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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. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Real winner this gameweek: ML rival who has no Pool defenders.

  2. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 1 day ago

    People here seem to have a very bad understanding that these 5 goals are very unlikely to occur again.

    It would mean more if this was happening every week and the Xgc against was dire

    And Allison and Thiago and Henderson were playing

    Its a one off, like Watford.

    The main take away from this one game is not to take too much away from one game

    Do people forget Liverpool Just won at a canter away at Chelsea and Home to Arsenal?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Fluke result. But with Adrian in goal Liverpool are a liability.

    2. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Don’t bother with these types of posts, this is a knee jerk crowd

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Arteta really picked the wrong team against Liverpool. I mean starting Xhaka, Elneny and Willian and leaving Saka and Pepe on the bench was a mistake

    4. VISH
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Nonsense. Even with a fully fit 11 Liverpool would have been slapped like they are right now. We are getting to see the real Liverpool 🙂

  3. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Its official, this season is absolute madness

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Was official 2 gw’s ago lol

  4. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Where’s that Trent OG?!

  5. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    With Mane out, Liverpool suddenly seems short on strikers who can score. It's all down to Salah now.

    1. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Makes you wonder about the decision to offload Brewster

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Origi, Minamino, Jota all in front of him

    2. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      The takes on here are terrible.

      He is out for 1 game.

      1. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        That's precisely the point.

    3. Zalk
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wonder if this is how last season could have gone with a couple of injuries?

  6. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Is this Salah haul benefitting my rank as an owner but non-capper?

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      This week yes

    2. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes.

    3. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Terrible rank = yes

    4. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Depends where you are.

      I dropped from 121k to 122k with his goal

  7. KDB4PREZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    How’s that triple pool defense looking guys?

  8. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Changed my skipper in the last 2 min before deadline from KDB to Salah 😀

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Did the opposite ....

  9. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Konsa or KWP? Already have Martinez

  10. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Salah has kicked me into 4m OR

  11. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Cpt Salah saves the week

  12. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I have no Liverpool defenders and Salah (but no C sadly...)

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      same but with Salah C

  13. aapoman
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on this wild card team?

    Martinez Forster
    Robbo Castagne Chilwell Saiss Cooper
    Salah KDB Hamez McGinn Bissouma
    Kane DCL Brewster

    1. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      You don’t need kdb

      1. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Too scary imo to go without him

    2. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      At this point, until it all calms down, I suggest saving wildcard and letting it all wash over. It's impossible to predict right now

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Saving WC no longer matters

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Winchester?

    3. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Kdb to Son.. McGinn to Zaha

    4. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Looks good. Not sure about McGinn but since he costs only 5.5 it's a die roll anyway between him, Klich, Podence, ASM, Armstrong and Soucek so might as well go with the one whose team is currently highest in the standings.

  14. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Truly unisnpiring gw. Won’t even bother doing transfers this IB. Just wait and see.

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Already made mine so i don’t even have ti look at it for two weeks

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I played my wc.. Forced to check pricechanges everyday 🙁

  15. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    3 more Captain Salah Please!!!!

  16. GE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Really bad start for me, captain-choice wrong again 🙁 KDB (C), Salah (VC).
    Did ASM -> Foden (-4)..

  17. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Half an hour left for Salah to bag more consolations

  18. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Salah EO above 100%?

    1. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Slightly, yes

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      62 overall

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Fot the top 10k yes but if your ranked about 1 million his EO is 75%

  19. FC Hakkebøf
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Salah will score 3 more to bring it to 5-5..only for adrian to make another blunter in 90+3

  20. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Up to 78 plus any bonus Salah might get, and I sold Son and Wilson!

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Always one

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Mate I’m gutted, genuinely

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I don’t think I’ve broke a tonne in like 3 years, this was my chance

    2. stat sifter 888888
        2 months, 1 day ago

        How lol?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Salah (C), Rodriguez, Kane pretty much

          1. stat sifter 888888
              2 months, 1 day ago

              I would have 13 more points if I hadn't taken a -4 for Son lol but just hoping that Salah (C) also saves my gameweek.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Fair, had I saved I’d be around 26 better off 🙁

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  30 even, forgot the hit

      • Hart-ake
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Watkins punt for the next three over Maupay?

      • acesingh
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Double pool defence, no Salah ... might need to WC 🙁

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Liverpool have eve SHU WHU in next 3

          Nothing wrong with TAA and Robbo for them.

          Its one game. FPL is about patience

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers MO

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Must be a record set for the sheer number of goals this early in a season.

        1. Del Griffith
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          an insane amount of goals, never seen anything like it!

      • abaalan
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        My transfers have been good this season:
        for GW 2 Kane -> Martial.... Kane gets 21 points
        for GW 3 Auba + ASM -> KDB + Podence.... -4 and Podence missed game injured.
        for GW 4 SOn -> Sterling.... Son gets 18? points and Podence blocks Bissouma off my bench (+ ASM hauls)

        FML

      • manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Who takes villa pens?

      • H-SF
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        salah ruining my insane gameweek FFS

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        One more goal from Salah or Grealish and I might actually get a green arrow. Incredible after 11 from 7 including (C)..

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          ThERE YOU GO

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Lol I cant believe it

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        GREALISH GOAL

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        OMG grealish