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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. Labile
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 28 days ago

    Was Acc impressed by him last week too

  2. Right In The Stanchion
      4 months, 28 days ago

      3 Martínez saves already. The ball just sticks to him

    • Sherif halawa
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 28 days ago

      Getting Watkins points off bench.. Love you lamps for benching mount

      1. Right In The Stanchion
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Embarrassing points but take it.

          1. Sherif halawa
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Taking it happily

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

        Salah is anonymous, where is he?!

      3. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        When you notice that you have exact cash for
        Werner and Podence
        To
        Watkins and Son
        🙂

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

          Kneejerk FC

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

            Just messin about

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

            But Son Is coming in knee jerk or not.
            He is streaky and great next 4 fixtures.

      4. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        What a finish!!

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          sorry for being late

      5. socho
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        How can a struggling side become so good in few weeks? Crazy

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

          Ended last season pretty well I recall

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

          Remember what happen the season after Lei nearly got relegated 🙂

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

          Used covid break better than the other teams and are now reaping rewards. THey were good post lockdown

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

          Switched from beer to water in the locker room?

      6. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Firmino letting Liverpool down. Should be at least level if that guy could finish

      7. Neevesy
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Salah playing defensive left midfielder

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

          On the right.

          1. Neevesy
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Salah playing defensive right midfielder

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

              Agreed! 🙂

      8. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Everything is fixed.

      9. Says
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Manés gravity missing makes it tougher for Salah

      10. Agger
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        @LEO10

        Napoli did travel. I wouldn’t listen to any restrictions/news that you hear. It’s 99% nonsense

      11. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Hmmm was going to do grealish to son, maybe have to find another way to get son!

      12. Labile
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Best midfielder for 6.5 going forward?

        1. Karhumies
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Bowen or a cheap penalty taker like Klich or Jorginho?

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

        Easiest Soucek, Vardy -> Son, Watkins move I'll make all season.

        1. Dele
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Pretty much just did the reverse haha

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

            Oof

      14. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Jota fail

      15. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        £6.1m budget for fwd

        A) Mitro
        B) Bamford
        C) Watkins

        Initial thoughts...

        Mitro - on pens and central to Fulham play. However, 0 big chances, Fulham are terrible so shots tend to be half chances

        Bamford - Never rated him but clearly he has started great. No pens and is there a risk of losing place to Rodrigo?

        Watkins - 2 goals vs lpool, don't know much about him but seems highly rated

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

        Any chance for Watkins to be on pens?

      17. Dele
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Anyone else remove Watkins and Son for a -8?

      18. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Sterling (C) looks better and better

      19. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Grealish 10% ownership but almost never see him in teams on here

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Casual pick

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

          Saving my game week... (or making it at least bearable)

      20. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Martinez another save

      21. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 28 days ago

        Salah playing RM lol

      22. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 28 days ago

        "Hasn't adapted to the league" lmaoo

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

          Or "hasn't played in the PL!!!"

      23. Right In The Stanchion
          4 months, 28 days ago

          4 saves Martínez

        • Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          I bet you wish your midfield was Grealish like mine.

        • DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Wild card time.

          1. Wolfman180
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            Definitely!

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

            This

        • Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Cheap strikers are doing excellent this year

        • tissae
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

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

        • Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 28 days ago

          Why is Podence still flagged? Did he go out injured?

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

            No flags just not been removed i think

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 28 days ago

            He's not.