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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. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    I’m in a league where I am losing to someone who triple captained McCarthy (the goal keeper) in GW2

    This is a new low for me

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

    Watkins crossbar!

  3. zdrojo187
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Worst defense so far in Premier league...Liverpool and M.United...

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    Adrian 😆

  5. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 14 days ago

    You just know somebody, somewhere will have the biggest ever score on FPL history this week...ridiculous

    1. BremerHB
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      I saw somewhere that 33 people TC’d Watkins.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Just thinking this

      Grelish and Watkins, Kane and son, jrod, Bissouma McCarthy

  6. ivantys
      7 months, 14 days ago

      This is comedy

    • It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Watkins hit the bar! Villa wants more 😀

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      That’s as hilarious from adrian

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      This result isn't all on Adrian being in goal. It is the suicidal high line that Liverpool are playing. Yes, they did it last season, but all the match analysts have worked out how to play against it now, so they need to adapt.

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Nah, all Liverpool defence not showing up!

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Someone scoring 200 this week?

      1. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        No

      2. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        I’m almost there

        You do mean total season points to date right?

        1. BremerHB
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          I wish I had 3/4 of that!

        2. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 14 days ago

          Lol yeah

      3. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Probably one AV’s fan with Grealish on capitan

    • Karhumies
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      That feeling when the one guy in my ML with triple Pool def also has Grealish, so he's still kicking my butt this GW...

    • threeputt
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      I'm sorry but Barkley really is crap

      1. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        I think he’s been great today. Great signing for Villa.

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Cmon Salah get another

    • BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Woo-wee, baby! x

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Nice double up Daniel, doubling up on the defense that concedes 7 to Villa. Hahahah. Unbelievable

    • Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      TC DCL then

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Him or Hames

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      JRod or DCL for TC in GW5?

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      ADRIAN LMFAO 😆

    • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Kepa the new Liverpool backup?

      And how about the title being decided on goal difference in June?

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Not exactly giving much protection to Adrian

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Doesn’t help when he’s running away from the goal

    • Critical Observer
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Daamn Watkins, wasting chances.

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

      To be fair 3 of the goals were horrendous deflections/own goals

    • Zalk
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Liverpool are also one man down, right?

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Only Salah is playing

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Seems so, they are definitely not playing a team that almost got relegated last season...

      3. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Nope!

    • The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Wasn't here during the Manchester - Spurs game. We're there many Liverpool fans lolling @ United?

      1. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        So many

      2. Barnabus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Is water wet?

      3. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Seems they went to sleep earlier today...

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      What will Klopp say in the dressing room?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Boom

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      This performance shows how vital Jordan Henderson is for Liverpool

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

      Brewster narrow escape from relegation fodder.

    • Ha.
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Grealish won’t play Liverpool every week

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        Adrian and Gomez

      2. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 14 days ago

        🙂

    • Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Should be 9-10 already, Adrain performing well beyond his standards

    • AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 14 days ago

      Mahrez+Mitro -> Grealish+CWilson (-4) will give 1.9 IDB for future investment xD
      Grealish vs Lei and Callum vs MUTD looking good right now.