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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. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    He was always going to score, wasn’t he?

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

    If it stops here, 1mill or rise : )

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

    Looks like OG TAA

  4. Gnu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    TAA og.

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Looked like it

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

    Ahahahah even Barkley is scoring 😆 This is a dream, this cant be real. THis just cant be real

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

    TAA OG?

  7. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    He was always going to score.

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Ah yeah. Was always going to be TAA OG

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

    Wait - what? Lol

    Cmon Salah get some more goals

  9. Sahil.....
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Hahahaha where are the pool fans????

    1. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Well, I'm happy I moved away from double pool def last week ...

  10. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is Grealish getting the assist for that :/

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Not if it's a TAA OG

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

    Comn Villa make it 6 and same as United 😀

  12. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Don't take my Grealish assist away!

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

    If they give that as an OG after giving Bruno a joke goal away to Brighton last season it's just taking the mickey.

  14. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    LOL @FPLseason

  15. Here Comes The Son ★
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Barkley's shot was going off target but not expecting FPL to give it as a TAA og. Make it up as they go along

  16. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Off target?

  17. Wirbelwind
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A) Jimi / TAA -> kane / 5.5
    B) Podence / Foden -> Hamez Rodriguez / 4.4 (have decent bench options available besides James rotation risk).
    C) KDB/Jimi -> Kane / Hamez (2 ITB though)

  18. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    From Gomez giving it away.

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

    Wont be given as OG because the ball had travelled so shortly before it hit TAA. Also because every casual and their mum owns TAA

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Tell that to Jimenez

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

        Jimenez OG was a joke

  20. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    That's a Barkley goal not a TAA OG. Deflections count for the attacker.

    1. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Was it on target?

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Not if slicing towards corner.

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

      What are you talking about? His shot was going to be off target.

  21. Agger
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Imagine an own goal now oh my days

  22. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Was that a Trent OG, came off him?

  23. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Does anyone own Watkins???

    On my watchlist but never would have considered for this game

    1. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      His movement against Fulham was great but no goal. I played him because I thought he might snatch a goal if he was lucky.

  24. Rambo Motin
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Jordan Pickitoutofthenetford

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

    IMO that should be a Trent OG but because the block came so close to the shot itself I doubt it'll be given as an OG.

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

    Liverpool getting battered here

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

      Inspired by United 😛

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

        😆

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

    3 assists for Grealish

  28. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Fair play to that Twitter account, he was right about Salah having COVID. He just forgot to mention the whole Liverpool team has it.

  29. yash
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Shaw and TAA

  30. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    They probably all caught the virus from Mané, symptoms , like dizziness, only showing up tonight,