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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. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Been away a week or so with moving back to uni.

    See Doherty signing for Spurs - that’s a big loss for Wolves... think I’ll keep him in my team though

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

      Yep good fixtures for him

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

    Can anyone see any reasoning why E.Martinez is priced less than Newcastle's second keeper Darlow.

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

      The Darlow price was crazy - did they know Dubravka was gonna get injured?

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

        Does not matter. With this logic there should no keeper less than 5 except third choices. Also Newcastle is not a top team.

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

      No idea you'd think Leno and Martinez would be the same price given their performances and appearances

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

        Romero is 5.0. He is third keeper definetily after DDG and Henderson.

        Emi is a starting XI contender at least and is 4.5

    3. KAALI_DAAL
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I don't believe you

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

          OK

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

        Arsenal really making Liverpool look like a school team.

        Big Tingz for Arsenal this season. Martinez, Tierney and Auba in my team

        1. Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Not taking a punt on Pointless?

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

          This aged well.

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

        Liverpool getting outclassed massively here. Huge regression imminent.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Really since Watford beat them they never looked super solid.

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

            Definitely. People are forgetting how Atletico Madrid dismantled them.

        2. KAALI_DAAL
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Arsenal defending maturely

            1. Pras Scott Talent
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Mate you need you change that grav/username. It is racist.

              1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Hi all - conversation has gone well off track here so I'm locking and cleaning it up. We'll be sorting this behind the scenes as this is clearly a sensitive topic to deal with.

                Thanks for understanding, and thank you to those that have helped us with context - quite evidently I don't speak Hindi so it's not an easy one to judge.

                1. Pras Scott Talent
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Thanks RAE

        3. Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Liverpool still set for Alcantara?

        4. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          One thing that would be interesting, for a FPL article, would be to look at when the promoted teams score most of their points (actual points).

          I have a hunch that most promoted teams get a disproportionate amount of their final total points in the first 8-10 GWs and then there is a decline, with a much lower rate of accumulation. There are some exceptions, when a squad / teams is exceptional (such as Wolves, Newcastle with Benitez etc.).

          But it would be interesting to see, because it would be useful for things like CS analysis.

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Not sure about this. Villa improved after the restart and stayed up despite a tough run of fixtures late. Cardiff in 18-19 would have probably stayed up if not for a poor start.

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Yes, that is why it would be interesting to see. Maybe just anecdotal, but if someone ran the numbers then we would get a view.

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Yeah, would be good to see!

          2. Tinkermania
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I would be surprised if there was any pattern at all. But, could be something. Sometimes in data we only see what fits our narrative.

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

            Why don't you do it and submit a community articlem Would be easy enough to run the data.

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

          Allan and Rodriguez close to Everton, time for some Calvert-Lewandowski

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Pickford
            Coleman Mina Keane Digne
            Allan Gbamin Gomes
            Richarlison Rodriguez
            DCL

            1. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Gbmin still out. Not sure Ancellotti sold on Mina.

            2. Third Eye Vision
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              There’s no width in a set up like that. We need to sign a right winger.

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

            Allan is a done deal.

        6. Turbo Timo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Hey guys! Started earning from this year so now I'm an FFS member! Just a hi, that's it. Keep scrolling and have a nice day! 🙂

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

            Congrats on the job and enjoy using the stats this season.

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

              Thank you! Looking forward to all the data 😀

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

            got any more jobs going at your place? 🙂

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

          Auba is so Henry. So classy on the wing. No need to kill his qualities in CF role IMO.

          1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            No one is Henry. Auba is at best 20% Henry

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

              I meant style of play

              1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Still nope

          2. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            You probably haven’t seen Titi play. Agüero isn’t even more of a complete forward as Thierry

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

          Liverpool missing Trent's quality deliveries on the right side

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

            spoke too soon lol

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

          Robertson the only Liverpool positive today.

        10. Adambailey7
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Thoughts on saka’s game time this season? Thinking of upgrading soucek to him.

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

            Enter Willian and Pepe...

          2. Third Eye Vision
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I think I’d rather have Soucek.

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

          OMG minamino

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

          Crazy to think Robbo is 5million less than Salah!

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

          Clear handball. Shouldn't be a goal.

          1. gribude
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            So?

        14. TONY123
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Salah handball

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

            gets the assist?

          2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Salah assist then lol

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Salah left ni99le

          3. TONY123
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Clearly touched his arm, apparently the rules have changed

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

          LiVARpool are back!

        16. Siva Mohan
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          1-1

          game on!!

        17. TheBrazilianRonaldo
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Salah assist surely 😉

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

          Was it a handball or not?

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

            HAndball only from Arsenal players

        19. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Arteta subbed Bellerin to put Cedric in because he wanted to highlight his managerial masterclass and he concedes right after...

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

              Salty

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

            Liverpool starting to outclass Arsenal here.

            1. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Are you having a laugh?

          3. RAMZES666
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Bench who for GW1

            a) Saka (Ful away)
            b) Mitrovic (Ars home)

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

              B - Arsenal look more solid defensively

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

              Wilian and Pepe say HELLO to Saka

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Salah looks far from essential. Hasn't had shots, hasn't been super involved. Mane seems to be doing more.

            1. Gazza2000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Yeah, something not right here. If he still doesn’t look good against Leeds it’s an easy switch to Bruno

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

              Hold on, I recall hearing the exact opposite a while ago 😛

              Agree though, Henderson not starting GW1 vs Leeds makes Auba look rather more appealing

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

              have to agree, Salah has been almost anonymous, that being said i'd probably still pick Salah to start for some unknown reason, historical bias i guess

          5. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Will casuals select Minamino now?

          6. Daniel - Go Granville
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            McCarthy or Martinez?

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

                Both

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

                  Why would you get both

                2. Tony Moon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  No.

              • Siva Mohan
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Mc

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

              Does this go straight to pens?

              1. Siva Mohan
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                no ET in CS

                1. davies
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  As in no, there is extra time or there is no extra time?

                  1. Siva Mohan
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    no extra time and direct penos..

                    1. Herman Toothrot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      May have been easier to answer 'yes'

              2. sunzip14
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Straight to pens

              3. TONY123
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                it's straight to pens yes

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

              So what we gonna do with TAA and who is 1st GK in Arsenal!?!?!?

            4. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Salah in decline confirmed?

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Salah in pre-season friendly confirms nothing.

              2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                You going to come up for air?

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

              Arsenal should swap the gun for the trenches, pillboxes and barbed wire in the crest.