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Alisson and Mane miss out for Liverpool as Barkley makes Aston Villa debut

The final match of Gameweek 4 – and the last Premier League fixture before the October international break – sees two sides with 100% winning records square off at Villa Park.

Aston Villa v Liverpool gets underway in the West Midlands at 19:15 BST.

There are two significant changes to Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, with Sadio Mane (£11.9m) and Alisson (£6.0m) both missing for the visitors.

Mane’s absence we knew about, with Liverpool confirming on Friday that the Senegal international had tested positive for COVID-19.

Diogo Jota (£6.3m) comes in for his first Premier League start for the Reds.

Alisson’s shoulder injury we weren’t aware of ahead of Saturday’s Fantasy Premier League deadline but rumours had gathered momentum about his unavailability this afternoon and the Brazilian indeed sits this one out with a shoulder injury.

Adrian (£4.5m) deputises between the posts.

Klopp shed more light on his first-choice shot-stopper’s injury before the match, saying:

Yesterday an incident in training, very unlucky – two players clash with each other, one gets up, one doesn’t. The one who didn’t get up was Ali.

So, after the first few things, we don’t know 100 per cent. But he cannot play today. We have to do further assessment but he’s injured, let me say it like this. Now we hope it will go really quickly.

It’s an international break, I’m pretty sure after that he will not be ready. Then we have to see week by week.

On Mane, the Liverpool boss added:

He’s good, he’s good. We are obviously in contact pretty often.

He is fine. Monday night, we played Arsenal, played a really good game, after the game it was a really good feeling. And then the problems started immediately. That’s how it is. That’s how life is, that’s how our life is as well, that’s completely normal.

Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) has recovered from a muscle problem but the England midfielder is only among the substitutes this evening.

Aston Villa’s starting XI shows only one change, with Conor Hourihane (£6.0m) dropping to the bench.

Ross Barkley (£5.9m) comes in for the Irishman and makes his Aston Villa debut, following his loan move from Chelsea.

Three-quarters of Liverpool’s backline and Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) boast double-digit ownerships in FPL, with the Egyptian and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) the fourth and third most-owned assets overall.

Emi Martinez (£4.6m), who has racked up 19 points in his new club’s first two Premier League matches of the season, is Villa’s most-owned player.


Aston Villa XI: Martínez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Barkley, Trézéguet, Watkins, Grealish.

Liverpool XI: Adrián, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Jota.

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2,840 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jb1985
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    I think FF is broken this season, they need to do a system reboot.

    1. Agger
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Going template is asking for trouble

  2. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Werner and podence to son and watkins for free looks nice

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Yep sounds great, I want to do similar but too many villa, how did that happen (got both villa keepers)!

  3. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 27 days ago

    bargain front line, Brewster, Watkins, DCL!

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      I am going with DCL, Maupay and Wilson.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      And bargain defence

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Optimal team balance;
        Forwards - 14mil
        Defence and keeper - 20mil
        Midfield - 66mil

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Wtf is going on this GW?

    1. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      This year*

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        That too.

    2. Right In The Stanchion
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Penalties and bad VAR

      • Party time
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Devil’s birthday

    3. Dirty Leeds
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Do you expect loads of price rises over the IB? Cheers

      1. Red Devil Swede
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        No, usually there aren't too many. WCs doesn't count towards prices as well I think.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Theres always some but less than people expect

    4. ivantys
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Double pool defence no longer template?

        1. Joyce1998
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          Didn't think it was to begin with

          1. ivantys
              4 months, 27 days ago

              Even Sheffield could score against this defence.

          2. PremKraut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            there are even some triple ups out there

            1. ivantys
                4 months, 27 days ago

                They aren't worth it if just for the attacking returns.

            2. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              The time to have them will be when people run out of patience.

          3. Stand By Mee
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            Hoold Villa

          4. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            Was going to bring Grealish in for Son, but didn’t like the look of the Liverpool fixture haha

          5. RVP20
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            Should I WC? My team is:

            McCarthey - Steer
            TAA - Davies - Justin - Vinagre - Mitchell
            Salah - De Bruyne - Greenwood- Barnes - Podence
            Werner - Calvert-Lewin - Brewster

          6. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            Oh, hey. Trent is on the field! Who knew!

          7. Bounce
              4 months, 27 days ago

              Salah captain casuals in tears.

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                30 mins ?

              2. Nimby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                It's not over yet. This casuals thing is really pathetic too by the way.

              3. Bounce
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Idiot.

                  1. Gnu
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 27 days ago

                    Excellent post. 🙂

                • Nimby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  You were saying, Muppet?

                • Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Pardon?

                • Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Hahahahahaha

                • Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Oh dear.

                • FPL.team
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Said the casual.

                • Houldsworth Hatter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Nope

                • Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  a casual move is ASM > Podence that cost you 24 points so far 😉

                • El Presidente
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Perfect timing

                • Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  tears of joy 🙂

              4. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                This game looks so ripe for a Salah penalty

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Should have had one already in all fairness.

              5. Silent Friend
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                martinez 37 saves in 29 mins...

                1. GOTHAM City F.C.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  You've got it wrong, should be 36

              6. Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Almost Grealish 3rd assist

              7. GoonerSteve
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Sold Watkins for Che Adams this week. Great.

              8. Kellz86
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                So Grealish and Kane saving my week, what a season this is

              9. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Barkley missing another Grealish A

              10. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Wow need to get Grealish in my team asap

              11. El Presidente
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 27 days ago

                VVD having a shocking game...

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Apologies I brought him in on my WC

              12. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Salah goal

              13. Silent Friend
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Jack is worth more than 80M, idiot United...

              14. Sco
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                SALAH!

              15. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Yesssssss Salahhhhhh

              16. OneDennisBergkamp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Last time Jorginho got a double digit score i asked if he was a good option, was told no by all who answered, so i ask the same question again...

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 27 days ago

                  Lampard is the new Pep. Will he play?

              17. Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                SALAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

              18. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                MOOOOOOOOOO!!!

              19. Labile
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Moooo let’s go

              20. dark91
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                I hate watching Barkley attacking. Since his days at Everton when he didn't pass to Lukaku all the way to today

              21. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 27 days ago

                Salaaahhh

              22. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 27 days ago

                SALAAAAAAH YESSSSSSSSSSS