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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. ThisPostsOnFire
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    My transfer dealings this week:

    Son > Trossard
    Taylor > Robertson

    Only my Salah (C) over De Bruyne and Jimi is maintaining my last shred of sanity.

  2. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Almost again

  3. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    What’s Liverpool’s worst ever defeat?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Babb and West?

  4. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    If I had 10 teams, not a single one of them would be in the top 100k.

  5. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    No idea what to do on wildcard anymore

    1. gibson1314
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Here here

  6. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    2 weeks to sort it out before the Merseyside Derby.
    It’s going to be shootout with Pickford and Adrián in goal.

  7. Leonard hatred
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    sod it, grealish for a -4, then i'm jsut going to ignore FPL for a month 😀

  8. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    No matter how shocking the results, people need to relax with the corona comments. Quite inhuman to link a footballer's performance with a deathly disease :/

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      what happened?

    2. diabydoesgallas
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Lighten up

  9. Mbeumo's Post
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    3 goals 3 assists will be biggest score ever?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      May do I think?

    2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Joint biggest (29) with Salah vs Watford

  10. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    I'm convinced this is all down to months of cabin fever, but perhaps it is my own cabin fever that's telling me this...

  11. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Yes Emi 6th save

  12. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Still Werner Foden to DCL Son, or are Villa worthy of some consideration after this start to the season?

  13. Hy liverpool
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    This isn't our year. Lol

    1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Imagine the one who wins this year.

  14. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    come on Salah ... one more

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Please god no

  15. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Adrian save point

  16. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    We are in a crazy simulation, just how weak we humans are.

  17. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    To think that Villa only stayed up on the final day of the season and are beating Liverpool 7-2

  18. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Imagine if Villa had actually put away all those other easy chances as well. Crazy

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      A Barkley hattie would be something alright

  19. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    *Champions*

  20. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Liverpool the new whipping boys? 😀

  21. Hart-ake
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    is it way too kneejerk to just get Watkins straight in? haha.

  22. ingvar1111
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    0.5ITB 2FT

    rashford + jimenez -> Grealish + Kane

    1 ITB left, what do you think?

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Looks ok to me

  23. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Praying Liverpool don't concede again, cant have trent on -2

  24. Mbeumo's Post
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Martinez 6 saves

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Legend

  25. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Karius forgive me.. come back bro

  26. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Watkins off the bar

  27. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Villa hits the bar

  28. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Mark Sutherns has Grealish. The GOAT is back. Watch out Magnus!!! Watch out

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      Oh there you are........

    2. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 23 days ago

      The guy who captained jimenez?

  29. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Shocking. Embarrassing.

  30. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 23 days ago

    Adrian never playing again