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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. youneedmorecavaleiro
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Saiss Justin Shaw Ferguson
    Salah KDB Rashford Podence Anguissa
    Jimenez Mitro DCL

    1.0 ITB, WC?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No Mitro on a WC.

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Shaw >> Chilwell?

      1. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        And this

    3. Werner Bremen
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Mitro to Wilson

    4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      TAA to Chillwell

    5. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I think the McCarthy and Ryan GK combo Is one of the success stories so far

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

    Almost 15 minutes into the game and I remember why I didn't want to captain Salah. Just did it because I didn't want to captain KDB or Vardy as well. This game is just not fair 🙁

    1. Brehmeren
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      So you would rather have captained KdB or Vardy this gw?

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

        No but I kinda forced myself into Salah (C) because I knew the others were likely to blank.

  3. King Mo
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Firmino sitter as usual.

    Salah good penalty shout there IMO.

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Is it too late for DCL @ 7.6?

    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      0.6 later lol but no always helps the price rie

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Huh?

    3. Phlajo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I just did Martial to DCL

      So probably too late 🙂

    4. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Still cheap

    5. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      It's never too late 🙂 Just ignore if he was 7.0m or 4.5m just think if he's a good value for 7.6m. And he is. They have a tough fixture now but in a long term no doubt.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Is Werner >> Dcl a good move? Alison in goal. Means I can then do Zaha >> Son if I want

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Sterling cappas the real winners

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not yet...

  6. King Mo
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    That's a stonewall penalty...

  7. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    A) Son, Ings, Brewster

    B) Kane, Wilson, Jorginho

  8. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Surely thats a pen

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

      Stonewall

    2. 7shadesofsmoke
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      good one

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        But it is

        1. 7shadesofsmoke
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          lol

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

        Thought you must be a Villa fan .

    3. Treadstone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Definite pen.

  9. ClaireT
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Would you WC this team?

    McCarthy, Button
    TAA, Justin, Holding, Saiss, Lascelles
    Bruno, Pereria, Foden, Salah, Reed
    DCL, Jimi, Vardy

    1 FT, 0.2 itb

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

      No

      1. ClaireT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thank you 🙂 What would you suggest to do?

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I would not

      1. ClaireT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thank you 🙂 What would you suggest?

    3. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No.

      1. ClaireT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thank you:) What would you do with the team as next move(s)?

    4. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yep asap

  10. Traction Engine Foot
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Who would you lose to fund kane in, KDB or Bruno?

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

      Bruno

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

      Reed

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

    Stonewall.

  12. GAMBIT
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Stone wall pen

  13. Drizz ✅
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Is VAR switched off this weekend?

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Lol, was thinking (and posting) the same...

  14. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Kevin de Bruyne to Harry de Kayne is going to be popular over this IB...

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Im gonna stay with him. I don't want regrets if he scores a random hattrick

  15. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Robbo looking absolutely essential. Man on a mission even with Adrian.

    Also, Fraudino misses sitter

  16. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    why wasn’t that a penalty ?

  17. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    They turned off VAR completely now?

  18. King Mo
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Knew this would happen. They gave such stupid penalties at the start of the season so now they're ignoring blatant stuff.

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Looks like it

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Mark and a few others mentioned this actually in podcasts this week. It's unfortunately probably true!

  19. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Liverpool conceding early then just ending up battering their opponents is such a Liverpool thing to do

  20. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    That's a pen, I don't get it. Referees now trying not to award so many pens?

    1. Licky
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Trying to save face after the first few games i guess.

    2. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No handball, no pen.

      Apparently.

    3. Says
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      isn't that what everyone wanted?

  21. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Salah (C) fail

  22. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Aston VARilla

  23. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Adrian is a disaster for Liverpool defenders. Sell Sell Sell

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Adrian just cleared the ball. So he is capable.

    • Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

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

      Button - Lamptey - Brewster - Mitchell

      Did Son to Barnes this week (gw3) with a view to get Robertson in for Saiss or James.

      Would you still stick to the plan or correct your error and get Son back in? Spurs look relentless.

      Cheers.

      1. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Son to Barnes this week (gw4)**

        1. Apollo Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Stick to the plan, I took Son out before he scored 4, brought him back in after, then took him out for this week. Not going to spend my season flip-flopping back and forth.

    • The Handsome Hunk
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Wilson

      or

      Maupay

      or

      Antonio

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thinking to get one of them for Mitro also. Maybe Maupay, better team and slightly better fixtures.

        1. The Handsome Hunk
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          me too thinking same. by GW9 we can switch to Antonio when fixtures turn.

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

      No pen?! Hahahahha wow

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

      Salah huge huge fail ffs

    • adstomko
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Everton to win the league anyone?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I think I'll put a cheeky bet on it

      2. Werkself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Pretty sure it would violate the laws of physics

    • King Mo
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Firmino ruins another Salah assist. Surely even Liverpool fans are tired of overrating this guy?