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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
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Trent and Robbo on course for negative points this game.

      1. Brehmeren
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Luckily I have both

        1. Powers106
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Same

    • Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 24 days ago

        4-1

      • Chucky
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        lol unbelievable...

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        another 6-1 cominng up:lol:

      • SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Started the weekend at 4m rank. Finished Saturday 2m rank. Looks like ending today back at 4m again. Painful.

      • 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        should've seen red

      • tissae
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Would you guys rather go:
        A) 343 with DCL Maupay Wilson up front, Son + JRod
        B) 442 with Kane DCL up front, Son + 6.0 mid

        1. bialk
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          А

        2. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Still B

        3. thetommy14
            1 month, 24 days ago

            A, will be doing the same it looks good

        4. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          At least united were a man down and against spurs

        5. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          At least Man U had ten men

        6. King Mo
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Jesus christ.

          Lesson to all... never sell a striker regardless of how bad he looks v Sheffield and Fulham.

          1. ivantys
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Not playing pool every week

              1. KICKandRUSH
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Keeping Jimenez now

          2. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Liverpool doing a Man United.

          3. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Watkins in rather than bringing in DCL?

          4. Pedram
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Klopp getting outclassed by Aston Villa, now i've seen it all

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Hahaha

          5. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Watkins my hero 🙂

          6. UnitedRthebest
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Lol

            • Werkself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              WHAT IS HAPPENIG???!!! 🙂

            • jb1985
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Do Liverpool remember how to defend or play football. That 4th goal...

            • BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Sold Watkins for Ings.. d'oh!

            • KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Is it United v Spurs in a diff stadium???

            • Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Watkins in my draft team lol

            • diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              This is poor from Klopp. You know Villa are beating the high line so why are you persisting with a high line and leaving 2 on 2?

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Hassenhutl 2.0

            • Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Good timing on my robbo and taa double up haha

            • Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Guys, no point bringing in DCL, hes facing the might Liverpool... 😆

            • Albrightondknight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Not disallowed wtf

              1. Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Obvious offside

                1. Steinburg FC
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  liverpool fan?

                2. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Lol sure buddy

            • Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Oof, Granny got rid of Watkins for Jimi going into this GW. Made sense but so unlucky.

            • HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Just logged in...
              Wtf?!!

            • Silent Friend
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Sold Watkins for a hit, f my life

              1. diabydoesgallas
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                The hit part just adds insult to injury

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Triple captained Watkins

              1. fantasyfog
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                No. No you didn't

            • Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              This LFC defence hasn't looked anything like it should be since they won the title.

            • Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              WTF VAR just showed clear offside!

              1. Albrightondknight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                I know it’s a complete joke.

                1. Albrightondknight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I just don’t get it VAR showed the clear offside. They always get reviewed and disallowed. Again I don’t get it.

              2. dando89
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Mings was offside but didn't go for the ball