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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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  1. Francescoli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    2FT and 0.3 in the bank.

    A) TAA and James -> Robertson and Chilwell
    B) James and Saiss -> Chilwell and Lamptey
    C) James and KDB -> Robertson and Son
    D) James -> Lamptey
    E) Something else

    Ryan
    TAA Saiss James Taylor
    KDB Sterling Salah Podence
    Jimenez DCL

    Walton; Brewster Burke Mitchell.

    1. Dirty Harry
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Why Robertson?

      1. Francescoli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        He’s matching TAA and eventually I’d like the TAA and Robertson double up. Today’s game was a blip.

        1. Dirty Harry
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          You want a double up so your first option is to sell TAA for Robo?

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          This season is a blip !

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Kane and Son share the 3 bonus in the end

  3. villian-ty
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Souness so bitter

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      blaming the grass length at half time, clearly inspired by koloppo

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Loved Evra’s response though

    2. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Just waiting to hear what Danny Murphy comes out with.

  4. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    8 pt hit done. Sometimes it has to be done for health issues. Now I am relieved and will enjoy the 2 weeks gap without tinkering. Feels awesome.

    Welcome new boys to my team.

    Cheers

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      What moves did you make?

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Who did you bring in?

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Kane Son Salah

        1. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Which big hitter did you drop to bring them in?

    3. Chucky
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      good luck danny.. hope it works out for you..

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Cheers Chucky. Freaky season anyway... That means we can catch up in 1 GW if needed 😉

    4. stat sifter 888888
        1 month, 26 days ago

        So risky to do it now, anything could happen in the internationals.

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I know. I agree. My bench is strong. If needed they can do the job. Told ya it feels good

      • Goonsquad245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Who have you sold? Please don’t tell me you’ve taken out Sterling, KDB, and Jimenez?

    5. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Gonna wildcard, 2 weeks of tinkering and might get some double price rises.

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Same here

      2. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yeah yeah. Perfect time to do it

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Bruno owners are you keeping? Those that already have Son anyway

      1. thepuntmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Unless I wildcard, for sure. United got battered today and he still got his penalty.

    7. Jellyfish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Villa fan and Salah owner....happy days

    8. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Shall I do Mahrez to son now?

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yws

      2. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yes

    9. MuelNado
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Played wildcard, dropped Son (Thanks Jose) and Grealish to fit De Bruyne and Mane in.

        Worst move I've ever made in FPL.

        1. Daniel - Go Granville
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Same with Son on a WC

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          stupid keeping mane on WC, no sympathy for that. news broke before deadline

          1. MuelNado
              1 month, 26 days ago

              It broke late Friday night as far as I can tell. If it had been an hour or so earlier I'd have seen it but I set my team and was then up early Saturday.

              Also, given the international break, he'd miss one week of games.

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Sorry to hear, devastating, on paper it looked wise.
            The season is mad so don’t look too much into it

          3. threeputt
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I played the wc after gw1 and ditched Son before he got 4

        3. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days 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)

          1. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            No WC needed

            Martial to Kane
            Rashford to Grealish

        4. Rinseboy
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Who would you keep from Foden Havertz and Barnes?!

          1. cravencottage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Barnes>Havertz> Foden

            1. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              This

        5. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Watching MOTD 2 later is going to reminiscent of the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan.

          Honestly, this FPL season has very much mirrored the year 2020 in general... absolute sh*te!

        6. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          No idea , but
          Werner, Auba > Kane, Salah? (-4)
          Yea or nay

          1. Kip
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I would

        7. dando89
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I've just done TAA And Podence to Chillwell and Son. Risky but I want to ride some price rises over the break. Let's see how bad this goes in 2 weeks 😀

        8. Jdpz
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Whose price will go up tonight?
            Kane and Chilwell only? not Son?

          • Kip
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Would you Wildcard this lot?

            Mc Carthy 4.0
            Trent Robbo VVD Taylor Mitchell
            KDB HRod Greenwood Barnes Reid
            Vardy DCL Mitro

            1FT. 0.8 ITB

            My main reason to WC would be that I feel like it is the wrong season to invest heavily in (pool) defense.
            Alternative is to upgrade greenwood to Son by downgrading VVD.

          • Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 26 days ago

            What should we do with podence?

