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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. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    SALAHH (C)

  2. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Salah punishes.

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

      Boom

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

    Salahhh

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

    Yesssss, standout pick like I said, go home casuals

  5. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Capitano!!!

    My blunder pays off

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

    SALAH CAPTAINERS
    RAISE
    YOUR
    HANDS

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

      Hi o/

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

      Right here! O/

    3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      By complete accident o/

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

      O/

  7. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Oh captain my captain Mooooo

  8. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Would you wildcard this lot? Kane, hames, sterling, saka, doucoure, kwp, mccarthy
    Yep. I did.

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      D'oh!!

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      At least you didn't have Son.

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

        Delete it pal

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

        why thought? mad decision even without hindsight too

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

        Salah Hatty Incoming

      • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        As a non-capper, does a Salah haul benefit my rank?

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          No.
          It'll hurt a bit. Not a lot though

      • Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Can we just start over? Please?

      • sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        So it is. Mo permacap and end trying to foresee anything in this game.
        Doing my head in.

      • HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Nice MO. Give us more...

      • Sco
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        WTF is this Liverpool defence all about?

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Salah captain. About time something went right.

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

        Casuals who cap Salah in an away game, rewarded

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          No mane, you are more casual

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

            rofl, you didnt know that until after deadline

            1. Third Eye Vision
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              Yes, we did. That’s why I changed c.

            2. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              ROFL clown

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Could crack 2m OR finally

      • Bounce
          4 months, 27 days ago

          Hilarious seeing the casuals that didn't captain Salah celebrate. His EO is above 100% so his points hurt your rank.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            Top 10K EO.

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

            What's the point of playing this game if I'm not allowed to celebrate my players goals.

            1. Bounce
                4 months, 27 days ago

                You have to do the maths before you celebrate.

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

                  Forget that, this is a game for fun.

          3. subhojit123
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            If you need to remove one of sterling and KDB to get in Salah..who wud it be and why?

            1. GAMBIT
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              KDB because he's playing CDM

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

            Adrian lucky

            1. Burger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              Adrian unlucky

          5. Greenbackbøøg…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            Whats Salahs expected ownership?

          6. ivantys
              4 months, 27 days ago

              Barkley weak finisher as always

            • UnitedRthebest
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 27 days ago

              Perma cap Salah done.

            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              OMG McGinn

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

              Mcginn goal

            • Wild Rover
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              Lol

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

              Dross Barkley...

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              McGinn G

            • ALI_G
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              shall we just permacap Salah?

              none of this rubbish captaining based on fixtures

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

                I’m doing that now. I’ll take 1 or 2 blanks but don’t expect many more then that.

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

              Hahahaha what the hell