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Alisson missing for Liverpool as heavily-backed captain Salah starts

Liverpool are without their first-choice goalkeeper for their Gameweek 22 meeting with Brighton.

Alisson (£5.9m) misses the Wednesday-night encounter with an illness, as reported by the Reds before kick-off.

That makes for a second Premier League start of the season for Caoimhin Kelleher (£4.5m) with Adrian (£4.2m) named on the bench.

With Sadio Mané (£11.9m) still on the sidelines, Mohamed Salah‘s (£12.6m) start in Liverpool’s front-line could see him drift into a more central role with Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) with Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.4m) earning his fourth start in the last five league games.

None of Liverpool’s new centre-backs make it into the starting XI just yet, leaving Jurgen Klopp to pair Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) with Nathaniel Phillips (£4.0m) once again – although Ben Davies (£5.0m) is on the bench tonight.

Joël Veltman (£4.3m) is the latest defensive absentee for Brighton, who are forced to deploy Ben White (£4.4m) as a right wing-back with Tariq Lamptey (£4.6m) also on the sidelines.

Dan Burn (£4.2m) and Adam Webster (£4.4m) join Lewis Dunk (£4.8m) in the back-three while Steven Alzate (£4.3m), Yves Bissouma (£4.4m) and Pascal Groß (£5.8m) are the central midfield trio.

West Ham have shuffled the pack for their visit to Aston Villa with Jarrod Bowen (£6.2m) dropping to the bench as Jesse Lingard (£5.9m) makes his debut for the Hammers.

Ryan Fredericks (£4.2m) comes into the side but not at the expense of Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m), suggesting he is joining Lingard and Saïd Benrahma (£6.0m) in an attacking midfield role behind Michail Antonio (£6.6m), who has registered attacking returns in three of his last four matches.

Aston Villa are almost exactly as they were, with the exception of Anwar El Ghazi (£5.6m) coming in for Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m).

Leeds and Everton are already in Gameweek 22, their game kicking off at 19:30 BST.

Gameweek 22 Starting Line-ups

Aston Villa XI: Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; D Luiz, McGinn; Grealish, Barkley, El Ghazi; Watkins.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Lingard, Soucek, Rice, Fredericks; Benrahma; Antonio.

Liverpool XI: Kelleher; Robertson, J Henderson, N Phillips, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, Milner, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Firmino, Salah.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: R Sanchez; Webster, Dunk, Burn; March, Alzate, Bissouma, Groß, White; Trossard, Maupay.

Leeds United XI: Meslier; Alioski, Cooper, Struijk, Ayling; K Phillips; Harrison, Dallas, Klich, Raphinha; Bamford.

Everton XI: Olsen; Digne, Godfrey, Mina, Holgate; A Gomes, Doucouré; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin.

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1,813 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Wow Everton could be in serious trouble here

    1. TyroneGAA
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Nope all good

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Regs dont want to given peanlties on handballs and leave it up to VAR

    VAP doesnt consider handballs clear and obvious errors anymore

    No we're just not getting any handball penalties anymore

  3. GGMU
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    another save for the legend

  4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Bench Salah vs City?

    1. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Sell

  5. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Salah blanking?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yes

    2. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yes

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yes

    4. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      100%

  6. Milkman Bruno
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Please Rich

    • Fantabulous KdB
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      As usual Leeds games is most entertaining, can't take your eyes off them!

    • thisismyusername
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Why do the commentators ogle over thiago so much? They play him out to be xavi's younger brother

      1. sandman58
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        He's overrated
        A persistent fouler
        The Fernandinho of the Liverpool team

        1. thisismyusername
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Can't compare, fernandinho's has actually contributed loads to city's dominance

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Remember when Robertson got assists? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        The days before the war...

      2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Barely. Not sure whether to bench or ship.

      3. GGMU
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        remember when liverpool scored goals?

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Liverpool unbearably slow in build up.

      1. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Been like that most of this season, very frustrating because it’s allowing teams to easily sit back deep and deny the space

        1. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Yes, and I don't know why they play like this

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Is a Martinez CS better than a Salah goal for people who own both with Salah (c)?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Surely not. You want those captaincy points.

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yes but pool not facing villa

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Oops, mind completely blanked there!

      3. jomikijiq
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Yeah

    • Fantabulous KdB
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      it was like a barrage of attack by Leeds and Olsen held them off

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I don't understand how I make the wrong captain choice every week

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        My whole team has returns apart from Martinez, Antonio & Salah (C) lol

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I pick my lowest scoring attacker as captain every week

      2. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Reflection of the rationale for the decision still makes sense at the time. Tell me!

    • brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Dilemma tonight- need Salah haul to win cup match but a blank as he’s not my captain!

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        You’ll only go out of the cup next week anyway, you want the blank.

        1. brianutd-why always we? 20
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          V good

    • Mweene
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Come on Salah ffs...

      In other news I tested positive today. Feels awful you should really try not to get it if you can.

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Good advice.

      2. Esalman
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Get well soon

      3. Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Noted. Hope you recover soon

        • CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Get well soon mate

        • The Mighty Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Take care man, hope you're well soon.

        • brianutd-why always we? 20
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Stay at home

          1. Mweene
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Work in a primary school and we've been back in since Sept (not in UK) so it was probably inevitable.

        • Henning
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Take Care.
          I hade it for about 10 month Ago.
          My taste and Sense of smell is still not normal.

      4. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Liverpool so boring Salah so useless . as usual

      5. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Bruno cappers sitting back and waiting for all this to blow over

      6. REDMOND IN SANDALS
          2 months, 5 days ago

          underestimated West ham defense by starting Grealish over DCL. Villa zero shots on target.

          1. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yeah started Watkins. Benched Coufal.

        • Davros
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          At least if Salah does score he’ll get 11 points. Can’t see many goals in this one

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            He won’t

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Salah bonus? Lol.

          3. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            That would mean Liverpool get a CS & therefore Robbo/TAA points.

          4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            He's a bap repellent

        • Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Jones needed here asap. Mili, Gini and Thiago just awful.

        • Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Firmino to Oxlade and Salah as CF are needed

        • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Goal each for Bam and Digne would do

        • Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Sold Raphinha for a hit to get salah 🙁

          1. Chucky
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Better than having him on your bench...

        • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Would utterly love a Watkins goal here. Just never gonna happen though is it...

          1. TheBiffas
              2 months, 5 days ago

              it's coming

            • ajay_kl +42
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I also want points from players in my team

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Dallas and Grealish my big differentials in mini league's, absolutely nothing

          3. fedolefan
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            0 saves for Sanchez even against Liverpool away. What a waste!

          4. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Grealish and Antonio A waste today

          5. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Bamford off the crossbar. Assist would have been Dallas

            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Bamford hits the bar

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Incredibly close to Bamford G, Dallas A.
              Not to be.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Incredibly? Off the back of the post... not close