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Alexander-Arnold absent as Martínez starts in goal for Arsenal

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) remains absent for Liverpool as their preparations for the 2020/21 campaign continue with the Community Shield final.

The right-back has already missed two pre-season friendlies this summer and, even though Jurgen Klopp said there was a chance he could be involved at Wembley, Neco Williams (£4.0m) has been handed a third-successive start in his place.

It is difficult to be too downbeat regarding Alexander-Arnold’s fitness issues though, considering he is still set to report for England duty on Monday morning.

The rest of Liverpool’s Community Shield line-up is largely as expected with Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Joe Gomez (£5.5m) completing the back-four.

And, of course, Mohamed Salah (£12.0m), Sadio Mané (£12.0m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) comprise the front-three, although, based on Klopp’s pre-match press conference, we could see Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) feature from the bench.

Mikel Arteta may have potentially thrown Fantasy managers a bone with his team selection, handing a start to budget goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez (£4.5m).

The Spaniard has not featured in friendlies for the Gunners yet, Bernd Leno (£5.0m) starting the win at MK Dons, but, at the first chance of availability, he is back in the team following an excellent run of form during Project Restart.

If he were to hold onto the mantel of first-choice at Arsenal, that might ward off interest in William Saliba (£4.5m), who has been named among the substitutes today.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) is stationed on the left-hand side of the Arsenal front-three, joined there by Bukayo Saka (£5.5m) and Eddie Nketiah (£6.0m).

Interestingly, after spending last season on loan in Turkey, Mohamed Elneny (yet to be priced) starts in central midfield alongside Granit Xhaka (£5.5m).

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, N Williams; Wijnaldum, Milner, Fabinho; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Arsenal XI (3-4-3): Martínez; Tierney, Holding, D Luiz; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Elneny, Bellerín; Aubameyang, Nketiah, Saka.

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1,404 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gomez123
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Wish Liverpool would bring Salah on!!...ha!!

  2. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Im on for 100 points this week

  3. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    And that is why he’ll be in everyone’s team. Reclassified as a midfielder. Lovely stuff.

  4. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    scores against 'best' defence in league, first game is fulham, this could be fun

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Ughhhh auba ownership is now going to increase

    1. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      It would have anyway..

    2. kopite65
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Most on about takin him out after gw2 for kdb Bruno etc
      What if he scores in both them gws?

  6. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    *Transfers Niko back out*

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 6 days ago

    What a goal

    Still not entering my team

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Dislike points?

    2. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Insane

    3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Too good not to have with those first two fixtures in particular. Plus even worth keeping can score against any team. Point more for a goal and point more for a clean sheet. What's not to like?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Stops me from having 3 premium strikers

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I have gone cheap at the back to do it. A clean sheet is still a clean sheet.

    4. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Same man predicted 7 clean sheets in Spurs opening 10 games. You love terrible opinions.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I recommend improving your analysis pal

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Get a number next to your name and come back to me. Thanks.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Not sure what the number means tbh, have a good one anyways 🙂

  8. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Double pool defence teams worried?

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Not really, it’s set and forget form this season but just hope TAA starts the season as I don’t want to waste a transfer getting him in

    2. mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      they were bad after restart, not getting two

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Differing opinions between to posters there. No pool defence for me.

  9. UnluckyXI
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Already had Saka and Auba in my team.

    The Saka pick won't be as different as I had hoped at this rate.

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      The problem is Willian

      1. Oi! Shadders!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        100%.

  10. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    You should see the reaction from the Arsenal fans on AFTV. Must have been some goal for that reaction! They're going on like they've just won the Prem. Haha! Watch from 11:55

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTlIKTm6dFk

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      absolute mugs

  11. Differentiator
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    KDB or Auba if you could only own one?

    1. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      KDB

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Salah and sterling.

  12. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Saka needs to start every game! Wonderful talent!

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Yes looks a good option

  13. NULL-X-VOID
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Ngl but arsenal's overall movement is looking great

  14. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    strange question but does anyone know what the music was they were playing just before the national anthem for the community shield?

  15. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Wish this game didn't happen. More casuals will go no Liverpool

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

      If they are watching pre-season matches, are they really that casual? Kinda snobby, lol.

    2. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Pariah status unlocked*

  16. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    It was Wijnaldum who wasnt covering, not Williams

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

      Williams allowed Auba to come in on his right foot...

  17. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Arsenal have one pre season game so far but looking good

  18. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Sess got 90' in the Spurs game... could be a lock for me.

    1. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      don't do it

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Would be great if nailed but can't see it

    3. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Id be put off Bavies now

  19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Nketiah shot saved. Nearly saka assist

  20. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Really tempted by saka in that 5.5 slot for first 2 gw

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Waste of transfer to be honest. You’ll need to use transfers getting united and city in

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Pepe may start

  21. UnluckyXI
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Tierney being the last man on occasion already. Less and less tempting while Arsenal play a back 3.

  22. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    What a pressing from Arsenal

  23. amitmishr
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Arsenal playing well on the counter. Allisson though is pretty solid

  24. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    People genuinely think Liverpool don't need to sign a midfielder 😆

    1. Greasy Grealish Gang
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      This. I rate Gini but if we could get 20-25 for him and spend some on a marquee midfield signing. Plenty of choice in the shop.

  25. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Saka over ASM at this rate

  26. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    checking Saka's price.

    tempted now.

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Annoying isn't....then Willian/Pepe competition. Maybe they are not fit?

  27. Right In The Stanchion
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Say it quietly but arsenal are going for the title this season... amirite?

      1. Mikeharbrw
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

      2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I assume that is Arsenal ladies you mean?

    • Carlton P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Saka is looking so good, Is he on any set pieces?

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

        Just stepped up to take a corner!

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Stop I will be thinking JWP v Saka now.

    • Bun Rab L3D2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Brighton Pen. Gross scores 1-1.

    • The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Liverpool looking ropey