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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. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Are Justin and Mitchell expected to be replaced after the IB?

    1. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Probably

  2. RECKLESS
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Why are peeps taking out cheapie podence before leeds NEW CRY?
    Did he again get injured in Fulham match?

    1. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wolves were poor

    2. PlumaPiedra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      He was anonymous

    3. AYLD28
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Wolves in attack look blunt.

    4. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Leeds is not a good fixture

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Yay or nay? Werner+Zaha >> DCL+Son for free.

    McCarthy
    TAA, Justin, Saiss, Davies
    KDB, Salah, Rodríguez, Zaha
    Werner, Ings
    (Nyland, Bissouma, Mitchell, Davis)

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Not Zaha out..

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Why?

        1. Slitherene
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Sea Green fixtures

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes for me

    3. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      i would

    4. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Looks good to me bud.

    5. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      TAA + Werner -> Chilwell + Kane

    6. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Surely wait?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I can’t. Bang on the money. I at least need to do Werner >> DCL

  4. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    OUT : Mitro, Werner, Richarlison
    IN : Maupay, Kane, Wilson
    Bench : Coady, Ward, Bissouma

    Exact money, should I take a hit?

    1. dekikide
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      -4 y
      -8 no

  5. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Any fellow Son sellers still hurting? Absolutely brutal

    1. Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yep.

      1. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        What's worse is Barnes (his replacement) having his goal called off.

    2. Goonsquad245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Better managers than you or I did the same thing. It’s gone, look forwards.

  6. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Salah very happy in post match interview. Mane got nothing today

  7. Long ago I drew a walrus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I thinking benching TAA for Everton away is a legit move if Alisson is still out

  8. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Think I'll just pull the trigger on Werner Foden to DCL Son (2FT) tonight, tbh - any major objections / other thoughts?

    Martinez Steer
    Robbo Saiss Lamptey* Taylor Mitchell
    Salah KDB JRodriguez Foden Podence
    Werner Jimenez Davis

    cheers x

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      DCL on international duty so a bit risky. But the moves look great

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I would mate, absolutely

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Thankfully it wasn’t 8 🙂

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yeah, you would 8-2 see that!

  10. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    57-4= 53 points about average?

  11. MikeLowrey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Team value is low and I haven't had a good week since GW1. Wildcard this mess?

    Ryan
    TAA Robbo Justin KWP
    KDB Salah Saka
    Werner Jimenez Adams

    (Steer Podence Mitchell Bissouma)

    1. Powers106
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I had something very similar and just pressed wc = just too many changes including probably not 2 x Pool defense for now, and Adams, Werner, Jimi...what could have been, but isn't...

  12. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    RP:

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

    Button - Lamptey - Brewster - Mitchell

    A. Barnes to Son
    Or
    B. James to Robertson

  13. Silent Friend
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Jimmy to Kane -4?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

  14. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Salah captain gives me respectability.

  15. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    You won't listen because you guys never do but just chill out, don't make a move right now and wait until the internationals are over. Otherwise in 2 weeks time you'll be crying about your "luck" when another player gets injured, rested or covid

  16. Better Call Raul
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Can't the the only hovering over Mitro -> Watkins right now

  17. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone gonna WC too?
    Tired of fixing unfixable every week now...

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Did that last week and it didn't help at all lol

    2. Wolfman180
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'm tempting on wildcarding this week, got too many players that are looking to go down in price further like Werner and Adams. Just want rid! I know its knee jerky but im going into game weeks now feeling like I'm instantly set up for a bad week

  18. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Does anyone have the foggiest clue what the template looks right right now?

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      There is no template at all.

      1. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        In order to beat the casual, one must become a casual.

        1. BUZZBOMB
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          This is the best advice Ive seen on here for a year!

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Best to go without any template players to get a decent score?

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Avoid the scout picks at all costs

  19. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Watkins or Maupay?

    1. The Handsome Hunk
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      AVL penalty player ?

  20. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Best 4.5ish defender other than Lamptey? No way I'm having 14.5 tied up in double Pool defence while Alisson's out.

  21. Prison Mike
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I know it’s Knee-Jerk but I don’t care... Best move?

    A) Foden -> Grealish

    B) Mitrovic -> Watkins

    C) KDB -> Son

  22. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I literally don't even know what to do....

    No wildcard either!

    Martinez
    VvD Lamptey Taylor Saiss Dunne
    Salah KDB Foden Podence Pereira
    Jimi Ings DCL

    I'm honestly at a loss of even dealing with this team or what to do

  23. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 1 day ago

    On WC. Suggestions?

    Martinez
    Robertson, Chilwell, Lamptey
    Salah, Son, JamesRod, Grealish
    Kane, DCL, Maupay
    Foster, Saiss, Mitchell, Bissouma

  24. GOATMEAT
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Following the logic of this season Trent is going to haul next GW........

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Told everyone on here to keep Son then sold him myself. Best option here?

      A. RJames/Foden -> Chilwell/Son?
      B. Barnes/Foden -> Rodriguez/Son?

      Martinez Forster
      Robbo Saiss RJames Lamptey Mitchell
      Salah KDB Podence Foden Son
      DCL Jimenez Brewster

      1. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        A I'd say. help above?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers, replied mate. yes i would do those.

      2. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Just foden to son, but wait

    • 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      who would you ditch first - Rashford or Aubameyang?

      1. Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Rash

      2. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Aubameyang easily

    • wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Please talk to me before i do something bad.Should i transfer in today Kane+Son for Richarlison+Salah/Kdb or wait two weeks?

      1. baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Richa has Adrian next. What are you thinking?!?

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          hehehe good point.

      2. Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Wait two weeks.

    • TAT
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Ings + Foden > Watkins + Son for a hit? Will set me up nicely for transfers down the line.

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Who's a better option

      A. Son
      B. Kane

    • The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Early thoughts? WC available, 0ITB. Martial out.
      (A) Jimenez in
      (B) +Rashford out for Son, Jimi (-4)
      (C) +Mitrovic out for Brewster, Kane (-4)
      (D) +Rash out to Kane, Hammez (-4)
      (E) +Bissouma out to Brewster, Hammez (-4) (3-5-2)
      (F) +Ramsdale, Bissouma out to Brewster, Son, Meslier (-8)

      team:
      Ramsdale/4.0
      TAA Semedo Justin
      Salah KDB Rashford Podence
      Martial DCL Mitro
      (Bissouma KWP Mitchell)