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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. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Liverpool are going to lose this game. I can feel it and I love it xD

  2. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is this going to be an upset for LIV? Probably too soon to call ...

    1. Cheeto__Bandito
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Villa are better man for man so yes

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        With Adrian ... all they have to do is shoot.

    2. Cheeto__Bandito
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Robbo and rent need to go for me with adrian in net

      • Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Jack Cristialish

      • Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Salah > Son?

        1. BenDavies
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          yes

        2. The Handsome Hunk
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          no

        3. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          No

        4. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          No way
          Stop chasing

        5. Hakim Ziyech
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          😆

          Thanks all. Love you lads. I am never gonna sell Salah unless injured for the rest of the season

      • Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I CANNOT have double Pool defence with Adrian

        Absolutely no way

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Liverpool look awful

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          It's evertons title to lose this year

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Allison and Mane ...

      • Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        How long is Allison out for?

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Read the article above.

        2. Towsor44
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          As the article says, not likely to be back straightaway after the 2 week break so sounds bad

      • The Handsome Hunk
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Is Son price-locked ? He is on 0 on FPL Stats.

        1. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          No he's not.
          Saw him in -25 some time back.
          Just a coincidence to be on 0

          1. The Handsome Hunk
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Cheers. Might be coincidence. So he is no way rising tonight, just to confirm?

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          He's on +15 for me

        3. Stram Dunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 24 days ago

          On 15 already

        4. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          On 15 for me.

          "When a player is injured (0% chance of playing), suspended or on loan his price can still change in value. However, once his status has changed again his price will be "locked"."

          I thought it was once red flag resets, it gets locked - but this makes the distinction of 0% (Son was 25%).

      • The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        That nutmeg on VVD, what a beauty...

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Torn now as a Liverpool fan , but no players in team, and Martinez in goal....

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          That’s the problem with fantasy!

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            At least, I'm not a United supporter!

        2. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          If TAA scores a FK, would you jump in joy or start crying?

        3. Phlajo
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Don't call yourself a Liverpool fan I'd you're cheering for Martinez CS

          1. Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Yup

          2. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Let's hope for a penalty save then, and then wo Jota goals to make for a 1-2 result.

            1. Kellz86
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Reality over fantasy my guy

      • Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Only 80 minutes more until Martinez cs...

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Would be hilarious ...

      • Silent Friend
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Salah (C) failed...

      • ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Images of Klopp and his expression is like having a speech bubble above his head saying "Was zum Teufel macht er?"

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Glad I just got triple pool

        1. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Pre or post deadline?

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Post

            James > robbo

            I could have sworn James was on -80 on fpl stats then this morning he was only -30 and had 1.9 itb

            Anyway - I suppose with the IB Allison should only miss a couple of games

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Think I will perma-cap Son for the season

        1. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Until ManC and KBD clicks

          1. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I'm still waiting for that, triple ManC hasn't really worked out yet.

        2. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          He is such a troll. I remember his red cards, injuries, etc.
          This season is no different than the last one.

      • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Goooo Salaaaaah!!!

      • Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Werner and kdb to kane and son for free ?

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Radical moves needed, KDB & Jimenez > Son & Kane?

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          yes

        2. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Could work.
          I’m reluctant to shift KDB.
          I can do Fernandes and Jimenez > Son,Kane though.

          1. Lev Yashin
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Shall we do it?

            For a hit?

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Not bothered dropped nearly 1M places this week what difference will 4 points make 🙁

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I’m in free fall, Spurs fixture too good to ignore?

        3. schlupptheweek
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I am really tempted to do the same but it feels a bit wrong getting ride of 2 such good FPL players historically.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            True, but removed Son because of the hammy news, he could be GB territory?

        4. Pino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          in 2-3 GWs you will be looking to bring back DeBruyne.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            KDB has scored 17 points in three games & city look poor, Son & Kane 40+ each

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Best move?

        A. Werner+Zaha >> DCL+Son
        B. Werner+Ings >> DCL+Kane

        1. BremerHB
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          A

      • King Mo
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Sold Son, Hamez and Watkins on wildcard... 😆

        1. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Oh dear.

        2. Joyce1998
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          son makes sense as he was injured, Hamez is a season keeper and watkins is 50/50

        3. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          I sold them for a hit then got them back for a hit! Beat that! Lol

          1. Pino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            lol gg

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Is this the game where people who still live in 2018 will finally stop rating Roberto Fraudino? Saw some people saying hes better than Kane just yesterday lol

        1. King Mo
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to understand Firmino.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            😀

        2. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Better than Kane no. But fraud? Certainly not.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Forward who cant score. And there he just missed a massive sitter... fraud as I said

        3. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Exactly. How can people not see that Kane, in the role he is playing for Spurs now, is better than Firmino?

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            No one that knows football think Firmino is better than Kane.

        4. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 24 days ago

          He does a different job. Kane won many trophies of late?

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            It's a team sport.

        5. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Definitely not better than Harry De Kuyne so far this season...

      • Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        How is Salah looking so far?

        1. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          in awe

        2. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          So glad he got his hair cut.

      • 7shadesofsmoke
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Tyrone Mingdini on the watchlist

      • aapoman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Martinez Forster
        TAA Chilwell Castagne Saiss Cooper
        Salah KDB Son Hamez Bissouma
        DCL Maupay Brewster

        Confirm wild card?

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          where is Kane & Bruno & Wilson ?

          1. aapoman
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Cant get them all

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Kepa on a free?

      • Joyce1998
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        am I crazy to bet on Everton to win the league??

        1. Towsor44
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          200/1 last week, down to 20/1 this :-0

        2. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          With Pickford in goal?

          1. Joyce1998
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Just got that feeling they can do it this year

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Robertson is more attacking than Auba

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Son already 245,592 buys.

        1. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          No International fixtures, tempted to move early for him.

      • Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Time to cap an Everton player in GW5 against Adrian?