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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. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Tierney down

    1. Right In The Stanchion
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Cramp

      • Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        That’s coz I just transferred him in...sorry

    2. Right In The Stanchion
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Make more subs Arteta...

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Mane due.

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Should have scored. Amazing that Robertson still hasn't assisted...

      • Bada Bing
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Mane has been terrible today.

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Good, but not clinical enough.

      • davies
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Thoughts on DCL @ 7.0?

        - good price
        - v good fixtures
        - new signings will help
        - amazing form pre-lockdown

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Never again.

          1. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            😆

            Suspect he could be the breakout guy

            1. Ser Davos
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              *Breakout as in acne

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Was about to post that only.
          Thought he's 6.5 🙁

        3. Right In The Stanchion
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Didn’t score post lockdown.

          • Robson-Canoe
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            I've had him for the entire post lock down period, that answers all questions about whether I'm considering him.

            1. Lucky Z
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Your fault

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Waiting for Rodriguez before I make a decision

            Probably going to wait and see though, price point is a little awkward

          • Limbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Confidence player. I would not be surprised to see him as early sub first few games.

          • ivantys
              5 months, 1 day ago

              DCL and sigguardson are on my radar as well as palace's duo schlupp and zaha. There's a very good chance that siggurdsson and zaha could replicate their form 2 seasons ago and they've been doing well in pre season.

            • denial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Haven't forgiven him for my decision to replace Ings with him on slow WC.

            • ZEZIMA
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              No chance for me. I ruined part of my season last season keeping faith in that fraud.

            • mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Ruined my whole season choosing him over Ings at the restart

            • SAY MY NAME
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              DCL is like that train the station that you get on expecting to go somewhere, you look out the window and see all the other trains leaving, while you just sit there for hours, eventually you realise this and get off and board a train that will actually go somewhere, and then wonder why you spent so long sitting on a train that was never going to leave the station 🙂

            • Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              DCL is like that long queue at the supermarket checkout. You wait patiently while the other queues move quicker than yours, then when you make the switch, the queue starts moving.

            • Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              DCL is like being in the middle lane on the motorway during a traffic jam, when the inside lane and fast lane are moving more quickly. Rationally, you think that your queue will start moving soon but you sit there for what feels like weeks on end, before switching and you're on your way again.

            • Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              DCL is like waiting for your bus to take you home at the end of a long day. Everyone else gets to go home but you're stuck, and now it's starting to rain.

            • Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              In summary, don't get DCL.

          • Z
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Martinez is so good GK.. i cant belive that he is on the bench (same story with Leno)

            1. UnluckyXI
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              If arsenal keep both their keeper situation in the best place it's been since lehmann

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            4231 experiment working well vs Arteta’s bus so far.

            Hopefully prep to get the best out of Thiago. Salah always high and central in this system.

          • Amey
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Most important question:

            Is DCL nailed ??

            1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              I don't think they have anyone else do they?

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Yeah

            2. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Yes, Kean is dreadful

              1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Forgot about him.

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Yeah ... 7 is 0.5 over the budget right now 😆

              2. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Juve are after signing him back.

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  You must be excited 🙂

                  1. The 12th Man
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Lol.
                    Everton paid £28m for him.
                    Juve only want to pay £14 or swap for Ramsey.

                    So way off at the moment. The kid just hasn’t settled and playing in front of that midfield. No wonder he’s struggled.

                    1. Ginkapo FPL
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      5 months, 1 day ago

                      Take Ramsey! Bargain

                    2. Amey
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 1 day ago

                      I'm talking about overall bro !
                      Great Coach + Good signings.

                      European football calling ehh 😉

                      1. The 12th Man
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 1 day ago

                        Hold your horses there.
                        See where we are at the turn of the year.

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

              Nailed on to disappoint.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Too much quality behind now though 😮

                Hamesh also signing for them i heard ....

              2. UnluckyXI
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Apparently kean wants to go back to Juve, why'd they'd want him back is beyond me

          • ZEZIMA
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            It's annoying that when you are on the "My team" tab on the FPL website, when you click on the following gameweek fixtures, your players fixtures don't change. It'd be really useful when trying to plan your team.

            1. H Dog
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              I heard there was a plug in that showed the next six fixtures for each player, but I don't know where to find it

              1. ZEZIMA
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                That'd be very useful. If you happen to come across it again, please can you let me know where to access it!

                1. H Dog
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  I think if you type in FPL fixture plug-in, it comes up.

                  Looks like it only works on google chrome though

                  1. ZEZIMA
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Perfect, thank you

                2. ritzyd
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Fpl tools chrome add on

                  1. ZEZIMA
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Thanks Ritzyd

                3. Siva Mohan
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  FPL Tools

                  1. ZEZIMA
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Thanks Siva

              2. Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                FPL Tools for Firefox

                1. ZEZIMA
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Thanks Herman, I will check it out!

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Betterfpl is an add-on that works in Firefox

          • dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Would like Martinez as goalkeeper but we just don’t know whether he or Leno will start season!

