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Mane and Thiago return for Liverpool as Klopp makes four changes from Villa loss

Sadio Mane (£11.9m) and Thiago (£6.0m) are back in Jurgen Klopp’s starting 11 after recovering from the positive coronavirus tests that kept them out of Liverpool’s shock 7-2 slaughtering at Aston Villa.


In one of four changes, the champions also welcome Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) back into the side. Their captain missed both that game and the 3-1 win over Arsenal with a thigh problem but played for England during the international break.

Mohamed Salah (£12.3m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) all start as expected.


Perhaps their most important alteration is in defence, which had a torrid time at Villa Park. Whilst the unconvincing Adrian (£4.5m) has to continue deputising in goal for Alisson (£6.0m), Klopp is now able to start Joel Matip (£5.4m) in place of Joe Gomez (£5.4m).


He might see this Merseyside derby as the perfect way to respond to what happened two weeks ago, although the hosts Everton start this weekend top of the league with four wins from four matches.


These two teams have the league’s highest xG (expected goals) tallies in this strange period of goal fests but the previous three meetings at Goodison Park have all finished 0-0.


Carlo Ancelotti is able to name a full-strength side for the lunchtime kick-off, with Allan (£5.4m) and Andre Gomes (£5.5m) starting in place of Tom Davies (£5.4m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m).


There were slight doubts over Yerry Mina (£5.5m) and attacking left-back Lucas Digne (£6.1m), who both picked up knocks with their national sides, yet the pair have both been deemed fit to play.


Richarlison (£7.9m) limped off after 25 minutes during the 4-2 win over Brighton but managed to participate for Brazil against both Bolivia and Peru. Reclassified as an FPL forward, Richarlison is now only slightly more expensive than in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) yet he takes the penalties.


There is good news for the high ownership of James Rodriguez (£7.9m) too, as the Colombian starts despite slight hints from Ancelotti that the late return from South America could impact his minutes.


EVERTON XI (4-3-3): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Allan, Doucoure, A Gomes; Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

LIVERPOOL XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane

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1,555 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Keep Calm and Play On
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Dermot should be a politician....excellent at saying lots but actually nothing at all

  2. Mweene
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    KDB and Bruno to Mane and Grealish -4?

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      KDB possibly out for 2 weeks. Let's wait till after Manu game. You have Salah or not?

  3. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Even Peter Walton critical of that Pickford decision. Blimey

  4. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Will there be an explanation as to why Pickford wasn’t given a red card and how the decision was offside? Still waiting on it

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      There's already explanations

      Var bottled the red card as it could have been given within the rules

      Offside ones are offside because they use the shoulder instead of armpit now, as of this week it looks like

      1. Brakos2k
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        They didn't check the red apparently as too focus on the offside... bunch of bollocks!

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Cop out for sure

    2. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      They are saying because it wasn’t reckless or with intent to injure (which it was, although hard to prove intent but it was definitely reckless) so the VAR deemed that the call on the field was correct and no red card...the offside I have no idea. I’m a Chelsea fan and Liverpool got robbed.

      Watching football is starting to suck...

  5. Pratik
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Folks, what are the chances of a retrospective ban on Pickford? (non fpl related)

    1. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Don't think so as it wasn't intentional

    2. abhirup780
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      He deserves it

    3. abhirup780
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      fouls are most of the time not intentional, but reckless

  6. Andre W
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Just wondering has anyone paid the money to watch Chelsea vs Saints?

    1. No Need
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Nope on general principle. Pure greed im already paying a subsciption

      1. Jernau M Gurgeh
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        watching it on Cyfo streams

        1. Keep Calm and Play On
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          Shhhh

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      *crickets*

    3. abhirup780
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      It is almost free in India.

    4. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      It’s very odd that in Canada I have more access to the games all in one place than I did when I visited England two years ago

      1. Djokovic Airlines
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        same here in Germany 😀

  7. Richarlidad
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Feels rough as somebody who brought in Mane this week for free. If that goal standed, he would've got 3 baps right?

    1. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      *stood

      1. Richarlidad
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        I

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          *Then there's Grammerly 🙂

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      The BAPs make no sense this week.

  8. George James
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Does Reece James come on?

    1. No Need
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      He didnt last time Azpi played

  9. 2OLEgend
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 7 months ago

    TAA set to drop and Robertson to rise. TAA - > Robertson tonight before price rise/fall?

    1. Sedemuda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      I'm keeping. Unlucky to Pickford's best two saves would have been a goal & assist for Trent.

      1. 2OLEgend
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 7 months ago

        If I switch today I would be able to do Podence to Grealish as well. Still hold?

        1. Sedemuda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 7 months ago

          In that case I'd go for it. Grealish has some good fixtures.

  10. Lazaretti
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    When Jorginho loses his starting spot? Thought that Kante and Kovacic are ahead of him...

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Nah. Jorginho is class

  11. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Absolute nightmare season. Took Werner out yesterday ..... he probably hasn't finished his scoring points yet today.

    1. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      Great move allowing his price fall over the IV before pulling the trigger too

  12. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    As predicted - more Werner points

  13. PocketZola
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Aguero just put his arm around the female linesperson neck and no action taken, seriously wtf?

  14. Mambino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

  15. Mambino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    :,-)

    1. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 7 months ago

      How do you do emojis ffs I’m hopeless - crying laughter face

      1. PogChamp
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 7 months ago

        Search Wordpress emojis

  16. PogChamp
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Bale has to score from there

  17. james 101
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Lovely little move

    Pity he didn’t finish

  18. PogChamp
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    3-3

  19. Crouch Potato
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 7 months ago

    Looking forward to watching Rodrigo, could be one for the future.