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Firmino benched but Klopp otherwise names strong side for the visit of Aston Villa

Jurgen Klopp has named a strong starting XI for Liverpool’s first home fixture as Premier League champions.

Aston Villa are the visitors to Merseyside, with kick-off at Anfield at 16:30 BST.

The Reds’ head coach has made three changes to his team following the 4-0 thrashing at Manchester City but there is no wholesale rotation and most of their highly owned Fantasy Premier League assets retain their starts.

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) and Sadio Mane (£12.4m) both make the cut in attack, while the back four is at full strength as Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Joe Gomez (£5.3m) line up in front of Alisson (£6.2m).

Roberto Firmino (£9.4m), Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.4m) and Jordan Henderson (£5.3m) drop to the bench, with Divock Origi (£5.1m), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.1m) and Naby Keita (£5.8m) taking their places.

James Milner (£5.3m) misses out with a “tight muscle”.

There are five changes for Aston Villa following their 1-0 defeat to Wolves.

Pepe Reina (£4.2m) replaces the benched Orjan Nyland (£4.3m) between the posts, while Neil Taylor (£4.2m) is in for the injured Matt Targett (£4.3m) at left-back.

John McGinn (£5.3m), Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m) and Trezeguet (£5.2m) also return, with Conor Hourihane (£5.7m), Marvelous Nakamba (£4.4m) and Mbwana Samatta (£5.4m) only among the substitutes.

The ‘out of position’ FPL midfielder Keinan Davis (£4.3m) leads the line as Dean Smith moves away from a two-man strike force to what looks like his regular 4-3-3.

Jack Grealish (£6.1m) was the most-sold midfielder of Gameweek 33+, with Salah also among the top ten FPL players for transfers out.

The Egyptian is nevertheless the most-captained Fantasy asset of this weekend, both overall and within the top 10k.

Villa pushed Liverpool hard in the reverse fixture back in Gameweek 11, with the Reds running out 2-1 winners.

Nevertheless, the Villans haven’t kept a single clean sheet away from home this season and have conceded more goals on the road than any other Premier League team.

Liverpool have scored 44 goals in their 16 home fixtures in 2019/20 and no club has conceded on fewer occasions on their own soil.


Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Salah, Origi, Mane.

Aston Villa XI: Reina, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Taylor, Luiz, McGinn, Trezeguet, Grealish, El Ghazi, Davis.

FPL Lessons Learned from Gameweek 33+

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1,937 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Cmon Riyad!

    This could be the first time I’ve owned him since he moved to City!

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Same 😀

      1. liverpool01
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Same lol comeon!!!

    2. Reg83
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      me too!

    3. DMP
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Same.

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      On pens while kdb on bench. Not sure that is a plus.

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Ings or Giroud?

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Ings

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Ings and you know it

    3. Tinkermania
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Giroud scored yesterday. You will have to await another 5 games for net goal

      1. Tinkermania
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        *next

    4. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      I feel Chelsea's next three fixtures are much better.

    5. Pep bites Kun
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Giroud on fixtures

  3. Somar
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Who needs a CS, goal and 3 bpts from Laporte today then? COME ON

  4. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    This would be m my first hit of the season but it could work I think

    Salah and Jimmy to Foden and Kane for a hit ?

    Thank you

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Like it

    2. Tinkermania
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Jimmy to Kane for a hit? No!

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        They play Bournemouth though could even captain .

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Yep C

    3. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Wait for spurs game tomo 1st

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Sure . Thank you

  5. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    I hope Ings is on spot kick duty now

  6. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    I would’ve preferred some TAA baps over that assist, if I’m honest

  7. Dont give a fuchs
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Where is walker? Not even in the squad

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Somewhere else then I guess

      1. Dont give a fuchs
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        I brought him on FH this week. Was a massive differential in my league

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 hours ago

          Unlucky!

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Was wondering the same about Mendy

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Mendy always gonna get rotated with Zinchenko. Cancel I got minutes off bench last game so no Walker more of a suprise

  8. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Mane-> KdB this week then? Expecting rest for Liverpool boys.

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Don't expect rest but I say yes anyways

    2. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Aye

    3. Reg83
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      klopp is not pep

    4. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Kdb looks essential for next week now

  9. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Pep looking very chill and content in the pre match interview. Free flowing City attacking football incoming.

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Hopefully stays same next GW

  10. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Best differential C for next GW? I'm chasing

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Kane.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        This is a good shout that I'm considering!

      2. mrodgers91
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        I'm on the same for now, see how he plays today

    2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Son

    3. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Sonny boy
      Hurricane
      Salah
      Bruno

    4. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Son or Kane. Vardy the week after.

    5. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Cheers. Think im going to C Son or Rashford

  11. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    How is everyone doing so far?

