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

    Villa don't want this to end

  2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 11 days ago

    A) Watkins
    B) Maupay

    Have Grealish

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

      A

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

      B

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

    Foden to make way for Grealish?

  4. Spab
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    John Terry getting his Villa kit on in readiness for the final whistle.

  5. curious_zombie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Random x-Stats
    United second on xGC, Wolves sixth and City eighth. Would be interesting to see where Pool land up after the game...
    Oh, and West ham forth for xG after THAT fixture run

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

    So guys, losing TAA or KDB to fund Son or Kane?

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      TAA

    2. Says
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      yes

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Nods

    3. AzzaroMax99
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      trent

  7. Says
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Has team ever scored more goals in a single game before than they did in the entire previous season?

  8. aapoman
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Son and Maupay or Kane and McGinn?

    1. curious_zombie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Kane. Son will blank against teams that park the bus.

  9. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Maupay or Wilson?

  10. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 11 days ago

    Don't you dare Trent

    1. thetommy14
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Both

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Be so 2020 now if Everton vs Liverpool in GW5 finishes 0-0

    3. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      #voidtheseason

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

        No way .
        We are top.

        1. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          COYBs! 🙂

          They’re letting off fireworks in old swan 🙂

    4. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Hey GB, do you remember our chat about potential wagons and Podence 😎

      1. Says
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        podential wagons

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

          Cant be on them all

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

        Great call on Graelish Gink! Congrats! 😀

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

          Cheers, still in shock. I was happy with two assists

    5. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      So close to I'd 8-2 be a liverpool fan right now. Guess we'll have to wait for Everton to fulfill our hopes

      1. JonSnow
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Hit the crossbar not long ago too, should have been 8

    6. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Liverpool fan. Fair play Villa, bravo.

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Sometimes you just got to stand up and clap. This was that sort of performance.

      2. JonSnow
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        took the shine off our 6-1 at least

    7. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      What you think ?

      Son and DCL (1)
      James Rodriguez and Kane (2)

      Thinking no penalties (1) and James could maybe take penalties off rixharlison in the future or when he's off the pitch

    8. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 11 days ago

      Is there a PL team that can actually defend this year?

      Top 6 are all a mess
      Sheffield/wolves/Brighton ... ?
      Leeds top defensive record in championship...

      This is getting crazy...

      1. stxrty
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Chelsea will have come out with the least goals conceded.

      2. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Pool's biggest defeat?

        1. King Carlos
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          7 goals conceded first time since the late 60s

      3. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Robertson, Pereira and Ings -> Chillwell, Son and Watkins -8?

        1. Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 11 days ago

          Jerky

        2. Dirty Harry
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          A week late

      4. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Possession this game:
        Liv 72%
        Villa 28%

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          *7-2

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

        Crazy

      6. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Fantastic performance from Villa.

        That's a stunning and stinging result.

      7. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Hopefully this will nailed looserpool to usual europa league position in the future

      8. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        DCL captain?

      9. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        So Mark still has Grealish?

      10. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        Sheffield United bottom of the league have conceded less in 4 games than Liverpool did in 90 mins

      11. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        This has to be the first time in 11 seasons of FPL that I don't even know what to do or what is going on.

        Last season I figured it was because I didn't focus on FPL much and just coasted with the worst rank I had. This season I went back to the research/pods/investing some time to try and make more calculated decisions.

        The start to this season has just proven to me that we can do all that and more but at the end of the day what happens on the pitch can and will be completely different to expectations

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

        Arsenal are going to win the league

      13. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 11 days ago

        cheeky rerepost

        taa and jimmy out
        chilwell and kane in

        for free

        thanks

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

        I'd 7-2 be a Liverpool fan right now.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 11 days ago

          I'll take it 😆