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Mané benched as Salah makes immediate return to Liverpool line-up

Sadio Mane (£12.1m) only makes the Liverpool bench, as manager Jurgen Klopp continues to carefully manage his injury-ravaged squad. There are four changes to the side that beat Leicester last weekend, with Mo Salah (£12.2m) recovering from the coronavirus to start his second game in 72 hours.

It’s a disappointment to Mane’s owners, who were hoping his scoring drought of one goal from eight games in all competitions could end against Brighton – a side he has never scored against in four appearances.

Takumi Minamino (£6.0m) steps in to start his first league game of the season and the in-form Diogo Jota (£6.8m), whose ownership has shot up to 22%, plays again after notching eight goals since his £40m summer move from Wolves.

Long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk (£6.3m) and Joe Gomez (£5.3m) have forced Klopp into patching up his defence. As Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) isn’t yet back from his calf injury, trust has been placed in youngsters Neco Williams (£3.9m) and Nathaniel Phillips (£4.0m) to play alongside Fabinho (£5.4m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.2m).

Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) also makes the bench, having picked up a knock on international duty with England, so the versatile James Milner (£5.3m) moves away from right-back to join Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.3m) in midfield.

Whilst the champions have a below-par away record by amassing only four points from four trips, they travel to a Brighton side who haven’t won at home. Defeats to Chelsea and Man United were respectable but the Seagulls also couldn’t find a way past West Brom or Burnley.

Thanks to beating Aston Villa last weekend, they are now seeking their first back-to-back league wins since November 2019. However, the impressive Tariq Lamptey (£4.8m) was sent off in injury time at Villa Park, depriving Graham Potter’s side of a huge attacking threat. 

Adam Lallana (£6.2m) also makes way from the starting line-up, after being withdrawn at half time due to a groin strain. Joel Veltman (£4.3m) and Aaron Connolly (£5.3m) replace the pair.

Another attacker low on goals is Neal Maupay (£6.3m), without a goal since his spree between Gameweeks 2 and 4. This hasn’t been helped by the disciplinary problems that saw him dropped for the recent visit to Tottenham.

Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) is named on the bench, after missing two matches with a thigh problem.

BRIGHTON XI (3-5-2): Ryan; Dunk, Webster, Veltman; Gross, Bissouma, White, March, Connolly; Maupay, Welbeck

LIVERPOOL XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson; N Williams, Fabinho, Phillips, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum; Minamino, Jota, Salah; Firmino

Marc Jobling Newcastle fan that spends far too much time thinking about FPL.”

427 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Zero from zero so far, any good?

    1. SB007
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      well done it could be worse!

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      -4 from 0. Consider yourself good

    3. Harper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      100 still on

    4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      -4 form 1, I buy Cancel for Saiss lol

  2. SB007
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Salah clean sheet in tact - Klopp did it for us

  3. Warblers Fear Satan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Really a rather appalling couple of officiating decisions in this game. Even as a neutral, my enjoyment is diminished. ugh.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      So that’s not a penalty when he kicks the player and doesn’t get the ball?

      1. jiGGidyJ1
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        It's not a clear and obvious error. VAR make up the rules as they go along.

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          You watch the replay once and it's clearly and obvious pen. Doesn't that make it a clear and obvious error?

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        U sound very salty avout pool beating arsenal. Clearly no penalty

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Aww, Robbo cs gone for you?

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Lateriser with Sterling (C) rip

    He is having a shocker of a season

    1. King Drogba11
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Brace incoming ?

        Probably a bit hopeful as I matched him.

      • HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Worst season ever for upside chasing

      • Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        But who's his (vc)?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Jota I think?

    2. Patio Kev
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      MOTD is gonna be gold tonight watching Klopp’s moaning.

      But FPL aside, every single real football fan would appreciate that Brighton played really well and they deserved that point.

      1. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        By getting a joke of a penalty? They were better the first half but we had two offside goals by a hair

        1. Patio Kev
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          It was a penalty all day long, get over yourself.

          If a goal is offside then it isn’t a goal, is that complicated ?

          1. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Well said

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Eh only the first was by a hair and they did miss their first penalty

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Also very clear penalty. He kicked his foot. Referee only looled at it once. I have robbo but can't complain

    3. HellasLEAF
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Somewhere Mourinho is smiling...

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Jota Last 5:

      9, 8, 2, 9, 9

      😀

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        But who owned him from the first score of 9? Or even 8?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Don't think I was asking that question.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I know, I am lol

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              In that case: 118, 661

        2. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Me. Unlucky Underworld7.

            Get that ass on a platter

        3. United 99 4Ever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          essential

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            There’s that E word again

        4. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          No double digit hauls

          1. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            37 points from a 6.5 is pretty decent

        5. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Che Adams has 1 more point than him. Sooo who's the bargain

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Both

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Yes but no need to have so many bargains cause u can afford better players. I can't have Jota because i have DCL, Adams who will soon be Bamford, and Grealish.

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                And i prefer all of them to Jota because he is still a rotation risk.

      2. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Cancelo owners wyd

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Shall have to swallow my pride and swap

      3. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Pascal Gross you legend!

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Remember that mega haul in GW4 or so a few seasons back?

          1. wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I had him in my team! 🙂

      4. riot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        a little rich for pool fans to complain given liVARpool last season, a bit of perspective needed (newcastle fan btw)

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          18/19 season, without VAR. The amount of cheating and decisions that went in Liverpool’s favour was crazy.

          People forget easily.

        2. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Except last year the decisions were correct this year they weren’t

        3. jiGGidyJ1
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Hello Newcastle fan. You are wrong about last season. LiVARpool was a myth

      5. AA
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Sometimes, it's the obvious, we are are blind to. We all knew Cancelo would be prone to rotation. But yet, strangely, he was deemed as a peority. Lol.

        1. AA
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Priority*

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Kept R. James this week as was concerned by the thought of his benching.

        3. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          He wasn’t deemed a priority by anyone. He’s a herd pick. There’s no way he was going to play every week.

      6. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        All Cancelo owners knew the risk when they signed up... now quit the moaning and deal with it

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          White flag waved here

        2. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Why bother saying this

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Why not?

      7. Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Just know Chilwell will score and keep CS later now

      8. rnrd
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        On a WC, got two CS+max bps wiped out with pva and Robbo in the last few minutes in two days. So cool

      9. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Does anyone Think Sterling will come off the bench ??

        1. Party time
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yes

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yes, probs around minute 60

      10. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Its a bit amusing when people pretend to be deluded fans. But its legitimately hilarious when an actual deluded fan is having a meltdown 😆

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Who?

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Hes fairly easy to spot, not gonna name names

        2. Right In The Stanchion
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Brosstan is the Robert Mugabe of FFS.

            Totally delusional.

            1. ‘Tis the Season
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Jonny ‘no mates’. Going by how popular [sic] he is on here, it’s best to ignore the fool

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I think you'll find the word is 'specific' and not "Pacific" Mr Crouch.

        4. TheTruth
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Is Lampty suspended for just the 1 game? Then he will play v Southampton next GW, right?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Correct

            1. TheTruth
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Thanks

        5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Are Cancelo owners gonna swap to Dias then?

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Nope. Im hoping he doesn't come on though so i can get Kilman points

        6. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          KDB assist