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Klopp decimates Fantasy teams in mass rotation of Liverpool assets

WRITTEN BY DAVID MUNDAY AND NEALE RIGG

Jurgen Klopp has gone from hero to zero for Fantasy Premier League managers in the final Gameweek of 2019/20.

The Liverpool manager has ripped up his usual team-sheet for the trip to Newcastle, consigning Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold to the bench.

Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk are the only two key Fantasy assets to keep their place in the side, which features Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi as the front-three.

After all the talk over potential rotation and midweek jollies to Saint-Tropez, Pep Guardiola has made only one change from the Manchester City side that beat Watford 4-0 on Tuesday.

David Silva returns to the team as expected, with Bernardo Silva making way.

Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling make up the three-man City attack, so that again means no place in the side for Riyad Mahrez.

Kevin De Bruyne also keeps his place.

Daniel Farke’s four changes are all enforced, with Emiliano Buendia and Josip Drmic suspended and Timm Klose and Alex Tettey injured.

Teemu Pukki, Marco Stiepermann, Lukas Rupp and Christoph Zimmermann all return.

Chelsea have made two changes, with Christian Pulisic in for the injured Willian in attack.

Frank Lampard has stuck with a wing-back system but has recalled Willy Caballero between the posts, with the out-of-sorts Kepa Arrizabalaga making way.

Adama Traore, Joao Moutinho and Daniel Podence drop out for Wolves, with Romain Saiss, Diogo Jota and Pedro Neto promoted to the starting XI.

Raul Jimenez makes his 37th league start of the season.

There is just the one change to the Manchester United side from Gameweek 37+, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacing Timothy Fosu-Mensah at right-back.

Brendan Rodgers has seemingly stuck with three centre-halves but has made three alterations nonetheless, with Hamza Choudhury, Kelechi Iheanacho and Marc Albrighton replacing Ayoze Perez, Harvey Barnes and Ryan Bennett.

Mikel Arteta perhaps has one eye on the FA Cup final as he has made five changes to Arsenal’s starting XI for the visit of Watford. 

Sead Kolasinac, Bukayo Saka, Lucas Torreira, Cedric Soares and Eddie Nketiah drop out, with Kieran Tierney, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nicolas Pepe, Joe Willock and Granit Xhaka recalled.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts in attack, as does Alexandre Lacazette.

The Hornets have themselves made two changes, with Danny Welbeck and Adam Masina in for the benched Tom Cleverley and Adrian Mariappa.

All appears as it should be for Spurs, who name Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Giovani Lo Celso as their front-four attacking players.

Those still invested in Serge Aurier can also be happy as the right-back holds his place in the side.

Crystal Palace are as depleted as expected, with Tyrick Mitchell starting at left-back and still no Luka Milivojevic in the starting line-up.

Michail Antonio owners will be pleased to see the West Ham midfielder holding down the centre-forward position for Aston Villa’s trip to the London Stadium.

Mark Noble is still in the number 10 role, supported by Declan Rice and the box-to-box option of Tomas Soucek behind him.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the man to miss out for Everton, replaced in the front-line by Moise Kean, who plays alongside Richarlison.

Crucially, Jarrad Branthwaite gets a final start of the season in defence at just £4.0m.

John Lundstram may be out there in some Fantasy squads still as today he bids farewell to the budget defender category for good.

He starts in central midfield for Sheffield United today, alongside Sander Berge and John Fleck.

The Blades face a Southampton side fronted by Danny Ings, who has his sights on troubling Vardy for the Golden Boot.

Amid all the carnage elsewhere, there is familiarly reassuring news from Turf Moor as Sean Dyche sticks with the same starting XI that made the cut in the 2-0 win over Norwich.

Leandro Trossard, Aaron Mooy and Pascal Gross all drop out of the Brighton midfield, meanwhile, with Alexis MacAllister, Solly March and Aaron Connolly handed recalls.

Full Line-ups

Arsenal XI: Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Luiz, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Willock, Pépé, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Watford XI: Foster, Kiko Femenía, Kabasele, Dawson, Masina, Doucouré, Hughes, Sarr, Pereyra, Welbeck, Deeney.

