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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. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    FPL updated before kickoff do we think?!

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Bloody hope so!

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Hopefully never...

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Hahaha.

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Best had do

  2. Joey Barton and Friends
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Last second Salah to Richarlson for a minus 4. Didn't think Foden would start. Good luck everyone!

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Richarlison great differential! good luck

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Rather have had Salah for 20 minutes.

      1. Joey Barton and Friends
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I had considered captaining Salah but had to make a quick decision and fancied Rich

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I fancy a bit of Scarlett Johansson but I have steak at home. 😉

  3. Frip
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Let's acknowledge that some of us took a risk when we decided to trust the leaked Liverpool line-up. Don't beat yourself up if you have Salah/TAA/Mane because that leak could have also been fake.

    Those of us who took out Salah/TAA 5 minutes before the deadline not only got lucky that the leak was correct, but we were also fortunate to receive that leak pre-deadline and have time to act accordingly.

    So heads up and best of luck to you all. Let's ride

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Clear eyes
      Full heart
      Can’t lose!

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I didn't think it was risky, because that guy is an ITK.

      Just like FPLScarface and FPL Rockstar when they were tweeting.

      The ex-WHU employee is also an ITK for West Ham.

      And CareFreeYouth for Chelsea.

    3. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      totally admit that. we did know from Klopp earlier in the day that he was making numerous changes though. Even if Salah had started is he that good an option with a Origi or Ox next to him? - No. Kind of wish I had more time to move Robbo onto a team playing a strong lineup too.

    4. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      2nd half Salah brace incoming...

    5. Bielsa's Bucket
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I thought TAA was a risk to Neco, moved to VVD. Didn't expect Salah to be benched. Final GW FH was always going to be at risk of something like this.

  4. weaver93
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    still got 'game updating'
    cant check if transfers went thru
    anyone same??

    1. Jordan.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      no just you

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I’m already on 25 points

      1. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        haha

      2. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        xD

    3. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Lol

    4. df34
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      You’d think they’d have this sort of stuff sorted after so many mess ups in the past

  5. Aftermath
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Chasing 20 points in ml and 15 points to top 10k, wish me luck guys! And good luck to all you folks too

  6. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Took a -8 for my bench boost team. Cresswell, cantwell, Doherty out, branthwaite, pieters, David Silva in.

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Free Wildcard for next GW if not updated by 4pm?

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Granted.

  8. THE WERNER DELUSION
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    a strange amount of celebrating on here considering not one player has scored a single point yet 😀

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Ye it will end in tears

      Mahrez salah to haul from the bench no doubt

  9. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    If Wolves win Europa League will there be an extra Europa League spot for the PL?

  10. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Mount starts. Interesting.

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Willian injured

  11. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Still updating...

  12. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Raheem(TC), KDB and Dilva. 500% EO!

  13. muc1999
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Ings cap last week.salah today.fortune certainly does not favour the brave

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Who's your VC?

      1. muc1999
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Dilva.greenwood 1st sub.salah wil come on though

  14. L S P
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    They should just wait to update the game until after the matches are done at this point

  15. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Where is the update? I want to set up my bus team!

  16. Root
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Is Neco Williams going to be subbed off before the 60th minute?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Why would he?

  17. ALI_G
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    this website crashed for me amidst all the carnage

    So still have Salah(c) and TAA
    my rival has neither...

    1. Kno
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Life lesson for next season, never trust FFS servers to hold around crazy deadlines like this one.

    2. camarozz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yep I have Salah and Mahrez. Did move TAA to Laporte and upgraded defence on case it was carnage.

      So have Greenwood and Brantwithe to cover.

  18. JustSomeGuy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    I wonder what Salah's EO will be...

  19. sunzip14
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Saw the leaks but made no moves because I wasn't FH'ing. Benched TAA for Saiss but I don't think that will gain any points either! I just hope my rival didn't see the leaks, as he was for sure going to TC Salah.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      No FH for me so i took a 4-pointer to sell Salah for Son. Currently 5 points ahead of rival who's BBing. Only got myself to blame if Son scores 2 or 3 and I lose my ML lead by 1 point!

  20. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Salah being benched is a huge bonus to active players as he's highly owned in dead teams.

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      lol - aim higher than competing with dead teams

    2. Al Moon Yeah
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      And captained. Good riddance! Been poor postcovid season for me.

  21. Al Moon Yeah
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    FPL live rank is so going to crash today.

    1. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yup..
      That long FPL update doesn't help too, sorry in advance

      1. Al Moon Yeah
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        It's okay, we'll have a hole month to either wallow or savor our rank

    2. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Going to be mad!

  22. Budweiser
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    FFS I wanna see my rival teams!!!!!!

  23. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Think I got off lucky with just Salah

  24. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    So Pick supposed to be showing City v Norwich but I'm seeing Leicester v Utd.
    Wtf?!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      That build up was on all Sky channels.

      Sorted after these breaks.

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        ah ok.
        Thanks

  25. Snooze ya lose
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Come on fpl! Zzzzzzz

  26. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    What's your game of choice? Thinking Leic vs. Manu myself.

    1. THE WERNER DELUSION
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      yeah think I'll do the same, hoping for some Vardy shithousing

  27. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Oh damn, why I didn't take Salah out. Hopefully he come on get s brace.

  28. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Will they ever upgrade the servers at FPL. I want to go to bed.

  29. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    finally! Nothing more to be done. Hope to stay in top 50 k with taa & Bruno > Robbo & Sterling(c) - 4.

    Then take a couple of weeks without football. see if there is any exciting transfers etc. and then onto the next one

  30. Greko82
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Absolute carnage...