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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. UnitedRthebest
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Well the rumours were true. Liverpool can’t do anything without Allison.

    • F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Benched a hat trick, there's a first.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Why did you bench him ?

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Liverpool at home. It is what it is, hope I gain back my .1 now at least.

      2. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        How much is he?

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          5.9 now. Dropped last night 😆

      3. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        😯

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          All good man, at least I'll confidently keep hold of him now.

      4. Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I sold for a hit

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          ah man. He did look a bit off it vs Fulham last week, tough.

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Keep racking up the saves Martinez

    • zon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I dare you to make this kneejerk WC better

      Martinez 4.0
      Robbo Chilwell Bellerin KWP Mitchell
      Salah Son James Grealish Soucek
      Kane DCL Maupay

      1. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        You're missing the obvious

      2. fusen
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Get rid of Robbin

      3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Get watkins asap

      4. Karhumies
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Looks good.

        Soucek could be Jorginho if you fancy a cheap penalty taker as 8th attacking player.

        Not sure about Arsenal defense, but if you can't afford Castagne can't really think of anyone at 5.0 price rather than Bellerin. Possibly a Wolves defender.

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 26 days ago

      VAR is ignored now?

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        He wasn’t involved

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          The guy who crossed it?

      2. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        They ignored Jota’s handball goal last week, so why not?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Because it hit his shoulder

    • Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      best def in the league... my foot...

      1. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Right now, your foot probably is the best.

    • mb1983
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Sitting on a -1 total from VVD and TAA. Epic!

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Worse than that?

        VVD -2 and TAA -1 at the moment?

    • Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      It has been 10 years since a player scored a hattrick vs Liverpool (Berbatov in 2010)

    • The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      DCL,Watkins,Brewster upfront could enable so much.

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Watkins or DCL in for Werner
      ? 😆

    • BoleynWin
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      My TAA/Robbo double defence on wildcard sitting on -1 each currently. It’s a long term game but my word....

    • TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      This is the weirdest start to a season ever. What is causing there to be so many goals?

      1. GAMBIT
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Football as we know it has changed

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        New rules for one. Four players offside - play on

        1. Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Haha. Salty.

    • Tigers Time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      What game are we playing because it isn't the fantasy football I know.

    • KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      We finally get a hat-trick this gameweek too. All four weeks this season. CRAZY!

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Skipping LFC defensive double up

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Part of me is glad that FPL experts are being made to look silly this season.

      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        They werent really experts at all were they.
        Rumbled

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        i think there is a new type of player that is more aggressive these days than the careful stat studying oldies of yesteryear 😉

      3. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Hate the term fpl expert! But in their defence it’s been an unpredictable season

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      DCL could go mad

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I hope Richy is fit.

    • potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I checked Watkins price once in pre-season.
      Gutted.

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        😀

      2. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        He was in one of my 47 drafts, absolutely gutted.

      3. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        lolz

      4. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I'd rather be in your position. I sold him this week

        1. potatoace
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I benched Son.

          Group hug.

          1. Granville
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I can beat that. I also sold JRod

            1. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              You win.... This week.

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      poor trolling tonight, should get better after 8pm when it’s passed bedtime for many 😉

    • Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      DCL up against this Liverpool defence next......

    • RUUD!
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Trent worth 7.5 currently?

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Maybe 5. Just for name recognition.

    • TAT
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Watkins as third striker to enable Foden > Son? Yes please!

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yes just seen I can do that with my free transfers....

        1. TAT
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Will be for a hit for me, but still tempted.

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Barnes & Adams to Son & Watkins for free looks so good!

    • soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Watkins ma boi

    • Taking the Mkhitaryan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Every game this week has thoroughly rogered me.
      Never seen a week like it in 12 years playing FPL
      Rodriguez to Barnes didnt help

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Son + Rodriguez to Bruno and Trossard, beat that! Corrected it now with another hit.........of course

        1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Fair play. You take the biscuit

    • Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I joined a last man standing that started this week. I reckon more than half must be gone out, I chose Wolves luckily lol

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Lmao

    • Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Captain hindsight in full operation this evening I see

    • Africa United
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Wow VanDijk not OwnGoal was close he's on -2 already catastrophic

    • ivantys
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Villa giving pool the annual watford treatment.

      • Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Granville must be a little peeved right now. JRod and now Watkins.