          • Right In The Stanchion
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Jay Rodriguez an option at Everton? Surprised Burnley are selling tbh.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Hopefully not ... Need DCL nailed to punt on hik

              2. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                It’s James Rodriguez from Madrid not Jay from Burnley

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Sighhhhhhhhhh

                2. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  hahaha I did wonder what he was on about!

            • Party time
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Straight to pen shoot out yeah? No extra time

              1. Z
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Y

              2. The Pesci challenge
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Yeah pens

              3. Party time
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks lads

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Martinez picking off where he left off, straight in the shop window

              1. Jellyfish
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Villa preparing a bid for him by all accounts

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Wow

              2. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                We should go in for him and ship Pickford

            • Z
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Eze is only 6M....that can be a nice pick

              1. Robson-Canoe
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                From GW5 onwards yes

                1. Z
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  yes yes

              2. Typo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Never heard of him

                1. Z
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  best dribler in championship

              3. ClassiX
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Taking him over Pereira will be a tough sell

            • Mirkatldn
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              James and Maitland Niles or Chilwell and Vinagre?

              1. Z
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Do you even know for what team will play NM this season???

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Doesn't matter 😛

                  1. Z
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    If he stays in Arsenal he is so NOT nailed...

                    1. Amey
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 1 day ago

                      Sarcasm mate
                      My bad.
                      I completely agree with you.

                      I think at wolves he's a lock IN

                      1. Z
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 1 day ago

                        Agree

              2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Chelsea defence can't many clean sheets there for price.

            • Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              This commentator needs to chill out a bit about Maitland Niles

              1. Z
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                My commentator is jerking on him too....he is btw MVP this game...

                1. Bubz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  He's been good but they're talking about him like he's world class all of a sudden

                  1. Z
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    As i told you...same in my country. And he is officaly MVP

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Klopp showing his desire to keep Brewster around this season.

              Hopefully a loan out pre-GW1.

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Don’t miss your pen 😀

                1. Greasy Grealish Gang
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Almost jinxed it there! Let's go!

            • Typo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Any reason why TAA aint back yet?

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Not fully fit or worth the risk.

              2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 11 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Swap with Messi rumoured.

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Nah

                  Messi and Zaha both like playing in red and blue stripes

                  1. Dthinger
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    So your theory is that Messi is going to Palace?

                    1. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 1 day ago

                      Sharing mins with Eze I guess

                  2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 11 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    😀

            • ivantys
                5 months, 1 day ago

                I'm leaning towards a triple spurs option actually with the teams all short of goals

                1. OneMan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Same.

              • lilmessipran
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Why no extra time in this one?

                1. Siva Mohan
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  extra 30 mins may result in injuries in a curtain raiser .. it's a friendly anyways

                2. Marmalade Forest
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Because no one wants it. No one.

              • BeaversWithAttitude
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Bringing Brewster on in the 91st minute, why Klopp?

                1. Siva Mohan
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  must be good at penos in training

                2. Typo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Penpen

                  1. BeaversWithAttitude
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Well that went well. Could have given the kid a chance to warm-up by bringing him in a little earlier...

              • Goonsquad245
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Salah decline confirmed then. Guess it’s time to move on...

                1. Giggs Boson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  Yep, definitely the new Pepe. Everyone sell him please.

                  1. Goonsquad245
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Awful with Mane, awful away, hardly ever even hauls at home any more. What’s the point.

                2. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 1 day ago

                  After the brace vs Leeds

              • Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Salah pen miss will make the discussions lively.

              • Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Thoughts on this team?

                McCarthy (Nyland)
                VVD Egan Vinagre Mitchell (Taylor)
                Salah(C) Auba Son Ziyech (Rashford)
                Adams Mitro (Wickham)

                1. ivantys
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Risky as you have no consistent strikers in your team and strikers have the best chance of getting more than 1 goal and bonus

                    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 1 day ago

                      Hard to label the strikers as inconsistent when they haven't played one single game.

                      1. ivantys
                          5 months, 1 day ago

                          Wickham will most likely not play at all, Adams might not start and most of the time Ings is the one scoring anyway, and fulham might not do well in the premier league too.

                          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            5 months, 1 day ago

                            No.

                  • Z
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Arsenal kits are great!

                    1. UnluckyXI
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 1 day ago

                      Goalkeeper one is very nice

                    2. Tony Moon
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 1 day ago

                      I think it looks awful, like blood stains over it.

                  • Bubz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Martinez to win the game for Arsenal here and secure his no.1 spot

                    1. Marmalade Forest
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 1 day ago

                      Transfer waiting to happen, unless Leno left.

                      1. Bubz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 1 day ago

                        Don't see why. He's a great keeper

                  • Siva Mohan
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Martinez the penos hero!! nailed in PL

                  • Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Didn't realize that Liverpool have so many good PK takers.

                    Milner, Salah, Fabinho are all amazing takers.

                  • SAY MY NAME
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    how cool from amn!

                  • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 1 day ago

                    Brewster misses