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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Adam Lallana (£6.2m) also makes way from the starting line-up, after being withdrawn at half time due to a groin strain.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. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Thank you Sterling, I deserve it that I put faith on a "footballer like you

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

      At least he should be a sure starter for his captain duties next week now

  2. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    No Cancelo or Sterling! Ouch! That's gotta hurt some...

    1. Bring the Cavalry
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Sterling(c) in for a -4 and cancelo, closest to quit I’ve ever had

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

      Me

    3. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Don't give up chaps. Plenty of fixtures to go yet!

  3. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Cancelo benching was waiting to happen with Mendy and Zinchenko fit. You just can't trust Pep.

  4. BeWater
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Pep ruining FPL every weekend.

    • Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      How many times do people need to get burnt by Pep roulette to see that the only nailed players for him are Ederson and KDB.

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

      Hahaha no Cancelo

    • Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Keeps getting worse. No Sterling now!

    • PogChamp
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Took a hit to bring in Sterling(c) and Cancelo...And I own Maupay.

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        It might not matter later, but who's your VC?

    • JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Got scared when I saw Stones was going to get a start. Happy now that I went with Dias over Cancelo.

    • NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Foden.

      LOL.

    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Dias to rub further salt in Cancelo owners wounds by getting an attacking return

    • Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      UTC!

    • Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      So Foden to Jota for a hit was worth it!!

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

        Foden could still deliver......but yeah......

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Foden brace from bench incoming!

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

        Sterling (C) 🙁 🙁

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

          I decided not to go C, but still, massive blow this week. No way I get a green arrow.

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

        Cancelo and Foden in my starting line-up with no defenders to cover on the bench....fml

      5. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Game almost over and the article turns up. LOL

        1. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I think it had something to do with Fantasy5 deadline...

      6. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Salah got an assist?

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yes

        2. Jack Burton
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yeah then off at 63 min

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

        Another CB injured and no subs left, this is why you dont sub Salah

      8. Zilla
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Now Philips plays! 2nd on bench.

      9. lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Sterling & Cancelo benched. Disaster!

      10. deathcabofdevil
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Took a hit to bring Dias and Sterling (c) cuz I was 0.1 short of KDB.

        Well, atleast I didn't bring Cancelo which was my original plan.

      11. Sif
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Cancelo culture strikes again

      12. Olson
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I don't understand this. Irbox told me that Sterling would be a superior option to Kane or Son

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          He says a lot of things

      13. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Just hope Vardy hauls. This GW is going from bad to worse!

      14. King Drogba11
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Cancelo and Sterling C

          Yayyy

        • denial
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          No Jota bonus?

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

            3bp

            1. denial
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Sorry refreshed now

          2. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            On 3

          3. KAALI_DAAL
              1 month, 25 days ago

              3

          4. KAALI_DAAL
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Jotaaaaaaaa!!!!

            • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Hmmm bit worried for a Cancelo 1 pointer with no Zinchenko on the bench with Mendy starting, what do we think folks??

              1. Olson
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Likely

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Damn.... had a feeling Cancelo would be benched and put Lewis ahead of Ayling on my bench too!! Grrrr

            • F4L
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              So close to a Robbo OG damn

            • Black Knights
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Cancelo owners already getting to test out the theory that he’ll outscore Dias from a hand fewer.

              1. Black Knights
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                *game

              2. King Drogba11
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Yeah regretting it now obviously. Arguably the best game for a CS