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

    I have this sentence ready in the clipboard:

    "I'd 8-2 be a Liverpool fan right now."

    C'mon Villa, don't let me down.

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

      lol

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

      15 more mins to make it come true.

    3. The Big Fella
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Hahahhaah you have my approval Sir

    4. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      10 minutes left...might go past 8 in that much time!

    5. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Nice one

    6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Cue 9-2

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

    Trent chance created +bps

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

      lol

  3. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    A 2m OR is good right?

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

      Perfect

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

      Excellent

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

      Flying

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

    My buddy sold Grealish for Mount before this gw xD

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

      Wow.

    2. The real slim shady
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      I sold him for Mahrez. I cost me top 10 in world.

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

        I sold Son for Mahrez 😀

  5. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Klopp sacked in the morning?

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

      swap wil ole

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

        😀 will take that

  6. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Literally cannot call who is a good player to bring in right now. Changes every week! Insane.

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

      This. I want to play my wc but have no idea who to bring in 😀

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

        Same!

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

    Not sure I’d ever see the day this defence conceded 7, even without Alisson

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

    Damn. I never expected this. Get in jackie boy

  9. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    All premier league defenders have coronavirus. It's the only explanation.

  10. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I also will be making my FPL decisions on a freak result which goes against 3 years of data.

    Am i doing the common fantasy scout take on here right? 🙂

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

    Mark has Grealish. Lol

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

      You cannot be serious?

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

        GW3

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

          It was dead certain against Fulham

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

    One more Salah, Robbo assist

  13. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    PL is drunk, needs to go home.

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

    Is there anyone that disagrees with me now?

    This game is all luck!

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

      This season is a clear outlier, and it's barely a month old.

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

      Agree. Before it was 50-50 luck-skills.

  15. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I think we're all in some weird dream

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

    No corners for Villa yet? Looking to see if Barkley is on them

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

      The most important question right here.

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

    Anyone here put TC on Grealish?

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

    Might just forgo defenders altogether. 5 x 4.0

  19. gibson1314
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    I Rage Wild Carded after Werner's performance. I've literally no idea what to do now

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

      haha welcome to the club

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

      Get Werner back in - it’s an insane move that makes no sense and is against stats and eye test so will fit in well this year

      1. gibson1314
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 11 days ago

        I actually thought about bringing him back ha ha

  20. Blzbobuk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Had itchy trigger on wildcard each week:-
    Game week 1 wildcard to get in manu players and get rid of rubbish spurs
    Game week 2 wildcard to get on Man City and wolves fixtures And clear out manu
    Gameweek 3 wildcard to get in double Liverpool defence and Vardy/Barnes
    Gameweek 4 wildcard to get triple villa,West Ham and spurs ???

    Not using my wildcard - I frankly have no idea who I would transfer in or out.

    1. abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Exactly this.. There is no dependable WC team right now

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

    I have Grealish in FanTeam but in The 2nd team my defenders got -8 pts in total...

  22. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Watkins on pens??

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Milner ... oh wait, he doesn't play for Villa anymore

    2. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Him or Grealish.

  23. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Fernandes,Podence > Son,Grealish?

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Don’t sell Fernandez

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

        Yep that's chasing points.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 11 days ago

          It’s really not

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Yes sell fernandez, useless player in useless team, don’t listen to mug stanchion

  24. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    This year is amazingly difficult to predict. I want to quit this game

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 11 days ago

      Well it serves no point after all

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

      Then do.

  25. Coffee Prince
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 11 days ago

    Chaos is the law of nature; order is the dream of man

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

    Grealish is the answer, not Barnes

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

    taa and jimmy to chillwell and kane for free ?

    i kind of like it

    thoughts ?

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

    please 10-2!!!

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

    Think I will just stick with Salah perma captain from now on and stop trying to be too clever