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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. Pukkipartyy
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    So we need to get Kane, Son, Grealish, Watkins ASAP?

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      The first 3

  2. Joey Tribbiani
      1 month, 27 days ago

      FPL towers... still waiting for those VVD and Trent own goals to be added.
      Dont make me Email you.

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        They don't even respond when pointing out there's a guy who has 20 teams

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      First question to Klopp: "Jurgen, would you say that performance was... sloppy?"
      https://gfycat.com/leafyuglyibadanmalimbe-thierry-henry.gif

    • Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Grand total of 1 point from my defence on wildcard... 🙁

      But going to end up with 84pts 🙂

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Bug off

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Awesome !
        I have measly 45 on my WC

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Thanks Amey.
          I’m going to enjoy it whilst it lasts.

    • HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Mark owns Grealish

      Hats off to the genius

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Me too 🙂

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          One of my first picks in my GW2 WC team

      2. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I followed Mark too, learned my lesson to take a chance when he does

      3. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yeah nice punt,with improved attack and Barkley now should be really good pick

      4. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He also owns double Liverpool defence

        1. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

      5. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Double Pool defence though.

    • El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      What is that A sign they make after scoring?

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Aston Villa?

      2. Sahil.....
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        They wanted to say Alisson your lucky ypur not playing today

    • Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      75pts thanks to Grealish and Kane - what a week

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Got 73. Happy.

    • The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      More than 1/3 of Grealish owners benched him

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yup

    • Dele
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Just when I invested in the holy grail of TAA & Robbo...

      1. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 27 days ago

        its one game.

    • Chris Maudsley
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I HATE THIS SEASON.

      IT HAS PROVED MISERABLE FOR MY FPL SIDE, MY ENJOYMENT OF THIS SEASON, AND FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH.

      IT IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF 2020 EXISTING WITH THE PERVERTED PLEASURE OF ENSURING THAT I END UP HAVING A MISERABLE QUALITY OF LIFE.

      I AM SICK AND TIRED OF A LEAGUE THAT EXISTS TO PROVIDE FREAK RESULTS OUT OF SPITE, AND IT APPALS ME.

      1. Dele
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Wow

      2. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Benched Grealish I take it?

        1. Chris Maudsley
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Benched ASM. And Bissouma.

      3. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Easy fella... It's just a game man.. don't get worked up like that

      4. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Take a break mate, in all seriousness, it’s only a game and clearly this is not good for your wellbeing! Hope you feel better soon

      5. yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I agree

      6. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Caps please. The yelling at the screen is not needed. Go have a beer or a pull atleast.

        1. Chris Maudsley
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          I gave up on either of those things this year long ago.

    • Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not even sad Watkins is on my bench

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Who is the 3rd string LFC keeper? Liverpool fans on here?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Inflatable doll could be a step up?

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Good question, or play U-23 GK from the academy

    • TAT
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I’ve given up trying to figure out what to do this season: red arrows every week, and no chance of hitting the average. Thinking Foden + Ings > Son + Watkins is a decent -4 move? Also have James to worry about, so I could take -8. while I’m at it.

      OR 4.0m…

      Martínez
      Alexander-Arnold - James - Saïss
      Foden - Podence - De Bruyne - Salah
      Calvert-Lewin - Ings - Jiménez
      (Button - Mitchell - Lamptey - Anguissa)

    • Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      9 points from 4 inc arsenal and chelsea for liverpool

      Good start

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Every single player in my team had a great fixture except Grealish. Grealish scored half my points!

    • Silecro
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Do I WC this team?

      McCarthy
      TAA/Justin/Taylor
      Salah/KDB/Podence/Rodriguez
      Werner/Mitro/Martial

      Nyland/Mitchell/Bissouma/Vinagre

      2 free transfers. 0.9 itb

      Or maybe just Martial & Vinagre for ..someone?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Literally no one has any clue

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          This

        2. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          lol, autopick WC is the way forward.

          1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Maybe even autopick for -32 every gameweek.

        3. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          i will take this answer as a no to wc

      2. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        This team may give you 96 points nextGW. It is lottery right now

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ok so I think I will take as many hits as required and set in Kane Son Salah Grealish Hamez DCL ... and will not touch it until Christmas! Will I win?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        defo we can be joined top 🙂

    • jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I nearly TC Grealish this week...dam it 😉

      1. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I nearly picked the lottery winning numbers, about the same odds

    • AlternativeB
        1 month, 27 days ago

        WC Active - toughts?

        McCarthy Nyland
        Justin Chilwell Kilman (mitchell dunne)
        Jrod Son KDB Salah Jrod (podence)
        Kane DCL Bamford

        1. stat sifter 888888
            1 month, 27 days ago

            You know you need to think twice about McCarthy and KdB. Kilman idk but if you like him then fair enough. Justin will most likely be displaced soon by Pereira as well.

        2. threeputt
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Is 200 pts possible from someone this gw ?

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            A triple capper somewhere will get close

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            189

          3. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Think it could be.

          4. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Probably not 200 but close.

        3. Firmino
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          From double LIV defence to no LIV defence?

        4. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Thoughts on this?

          A) KDB to Salah
          B) Sterling to Salah
          C) Wood to Watkins

          I was going to wait another GW before Salah but price rises start to become an issue as I intend to keep him for the season.

        5. villa_til_i_die
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Good evening to everyone, I love you all!!!!!!

          1. Werkself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            :‐)

          2. jimmyabs1987
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            As a spurs fan I also love you

          3. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Fair play, enjoy it

          4. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Grealish will be knighted over there?

          5. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Ah ah

        6. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Foden risky pick anyway. Move to Grealish? Have 2ft btw.

          1. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Doing the same,but dont know where to get 0.5 Digne>Chilwell or TAA > Robbo

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              digne chilwell

          2. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Yeah, Ill be doing it

        7. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Happiest chap after that is Ole - he wasn't the manager with the worst result of the day...

        8. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Only one I can rely anymore is the Egyptan king.

          Don't know why some many don't appreciate him.

          So much consistency.

          1. BremerHB
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Elneny?

        9. stat sifter 888888
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Can't believe Wilson's price hasn't gone back up to what it was after somehow going down to 6.4 yet.

          • Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Brilliant gw for lateriser cream eventually rises to the top

            1. jimmyabs1987
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Link?

            2. Il Papu Capitan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 27 days ago

              He scored 44 points?

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Some proper head loss on here, just remember Steve the spud hasn’t scored above 40 and will be ranked 6m when he wakes up Monday! It could be worse !