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Alexander-Arnold starts for Liverpool as £4.0m Leeds defender features

Liverpool come into the first Premier League match of 2020/21 with their strongest key players all involved from the off.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) has not turned out for the Reds since the end of last season, missing out on pre-season friendlies through injury, but he starts against Leeds United.

While he was not fit enough to go on a summer tour with his club, the right-back did get some game-time in while away on international duty with England.

Naturally, he is joined in the back-four by the usual suspects of Andrew Robertson (£7.0m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Joe Gomez (£5.5m) while Neco Williams (£4.0m) misses out on a place in the match-day squad entirely.

Mohamed Salah (£12.0m), the second-most-captained player of Gameweek 1, starts on the right-hand side of Liverpool’s front-three, as do Sadio Mané (£12.0m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.5m).

In their first Premier League game for 16 years, Leeds line-up in Marcelo Biela’s favoured 4-1-4-1 formation.

The key Fantasy talking point is a start at centre-back for Pascal Struijk (£4.0m), although it remains unclear how long he will last in the team. The budget defender takes the place of club captain Liam Cooper (£4.5m) who is unexpectedly absent from the squad today.

The Scottish international’s late injury means a centre-back pairing of Struijk and new signing Robin Koch (£4.5m) for Leeds, while Stuart Dallas (£4.5m) and Luke Ayling (£4.5m) are set to staff the full-back positions.

Patrick Bamford (£5.5m) has been trusted with a start at Anfield, keeping new signing Rodrigo Moreno (£6.0m) on the bench while key man Pablo Hernández (£6.0m) is also in from the beginning, joined in midfield by Mateusz Klich (£5.5m), Jack Harrison (£5.5m) and Helder Costa (£5.5m).

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Keïta, J Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

Leeds United XI: Meslier; Dallas, Struijk, Koch, Ayling; Phillips; Costa, Hernández, Klich, Harrison; Bamford.

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2,445 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 2 hours ago

    Next week when Leeds arent attacking solely down the left side and arent manmarking Mane it may well be a different story. Marathon not a sprint.

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 2 hours ago

      Really impressed by Ayling's performance. Had Mane in his pocket, and looked threatening going forwards. Seemed to be everywhere...

      1. Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        I was impressed with the hairstyles, a very stylish team.

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 2 hours ago

      That’s why I got Rodrigo. Hoping he gets a start and gets off the mark next week.

  2. Podge
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 2 hours ago

    Sterling got an opening day hattie last year then did feck all for about 2 months

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 2 hours ago

      OkKkKkKk

    2. doher.ty
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        You're not wrong

      • The Mandalorian
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Sterling isn’t called Salah for a reason

      • Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Salah hater?

    3. fauxfatale
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Sorry newbie post. Where can i see the transfers in and out of players and see who is likely to increase in value?

        1. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Don't be sorry 🙂

          http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        2 - Virgil van Dijk has made two errors leading directly to a goal in his last four Premier League games, more than he registered in his first 154 appearances in the competition (1). Lapse.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Won it all now, can relax

        2. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Clearly in decline.

      • kinghenry14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        early thoughts for next week? 0.5 itb

        mccarthy
        tierney davies justin
        salah auba son zaha asm
        werner ings

        A) ings -> martial as planned
        B) save FT and then after gw2 ings auba -> bruno kun

        cheers

        1. Podge
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Captain Werner 😉

        2. Totalfootball
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Wow , what score did u get this week ?

          1. kinghenry14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            65 from 6 including C and bonus

        3. Boywiththesoupdragontattoo
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Nice team, nothing really needs to change so I’d say B. It’s a great plan for getting a top quality differential in Kun, but gives you the chance to get another look at each team / identify fires / see City once etc and switch to someone else if needed.

      • GloryManUnited
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Going no Pool attack don’t I don’t have to feel this way all year. Mane to Bruno and never looking back.

      • Orbiter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Will the player prices change tonight? Thanks.

