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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. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Ouch!! for double and triple Burnley DEF/GK

  2. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Pope's on the team for save points. Pieters for attacking returns.

    1. Utopsis
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Haha I like this thinking

  3. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Burnley concede... knew it!! This is brilliant 😆

  4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Lord have mercy

  5. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Lol kill us all now

  6. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Love it. My rival has one additional Pope than I do.

  7. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Pieters and Bardsley on for TAA and Salah, what a gameweek already 😆

  8. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Brighton

  9. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Yay

  10. _sidney_will
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    All 3 of my CS’s gone (Liverpool, Everton, Burnley)

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

    triple Burnley, knew this would happen so im not actually bothered. Most predictable thing ever

  12. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Burnley cleanie gone

  13. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Burnley and Pool CS wiped, couldn't have started better this gw...

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      think thats pretty standard here.

  14. SkeletONv01
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Come on Kane (C), grab a hatty.

  15. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    brighton score...didn't see that one coming. hopefully Bardsley gets me a goal

  16. Chucky
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    SCREW THIS GAMe. AM DONE

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

      See you next page 😉

    2. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Chucky will be in heaven in second half 😉

      There is worse. First time in 10 years playing the game missed the deadline hahaha 🙂 2 FT wasted too

      1. Chucky
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        ouch... hopefully, things change in the second half ...

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

    Pope has golden gloves they said.....

  18. Ady87
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    My BB looked so good on paper and already lost 3 cleanies hahaha

  19. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Wow what a GW!

  20. HMFC1874
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    GET IN BRIGHTON!!!!!!

    1. HMFC1874
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Most Rivals went with 3 Burn..... They got "Burn"ed 🙂

      1. Monklane
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I see what you did there.

  21. Fred54
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    I own Pope and Pieters for their attacking returns.

  22. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Haha atleast most of us are in this crap storm together

  23. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Now that Golden Glove is won, surely Ederson will start giving away penalties?

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

    Everyone still on 1 point at the minute, love to see it

  25. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Very hilarious gameweek

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      still early

  26. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Burnley def eo?

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

    F off Brighton

  28. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Everyone has Burnley defense.

  29. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Burnley defence burned

  30. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    This is dull without crowds

    Need some crying fans

    1. Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Have to settle for crying [insert player here] owners.

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

      On Zoom this time, even funnier