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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. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    3 assists, 2 goals!

    WTF!

    1. antis0cial
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I was going to sell for son, maybe not!

  2. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Is Grealish auto-sub for Reece James jammy?

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      That’s magical. Soak it in!

    2. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      A tad, yes! Why bench him anyway!

    3. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      You can't be serious

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

      A little bit

    5. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Happy for you, MS

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

    AVL will go to champions league, at this rate!

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Come on one more goal! I want them concede 8 for maximum punishment on the double Pool defense!

    1. Spab
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      What about people like me with TRIPLE Liverpool defense???

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Ah here. I've already been punished enough for my Davies to Robbo move.

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        For a hit

  5. Yes Ndidi
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 11 days ago

    (Seven)

    1. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      dont u mean 7even ?

  6. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    WHAT IS GOING ON

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

    Virgil freakin' out, Klopp chugging vodka from a squeeze bottle on the sidelines...

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

    Well, at least I have Grealish in my FanTeam FPL. Sorry but needed that little brag after such a disastrous GW.

  9. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    OUT : Mitro, Werner, Richarlison
    IN : Maupay, Kane, Wilson

    Exact money, should I take a hit.?

    1. Corkers
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      yes

  10. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Am i awake?

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

    Cheer a poor sap who has Rodriguez on the bench by telling me Grealish is on yours!

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

    Mark's team

    TAA -1
    Robbo -1
    Grealish 24

    Seems good

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I would take that

  13. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Serious question,

    Vardy Zaha > Kane Grealish -4?

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

      no

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

      Who knows anymore

    3. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Just do it. It doesn't matter anymore anyway!

  14. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Shameful stuff from Liverpool. Are they trying to make it first on motd 2 or something?

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

    Grealish in?

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Already had him in

  16. Del Griffith
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Grealish wagon incoming

  17. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I really need to stop munching magic mushrooms

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I think that I need more of them if this going to happen every week. Does anyone know who to actually pick for next week?

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

    I'm going from 2.4m, up to slightly lower 2.4m. Going in the right direction I guess?

  19. lugs
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    anything Utd can do Liverpool can do better

  20. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Need one more save for Emi

  21. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Villa only survived by 1 point last season & crushing the Champions this season?

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

      They brought in Ross Barkley

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

      If only United had their transfer team!

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

    Inception??!!

    1. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Inversion

  23. Kellz86
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Raise your hand if you had Grealish!

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

      got him in wc gw2

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

      o/

  24. mr messi
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    OMG! The Premier league’s been 2020ed!

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

    Covid must have something to do with it... no other way to explain this madness

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

    They should bring Roy Keane in just to do the post match interview with Klopp 😆

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      LOL. 'Sloppy'.

  27. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Can't wait for the "benched-Grealish-and-Son teams" in rough with the smooth!

  28. Bounce
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Imagine blaming the fans for Liverpool conceding 7 goals lmao. Just imagine that looooool.

    • Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Karam's face...

    • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Wow - imagine having Liverpool defenders.