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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. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    What a clown Adrian...4 minutes to show how bad you are

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      He always was. Absurs that Klopp bought him.

  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Celebrating this Watkins goal like my team reached 80 points 🙂

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      How did Ajax do against Groningen today?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        I meant my fantasy league team 🙂

        1. Lev Yashin
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Ah, sorry.

  3. Lev Yashin
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    That WC button looking mighty tempting...

  4. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    TAA bringing home the bacon

  5. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Predictable goal of the week. Why oh why does Klopp persist with Alisson?
    I assume with 2 weeks to the next GW, Alisson is back next game?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      *Adrian, of course is who I mean!

      1. Lev Yashin
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        You meant Klopp, right?

      2. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Read the article above. 🙄

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Klopp said hes unlikely to be back after IB

  6. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    How long is Alison injured for?

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Read the article above.

  7. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Told you.

    1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      No team link this season Virg?

  8. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Alisson carried this average Liverpool defence on his back

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Average defence?

  9. FC Hakkebøf
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Liverpool double up defensively looking amazing rn... Now that Adrian is in goal I feel comftable about a double up. Might even triple up with VVD.

    Who is with me? o/

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      TAA/Robbo/VVD on WC.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      😀

  10. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Allisson is always needed.

  11. JPSpurs
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Son injury prompted last week’s wildcard - this week, Fernandez back to Son...

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      I’ve done it three times now and missed all the points inbetween! Not happening again thats for damn sure, sticking with Son perma now, Bruno can do one.

  12. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Adrian ... keep DCL and Hamez then!

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Keep them.

  13. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    The bad part is once you know he is playing you know it’s going to happen. Surely Liverpool have someone else in the squad that can play.

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Might as well put TAA in goal.

  14. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Allison < Kepa

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Adrian excuse me lol

  15. Apollo Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Jimenez to
    A. Vardy
    B. Kane

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B

  16. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Kane or Son then?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Both

  17. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Barkely sitter

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Barkley

  18. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Barkley being Barkley

  19. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Standard Barkley

  20. FC Hakkebøf
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Allison has a shoulder injury.. might be out for more than two weeks

  21. Cheeto__Bandito
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Someon stop me pressing this wildcard....

      1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Do you have enough data?

    • FISSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Wtf Liverpool

    • Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Great Liverpool defense double up on a WC selling Saiss. Lol hahahaha. This can't be real. Worse WC in 10 years. So be it.

      Let's all have a 2 weeks break.

      Good luck guys

      1. Cheeto__Bandito
          1 month, 20 days ago

          im willdcarding both liv defence out!

          1. Cheeto__Bandito
              1 month, 20 days ago

              nothing with adrian in net

        • Licky
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Liverpool all over the shop.

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Barkley misses a sitter, POOL are garbage without Ally

        • adstomko
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Dare I say it, Everton are going to win the league.

        • Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          VvD owned by Grealish

        • Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          No Allison is hyge

        • Cocomelon
            1 month, 20 days ago

            What a nutmeg by Grealish

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Absolutely brilliant from Grealish. Barkley misses sitter