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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. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    So, anyone boycotting the box office games?

    Was all set to hand over £20 to BT Sport this morning, then saw that they were showing only 2 games this weekend "free". Oh and £20 has becoming £25.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I’m not will stream them, Sky & BT contracts

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I've tried an illegal stream before and the quality was awful... non HD and loads of buffering. Maybe I was unlucky.

        I'd happily pay a monthly subscription for football but to charge extra for box office games is outrageous. It's not like it's a CL final or something.

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Normally sky would show the 8pm game for free - now it’s box office! What a scam!

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        True, it this carries on will be thinking twice about paying out for just a handful of games via my subscriptions.

      2. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Did you have access to all 10 games last season?

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          No but it was only Saturday 3pm games you couldn’t watch before! (And most midweek games!)

    3. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Won’t be paying, won’t be watching. Have Sky and BT.

      Before covid we didn’t have access to all games. 5/10 isn’t bad

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I see your point. I'd argue that the spectacle isn't the same either though. You lose 40-50% entertainment value with the fans not providing an atmosphere.

    4. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Of course.

    5. Andre W
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No chance. Would rather save and use it elsewhere. Its not like there's no football to watch either

    6. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      This is the number of games I pay for... the rest was a bonus

    7. Cookie Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I have found a US site that is showing 4 of the 5 PPV games this weekend, you can get a 7 day free trial, and from then on it's $4.99.

      As people on this site are in the US this is absolutely fine to mention as it is not an illegal streaming site.

      People in the UK might be able to work out how to use it too 🙂

      It's called Peacock TV

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        thanks 🙂

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Peacock is NBC's new subsidiary channel. They mop up the rest of the games NBC dont show

        1. Cookie Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          I think it might have replaced the NBC games? I had an NBC subscription last season that I tried to reactivate and it said it had been taken over by Peacock. Looks brilliant value!

  2. dark91
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Wondering what value does Andre Gomes offer?
    Why does he even start!!

    1. luke
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      He didn’t

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Their bench is crap actually he's the best option rn.

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        There is Siggy for example. Maybe even Davies would be more useful although a bit reckless

        1. ivantys
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 1 month ago

          I think they need pace since they don't expect Hames to run back to defend.

          1. dark91
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            That is true. Just hope they improve their midfield even further by replacing Gomes.

            1. ivantys
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 1 month ago

              They are a new side this season though, I agree Gomes is rubbish but he's the best choice already from what they have.

    3. Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I think Siggurdsson might actually start over him soon. He plays well with there when he gets subbed on

  3. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Coleman Hamstring

    1. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mustard tweeked it....

  4. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Godfrey in for Coleman

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Lad's a winner - lost his last 10 Pl matches consecutavely!

      1. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Surprised anyone bought Norwich’s players. They were awful

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Individually they weren't. Godfrey, Lewis, Aaron's, Buendia and Cantwell were all very good players.

  5. AnfieldLad
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    ‘Both teams have lost influential defenders’ come on now, show some respect

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      VVD needs no explaining.
      Coleman is captain.

      Obvsuouly it's true.

      1. AnfieldLad
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Coleman going off does not impact the game in the same way VVD going off does

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          He said influential. Nothing about the quality of their individual play.

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Coleman has been at Everton for 11 years and club captain.

          Get out of your own ass.

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            The Liverpool hatred is strong. Calm down man

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              I don't hate Liverpool. The way he is interpreting that comment is just woefully wrong 🙂

          2. AnfieldLad
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            I’m not commenting on Coleman’s career or legacy at the club. I’m talking about the influence over the game. Coleman going off does not massively impact the likely outcome of this game in the same way VVD going off does.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              I think you're reading into that comment and reflecting your own meaning onto it mate.

  6. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Trent tests Pickford

    1. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Testing his owners too.

  7. blind faith
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    For future would you rather

    A) Bruno and Jorginho
    B) Grealish and Rodriguez

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Hmm probably B. Jorginho not gonna start every match

  8. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Robbo to Mane again almost

  9. BarryManilows
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    What a boring match, salah looks disinterested think I’ll remove him from my team

    1. Brosstan
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mane refuses to pass to him as usual. Salah wide open and Mane passes to thiago instead

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Salah Mr. Greedy, could have his own Mr. Men book!

  10. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Salah cap
    Vvd
    Robbo
    Dcl

    Disaster

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Robbo assist. Plenty of time left. At least 2 more goals in this

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Robbo disaster? Explain.

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You have Robbo so more points than my team from him alone.

    4. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Even with the double pool defence I think you would have wanted a few goals today, still plenty of time for Salah + DCL to deliver

  11. Royal5
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Ha s Salah even had a touch here?

  12. DandyDon
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Predicted rise already despite a -8. Thanks Mane

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Unlikely pal

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Lol

  13. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Really want Robbo instead of TAA

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      then sell TAA for Robo 😉

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Same. Can the roommate switch be done?

  14. Camzy
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I think the only way Salah gets something here is from a penalty. Two incoming in the second half then...

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No chance mate I captained him

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      3 saves Pickford

  15. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I actually hate FPL now

  16. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Don't think any of Liverpool's corners have cleared the first defender yet.

  17. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Rodriguez is SOOOO good. Absolute season keeper

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Fot sure, realised my mistake last week, brought him right back in

  18. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    DCL will blank every match from now on.. because I bought him

    1. HashAttack
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      1st time owner for DCL and Salah .... 4 points in the bag

    2. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Me too. We both are to blame.

  19. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Trent ruining a great counter attack. He's woefully off form

  20. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Salah keep passing to Pickford LOL

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Has him in his team. Wants save points

  21. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Just caught this wonderful tweet

    Very very classy by the new West Ham player Benrahma ... was due a loyalty bonus by Brentford and agreed for that bonus to be paid to staff at Brentford, 100 staff at Brentford splitting it and receiving money

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      That makes me happy 🙂

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      awesome 🙂

    3. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Excellent gesture from a quality player.

    4. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Top marks to him. He joins Rashford and Mata as good blokes.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Ozil funding Gunnersaurus?

  22. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Put your foot through it Mo!!
    Thats twice now.

  23. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Unbelievable how so many weeks of FPL can go against you

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      and they say it isn't luck

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      There is no point to the game, but we still play 🙂

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Early season 50/50 calls are painful.

      I haven't seen it be so consistently punishing for a long while.

    4. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'm going for 37 straight red arrows. The way it's going I'm going to get it too.

  24. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Salah again taps it to Pickford.

  25. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Salah gave Pickford 2 saves with 2 passes.

  26. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Salah conversion rate back to normal

  27. Noah’s Ark
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    James with the no look pass there. Class act.

  28. Gobigorgohome
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Salah is dangerous

    his shooting has improved

    always on target 😉

    1. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      The stats nerds will love the penalty area touches, xG, and shots in the box involved in the passes to Pickford

      1. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Yeah looking at the pen touches, number of shots on target blah blah is so misleading for this game.

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      At least mane and salah both consistent don't pass to each other.

  29. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Condolences to the guy on here earlier with VVD, quite liked your team mate was a bit different

  30. Pedram
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    So many injuries, feck international games man