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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. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    FPL and the pain is back. Ings, Adams and KWP in my team, Mitchell on the bench. I hate GW1

    1. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      It wouldn't be FPL without stuff like this!

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Nice to see you interacting in the comments section david 🙂

    2. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      They all played though! You don't have a crisis, just a disappointment.

  2. The Truth Is...
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    why cant i see the teams of other people in my leagues?

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      You can.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Wait for hte points to be awarded

    3. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Click their names, then click GW1

    4. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Click on their names and GW1.

    5. TAT
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Click on their name, then GW1.

    6. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      this is pretty useful
      https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/league/live.php

      1. The Truth Is...
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks all!

  3. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Time to do ings to martial? Or wait and see if havertz or Alli to rash is better? (I prefer rash of the United options)

    1. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Wait, no reason not to. Not gonna increase in price today

      1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Thanks a lot, that helps me relax a bit (martial won't rise tonight? It's midnight here)

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      So you were so impressed by all the chances that Palace gave up you want another go 😀

      1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Please thisnkt impressed with Southampton and United's fixtures cannot be ignored

    3. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Do it.

  4. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Listening to Bielsa interviews is like listening to Mr. Miyagi.

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      ??? What kind of knock off copy of Karate Kid did you watch?

    2. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Helpful for journalists though! Gives us a few extra seconds to transcribe each sentence when it flicks between Bielsa and the translator! 😀

  5. Orbiter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Will price change tonight for fantasy EPL? Contemplating when to bring in Man U and City players onboard without missing out on base price. Thanks.

  6. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Salah brace plssssssssssss 😉 ynwa

  7. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    I think Adams still looks the best 6.0 right now.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Yeah I wouldn't panic to get rid. He looked dangerous. I don't have him but if he keeps performing like that he could become useful to pickup.

  8. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    predictions for the next two games?

    Liverpool 3-1 Leeds
    West Ham 2-2 Newcastle

    1. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Liverpool 3-0 Leeds
      West Ham 2-1 Newcastle

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        This

      2. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Please this

    2. windowview
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Liverpool 0 - 2 Leeds

      1. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Get a girl, dude 😉

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      LIV 2-0 LEE Keita Firmino
      WHU 1-2 NEW Wilson 2X Yarmolenko

    4. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      1:1
      2:0

    5. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      4-0
      3-2

    6. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      2-0 Liverpool
      2-2

  9. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    At least Auba and Mitchell have done their jobs perfectly so far

  10. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Wonder how Bats fits into this Palace side. If Zaha stays OOP up front, he might be an option.

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      bit part player imo, wont ever be a settled starter

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Are you forgetting this guy is the second choice striker for the number 1 international team in the world

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          I just assume he lacks actual match fitness massively, is he even capable of 90mins?

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Only because Vardy retired

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Zaha could've had a hat trick today

      my guess is either Batman comes in as a direct replacement for Ayew, or Zaha shifts to the wing in place of Shlupp.

    3. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      They’re not going to pay all them wages to sit him on the bench, the lad will start the next game

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        I have no doubt he plays, he's quality. I'm just wondering if Zaha partners Bats up front or whether he's pushed out wide.

  11. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Ings and Adams owners twitching now.. price drops imminent. Doubling or even tripling up on a side that's mid table at best was always going to be a disaster

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      😆

    2. mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      I'm def keeping adams and KWP, look good for points over the long run

      Going to sell Ings to Martial though

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Sensible move. But it's also moves like that which is exactly why he's going to drop in price

      2. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Sensible.

    3. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      You did warn me on Ings, but only one gameweek in

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        I've been saying it before the game week started as well. Jimenez and Ings ar prime candidates for price drops

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 20 hours ago

          Out of curiosity who do you have up front?

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 days, 19 hours ago

            Werner Kane Wilson

    4. Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Yup. True bro

    5. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Man do you actually own any players, or even have an FPL account? All you do is troll people 😀

      1. Lev Yashin
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Get used to it.

        It's gonna be a looong season...

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 days, 19 hours ago

        😀 I have an account and I will be the first to admit when I've made awful picks. But trolling others and bantering is part of the fun!

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Hmmmm

      GK still ok. Ings still a class act. Do you see loads of other teams sitting back and opening up space the way Palace did? Three card trick that works when you score first.

