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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. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Just drank a whole bottle of Malbec and did a crazy -8 off James, Foden, Podence to Lamptey, Son, Watkins

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No more mixing Malbec with FPL for you from now on. Son and Watkins good picks though 😀

    2. wasp3000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I’m neckin one myself lol

    3. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Good advice. Doing the same now.

    4. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I’m on the red too..

    5. BUZZBOMB
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Lovely choice. Complents the transfers. Fancy shifting Werner and TAA as soon as I finish this bottle of Muscadet.

  2. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

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

    Worth pulling the WC trigger now?

    - No Spurs and could also use some well-priced-Villa assets (Grealish/Watkins)
    - Transfer deadline and IB imminent
    - Justin and Mitchell will not start after IB
    - Also thinking of going without TAA as the new template, with more premium mids and attackers

    Cheers!

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes from me brother.

      Davies Justin Podence Adams can all definitely go, possibly Trent atm as well as you say. Get some Spurs and Villa in with their form / fixtures

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks, might be the only option.

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Would you still do Werner Foden to DCL Son, or try to fit a Villa player in somehow after this start?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      DCL and Son

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        cheers both. 2FT and will probably do it tonight tbh..

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      DCL Son remain solid picks

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      DCL Son priority ... wait another game for Villa ... they are cheaper and hence easier to fit in

  4. dando89
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I'm having a terrible start to the season like many others there but am just enjoying the randomness of the games! No idea what changes to make going forward, it's impossible to predict what will happen! 🙂

  5. The Handsome Hunk
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    watkins or maupay ?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Watkins atm.

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Watkins

    3. World XI
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Watkins. Consider Wilson

  6. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Foden & Ings > Wilson & Son?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes, I would. Maybe Watkins/Maupay in place of Ings if you want to upgrade elsewhere?

  7. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I look at my team each week and on paper it looks decent. Then my team turns out to be the Japanese paper wall and Homer Simpson walks straight through it

  8. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Wouldn’t be just rushing out to buy a Pool defender after that game. The talk of double up Pool defence seems premature now.

  9. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Podence + Foden to Son + Grealish done.

    Points chasing at its best 😀

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Good moves

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        thanks, hope so.

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Not point chasing if they looked decent, class picks 😀

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yep, just a little annoyed I sold Son for Podence instead of Grealish. Allowed the next fixture influence my longer term thinking.

  10. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Martinez
    Semedo - Saiss - James
    KDB - Foden - Havertz - Barnes** - Salah
    Jimenez - DCL

    Button - Lamptey - Brewster - Mitchell

    Did Son to Barnes this week (gw4) with a view to get Robertson in for Saiss or James.

    A. Stick to the plan and do Robertson in for James. Liverpool although conceded 7, Robertson was by far their best player on the day and Pool should do well coming up.

    Or

    B. Correct the error and get Son back in for Barnes.
    Spurs have a great fixture run and they look absolutely great in an attacking sense. Can start Lamptey if James doesn't start for Chelsea.

    Cheers.

  11. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    A guy in my ML(totally casual player) has Salah*C, Hames, Wilson, Grealish. Luckily he isn't getting Rodrigo points from bench.

  12. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Grealish saves my week

  13. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Come on the villa!!!!
    Takes some of the pain away frm another awful gw

  14. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Digne to Mings??

  15. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    https://twitter.com/FPLDisasters/status/1312849013910188033?s=20

    OMG. Is that a record for points benched?

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hope he is safe

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Jesus, no matter how bad my season is going at least I'm not this guy :O

    3. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I would prefer deleting the team over suicide.

    4. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Probably quite a few that benched Watkins and Grealish that also had a third option better than Lewis. Maybe Bissouma, or a West Ham player.

  16. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

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

    Exact money, should I take a hit.??

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      You take a risk doing that then injuries during the IB.

  17. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 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) ?

  18. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Don’t bother asking transfer questions

    Just do what you want

    No one has a clue what will happen - it’s a complete lottery - form and fixtures have no meaning (other than in Werner, Havertz & Martial)

    Key to this season: Get in potentially injured and out of form players with no history of success

  19. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    What do you think about think WC-team?

    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Saiss Lamptey Dunne Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son JRod Alzate
    Jimenez DCL Brewster

    0.9 ITB

    1. stat sifter 888888
        1 month, 19 days ago

        KDB McCarthy combo is difficult to understand. Alzate is random but everything else looks decent enough.

        1. merin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Why is KDB and McCarthy difficult to understand?

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      On the + side if you’ve had an awful game like me it’s only going to take getting on the right side of some of these results to get back up there

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        But what if we never get on the right side of them

    3. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Looks like 32 is this GWs LMS safety score.

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Salah captain saved me.

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Barely making it again B)

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Grealish saved me. Thanks Jack!

    4. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      out jimmy and taa
      in kane and chillwell

      for free

      looks good ?

      thanks a lot

    5. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A. Werner and KDB to Kane and Son or
      B. Werner and Ings to Kane and Wilson?

    6. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Best option out of these?

      A) Werner & Podence ➡️ Watkins & Son
      B) Werner & Podence ➡️ Antonio & Son
      C) Werner & Foden ➡️ Maupay & Son

      Cheers!

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        C

      2. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        probably A or B

      3. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Do you really need to rush it over some money?

      4. The Handsome Hunk
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cant decide between watkins and maupay

        1. Babelcopter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Easy. Maupay on pens

      5. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I'm doing A i think.

          Foden should play next game as not on international duty

          Podence may be benched

          And then ill probably do foden to trossard week after

    7. Critical Observer
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      -1 in total from my defenders, still hit 92 all in and that’s with no Salah and a semi-failed (C)-choice.

    8. TAT
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 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)

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Good moves.

        I think podence out before foden....

        1. TAT
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Any reason why you'd rather transfer out Podence than Foden? If I transfer out Podence, I can't wait with the transfers as it will be tight with funds.

          1. Flynny
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Personally as foden isn't on international duty would have thought he defo starts next game.

            Podence place could be at risk from traore....

            May be wrong tho

            1. TAT
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yes, that's a worry. Foden is probably a safer option to keep, though I didn't feel confident in City seeing that Leeds game. Tough one!

    9. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Werner and podence to Watkins and son for free feels pretty clean cut.

      1. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Why you think Podence out before 2 easy fixtures? Did he get again injured vs Fulham?

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Toss of a coin. Podence or foden out.

          Or both

    10. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Guys in this season of enormous uncertainty we need to cling on to the few trends that are still reliable

      1. Adrian is still sh*t and we should remove Liverpool defenders as long as Alisson is out
      2. Salah still hauls whenever Mane is out so it's still safe to captain him even if the rest of the team is garbage

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        DCL captain next week!

    11. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      WC or not...these results are still so random that thinking to save

      1. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Easy save

    12. RUUD!
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Been playing this game years but please can someone clarify, if I do a -4 today then wildcard tomorrow will I still lose 4?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        no

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        No

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Hit gets wiped off

      3. Critical Observer
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Wildcard negates whatever hits you have taken that GW.