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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. ivantys
      4 months, 27 days ago

      VVD OG

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

      McGinnnnnnnnn

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

      McGinny - want

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      VVD own goal please?

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

        Has to be

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

          No the shot was on target so it’s a McGinn goal.

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Average is too high for my liking

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

      Football gone weird!!!

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Everyone copying Bielsa

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

      lol this is great

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Nah. its terrible (smile)

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Virgil OG

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

      What is the Premier League anymore? I love it 😆

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      #kloppout

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      vvd og???

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

      VVD og??

    • Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Wtf is happening this season. Amazing.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        I dunno butnit renders FPL useless lol

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

      What the flip is going on?

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Wanted Goal from Salah(C) wanted Pool to lose - finally something to enjoy

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Yep, would be Salah that scores wouldn’t it

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

      Tbh I can’t remember when my WC team has scored over 50. This week I’ll be lucky to get 30.

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

        I brought VVD in on mine and am on 22 points

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

        Yeah same.

    • Labile
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      FFS VVD

    • Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Salah's EO? Presume most own but how many have captained

    • The real slim shady
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Adrian is worse then Karius right?

      1. Licky
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        There's literally nothing he could have done about that.

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

        Doesn’t seem to have much luck.

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

        Karius would have conceded the one right before the corner

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

      Looked on target so probably won't be an OG.

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Trent getting me a 0 point haul then...

    • FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Liverpool defenders will end up on 0 points

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

      FML no bloody way I brought VVD in on my WC what the actual hell is going on give me a break

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

        Same man

    • Joey Tribbiani
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Van Dijk own goal?

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

        No Mané no win

      • UnitedRthebest
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Had a choice to start Shaw or ASM. Guess which one I went with.

        1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          Asm?

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

            You would be wrong

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        This season is something else. I'm glad I still have my WC.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          What you don’t realise though is......having the WC no longer matters lol

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Best defender in the word guys

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

        Trent replacements? (only half-joking)

        1. Karhumies
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          Castagne, Chilwell