      Most other teams will attack them and open themselves up.

    7. Tamagotchi Massacre
      • 6 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      You're such a troll.

      Ings owners really needn't twitch. Guy has punted in a goal nearly every other game for a year and right at this moment in time there's zero to indicate he won't continue.

      Seems more like you're trying to convince yourself than anyone else

  12. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Not too concerned about KWP. He was so high up the pitch; he'll be in good positions to nab the odd attacking points.

    Almost got an assist for the Ings header late-on. For 4.5m, that's decent.

    If Southampton put in a few bad performances, I'll consider shifting McCarthy to a decently performing defensive side. Not a priority, as due to downgrade the likes of Aubameyang, etc in the coming GWs.

    1. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Similar thoughts

      If I'd have picked KWP over a long term playing 4.0 I'd be annoyed and if Vinagre doesn't play then he's still reasonable for his price

    2. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Might wait for his price to drop, then get him in...

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Agreed

      McCarthy out on WC? But the reality is Southampton are not cs specialists.

  13. JohnnyRev7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    22 from 3 (Auba (c), McCarthy & Mitchell). My only other interest today is Soucek v Wilson. Hoping for a 3-3 with both players heavily involved. I'll take the dogs for a loooong walk whilst Salah's playing. Much more healthy that hiding behind the sofa.

  14. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Captain Mannering

  15. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Need Leeds to outrun LFC and Salah to continue missing sitters.

  16. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    let's go with the triple

    Salah (c)
    TAA
    Robbo

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      10 6 6 = 22 points not bad

    2. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Same, GL to us!!!

  17. Hect.OR 98th
    • 10 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Played Mitchell ahead of KWP.

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Small victories.

    2. erictheking1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Good effort, I'm just counting my blessings the red was recinded.

    3. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Big call that. Why did you do it?

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Backing home game defender and Woy's compact team, nice!

  18. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Probably should've thought of this before, but KDB or Sterling bearing in mind I'll probably wildcard in a few weeks!!

  19. erictheking1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Average so far auba did his job KWP less so.

    Took a punt on Minamino starting so hoping he get enough time off the bench to do something.

  20. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Salah (C), TAA & VVD let’s go!!!

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Leeds will score

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        This

      2. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Bamford up front

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        So will Van Dijk from a Trent corner 🙂

  21. 7shadesofsmoke
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    anyone tempted to hit the wildcard button?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Not until GW10

  22. Zilla
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Expecting price changes tonight?

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      no

  23. pundit of punts
    • 7 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Leeds 4m defender to keep his place?

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      no

  24. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Don't worry Mitchell owners. All the cool kids bought Ferguson

    1. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Bought in both of them

      1. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        I think that is smart

    2. Vazza
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Please tell me having Ferguson was the correct decision and Mitchells starting position is still in jeopardy once PVA returns

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Can't speak to the first but yes the latter is true

    3. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      got both! meant I risked it this week with a bench of Ferguson, Davis, Fernandes..

  25. Hairy Potter
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    You can't predict the future or change the past.

    Just have fun.

    1. BenDavies
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      But i can try

      1. Vazza
        8 days, 20 hours ago

        Just to let you know, I went for Eric Dier rather than you..

  26. XABI 15
    • 4 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    any chance of bonus for Mitchell?

  27. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Can someone tell me if martial will rise in the next 24 hours?

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      You'll have to ask his wife

    2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Relax, no changes tonight.

    3. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Haha. Thanks lads

  28. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Any active wildcard friends here?

  29. tricpic
    • 10 Years
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    When do price rises/falls happen? Is it 100,000 transfers in/out? Or something more complicated than that?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Transfers in or about 10% of owners sell.

  30. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 20 hours ago

    Why is ferguson likely to play when he retunrs from injury?

    What position does he play and who would he be playing instead of

    1. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      RB

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      RB instead of Ward. Will probably be eased in slowly, no rush with Ward still doing his job

    3. Vazza
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      RB - I have my fingers crossed

    4. Goodbye Horses
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      Plays anywhere along the back four.

    5. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 20 hours ago

      RB by preference

      Fairly attacking and does get up the pitch. He'll likely wait a fair bit imo. RH will want to school him first.