            1. Monklane
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I think you know

            2. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I'm keeping. too many other issues and he's got fixtures at least.

            3. thepuntmaster
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I'd stick if I had him. Good value at that price.

          • Biggsy
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Wanna lose Mitro before the price drop. Wilson sound bet? Reeling utd defence then a decent run.

            1. The Senate
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I like Wilson as a pick aye

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Downgrade TAA to whom though?

          • Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I'd tried to keep faith Werner, I really did. But see ya (Foden too)!

            Hello DCL (finally) and Son!

            (Cue Werner hattrick v SOU)

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              And Mou rest Son after 45 min

          • Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Am I the first ‘Pool fan to brave my face here tonight? What a hilarious shambles of a match. More than happy to take it on the chin tbh.

            Villa took full and ready advantage of our weaknesses and I have to massively congratulate them for that. A sickeningly good performance from them. Watkins looks a great prospect and Grealish seems to be hitting form. Martinez excellent as ever.

            Clearly Adrián vs Alisson was a massive impact but I certainly won’t be putting all the blame there. An overall shoddy display. Fortunately we have Klopp and he will now have the time to bounce us back.

            I won’t even start on my FPL team. That’s a shambles for another post!

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Don't dissect it. Accept it and move on.

              This season is absolutely wierd

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Didn’t you get the accepting tone in the post? Honestly I’m fine with it. That was a freak match and a freak scoreline in a freak GW!

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Everything is freak right now.
                  😀

                  1. Don Kloppeone
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Absolutely!

                    At least you picked the right captain. I switched back to KDB last minute 😆

            2. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Liverpool is looking good. This game was just mad. Don’t know what to think about FPL. My team is now 3m OR. Red arrows every week. WC played GW3 an the team looks even worse now.

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                I somehow managed a green arrow this week with 57 (-4) from 3.6M to 3.0M lol.

                I haven’t played WC yet but I have a front line of Werner, Jimi, Brewster so I think I need to make some transfers!

          • thepuntmaster
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I'm sitting on this for after the international break. 1FT and 0.4 itb :
            McCarthy (che)
            TAA (eve) - Mitchell (BHA) - Saiss (lee)
            KDB (ARS) - Salah (eve) - Fernandes (new) - Pereria (BUR)
            DCL (LIV) - Mitro (shu) - Jimi (lee)

            Steer - Bissouma - Lascelles - Johnson

            On paper, it doesn't look that bad at all, but can't help wanting the likes of Bamford/Wilson/Grealish/Chilwell and tempted to WC. Any thoughts?

            A) WC
            B) Stick
            C) Make 2/3 changes for -4/-8

            1. cravencottage
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I think your team looks fine.

            2. Biggsy
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              I'd say Mitro gotta go. In fact, that's pretty much why I'm here tonight! Wilson for me good run of fixtures

            3. Kip
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              C) for me. Team structure is fine

          • manu4life99
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Son rising in price tonight?

            Any reason to hold off on Podence>Son(-4)?

            1. MuelNado
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Son might be close. If not tonight, tomorrow I'd have thought.

              • Goonsquad245
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Apart from the 3 international games each and the increasing risk of COVID? None at all.

            2. Londongeezaa
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              People on here really asking if they should WC.

              Believe me when I say, it won’t make any difference 🙂

              We are in luck territory

            3. Isco Disco
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Didn’t watch the Wolves game today. Can someone please tell me how did Podence play?
              Keep Podence or Jimi? Could do Jimi -> Kane or Podence -> Jrod/Gre

              1. dando89
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Barely involved at all, I've taken him out

            4. threeputt
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Poser:

              When was the last time Manu and Pool both got beaten by 5 clear goals on the same day

              Never I suspect

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                They have never before both conceded 6 on the same day

            5. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Hammers could make it difficult for Spurs at this rate...

            6. Barnabus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Jimi, Mitro, Greenwood & Zaha > Kane, Son, Wilson, Bissouma for a -12 done. First hit of the season, feel much better.

            7. Neo-Viper
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Vardy to Kane

            8. Tony Martial
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Grealish was at the heart of everything today and is on penos

              Might have to get him and also double up on Son/Kane!

              1. The Handsome Hunk
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                is he on pens surely? or watkins?