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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. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    So no pool or city players from here on in?

  2. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Adrian another blunder, lets in weak Watkins shot...

    1. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Very poor attempt, must try harder.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Attempt at what? :p

    2. Werkself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      That was NOT a weak shot.

  3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Watkins in rather than DCL

  4. Doctor Evil
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Scenes!

  5. Lev Yashin
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Ollie Ollie Ollie....

  6. tissae
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Would you guys rather go:
    A) 343 with DCL Maupay Wilson up front, Son + 6.0mid
    B) 442 with Kane DCL up front, JRod +Son

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      B

  7. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Well this isn't going well

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Official slogan of FPL 2020/21

  8. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Mark has Grealish doesn’t he?

    Mark knows

    1. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      He also got double Pool defence.. meh

  9. F4L
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Fackkk, where was this last week Watkins 🙁

  10. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Grealish is England's most talented player

  11. BremerHB
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    This season is so topsy-turvy!

  12. Craicer
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    The good new is, I did not sell Ollie for this match. The bad news, I sold him last night for Maupay.

    1. Pavsboot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      I'm sorry but hahahaha.

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      He won't play Adrian every week

    3. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Still a goof transfer

  13. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Rejuvenated Villa!

  14. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    I remember last week people slagging off Watkins as being useless. I also remember saying he was a good finisher who only needed a first goal to boost his confidence.

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Cool story

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Sorry :p

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          NP! Have him in my Sky Sports teams, happy with that.

  15. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Wont play pool every week.

  16. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    So, Davis > Watkins, then?

  17. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Jimenez + Zaha -> Son + Watkins after IB. Easy

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Zaha will come good over the next couple of gameweeks

  18. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    That 2 assists for grealish?

  19. Qaiss
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Grealiiiishhhgg 🙂

  20. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Watkins essential now too ?

  21. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Martinez, how many saves at the end of this game?

    1. Steinburg FC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Hopefully 12 but I wish Liverpool would score soon so I don’t get disappointed when I lose my cs

  22. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Ollie at the wheel.

  23. PremKraut
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    nooo we don't need Van Dijks counterpart. Got Gomez ...

  24. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    The funniest thing is people talking up Everton as champions. They soon go all Everton again

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      This

  25. Joey Tribbiani
      4 months, 28 days ago

      love it!

    • nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 28 days ago

      That kind of finish is what you'd see in FIFA, sliding in.

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Watkins over Maupay?

    • FC Hakkebøf
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Thoughts on this wc team?

      McCarthy
      Robertson Chilwell Saiss
      Salah Son Pulisic Zaha/Rodriguez*
      Kane DCL Maupay
      ____
      Forster Lamptey Bissouma Ferguson

      *start with zaha, enough itb to shift to rodriguez

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Don’t worry, Liverpool defence has Everton up next.

    • Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 28 days ago

      lmao, Watkins. Is this real