dropped him

        I only kept taa

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

      Not watching the game

      Rate Pool out of ten?

      A. defensively

      B offensively

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A 5/10 (Everton not doing much tbf)

        B 5/10 (lotta sideways passing)

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

          CHeers

      2. JONALDINHO
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A 8 B 2

    21. HonestBlatter
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bring in SALAH NOW

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        No more subs

        1. La Roja
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Have they not done 4 subs though?

        2. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Have made 3 “periods” of subs, so no more allowed

        3. HonestBlatter
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          1 more

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Ridiculous that they haven’t really

    22. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Still no Salah what the hell

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Must be injured

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Surely wouldn’t be named on the bench then

          1. JONALDINHO
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Probably not match fit

    23. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No Salah. Captaincy switched to Bruno. Salah vice for now.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        1 sub left, should be him if it stays 0-0 surely

        1. Wild Rover
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          No more subs

        2. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          NO MORE SUBS!!!

        3. Warby84
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          They used 3 slots up... So no more changes available

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Ah ok thought they had 5 regardless

          2. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            What about halftime sub? Is it counted?

    24. AlternativeB
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not sure about this.

        Option A) (current WC - 0.8 itb)

        Pope (Martinez)
        TAA, Doherty, Lascelles, (Stevens, J Robinson)
        Mane, KDB, Bergwijn, Fernandez (Saka)
        Jimenez, Ings, Rashford

        Option B)

        Pope (Martinez)
        TAA, Doherty, Lascelles, (4.2m, J Robinson)
        Mane, KDB, Son, Fernandez (Saka)
        Jimenez, DCL, Rashford

      • Bruce Lee
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Nooo Salah running down the wiiiing

      • Rainer
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        You’re allowed make 3 sets of subs along with a HT sub 🙂

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Oh! That I didn’t know! Are you sure?

      • Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Oh wait, does the halftime sub count?

        1. Marvin III
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          No but Milner went off in the first half.

          1. Jimmers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Ox came on at HT

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

          Only on Tuesdays

          Couldn’t be more simple really