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

      Lol, that guy is so annoying. Love karma...

      1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Yes he is so annoying, i am living in heaven.

  1. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Villa and Everton Champion's League final next season.

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

      Grealish and DCL will fight for ballon d'or

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Load up on shares in Cazoo now

  2. wilsonito
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    This game has been crazy, there’s not been a single penalty!

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      😀

  3. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Klopp past it and out of his depth

    1. Leonard hatred
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      what, in the league he won last season?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 14 days ago

        nothing

    2. BUZZBOMB
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Rich, given Mourinho is your handle lol. Klopp is class, Mourinho is just a little puss filled snarling rodent translator. Other than perhaps Rodgers and Ancellotti, there isnt a manager in the UK that come close to Klopp.

    3. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Poor trolling bud.

  4. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    How likely is Salah to hold on to 1 bonus?

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

      If Liverpool can not concede any more then he's nailed to get 1. That's a big IF though.

    2. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Haha hardly the end of the world if not

  5. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    I don’t know what’s real anymore

  6. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Is Adrian wearing a blindfold, his positioning is comical?

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Think Kelliher should be back up now!

  7. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    The funny thing amongst all this madness is Salah cappers are still vindicated

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah I'm raging

    2. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Double defence decision sorted then

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

      Yeah, as a Sterling capper, that's what hurts the second most.

  8. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Liverpool aren't even creating anything

  9. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    So the key to success this week were:

    - Son who supposedly had a long term hamstring injury
    - Watkins who has never scored a premier league goal
    - Grealish at home to Liverpool
    - start Bissouma

    I could replay this week a billion times and not get that right

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      The phrase "you couldn't write it" gets thrown around a lot. This right here is the perfect use for it.

    2. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Taking a hit for Chilwell also turned out ok

  10. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Teams with fewer fans doing better, not noticing the difference 😉

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Hahahaha

    2. Leonard hatred
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      hah i wonder if it isn't at least in part down to the lack of crowds

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Explain Man City...

  11. Stejson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Sloppy

  12. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Is this the best of the best of the best time to wildcard?

    1. Leonard hatred
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      into what though?! nothign makes any sense anymore

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      No longer matters to WC or not, still goes wrong

  13. Railwayman
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    How is Salah in 55 baps hahaha is this a joke or something ?

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      24 just for each goal

      1. Railwayman
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        18 for mids, so 36 on goals and 6 for 60+ min

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Its not 24 for midfielders is it?

  14. One of Those Days
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 14 days ago

    43 points. Anyone worse?

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      45, i consider it worse

    2. Dacra
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      41.

    3. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      35 on wildcard. Pre WC team is 60+

    4. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      50

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        39

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      38 🙁

    6. Leonard hatred
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      48, but i jsut took a -4 because i don't care anymore!

    7. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      38-8 = 30

      After a terrible WC last week as well.

      I literally don't even know what to do and this is my 11th season. Its like I'm chasing my own tail.

    8. hoganzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      26.

      This... has not been a good week for me

    9. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      35

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Also smashed my phone after son haul

    10. £27.6m in sterling si…
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      14 (18 -4)

  15. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Damn, not quite cracking top 2m without another return here

  16. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Weds earliest for me mate

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Haha. Reply fail with whatsapp.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Nah wildcard now

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Wish I still had it. 😮

  17. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Hmmm I can save 2.5m by doing Ings/Jimenez ----> Wakins?

  18. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    I guess going no pool defence on my WC could be classed as a success. I'm clutching at straws.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      It's a decent win you know. I have 0 as well and rather pleased 😀

  19. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    When the last time the defending champions conceded 7?

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      United lost 6-1 to City.

      Can't remember worse.

  20. King Carlos
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Liverpool has a hologram in goal

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      hologram would have done better

  21. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Has any player ever scored more than 24pts? Cant believe its Jack Grealish vs Liverpool

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Salah got 29, Walcott got 26

  22. Please Answer Me
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    We csnt keep kneejerking because the template will change each week. Only must now are Salah, Son and DCL no one else. if you have these 3 you dont need to WC

  23. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    The only two unbeaten teams this year are Everton and Aston Villa. Crazy stuff.

    1. Shifty
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Both share the same sponsor

  24. King Carlos
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Adrian couldnt even catch covid 19 tonight

  25. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Exclusive! Next weeks results:

    Everton 0 Liverpool 6
    Chelsea 0 Southampton 4
    Leicester 7 Aston Villa 0
    Newcastle 0 Man Utd 5
    Sheffield Utd 0 Fulham 8
    West Brom 5 Burnley 5
    Man City 0 Arsenal 3
    Crystal Palace 4 Brighton 5
    Spurs 0 West Ham 0
    Leeds 3 Wolves 4

    1. Dacra
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Never that many clean sheets, change all the 0s to 1s or 2s.

    2. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      8 clean sheets?!? Are you mad??

    3. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Justin (c) it is

    4. Leonard hatred
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      fake news.

      leeds wolves was 0-0, with 3 players sent off from each side.

    5. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      unrealistic... reduce the clean sheet count

  26. BigBillyBass
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Jurgen Flopp

  27. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    2020 - you couldn't make it up....

  28. thomashl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Lads. I need help.

    Should I wildcard this team? I honestly can't see straight:

    McCarthy
    Taylor TAA Mitchell
    KdB Salah Rodriguez Podence
    DCL Mitro Jimenez
    (Nyland - Dier Bissouma Vinagre) 2.8 itb

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Two players dropping in price tonight (Mitro & Vinagre), with more rises on the way...

    2. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Yes it’s awful

  29. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Antonio Grealish (-4) or DCL Podence