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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. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Do one of your mad hauls please Salah

  2. M00N
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    magikarp (C) lets go!

    1. Dexters Laboratory
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Use Splash

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      This GW feels like its going to be a disaster 😆 5 players in the first game and am on -8 to start. Can’t possibly end well 😀

      Good luck all

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Good luck too - you might need some by the sound of it!

      2. Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 15 days ago

          :O
          I got only 2 players playing TODAY

        • LegendMoon
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I'm in the same boat plus captain too

      3. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        CAnt wait!!
        It’s all about Andrian vs Pickford!!!
        Let’s see who loses First

        1. ivantys
            1 month, 15 days ago

            And then Kepa vs Mccarthy round 2. Loads of potential calamities today.

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Just put money on Matip.

          Quite difficult to balance it........

          1. denial
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Wrap a tenner round it?

            1. Dannyb
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              12 times

            2. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Stack of 2p coins at the moment......

              1. Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Is 4p a stack?

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  😛

          2. M00N
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I managed to put Mané on Matip

        3. denial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Rodriguez has become one of those players who is a bit frightening not to own. Really shouldn't have removed him on WC few weeks back.

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            It's his set piece delivery more than anything, insane quality looks like an assist nearly every time he whips it in

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              And DCL is so good at heading the ball.

        4. fantasyfog
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Anyone got a decent link for the derby???

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Call BT, get BT sports.

            Everything else is illegal in this country 😉

        5. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Game on Sky or BT?

          1. Dannyb
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Bt

          2. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Bt

          3. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            TA out at the moment but got both on my phone 🙂

        6. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Need Watkins to outscore Jimmy by 4 😀

          1. skodaole2
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Wow you took that hit? Decided to keep Jimenez so if Watkins scores 18 points and Jimenez 14 we ll both be happy. Good luck mate, who's your captain?

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Early transfer bite me 😀
              Sold Kevin. Total -8

              © Is Sonny boy !

              GL mate

              1. skodaole2
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                First week without a hit for me, just did the early KDB -> Son and succeded in being patient for 2 weeks which seemed impossible. Tried a very punty captain (Pereira)since i have Kane Son Salah but i have the feeling they ll all stay in single digits so even a captain mistake wont cost much. Good luck mate lets see!

        7. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Andy played his WC too!

        8. fantasyfog
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Anyone got a decent link for the derby please

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Not possible to post here.
            Check ronaldo7, TotalSporTek

        9. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Pickford and Adrian errors already

        10. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          1-1. Robbo and Mina. Please.

        11. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          TAA Salah(C) James DCL

          LETS GOOOOOO

        12. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Thinking capping Hamez v Adrian could have come up trumps today.

            Long shots squirming through him today.

            Guaranteed to throw a few in the net today.

          • Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            That's why robbo over trent

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yeah man!

          • Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            MANE!!!

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            TOOOO EASYYYYYY

          • Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Mane and Robertson combine.

          • tiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Get in Robertson

          • Random Name
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Like I said. Easy work this afternoon.

          • Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Robbo assist!

          • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Mane (c) and robbo owner here!!!!

          • Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Well no baps for Salah today. Mane to steal them all

          • nerd_is_the_werd
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            YES MANE!!!!

          • Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Kdb to Son over Manè was the correct call right 😉

          • Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Cheers Robbo!

            And damn, was 0.1 off KDB to Mane - ah well!

          • Doug McCasual
              1 month, 15 days ago

              wowsers, its started!

            • COLLIN QUANER
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Pickford needs to be saving that.

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Lmao

            • Peter Ouch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Robbo essential now? Hahaj