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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. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Oh well, he’s only 7.5m

  2. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Gomez has been abysmal

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

      What’s new?

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

    Not Top 3: 12 - 3 Top 3

  4. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    That should be a TAA OG.

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Was it off target?

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

        It's Barkely....of course it was. 😉

    2. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Hard to tell from the replays.
      But the deflection played a big part in the goal.

  5. Crucem Sanctam Subiit
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Wish Roy Kean was on Sky Sports tonight to roast Jürgen Klopp. Let's see how big his mouth is after this defeat.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Klopp will accept it. We’ve been very sloppy. Arsenal we weren’t. At all.

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

        Hahahaha this!

    • TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Werner and RJames to Kane and 4,7m def (who?) for free?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        KWP?

    • Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Barkley or Watkins more essential?

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

      How is the third goalie for Liverpool?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Poor

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

        A blow up doll would of had a better debut?

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          *would've

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I think you put this down as one of those days. Villa hit anything it goes in!

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

        Adrian

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Has to be an OG going that far off target

    • fr3d
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Barkley celebrated by showing an 'A'. He already knew that's an own goal

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

      Cool Mo just needs to score 5 instead of 4 now

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

        Yep

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Why hasn't taa own goal been given. Fpl towers at it again

    • F4L
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Days of centurions are over it seems, will be back to league winners getting 85 points-ish

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      This is a worst result than Man Utd's vs Spurs.

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

        Agreed

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

        Pool at least have 11 on the field

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

        This with no RC involved

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

        100% agree

      5. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Not a worse performance though.

    • teneighty
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Time to target attackers playing against Liverpool?

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

        Time to just make irrational decisions.

        Mit(C)hell next week

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

      It’s Cazoo

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

      I think Barkelys shot hit TAA too soon to know if it was on or off target.

    • Bam Bam Bigelow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      DCL & Hames awaiting in the Merseyside Derby next.

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

      @Granville don’t bother taking comments, you win the “rough” title this week

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

      Will that be a Martinez save?

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

      I dont rate Barkley at all but hes been lively to be fair to him. Causing quite some trouble with his direct approach

    • fantasyfog
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      All the players know the season won't finish, it's just bonkers, mad mad year

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

      Just wondering whether the lack of a crowd is having any bearing on these crazy results.

      1. TOPCAT1960
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I have thought the same, lack of atmosphere making for a completley different type of game. The players have to listen to their own voice.

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      WTF is this season

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

        Chaos

    • Crucem Sanctam Subiit
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Let's see if Jamie Carragher spits on anymore little girls after this defeat.

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

        Wonder what Liverpool - United is going to be like -- an 8-8 draw on the cards?

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

        For the game against Everton, can't Klopp find a backup goalie to Allisson from a Liverpool pub in the area?

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

        Salahhhhhhhhh 😀

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

          His feet are so good

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

        Salahhhhh