        1. King Sheep
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Was gonna ask this too, anyone know when the first player rises/falls will be?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 2 hours ago

            Google fplstats

          2. JustSomeGuy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 2 hours ago

            In theory, first opportunity for changes is tonight. 2/3am BST I think

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        I thought you guys were just joking but it actually seems some are serious

        Salah in decline is a literal fact in fpl points terms, it doesn't mean he can't hit the first season heights again, it doesn't mean he's crap, it doesn't mean he's not good. It just meant year on year his score declined, jeez. That's pretty much all that poster said if I recall correctly, happy to be proven wrong if he went ott and said Salah is crap or something but I don't think he did

        Salah (C)

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          That's the error of drawing any conclusion from small samples (like 3 seasons) 🙂

          1. Manani
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            by that logic, we also can't draw conclusion that Salah is a better FPL pick than Stephens, as we only got a small sample size of 3 seasons

            1. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              In this case you have a sample size of over 100 games. If you draw a conclusion that Salah will score fewer points this season than last because he's got fewer points in 2 consecutive seasons, that reasonig is very flawed imho

        2. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Not this again.

      • Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        I know it may sound mean, but I want Antonio not to score. Transfered him out in the last minute and I wouldn't stand another 4 goals. Those missed oppurtunities hurt the most...

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

          Meany

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          I hope they put you away for this

          1. Werkself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            🙂

        3. Werkself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          It's not mean to wish a player doesn't score. It IS mean to hope he gets injured so he doesn't score.

          1. JustSomeGuy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            This ^

            Instead, cheer for a red card that doesn't result in injury 🙂

            1. Werkself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              I hope they miss the team bus.

          2. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            What about scoring an own goal? Or missing a penalty?

            1. Werkself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              Negative points. Even better!

        4. The Mandalorian
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          Bady

      • Lalrota
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        No Salah. Although sticking to the strategy.

        McCarthy
        TAA Digne Tierney Ayling
        Auba (C) Havertz Alli
        Werner Martial DCL

        Vinagre 4.5 4.5

        Ings>Martial is the transfer to be made.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Targeting Palace to stop your strikers scoring? 🙂

          1. Lalrota
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 2 hours ago

            Thats the worry actually. But i had preplanned it. So wilk likely go with it.

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              6 days, 2 hours ago

              I'm just messing, good luck not like Southampton can attack like Utd can. Giving Ings more time myself

        2. Drizz ✅
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Ouch

      • Son is Rising
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        No United and feeling pretty good for next week. Palace looked organised.

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

          GK saved them big time.

          1. Lalrota
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 2 hours ago

            Agree. The Adams save was great. Even the Ings one at the end.
            United also are different quality. Plenty of creativity to open up that Palace defence.

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Because he's one of top 6 or so keepers in the Prem. Does it regularly

            14 cs in last 28 against non top 8. It's something you can plan for

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Palace also won at OT last season

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            And put 2 past Chelsea at the end of the season 😀

        3. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          It was easier when they went 1-0 ahead. I still think Utd will smash them, hope others will be thinking this though as hopefully less will go with Martial

      • Pukkipartyy
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Is Rashford worth 2mil over Greenwood?

        1. JustSomeGuy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 2 hours ago

          Yes

        2. kinghenry14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          on pure comparison and without any context i would say yes

          but i find martial for 9.0 better

      • JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Carroll gonna haul 😆

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Interesting to see Mane takes 0 flack for a performance like today, guess everybody always wants to come for the king (Mo)

      • Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        To think there is such high onwership in a West Ham - Newcastle game... Not gonna lie, I would be very thankfull for a 0-0 draw.

      • Orbiter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Everyone dropping players tonight before man u/man city players prices go up?

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 1 hour ago

          I don't think they're going up, tonight, far from it

          1. Orbiter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            When are the prices going up? any ideas? trying to figure out when to pick up a couple of players.

            1. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              Check out this site http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/

            2. Harrypottermus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              The first week always has a lag in order to build up sufficient Transfers In - Transfers Out. You can monitor progress on https://www.fiso.co.uk/crackthecode.php and http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/

            3. ManofKent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              We haven't a clue - sometimes they lock them at start of season.

      • Garlana
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 1 hour ago

        Only having soucek in this game is worrying...yes I'm worried about Newcastle and west ham assets...what a sad life I lead.

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

          Yeh, It's nearly 2 am here and I'm really tired. But I've got Soucek and Wilson and I'm 19 points behind (with triple Chelsea at the end, mind)

          1. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 1 hour ago

            Went with Che adams and I'm looking myself I couldn't find the extra 0.5 for wilson.He worries me most

            1. Garlana
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 days, 1 hour ago

              Kicking myself*

      • Zladan
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 10 mins ago

        Ings to Martial was the planned transfer.

        Need to assess Mitro situation. Surely he is expected to start next game. This was just a rest from Internationals, right?