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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. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Always said lovren was key to liverpool defence.

    1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      True. He will be remebered forever.

  2. ivantys
      1 month, 21 days ago

      And people said pool are running away with the title.

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Time to pack up. My overall points from defense this GW = negative 2

      1. Apwilkin
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 21 days ago

        TAA-VVD-Castagne for a collective -2 so far... KWP on my bench...

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Lamptey 0
          Mitchell 0
          VVD -2

          Had James and Vinagre in my 11!

      2. Craicer
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Thank God for Saiss because I'm on -3 for the rest.

        1. Craicer
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          -4, sorry.

    • afcblegend
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      So clean sheets are just generally off the table now then

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Very few

      2. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        West ham and Southampton got one

      3. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Unless it's a team from the bottom half of last season's table.

    • Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      I know he wont have Pool every week, but is Watkins an option?

      1. UnitedRthebest
          1 month, 21 days ago

          For me yes. Cheap too.

        • LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yes he is. Very talented lad. First time when Jack has oportunity to pass to competent striker.

        • Craicer
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Absolutely.

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Liverpool only attack down the left - TAA is obsolete these days

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        VVD on -2 and they didnt even add the OG 😆

        1. SM001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          It wasn't an OG.

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        What a weekend! Everton might just ran away like Leicester did.

        1. KUN+10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          *Leeds

      5. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Best 6.5m forward?

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Pick one at random.

          There's no point trying to predict this season.

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          I sold Wilson on my WC so probably him

        3. KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Inki pinki ponkey

        4. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Maupay

        5. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Pick the one you would least imagine to haul.

      6. SM001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        I knew I should have brought in Ollie Watkins.

        1. FC Hakkebøf
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Yes you definetely knew you should bring him in before facing Liverpool, captain Hindsight 🙂

      7. KUN+10
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Martinez killing it

      8. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        My God, Cazoo have chosen a fantastic time to sponsor Aston Villa & Everton.

        (Bottomed)

      9. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        And I have Son and St Max on my bench. Injuries led to that decision

        1. UnitedRthebest
            1 month, 21 days ago

            I got St. Max. Started Shaw over him.

            1. brianutd-why always we? 20
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Oh dear

        2. UnitedRthebest
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Who is the best?
            A) Watkins
            B) Mitrovic
            C) Bamford

          • LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            A) Wilson & Zaha
            or
            B) Watkins & J.Rodriguez

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              A short term

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                but with Maupay over Wilson imo

          • Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Surely Martinez has more than 4 saves now?

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              He has 5

            2. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 21 days ago

              5

          • Dele
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Son and Watkins removed from my FPL team 5 minutes before deadline... can anyone trump me?

            1. Granville
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              JRod and Watkins. Same score.

              1. riot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Oh god

            2. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Davies and Son here... For a hit.. Foden and Robertson in...

            3. nerd_is_the_werd
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Sorry to hear that. 🙁

            4. bitars
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Who did you transfer in?

          • That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            What are people’s thoughts on moving early? Considering a -8 for Foden, Ings and James all out but will be very much priced out if I wait. Is it just silly to move this early?

            1. FC Hakkebøf
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Who you bringing in? Are they on int. duty?

            2. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              very silly especially in these covid times

            3. baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              You don't have to them all tonight?

              1. baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                ... to do them...

            4. FPL DONKEY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              If players get injured you could be looking at a -12 or worse.

              Having said that, if you still have your WC you could activate it if all goes titsup

              1. FC Hakkebøf
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Do it and have your wildcard ready

          • King Mo
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            How is that a Villa free kick? 😆

          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Liverpool conceded 33 goals all season 19/20. What is going?

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Playing a high line and only leaving two back. Analysts watched the videos over lockdown and pre-season and worked out what to do against them.

            2. Dthinger
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Henderson injured maybe?

            3. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Their defensive personnel haven't changed and other teams have figured the weaknesses. Look at how Leeds targeted TAA in the first game.

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                The defensive personnel have changed. The midfield are part of the defence, Trent and Robbo are offence.

                Keita instead of Hendo

            4. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Allison

          • Tony Martial
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Anyone getting Watkins lol

            1. Johnjo
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              He won't be playing against a dodgy Liverpool defence every week...

          • GoonerSteve
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Can't believe I sold Watkins for Che Adams this week.

            I hate this game as much as I love it.

            1. BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              I brought in Ings for Watkins, so I feel your pain!

          • FC Hakkebøf
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Thiago as CDM, Fabinho alongside VVD, Allisson back in goal and then I might double up on pool defensively.

            Allissons presence in that liverpool defence is essential

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Im hoping he'll be back by sheffield game. Thats when im going double up

          • TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            3 - Watkins (77)
            2 - Grealish (34)
            1 - Salah (26)

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              4 baps for me

              1. brianutd-why always we? 20
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Maybe wait until the end

          • GAMBIT
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Best defender under 5.2?

            1. GOTHAM City F.C.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Saiss

            2. King Mo
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Coady imo

            3. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Lamptey

            4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Pick anyone. Does not matter!

          • Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            If a single result could overshadow two hammerings in Manchester...

          • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Which FIFA player is controlling Villa ?

            1. KGFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              *this season

          • KGFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            What's the LMS score??

            1. GOTHAM City F.C.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Lower than before

            2. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              -12, give or take?

            3. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              28 with autosubs & live bonus.

              1. KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Oh boy... Looking like time to bbye unless Martinez can just gobble up some save points

          • jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Rebecca Lowe at halftime on NBC Sports: "OK, what is happening this weekend?"

          • TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            An auto select team could genuinely win FPL this season - it always picks mid price options