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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. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Imagine those points become important...

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      2 pts would’ve decided the title year before last

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

    RIP football

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      This x1000

      1. Marvin the Great
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 4 hours ago

        You missed a few zeros there.

    2. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      We might as well just start watching FIFA 21 simulations

  3. Keep Calm and Play On
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Can they zoom in on that? Because it looked clearly onside....VAR is terrible I thought the ruling was that if it was too close to call it would go in favour of the attacker?

  4. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    VAR-cical.

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

    Hahaha ruled out

  6. Shultan
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    im a utd fan, cant stand liv but how on earth is that offside...JOKE!!

    1. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      The game has gone. VAR is a great system in theory but the officials are all over the place.

  7. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Ehy didn't the ref look at it??

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      He can't to the lines thingy on his monitor

    2. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      Weren't the others that decided referees?

  8. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Naked eye stuff!

  9. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Crazy altogether

  10. Railwayman
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    It's got to be offside...

  11. KICKandRUSH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    That's fkn awful.
    Daylight robbery.

  12. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    That looked onside

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

    That’s absolutely nuts

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      Lol

  14. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    I'm sorry but that is one of the worst offside decisions i've ever seen

  15. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Harsh offside. But as a Digne owner, I'll take it.

  16. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Referee's rival captained Mane

    1. ivantys
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      It's the VAR referees that gave it

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

    That looked onside to me...

  18. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    fantastic absolutely fantastic

  19. Puntillimon
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    its a joke. ruined my weekend proper.

  20. JIMMY764
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Lol Mane sure is gaining an unfair advantage on the defenders there.

    Another garbage law of the game that needs amending, along with handball.

  21. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Who would assist have been?

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 days, 4 hours ago

      Mane

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 3 hours ago

      Mane

  22. Lev Yashin
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    They were level, in old money.

  23. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    If Mina had taken a few more squats that would have been onside. Genius from Everton physios! Flat arses and narrow shoulders is the optimal physique going forward!

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

      You make a great point. The size of the player should not change how the rules are applied.

  24. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Please!

  25. Babelcopter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Bonus points?

  26. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    mane elbow was offside

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 3 hours ago

      You can't score with your elbow.

  27. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    This is worse than last season's Jonny offside vs Liverpool

  28. delux
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Iwobi looks like Predator

  29. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Almost Calvert

  30. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 4 hours ago

    Has it been disallowed?

    1. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 3 hours ago

      yep. Game ended draw