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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
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Owning TAA is embarrassing.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      7.5M is criminal for this defensive performance of LIV

  2. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Only good thing about this gameweek is I had Bissouma in my starting team by mistake

  3. Party time
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Hahahhahahshshshhahhahaa

  4. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I love Jack Grealish

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

    Absolutely pathetic defending

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

    2G 3A for Grealish. Unbelievable

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      And only 2 BAPS

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Kevin de Grealish

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

    TAA deserves another -2 for this performance

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

    Villa 7 heaven

  9. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Ah here leave it out. 😆

  10. Amey
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    We want 10 !!!

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

    Never seen a season like this and I am playing fpl for 13 years...

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

      Same. You usually get freaky results at the end of a season, not at the start

  12. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    this is a bit mental......

  13. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Honestly the worst defending champions we’ve had in a while

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

    VVD BEST DEFENDER IN THE WORLD 😆

  15. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I admire people who are doing bad and still not WCing after today

    1. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I’ve been looking at it but can’t even put a WC team together! Surely this week is just an anomaly?

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        Surely it is! but most of players who hauled today actually seem to be good options. Couldnt they wait with hauls untill I get them in...

        1. caldracula
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          They are good options but I think it would be a case of point chasing. Will just wait it out and hope I’m right!

  16. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Yess... United are better than Pool this season 😛

  17. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    How the heck am I supposed to pick a team, when the likes of Man Utd get hammered 6-1 and then Liverpool, currently, being hammered 7-2?

    1. Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      All blue shirts

  18. Karhumies
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    GW score: 36

    JRod 18

    the other 10: 16 combined + 2 KDB (C) = 18

    Might drop down to 17 soon if Liverpool keep conceding.

  19. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Grealish to Manchester United by 100M pound tonight I think

  20. PlayPercentage
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    This is embarrassing for Liverpool.
    Conceding six against the Villa.

    1. Sahil.....
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      7

  21. Sahil.....
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Hahahahahha 1st time PL champions have conceded 7 goals in PL history....hahaha

  22. riot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    wtf

  23. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    GREALISHHH

  24. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Lol benches Grealish in fan team. Sold son in fpl. What a great day.

  25. Mario Balofail
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    7

  26. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    A Liverpool loss at Anfield is surely incoming very soon

  27. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Another player gets hattrick without 3 bonus ))

  28. zdrojo187
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Lincoln City?...

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

    Karam on for a -12 defence lol

  30. Jurgen Flopp
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Sold Grealish part of a hit this GW. Never once thought he would end up with 20 plus points!