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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. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    From 2.6 M to 1.9M thanks to Salah(C) and no pool defence.

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Will this be Liverpool's equivalent to Southampton's 'Leicester moment'

  3. abhirup780
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    47 with a big red arrow from 350k to 700k 🙁

  4. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Yes! I did it! My 4th week in a row under 40 points!

    33,33,39,38... fpl? Completed it mate!

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Damn.

    2. dshv
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Same

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

      Ouch...

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Oh my world, I thought mine has been the worst of the worst

    5. Kitsune
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Me too something similar!

  5. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    84 all out, 434k green up to 110k 🙂

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      nice

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      same score lol up to 45k

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Congrats

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Well done!

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    It actually feels like we’re playing the real life game and the matches are fantasy.

    What is happening? Seriously

  7. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    90 (-4) ... any good ? 😉

    (just joking, well happy)

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Smashed it, nice

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Nice, I’m on 80 (-4) and sold Son and Wilson!

    3. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Not to bad, but most are on 160-170 points.

  8. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    McCarthy - Steer
    TAA - Davies - Justin - C. Taylor - Mitchell
    Salah - KDB - Hamez - Podence - Bissouma
    DCL - Jiminez - Adams
    (2.9 ITB - 0 FT)

    Time for a WC?

    The obvious issue is no Spurs and could also use some well-priced-Villa/Brighton assets. Also thinking of going without TAA as the new template, with more premium mids and attackers. Worth pulling the trigger now with the transfer deadline and IB imminent?

  9. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Football. Bloody hell.

  10. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Triple Everton is a must! 🙂

  11. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Remember when Liverpool kept clean sheets......fun times!

  12. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Still going with Liverpool defence on WC.

  13. FPL_DON
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Maupay or Watkins for Werner, that is the question.

    1. dshv
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Tell me

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

    Iverpool and United suck this week, will be 2 others next week.

    Bizarre.

  15. Mweene
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    65. What's the average?

    1. PremKraut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      I think around 45. Also got 65

      1. Mweene
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        At last a green arrow! (hopefully)

        1. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          http://www.livefpl.net/rank to check your green arrow

  16. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    This season has turned into a game of FIFA.

  17. as33
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    So time to WC?:
    McCarthy
    Stones,TAA, Davies, Justin(Mitchel)
    Salah, Sterling, KDB, Pereira, Bisouma
    Ings, Mitro
    Thinking to change formation to 343

  18. Gnu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Mrs Epic Fail won't get much sleep tonight.

  19. PremKraut
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Terrible GW and still a huge green arrow from 2.2m to 1.2m

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      I don’t think you understand what terrible means then

      1. PremKraut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        I mean terrible in terms of decision making. I've got Justin, Holding and Digne, already played my WC and transferred out Son for a -4 before this GW.

  20. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    If ever you wanted evidence of the luck involved in FPL the first 4 gameweeks of this season is it

    The guy who won last year did a uni lecture on stats of
    Picking FPL players.

    This years winner will have auto completed and forgotten the log in details to their account

  21. Long ago I drew a walrus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    One of my pet hates is when people state players' records over a number of matches when they are heavily skewed by one or two outliers. The Scout on the official FPL website are some of the worst offenders. Things like Son has 4 goals in his first 3 games of the season. I'd bet my house on them spewing out 'Grealish has 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 3 matches' or 'Watkins has 3 goals in 2 home games this season' within the next week

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Well picking Son this week based o man that would’ve been ideal

    2. stat sifter 888888
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Haha always happens but sometimes it goes like that tbf

    3. Dannyb
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Werner and Foden to Kane and Grealish done.

    4. Zlatan approves
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      There are also players like me with 70pts and Lundstram since gw1

    5. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Take a bow Grealish punters.

      That's the kind of FPL memory you won't ever forget.

      1. Right In The Stanchion
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Nobody has him

          1. Silent Friend
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            why? 150p for rubbish Villa team last year, this year they invest a lots, could be 200p season

          2. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Mr Suthens does

        • Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          yep well done

        • Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Indeed 🙂 got him in Gw2 and he won’t leave my team for a long long while

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

          No one serious owns him... 😉

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Penalties, talisman for Villa, free kicks, could play for any team in the premier league.

            I know you’re probably joking but there are people who actually think what you said is true.

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

              I own him 😉

              1. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 3 days ago

                Good, keep him for the season 😉 he’s so so good and could get 200 points.

        • Jurgen Flopp
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          I had him GW2 and GW3. Ha.

      2. GAMBIT
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Can we just end the season right now?

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          no, aston villa only played 3 times

      3. dshv
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Mccarthy
        Taa davies mitchell taylor justin
        Salah kdb bruno soucek podence
        Werner dcl davis

        Would you WC this ?

        Or do werner and soucek to wilson and son (-4) ???

      4. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        How do you even play fantasy when football is like this!?

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          You just enjoy it for what it is and realise that it’s even more pure luck this year.

          I’m losing in mini leagues to people who barely understand FPL

      5. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        OUT : Mitro, Werner, Richarlison
        IN : Maupay, Kane, Wilson

        Exact money, should I take a hit..?

        1. ktk_interista
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          keep richa

      6. HaffNanner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        42 (-8) this week. Think it’s time for WC. How’s this? Too reactive? Can see that midfield being season keepers.

        Martinez (4.0)
        Robertson Saiss Lamptey (Dallas 4.0)
        Salah KDB Son Rodriguez Grealish
        DCL Maupay (Brewster)

        1. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Nice. I’d possibly downgrade one mid, like Grealish to a 5-6, and spend it on defence.

      7. 7shadesofsmoke
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        i might have to take a minus 16 to celebrate