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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. Hect.OR 98th
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Werner to Maupay/Wilson
    Podence to Son
    Mahrez to JRod

    -8. Sod it. At 4m OR and need to gamble a little. Already 100 behind 3 teams in a ML of 40 players and I'm 34th!

  2. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Martinez Steer
    Lamptey Castagne Saiss Mitchell Ayling
    Barnes Salah KDB Podence Hammer
    Jimmy Vardy Bamford

    Should I kneejerk Grealish in

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Talisman for his team. Go for it.

    2. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yes

      He will for sure get 20points each week.

      And for sure all shots on target in the pL will deflect in.

      And people wonder they are doing badly on here

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Knee jerk or not, he's a good option. He has always demonstrated he has the ability and did reasonable from FPL perspective, but he was all Villa had so teams concentrated on stopping him ... now though they have a striker of good quality and other in midfield who can make space for them. He's a good pick.

  3. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Which option?
    A) Fernandes,Jimenez >> Son,Kane
    B) Podence,Jimenez >> Son,Watkins
    C) Fernandes,Podence >> Son,Grealish

    1. Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      C

  4. threeputt
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Personally I thought all 3 were on target

    1. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      reply fail lol

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        The last one I highly doubt ; but VAR wasn't functioning either so one of those nights.

  5. ingvar1111
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Meslier (McCarthy)
    Lamptey James Saiss (Mitchell Digne)
    KDB Salah Hamez Rashford (Podence)
    Brewster Jimenez DCL

    0.5m ITB 2 FT

    Rashford + Jimenez -> Kane + Grealish (1m ITB)

    confirm it?

  6. MuelNado
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Is there a cut off time for prices rising or falling per day? If Son gets to 100% delta of a price change before midnight does the price change or does it go up tomorrow ?

    • thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      TAA, Periera, Mitro > Chillwell, Ham Rod, Bamford (-8) ?

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Leave off Mitro for bamford

    • Hect.OR 98th
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Where can I find a list of players involved in internationals this fortnight? Itching to make transfers to save 0.2-0.4 in rises and falls, but it's risky.

    • shiraz
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Which is the best option for Reece James replacement? Currently have Trent, Lamptey, Saiss, Mitchell

        A) Castagne
        B) KWP
        C) Chilwell
        D) Digne

        1. AYLD28
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Chilli

      • AYLD28
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Looking at my team, I see I have 4 issues. I also feel like I need to be aggressive and look at who’s performing:

        Martinez
        TAA Saiss James* (Lamptey Dunne)
        Salah Foden* KDB Barnes (Burke)
        DCL Ings* Jimenez*

        1FT 0.1 ITB

        Villa and Spurs look v.good. Wolves look blunt in attack. Saints are fixture dependent. City look slow off the blocks. James looks like a rotation risk (understood the risk, had since GW1). With all that in mind:

        Players im looking at: Chilwell, Watkins, Pulisic, Kane, Son

        1. Ings Jimenez James > Kane Watkins Chilwell (-4)
        2. Ings Foden > Watkins Son (-4)
        3. Ings Foden James > Watkins Pulisic Chilwell (-8)

        1. shiraz
            1 month, 27 days ago

            3

        2. RED_ARMY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Is Son called up for South Korea during the internationals?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Nah, he's on Bournemouth beach in the rain.

        3. Tony Martial
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          How does this sound?
          Jimenez,Mahrez,Podence ➡️ Son,Maupay,Grealish -4

          Then following week Wood ➡️ DCL and VVD ➡️ 5.4 defender?

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Allison "a number of weeks" says Klopp. Ship out the Liverpool defence unless they find a keeper in 24 hours.

        5. Please Answer Me
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          why didn't Chilwell play first games?

          1. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Injured