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Klopp reverts to 4-3-3 as £4.0m defender Phillips starts for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has made an immediate return to 4-3-3 for Liverpool’s Gameweek 7 meeting with West Ham United.

The Reds’ boss experimented with Diogo Jota (£6.3m) joining a 4-2-3-1 formation in the Gameweek 6 win over Sheffield United but ran into some supply problems on the right-hand side of the pitch.

Despite netting against the Blades, the former Wolves man drops back to the bench today, allowing Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) to return to the right-hand side of the front-three, joined there by usual suspects Sadio Mané (£12.0m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.3m).

Of particular interest is the fact that Klopp has turned to Nathaniel Phillips (£4.0m) as the solution to his current centre-back problem, pairing him with Joe Gomez (£5.4m).

Virgil van Dijk (£6.3m) and Fabinho (£5.5m) remain long-term absentee while Joel Matip (£5.4m) also misses out. Therefore, Phillips has the potential to string together a run of starts if he can impress tonight.

There had been some pre-match rumours in the press that Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) would feature at centre-back but Klopp’s decision to trust Phillips means he remains at left-back.

Meanwhile, David Moyes has selected Sebastien Haller (£6.1m) to lead the West Ham attack in the absence of Michail Antonio (£6.2m), who is out for at least a month with a hamstring problem.

Jarrod Bowen (£6.3m) and Pablo Fornals (£6.4m) support the attack from advanced midfield, while Vladimir Coufal (£4.5m) and Arthur Masuaku (£4.5m) are the wing-backs in a 3-4-2-1 formation once again.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Gomez, N Phillips, Alexander-Arnold; C Jones, Wijnaldum, J Henderson; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

West Ham United XI (3-4-2-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena; Masuaku, Soucek, Rice, Coufal; Fornals, Haller, Bowen.

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1,337 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Salah captain 8 points
    not so bad then

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I’d be disappointed with that for sure

    2. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Yeah. Really depends on kane and son though

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Masuaku made the mistake, but Salah is on pens, so fair play.

  2. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Happy with my Salah captaincy points 🙂 could be worse

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Salah capper with Kane and son non cap... not sure how to feel

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Fearful hehe

    2. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Feel good atleast until Spurs play!

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Felling good! Points locked, Son & Kane points are still imagination

  4. Marcin the Pole
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Ultimately, we won't know whether Salah captainers have got it right until Son/Kane have played will we? I wouldn't be counting it as a 'fail' just yet. And I've captained Son.

  5. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Son and Kane to pile the hurt on Salah(c)?

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Defo

    2. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Definitely Kane De Bruyne especially

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Going by how the season is going that is exactly what I expect.

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Defo

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Nah

  6. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    BP as it stands.

    Formals 3
    Jota 2
    Salah 1

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Jota you pesky little creep

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I think he's great

        1. beric
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          He cost me two points - he can burn in hell

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Formals 3
      Casuals Winners!

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Fornals was very good

  7. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    How do i use my 2 FTs wisely? Change the defence? Add Che players?

    Nyland McCarthy
    TAA konsa lamptey justin mitchell
    Stephens Salah Son Podence Hamez
    DCL Kane Jimi
    0.1, 2 FT

    Still have WC, hence a few dead players.

  8. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Oh dear Mané captain fail 🙁

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Got mane rather than Salah too. Very unlucky today. Not just goal that was ruled out thought he had more of a pen than Salam’s dive and also just played better, tackled less, gave ball away less than Mo. Last week was when to captain him I guess like I did!

  9. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 27 days ago

    West Ham looking pretty toothless without Antonio, not sure I’d be investing in any of their forwards, then again... Fulham

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Without Antonio their points are spread and I don't trust Haller.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Haller was so lazy, I think Yarmolenko may get the nod up top next week

  10. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    How many points have you have so far and how many players are yet to play?
    I'll start: 48, six

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Nobody cares pal.

      1. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        You must care if you replied

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          No, I still don't care about how many points some random bloke scored.

    2. Joey Tribbiani
        2 months, 27 days ago

        49, seven

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Subtle

      • beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Less and less

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Let us know when you are done with the bragging!

        1. adstomko
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Not bragging. Just your perception

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            Don't know what the motive of the post was. Probably an issue with my understanding!

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          7 and 7
          I finished bragging.

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            A little birdie told me only half of that is true Old Man...hahaha!

      • Jurgen Flopp
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I just noticed how many times you mentioned Ziyech today lol

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Link your team

        1. Plant Based Footballer
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          This ^. Anyone who doesn't doesn't want their previous seasons' records to be known.

      • Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Green arrow from 3.5 million to 3 million for you. Congrats!

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Anyway, 28 of 5. Podence 8 pointer on the bench! Tough this year.

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Some points; some players

      • Africa United
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        31 from Semedo-Werner-salah(c)

    3. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Nat Phillips definitely double rising this week with that MOTM performance. Van Dijk won't be walking back into this defense now

      1. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Matip might next week though!

    4. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      So the huge scorelines of a few weeks ago are a thing of the past?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Yes, but TAA owners still suffering!

    5. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Guaranteed Kane and/ or Son to absolutely haul now. Own but capped Salah of course

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Likely but not guaranteed, although fact that Ryan have lowest percentage of stopped shots out of all gk's this season is worrying.

    6. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Lawro score line. Normality restored.

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Yep - bloody typical.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        He’s doing well the last two weeks .. weird year

    7. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Can live with salah 8pt. Was scared of more as i chose kane over him...

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        7

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          1 BP

        2. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 27 days ago

          8*

    8. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      even if Kane score 2 goals it will be only 5 points difference for Salah cappers

      1. Plant Based Footballer
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        That's how the people who win win, though.

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Could you do the Son two goals calculation for me? Without CS, but add me Maupay goal and 1 bap to that, please.

    9. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      What are the final Baps?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Forn, Jot, Salah

    10. Tony Martial
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Son (c) here he may struggle to beat 8 points I think

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Lol

      2. Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Then why did you captain him?

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          because 8 points is a good score... i would captain any player that i knew was a banker for 8 points in a GW.

          1. Seanigula
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            He’s saying he (C) a player he thinks will struggle to get 1 goal

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              No he said he thinks he'll struggle to beat 8 points. ie. score more than 1 goal.

    11. Mweene
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Right which West Ham defender are we getting then?

      I'm thinking Coufal...

      1. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Looks best shout. I’ll be looking at their attacking assets though.

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Tough one
        Leaning Masuaku
        Averaging 0.18 expected goal involvement per game vs. 0.10 Cresswell and 0.07 Coufal

    12. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Kane (C) will destroy Brighton

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Wishing hard hey

    13. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      TAA + Foden + Podence to Coufal + Bruno + 4.5 mid. Ok? Podence was on bench.

    14. My Name Is Prince
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Bruno or KDB now?

    15. villa_til_i_die
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      We ain’t keeping any clean sheets today!!