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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. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    get Foden off, absolutely useless

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Pretty obvious what City's best team is. But need a CB to partner Laporte. Bernardo to take Silva's spot. Foden is not in their best team.

      Ederson
      Walker Garcia Laporte Mendy
      KDB Rodri Bernardo
      Mahrez Aguero Sterling

  2. schlupptheweek
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I have Tierney but am worried if he gets 20 points he will go up 0.5M next season!

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'd worried that I haven't got one return yet

  3. Daniel S., FPL Veteran
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Virgil scores juhuuuuu

    1. Daniel S., FPL Veteran
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      AOC assist

  4. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    VVD giving my team VD, what an awful first half.

  5. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Soucek one to watch for next season.

  6. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Anyone but VVD!!
    Fml

  7. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Did Van Dijk to Neco Williams in last minute ffs

  8. Amey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Virgil !!!!

  9. COLLIN QUANER
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Foden biggest hype job in the league

  10. tucaoneo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Would you buy Pope for 5.5 if Dyche leaves Burnley?

    1. Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No.
      It's the system as much as the keeper. See Heaton.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        This

    2. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Lloris looks good, especially if Spurs invest well.

  11. HMFC1874
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Had VVD for weeks, but went FH with TAA..... DOH!!!!

  12. riot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Brought in Tierney and Auba for a hit but didn't realise teams would be realised. Changed C from Auba to Salah an hour before deadline. Quite sad

  13. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Out of all players to score and it’s vvd. Weeks getting worse and worse

  14. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    FFS VVD..

  15. LIARS POKER
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Had VVD but swapped him for Robertson with the extra cash after the team leak

  16. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    VVD goal, season over

  17. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Every single player I almost brought in for hits. Every. Single. One.

    Kane Auba Tierney VVD. Wow. Just wow.

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      course you did

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Check comment history

    2. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Did you perhaps almost bring in Sterling ?

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Nope

    3. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Wouldn’t make that much ground though if you take off -4 off each score for the hit?

  18. AlCapwnUK
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    If Villa get relegated I can't see many teams taking their players other than Grealish and maybe Mings

    Watford have plenty of talent

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Pep Reina will be throwing his contract into a wood chipper.

  19. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Had VVD WEEKS waiting for that. Went Robbo on FH in the end.

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      unlucky dandydon

  20. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Just think we haven’t even got to the early subs yet 🙂

  21. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I'm giving up. Never playing again.

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Feel the same mate. Really tempted to not play next year.

    2. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      See you on 12 September 😉

    3. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      game is a waste of time to be fair

    4. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      But you were all sunshine and roses after the first game a couple of gameweeks ago?

    5. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Will you stop posting too?

  22. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    My whole season on an absolute knife edge with only 8 players fecking playing 🙁

  23. Ady87
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Wow that VVD goal hurts. Can’t believe I’ve not capitalised here - leader has 9 on the pitch and has more points as my BB of starters.

  24. TheTinman
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Why do I bother with Newcastle. So so so sooooo bad

  25. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Robbo involved in the celebrations?

  26. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Triple Captainer Debruyne
    What a waste

  27. Garlana
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I assume alot of us are still waiting for our first return right?

    1. Sasquatch Slayer
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Unfortunately this

  28. Ruinenlust
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Pulisic is so overrated. Gives the ball away so much. Nowhere near as good as Hazard.

  29. JustSomeGuy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Please don't make me regret bringing in Sterling...

  30. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Kean!