Burnley XI: Pope, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Wood, Rodriguez.

Brighton XI: Ryan, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Lamptey, Bissouma, Stephens, March, Mac Allister, Connolly, Maupay.

Chelsea XI: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Giroud, Pulisic.

Wolves XI: Patricio, Doherty, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Jonny, Neves, Dendoncker, Neto, Jota, Jimenez.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; Mitchell, Kouyaté, Dann, J Ward; Schlupp, McCarthy, McArthur, Townsend; Zaha, Ayew.

Spurs XI: Lloris; B Davies, Dier, Alderweireld, Aurier; Winks, Sissoko; Son, Lo Celso, Moura; Kane.

Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Branthwaite, Digne, Gomes, Davies, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Kean.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale, Smith, S Cook, Kelly, Rico, Brooks, Gosling, Lerma, King, C Wilson, Solanke.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Albrighton, Choudhury, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas, Iheanacho, Vardy.

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Garcia, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, D Silva, Foden, Jesus, Sterling.

Norwich City XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Lewis, McLean, Cantwell, Rupp, Stiepermann, Hernández, Pukki.

Newcastle XI: Dúbravka; Ritchie, Rose, Fernandez, Manquillo; Bentaleb, Shelvey; Saint-Maximin, Almirón, Lazaro; Gayle.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, N Williams; Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita; Origi, Minamino, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Southampton XI: McCarthy; Bertrand, J Stephens, Vestergaard, Walker-Peters; Redmond, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Ings, Adams.

Sheff Utd XI: D Henderson, Robinson, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Berge, Lundstram, Baldock; McBurnie, Sharp.

West Ham XI: Fabianski; B Johnson, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Noble, Bowen; Antonio.

Aston Villa XI: Reina; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Guilbert; Hourihane, D Luiz, McGinn; Grealish, Samatta, Trézéguet.

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4,606 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    King G

  2. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    HAROOOOLD

  3. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Kane goal

  4. dadoune30
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    GOAL KING

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Omfg. Hits were worth it for Vardy to Jesus Kane or Auba. I hate thisss

  6. Ady87
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I will never, ever bring Digne in ever again. Ever. Biggest trap in the game.

  7. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Kane Goal!

  8. sunzip14
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    (K)ane

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Terrible, terrible start.

  10. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Sterling blank incoming

  11. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Kane(C) 🙂

  12. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    OMG MY NAME!

    1. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      you said *4 too! Let's hope!

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        yea!

  13. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Just didn't have enough time for Salah to Auba/Jesus such was the lateness of the hour.

    Salah to Antonio had to be

  14. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Wohoooo Kane... That -4 surely paid off

  15. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Kane asssiter?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Ko Celso

  16. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    12 pointer

  17. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    FHers enter heaven....

  18. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Digne CS gone, but go Bournemouth let’s get Watford down 🙂

  19. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Where’s that overly dramatic bloke from the last couple of gameweeks?

    I wish to register my displeasure after 12 minutes for binning Lacazette off at the deadline. And removing Jesus from an early draft

  20. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Kane(c) 😎

  21. beric
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    yes bournemouth!

  22. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Amazing start for FHers!
    Jesus + Auba + Kane

  23. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Boys. Whatever happens today, just enjoy it.

    Pure FPL drama all around. Appreciate the carnage.

  24. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    (C) Kane (if anyone was going to score against us wanted him)

  25. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Floodgates about to open?

  26. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Auba
    Jesus

    Yay! so far..

  27. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Surely that’s an assist for sterling?

  28. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Cmon Bournemouth

  29. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Assist for Kane goal?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lo celso

  30. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Useless BBC Sports website had the score as Man City 0 Norwich 1 (Hernandez)

    1. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      It was 1-0 Norwich but VAR ruled the goal out.

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      BBC Live Updates has been useless for years now, so slow.....used to be the go to for live scores.....now too full of nonsense