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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. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    What on earth

  2. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Adrian already

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Watkins goal

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Watkins G

    Adrian howler

  5. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Pickdrian lol

  6. Sanchit
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Chilwell or Reguillon

    1. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Chill

  7. Holmes
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Good, time to sleep...

  8. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    omg Adrian

  9. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Classic Adrian

  10. Werkself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Adrian - FFS

  11. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Welcome Adrian 🙂

  12. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    wtf is wrong with Liverpool defending 🙁

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Ask the keeper!

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        they shouldn’t pass it to him in such a position and manner if he can’t distribute it well and is worried

  13. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Oh excellent TAA CS gone

  14. Bucket Man
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Worse start ever.
    GW1: Pulisic(my fault)
    GW2: Egan
    GW3: Podence and KDB -4
    GW4: Martial

    So tempted to Wildcard for heavy mid, DCL and Robertson but things can change quick I don’t know

  15. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    More lolz

  16. Pavsboot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Whens Alisson coming back haha.

  17. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    LMAOdrian at it again 😆

    Grealish A Watkins G

  18. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    TaA iS a SeASonKeEper

  19. GoonerSteve
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Just transferred Auba and Soucek out for Son and J Rodriguez.

    2 free transfers. Solid move?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah

  20. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    YES! Liverpool clean sheet wiped!

  21. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Name a worse keeper than Adrian

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Pickford

    2. zon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      That Roberto guy from whu last season

    3. Troll hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Kepa

    4. Jag-z
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Kepa

    5. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Karius

  22. GAMBIT
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Adrian

  23. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    TAA and Robbo sales on the rise.

    1. Paulie Walnuts
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Might as well... value opening up in other positions

  24. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Aston Villa may have done some good business in the transfer window. Traore, Watkins and Barkley in and keeping Grealish. Should improve their attacking threat.

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Great moves

  25. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Ffs.......

  26. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 23 days ago

    'Alisson and Mane miss out for Liverpool as Barkley makes Aston Villa debut'

    Oh great, the only two LFC players I own, don't play!!!

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Mane was declared out a couple of days ago

    2. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Well that's great news as all LFC clean sheets have been busted. 🙂

    3. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Had to transfer Mane out but came at a cost.
      At least I have Martinez in goal as sub.

  27. F4L
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Watkins! On my bench 🙁

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      makes the drop in price yesterday even more ridiculous now

  28. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    For me, Doherty and Vinagre need to go. Not very happy with KDB or Pereira either.
    1FT 1.2 ITB.
    Would quite like Hamez. Any ideas?

  29. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Remind me again why we have pool defenders??

    1. King Carlos
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Why is Adrian still employed??

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      The goal last GW.

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      The goal and assist last week with 3 bonus for trent and 2 for robertson

    4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      We don't (well some of us)

  30. Brehmeren
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Time to sell my double Liverpool defense. Adrian is such a terrible keeper.