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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. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    God sake

  2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Pool deserve 5th place

  3. Railwayman
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Great derby today, goals, cards, everything... Shame if Everton don't win it in added time.

  4. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    With VVD injured (absence pending), I am seriously considering sacking off TAA to free up some funds. This 'Pool team are conceding enough already, well past their xGC.

  5. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Aw dammit not Mane... those points hurt

  6. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Richi should've been banned for that hair style

  7. KDB4PREZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    England number 1 btw

  8. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Pickford just loves ballsing up.

  9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Terrible keeping

  10. ivantys
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Useless pickford wtf

  11. Right In The Stanchion
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Pickford clanger again

  12. Marvin the Great
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Whoooooooooo!

  13. dark91
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Mina trying really hard to get that 2nd own assist!!

  14. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    LOL hendoooooooo

  15. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    VAR?

  16. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Congrats to anyone who brought in Mane this week. Epic choice.

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      More necessity than anything. KDB injured and bringing in salah wouldn’t allow me to bring in Robbo next week

  17. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    All four of my players done alright here. DCL, mane, Rodriguez and save points for Pickford. Shame non are in the bonus though

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      Mane is

  18. The Dance
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    So glad to own Robbo, gets in the box so damn much!

  19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Disallowed wow

  20. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Ugh Mane stealing baps

  21. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Wtf

  22. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    That can't be offside. Can it?

  23. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Looool shoulder offside

  24. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    No baps for Digne

  25. Right In The Stanchion
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Lollllll

  26. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Wtff that is 1mm

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      So it's still offside then .

  27. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Yeeeess!

  28. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    pickford is so hot and cold

  29. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    congratulations to KDB -> Mane (C) folks out there

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      Assist gone. Still got a goal though.

  30. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Offside 😆