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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
    3 months, 12 days ago

    God sake

  2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Pool deserve 5th place

  3. Railwayman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 12 days 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
    3 months, 12 days 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
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Aw dammit not Mane... those points hurt

  6. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Richi should've been banned for that hair style

  7. KDB4PREZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 12 days ago

    England number 1 btw

  8. Nimby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Pickford just loves ballsing up.

  9. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 12 days ago

    Terrible keeping

  10. ivantys
      3 months, 12 days ago

      Useless pickford wtf

    • Right In The Stanchion
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Pickford clanger again

      • Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Whoooooooooo!

      • dark91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

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

      • seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        LOL hendoooooooo

      • Lev Yashin
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        VAR?

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

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

        1. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

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

      • DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 12 days 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
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Mane is

      • UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

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

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Disallowed wow

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Ugh Mane stealing baps

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Wtf

      • EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        That can't be offside. Can it?

      • Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        Looool shoulder offside

      • Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 12 days ago

        No baps for Digne

      • Right In The Stanchion
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Lollllll

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Wtff that is 1mm

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            So it's still offside then .

        • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Yeeeess!

        • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          pickford is so hot and cold

        • seewhyaxe
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

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

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 12 days ago

            Assist gone. Still got a goal though.

        • KGFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 12 days ago

          Offside 😆