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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. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I was genuinely thinking robbo-taa double-up would save my week again.

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      You're thinking too rationally.

    2. Cpt Crunch Scott talent
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Imagine my feelings with TAA, VvD and Robbo

  2. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Without Saiss with 9 pts my defense would be soo negative xD (VVD+Guaita+Lamptey)

  3. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Grealish makes it 7

  4. Monklane
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    It's seven.

  5. Meinhoff
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Omg 7

  6. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    First time in history that ManU and Pool have both conceded 6 goals on the same day.

  7. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Whatttttt

  8. Sco
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Wow.

  9. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    GREALIAH GOAL AGAIN

  10. One of Those Days
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    7!!!

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

    OMG grealish.

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

    I think it is worth noticing how teams are physically on different levels...Villans look so sharp

  13. soup natsi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Is this real

  14. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    HahahahajahHshshshzhzgzgzgHhsgdhsga

  15. Debauchy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Unreal , crazy..

  16. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Super Jack ....!!!

  17. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    8-2 in the making

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

    7777777

  19. Sco
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    TAA is such a bad defender.

  20. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Ayy united conceded less 😆

  21. keefyefc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Here's my theory as to why so many goals in games this season .
    Short pre-season less time to organize defences but more to do with no crowds giving a more relaxed and open approach to games .
    A bit like playing friendlies or testimonials .
    Players seem to be playing under less pressure

  22. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    what's worse...united giving up 6 to spurs or liverpool giving up 6 to villa?

    1. Robson-Canoe
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      it's 7

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      7*

    3. keefyefc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Liverpool giving 7 to Villa !

      1. Sack The Glazers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        I thought today was bad as a United supporter..hahaha LFC

  23. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Wtf....

  24. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Hahaha

  25. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Trent could be dropped after this

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      For neco williams?

  26. Klaren
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Whipping boys this season:

    Fulham, WBA, Man Utd, Liverpool

  27. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    AHAHAHAHA GREALISH YES MY LAD THIS IS INSANE

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      U have him in ur team?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Yes, finally something goes right this season! 😀

  28. Richarlidad
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    And then I woke up

  29. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Oh my days

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

    Absolutely insane