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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. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    The era of premium elite FPL defenders is over. No more triple Liverpool defence. It'll be the season for cheap forwards and midfielders

  2. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    How is this happening?

  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    jimmy and taa to kane and chillwell for free?

  4. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    I said before, I will say again, we are in a virtual FPL, this season does not end.

    1. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Chasing last game weeks points?

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      haha was thinking the same yesterday

  5. socho
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Something doesn't feel right

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Who one here actually has Grealish?

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Mark

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Smart man.

      2. thomashl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        4D chess level FPL playing.

    2. Badgevilla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Me

    3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Me in sky game.

    1. Londongeezaa
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      🙂

  7. Neto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Klopp to face a tough choice. Who to play against Everton?
    A) Kamil Grabara (age 21) or;
    B) Caoimhin Kelleher (age 21)

    1. Rep Poulette
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 12 days ago

      B

  8. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Everton have now dropped to 17/1 to win the league. Madness!

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Imagine Jordan Pickford kissing the Premier League trophy.

      1. BremerHB
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Probably drop it first of all..

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 12 days ago

          😆

      2. Dacra
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        He'd drop it.

  9. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Who was the guy on here who captained TAA?
    F

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Oh no

    2. JonSnow
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      no way haha

    3. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      guy in my ml captained VVD

  10. threeputt
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    basketball anyone ?

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      More like a tennis score

  11. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Watkins almost through again

  12. Sco
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Is Pulisic away with USA this break?

    (bottomed)

  13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Nearly 7

  14. chelseabrad
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    On a wildcard, how am I looking?

    Martinez Steer
    Digne Saiss Justin Konsa Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son Hamez Neto
    Kane Brewster Bamford

    1. Monklane
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Who knows any more?

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Honestly it no longer matters

    3. BremerHB
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Not enough Watkins.

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Normally I would ask "Where is TAA?", but I don't know if I can advise anyone right now.

    5. DontPiqueTooSoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 12 days ago

      It will literally be something different by the end of next gameweek

  15. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    As of right now, managing a green arrow--after 2 points yesterday. Had I only started Son...

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Even if he's injured, why would you bench him?

  16. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    I feel like we’ve entered some kind of alternate universe this year

  17. Klaren
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    Maybe the ideal strategy is to fill the defence with non-playing 4.0s. At least there is no budget wasted on defence and no risk of minus points that way.

  18. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 12 days ago

    No crowds mean less nerves and less accountability. Hence the high scores and big defeats.

    1. JonSnow
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      there's a theory that makes a lot of sense

  19. ivantys
      7 months, 12 days ago

      And people were saying Chelsea defence was joke

    • Monklane
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Son and Coady on my bench have more points than my eleven.
      Sigh.

    • Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Embarrassing scoreline..

      Salah(c) and Son though, no Pool defender either.. Hellooo top 2m!! 😎

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Beautiful

    • El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Is Grealish on penalties?

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Benteke

    • Royal5
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Adrian acutally made a save

    • Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      This is the weirdest season ever

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Where you born after Leicester won the league?

        1. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 12 days ago

          Mate, they were fantastic that year, a well-deserved title win and footballing folklore.

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 12 days ago

            They won every game 1-0 and all other top teams had a poor season

        2. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 12 days ago

          Very much here when Leicester won the league. Mahrez and Vardy season. Beautiful.

        3. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 12 days ago

          Nothing wrong with that year - perfectly normal.

    • Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Grealish thank you

    • aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      TAA--Ings to Chilwell--Kane exact money?

      Thanks.

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      Mahrez,Jimenez,Podence ➡️ Son,Trossard,Watkins = -4?

      Allows me to do Wood to DCL and VVD to Robertson the following week??

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        😆

    • Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 12 days ago

      I don’t know what to do. I’ve just used my WC and feel lost it’s hilarious really.

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Used mine last week. Total disaster.

      2. Sco
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        It's a freak weekend tbf but yeah it stings.

      3. Party time
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 12 days ago

        Welcome on board