    Probably some very good scores this gw. I’m feeling optimistic so far with 60points. Kdb(Digne 1st sub), Garcia, Mahrez and Kane to go.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Got some catching up to do. Line-up works for me - De Bruyne on bench - well everyone has him but if he doesn't come on I get Vardy's points (yes, I dropped him to the bench - for Egan). I've got Mahrez as captain, and Sterling, so I have high hopes for the next 90 mins.

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Best of luck!

    2. Reg83
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      71 (-4) with mahrez & kdb (or dcl ) to go

    3. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Meh. Captained Salah instead of Bruno. Started KDB with Foden and Saka on the bench, in that order; played Pope over Martinez; so...

      Some good things from United and two pool defenders kept my score decent at 61 so far. But hoping KDB and Foden stay on the bench is not a good place to be.

    4. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      81 with Mahrez and Kane left on FH. Not bad

  12. Sun Jihai
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Villa now 4th best in the league for fewest big chances conceded per game since restart

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Shame you don't get points for doing this.

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Let them face ...
      Ahem ahem ...

    3. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Yah but they’ve conceded 6 goals so I’m not gonna be signing their defenders

  13. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Thanks to Salah's underserved assist, captaining him over Bruno is only a 9 point deficit. 9 points I'd rather have for sure, but not the end of the world. Let's try again next GW.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Keeping him I take it ?

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Oh god no. Looked horrible. Probably get Sterling if he goes off early today.

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      It’s a massive swing to be honest especially since salah price impacts the rest of the team

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 hours ago

        Probably true but hard to quantify. With bargains like Greenwood, Nketia, Foden etc. there's plenty of cash spare.

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      That’s the vibe buddy, the game isn’t over yet

    4. Tinkermania
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      It's actually 18 points deficit!

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Nah. 36 vs 27
        30+6 or 15+12

        1. Tinkermania
          1 month, 17 hours ago

          That makes me feel better. I capped Salah.

  14. LIARS POKER
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Jimenez to Ings for the last 3 weeks could be a good move for those chasing

    BHA, bou, SHU

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Indeed. But everyone is chasing!

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        One is not

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 hours ago

          Everyone but one is chasing!

  15. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Who to get as my fifth mid (max 7.4m)?

    A) Pulisic (would block my closest rival)
    B) Willian
    C) Foden

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Foden imo. Extra funds is a bonus

  16. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    How am I looking for next gw ? 🙂

    Ederson
    TAA - James - Kiko
    Mane - KDB(vc) - Mahrez - Martial - Fernandes
    Kane(c) - Greenwood

    Button - Connolly - Taylor - Reid

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Don't know can't see you.

      Almost the same team as me so good.

  17. yousunkmybattleship
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Any risk of rest for TAA and Robertson next week?

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      I don’t think so. It looks like Klopp is planning to start his strongest lineup and sub them off for a rest rather than the other way round

  18. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    ML cut down to 15pts, any ideas how best to use 2FT with this lot? (* denotes player also in rival team)

    Patricio*
    Doherty* TAA* Maguire
    Salah KDB* Bruno* Pulisic Foden
    Rash* Jimi*

    Martin, Aurier*,Nketiah,Holgate

  19. GAMBIT
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Am I mad for considering Jimmy > Kane (C)?

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      No

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Not thinking the same

  20. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Am I going to regret possible moving Salah on?

    I’ve had him since day 1, but feel like I could do with either Martial or Sterling/Mahrez.

    Currently own Bruno, Salah, KDB, Pulisic, Ings, Jimmy & Rashford.

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Pool on the beach. Using last few games as “pre season”. If it’s on a free go for it

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        I’d have 1FT, so If I was to go Salah > Martial

        Jimmy > Kane

        It would be a -4?

      2. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 hours ago

        Yeah but he’s gonna want to try for the golden boot. Don’t you think Klopp will want to keep playing him to give him a shot at it?

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 17 hours ago

          I mean, yeah... but the whole Liverpool team looked off the boil.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Maybe his time has gone . Had him most of the season too.

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      Link to comment unintentional.

  21. Abra Dubravka
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Soooooo, FT of Salah to Sterling to accompany KDB and Mahrez?

  22. drughi
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    KDB captain next week is too easy

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

    Would you consider playing FH chip next GW? I'm chasing 50 points and i can bring players like Kane, Son, Martial, Foden etc

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      You still have it? What are you waiting for?

  24. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Will wait until after tomorrow but what are thoughts on Salah to Foden and Nketieh to Kane(c) next week for -4?

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 hours ago

      I wouldn’t

    2. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 hours ago

      like this!

  25. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Salah > Martial
    Jimmy > Kane

    -4 hit, yay or nay?

  26. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    For a hit

    A. Jiminez to Ings/Giroud

    B. Stevens to 4.5 defender

  27. Costa Nostra
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 hours ago

    Dear FPL Gods,

    Please keep KDB on the bench the entire game so I can get Egan’s 10 off the bench. Really appreciate it.

  28. Says
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 hours ago

    Jesus the most ironically named player since Noble?