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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. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Typical Richarlison

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Yep and a certain poster was giving me pelters about how much better than DCL Richarlison is just before GW1!!!! He doesn’t apply his undoubted talent properly. At Watford he was great for a third of a season. I never fancied him this season at all.

  2. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Red for Rich.

  3. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    3 game ban for Rich?

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Yup

  4. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    such a bad bad challenge by richarlison!!!!

  5. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    One of my rare good decisions was selling Richarlison for DCL last week

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      I believe the word you're looking for is 'fortunate' 😉

      But well in!

  6. SoapAFC
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    All things considered, this is a proper derby, nice to see Everton back in it competing

  7. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Trent is looking useless at 7.5

    1. Alexis Nonsense
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Same as last year before he got 20 points

    2. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      You serious. Could’ve easily had 2 assists and a goal

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 12 hours ago

        But he didn’t

  8. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Richarlison owners unlucky

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Classic overthinking. DCL is the better pick.

  9. Sloane426
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Have to laugh if you went Richarlison over DCL

    1. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Lateriser. He apparently doesn't rate DCL 😀

  10. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    God I hate Rich. Glad he's banned

  11. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    JRod on pens for 3 games

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      DCL

    2. Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Funny way to spell Digne

    3. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Gylfi

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Siggy

    5. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Pickford

  12. Differentiator
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Everton imploding now

  13. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    So as things stands if all my starters blank after this ill be down 7 points from benching DCL and Hamez

    Not the end of the world.

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Who did you play over DCL and Hamez as a matter of interest?

  14. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice... You won't fool me twice.

    Oliver wouldn't let Richa get away with injury faking to get off the hook after Robbo fooled him with the same trick

  15. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Into the top 2m it this holds! 23 from 4 without captain a good start indeed

  16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    Jota takes down mane in the box

  17. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 12 hours ago

    JRod definitely on pens? Or could DCL be?

  18. ivantys
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Jota fouled Mane, penalty

    • Teriyaki 69
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Trent is out for Telles for me.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      OMG henderson

    • Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Jota YC for that tackle on Mane?

    • Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      HENDERSON GOAL
      MANE ASSIST

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Hendo.....

    • KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Hendo wins it for Pool

    • Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Oof!

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Pickford lol

    • Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      WHAT!

    • Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      That’s an own goal surely?

    • La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Mane assist for hendo goal

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Blimey.