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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. AlCapwnUK
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    We all trippling up on LEEDS LEEDS LEEDS next year?

    1. AlCapwnUK
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      the return of Bamford

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nope. Sticking to the big boys - Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea. With perhaps West Ham (e.g. Soucek) and Arsenal (e.g. Tierney).

      1. AlCapwnUK
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Tierney looks like a good pick

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Alioski is in for me

    3. Pies Have Come
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nah..

  2. Werner Brothers
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Hope mahrez comes on 2nd half for foden.
    Dilva was designed to assists, his goals are extra

  3. Planet Head
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Started the day 38 points behind my minileague leader.

    Currently I'm "Something went wrong :-("

  4. Hits from the Bong
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    My rival has 63 points already wtf, thought I had it in the bag

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      just how, ridiculous

    2. Utopsis
        2 months, 26 days ago

        What? How?

      • Hits from the Bong
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Aubameyang VVD and Kane (tc) mainly. I’m just grateful he benched Lundstram

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

      Just hope Salah comes on from the start of the second half 😐

    4. CC22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      TAA to Tierney & Rashford to Kane for -4! Result.

      Giving Mahrez the armband as one final punt...not quite so much!

    5. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Auba is delivering, shame I did not captain him over Raz... 🙁

      1. The Trentminator
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Same .. Raz c, Auba vc here

      2. Yome
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Me too, at least we have him

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

      Told myself I'd never bring in Sterling again after the GW36 FH.

      Here we are again. Sterling (C).

      FUUUUU

    7. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Rival has cut my 30pt lead already. Flipping Auba

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Same, Kane and Auba vs Ings and Vardy...

    8. Los Blancos
        2 months, 26 days ago

        What an absolute sh*te of a half. Burnley cc gone. Sterling nowhere to be found. Sick.

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Sterling will score

          1. Los Blancos
              2 months, 26 days ago

              He better mate. Took kdb out to get him.

            • Utopsis
                2 months, 26 days ago

                He is looking extremely dangerous on the ball tbf

          2. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            10 points so far, anybody worse ?

            1. Cruyff's Eleven
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Yeah 10 (-4)

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

              14 (-4)

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

            Lost my ML already
            Rival had Aubameyang (c), lundstram, walker and VVD

            Over to next season I guess

          4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Selling KDB for Sterling hurting right now

            1. Old Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Yep - we're all hurting. Plenty more scope for hurt in the second half with Buno ->Dilva

          5. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            If Villa concede they are down right?

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

              if bournemouth win yeah

            2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Need to lose and B'mouth win.

              1. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Bournemouth are winning

          6. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            As if Sterling hasn’t done anything yet. Such a joke 🙁

          7. The Dance
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            so the only transfer i make was Hendo to pope, spiffing stuff, so so glad it all ends today, absolute rubbish game and season.

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

            Chance one of Salah or TAA stays on the bench?

          9. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            6 points between 1st and 2nd in live points. 2nd has KDB(c) vs 1st with Kane(c)

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

              Both great captains

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

              feeling bad for chris....

            3. Cruyff's Eleven
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              3 has Auba

          10. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Bottled an 80 point mini league lead 🙁

            1. Utopsis
                2 months, 26 days ago

                You've not been caught yet surely?

            2. HMFC1874
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Had KdB virtually all season, he's burnt me!!!

            3. Royal5
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              How many mins before Mahrez comes on for Sterling?

            4. Egg noodle
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              My entire season has come down to my Sterling (C) vs rivals Dilva (C)

            5. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              If City get a pen, do you reckon they'll let Silva take it?

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

                good chance yeah

              2. AlCapwnUK
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                yep

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

                yeah

            6. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              30pt lead down to 10. Going to be a tortuous second half! GET SALAH, TAA And MAHREZ ON

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

              Mahrez on for Foden to help DSilva score? Yes pls

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

              Man U are ass

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

              On Bluemoon posters were saying City would be 5 goals up after 25 minutes or so 😀

            10. Pies Have Come
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Vardy - Auba looking decent right now.

              Shame about TAA and Sterling captain.

              1. The Dance
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                why would it not look decent?

                1. Pies Have Come
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  I don't see where I said it wasn't? It was a decision I made a few days ago and paying off so far.

                  As far the rest of them....

            11. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Triple united punishing me big time

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

              Post the restart. I’ve made transfers based on statistics / form etc.

              People I’ve transferred out have now returned 156 points... Net loss of 96 points. Couldn’t write how tragic this has been