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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, 14 days ago

    Few poor calls from Dean.

    1. Marvin III
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Beard obstructed his view.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 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, 14 days ago

    Mane 2 match ban for diving incoming?

  3. krzys
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Dean still blind

  4. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Dean looks like a homeless man

    1. UnitedRthebest
      1 month, 14 days ago

      That’s a little mean

  5. SomeoneKnows
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 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, 14 days ago

      Aguero to Kane

      1. The Mandalorian
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Aurier to AWB

  6. tisza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 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, 14 days ago

      Auba

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Auba

    3. Teahupo'o
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Auba

      1. Teahupo'o
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Home to Norwich btw.

        1. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Just an example

        2. Bossworld
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Norwich to win 1-0

    4. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thanks.

  7. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 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, 14 days ago

      You're in good company.

    2. mrodgers91
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

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

  8. La Vida Latte
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is pulisic an option for fourth mid?

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      nah

  9. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Think Henderson should take it

  10. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    How long is Leno out for?

    1. FPL_DON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      too long baby

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

      end of season

  11. FPL_DON
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Mike Dean really is a bean head

  12. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

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

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Decent

  13. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Still no Salah.

  14. KGFC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salah firmly on the bench

  15. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    No salad today

    1. Rainer
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sure?

      1. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 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, 14 days ago

      Seems that way.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Confirmed. No more subs

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 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, 14 days ago

          Half time is included?

          1. potatoace
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

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

    3. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How about a pizza?

  16. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 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.

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

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

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A easy

  18. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 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, 14 days ago

      yes it does

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      yes

  19. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

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

  20. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Mane it is.

  21. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

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

  22. MGD
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Keeping Salah this gw such a waste

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

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

      1. SuperMane Returns
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Can turn on a sixpence.

    2. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      That’s why most of us dropped him

      I only kept taa

  23. james 101
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Not watching the game

    Rate Pool out of ten?

    A. defensively

    B offensively

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A 5/10 (Everton not doing much tbf)

      B 5/10 (lotta sideways passing)

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        CHeers

    2. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A 8 B 2

  24. HonestBlatter
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bring in SALAH NOW

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No more subs

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Have they not done 4 subs though?

      2. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

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

      3. HonestBlatter
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        1 more

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ridiculous that they haven’t really

  25. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Still no Salah what the hell

    1. Wild Rover
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Must be injured

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Surely wouldn’t be named on the bench then

        1. JONALDINHO
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Probably not match fit

  26. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

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

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

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

      1. Wild Rover
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        No more subs

      2. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        NO MORE SUBS!!!

      3. Warby84
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

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

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ah ok thought they had 5 regardless

        2. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          What about halftime sub? Is it counted?

  27. AlternativeB
    1 month, 14 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

  28. Bruce Lee
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Nooo Salah running down the wiiiing

  29. Rainer
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

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

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

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

  30. Wild Rover
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Oh wait, does the halftime sub count?

    1. Marvin III
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No but Milner went off in the first half.

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

        Ox came on at HT

    2. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Only on Tuesdays

      Couldn’t be more simple really