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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
    11 months, 25 days ago

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

    1. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      He always was. Absurs that Klopp bought him.

  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Celebrating this Watkins goal like my team reached 80 points 🙂

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      How did Ajax do against Groningen today?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        I meant my fantasy league team 🙂

        1. Lev Yashin
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 25 days ago

          Ah, sorry.

  3. Lev Yashin
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    That WC button looking mighty tempting...

  4. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    TAA bringing home the bacon

  5. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 25 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
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      *Adrian, of course is who I mean!

      1. Lev Yashin
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        You meant Klopp, right?

      2. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 25 days ago

        Read the article above. 🙄

    2. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Klopp said hes unlikely to be back after IB

  6. Shultan
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    How long is Alison injured for?

    1. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Read the article above.

  7. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Told you.

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      No team link this season Virg?

  8. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Alisson carried this average Liverpool defence on his back

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Average defence?

  9. FC Hakkebøf
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 25 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
      11 months, 25 days ago

      TAA/Robbo/VVD on WC.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      😀

  10. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Allisson is always needed.

  11. JPSpurs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

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

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 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
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Adrian ... keep DCL and Hamez then!

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Keep them.

  13. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 25 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
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Might as well put TAA in goal.

  14. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Allison < Kepa

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Adrian excuse me lol

  15. Apollo Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Jimenez to
    A. Vardy
    B. Kane

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      B

  16. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Kane or Son then?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Both

  17. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Barkely sitter

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Barkley

  18. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Barkley being Barkley

  19. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Standard Barkley

  20. FC Hakkebøf
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

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

  21. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Someon stop me pressing this wildcard....

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Do you have enough data?

  22. FISSH
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Wtf Liverpool

  23. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 25 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 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      im willdcarding both liv defence out!

      1. Cheeto__Bandito
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 25 days ago

        nothing with adrian in net

  24. Licky
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Liverpool all over the shop.

  25. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Barkley misses a sitter, POOL are garbage without Ally

  26. adstomko
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

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

  27. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    VvD owned by Grealish

  28. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    No Allison is hyge

  29. Cocomelon
    11 months, 25 days ago

    What a nutmeg by Grealish

  30. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Absolutely brilliant from Grealish. Barkley misses sitter