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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. Kiwivillan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    On 97 Salah C not going to get me to 100. Son Cresswell Digne on bench

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Wow, you are so unlucky.

    2. The Point About It Is
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      so sorry for you

    3. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Heart bleeds

  2. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Name a player you hate more than I hate Tomas Soucek....

    No replies

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      James Justin 😆

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Mo Salah

    4. Milkman Bruno
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Erik Lamela

      • Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Justin

      • La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        James Justin

      • Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Get a grip. Hate? Seems like a nice guy

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 19 days ago

          I hate the player. Wasn’t going as deep as hating the man himself 😆

      • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Nicky Hunt

      • CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Daniel juhuuuu

      • REDMOND IN SANDALS
          4 months, 19 days ago

          Salah easiliy

          1. Calderano FC
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Leigh Griffiths and Scott Briwn

        • HuthTheMagicDragon
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 19 days ago

          Dean Lewington

      • Milkman Bruno
          4 months, 19 days ago

          Liverpool lucky there

        • Kryptonite666
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 19 days ago

          Thinking of Gundogan to Rashford for a 2 week punt

          Gundogan plays LIV TOT
          Rashford plays EVE WBA

          Thoughts?

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            No.. gundogan plays loserpool, easy defence to score against. Even Brighton are winning

          2. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            are you watching Liverpool? City should be able to pick them apart

        • PogChamp
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 19 days ago

          The way to break the captain jinx is to perma captain. I did that with Sterling and its gone ok, despite the - 1.

        • Party time
            4 months, 19 days ago

            I can’t believe it.

            How can Salah blank vs Brighton

            1. TOPCAT1960
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Im afraid Potter has parked the bus ...giving pool no space and lots of pressing. Credit to the segulls really. Salah (C) by the way.

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Well it seems I was right to not back Liverpool for this game and not cap Salah. But annoying that in a week to gain ground I picked Cancelo over Fernandes as the differential cap.

            Come on Brighton, hold out!

            1. Optimus.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Luckily for us all that Cancelo didn't haul

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            OMG Watkins

          • Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Brighton are beating Liverpool. I still can't believe it.

          • Parsnips
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Get in there clean sheet gone

            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              grealish assist

              1. MessiGOAT
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                YaaaaaS Go VILLA

            • diesel001
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Watkins G
              Grealish A

            • JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Can people stop acting like Liverpool have all of a sudden become terrible for no reason whatsover. Their success was built on Anfield. Always struggled away from home and with no crowds it’s like that every game. The two games we had with a crowd we beat Wolves 4-0 and Leicester 3-0 comprehensively. Not only that but there missing Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip and Fabinho. It’s like City without Dias, Stones, Laporte and Ake. They’d be done out there. That’s not mentioning the constant injuries like Mane and Alisson being out today

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                12th man

                We salute you!!

            • Salarrivederci
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              YES WATKINS

            • hullcityfan
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Soucek and Watkins my only 2 goals players in this game - lovely.

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                Ok?

            • MessiGOAT
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Watkins love you ma man

            • AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 19 days ago

              Villa 1

              West Ham 2

            • REDMOND IN SANDALS
                4 months, 19 days ago

                Grealishhhhhhhhhhhh

              • RedWolf
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 19 days ago

                Jeez. Watkins is gash isn't he.

                Potential dgw or not, I'm looking to dump. Have Antonio and Bamford. Have up to 8.5m.

                Wilson?

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  LOL

                2. RedWolf
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  Haha, timing

                3. Milkman Bruno
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Do it again, do it again (Salah)

                4. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 19 days ago

                  Points for everyone!

                5. Milkman Bruno
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Yes Grealish

                  • RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Grealish
                    Watkins

                    Vomits

                  • Londongeezaa
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Watkins goal get in. Killing West Ham clean sheets too. Needed that 🙂

                  • TomSaints
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    Awful fpl goal

                    Great real life goal

                  • Nomar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 19 days ago

                    The sad thing is that Brighton will win tonight then go and play some crap like Fulham or West Brom and concede 3.

                  • Parsnips
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      I haven’t had a single blank this gw apart from Salah!

                    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Not to appear like a smarty pant but did salah cappers notice that brighton had kept 3 cleanies in the last 4 and had conceded only 1 goal over that period?

                      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 19 days ago

                        On the other hand Southampton had only 1 cleanie in their last 7

                      2. Wild Rover
                        • 10 Years
                        4 months, 19 days ago

                        I noticed that you are not smart enough to get a grav after 8 years, so you can gfy

                    • MessiGOAT
                      • 8 Years
                      4 months, 19 days ago

                      Watkins close !

                    • BeWater
                        4 months, 19 days ago

                        Grealish never lets me off. Ever. Him and Justin.

                      • Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 19 days ago

                        Another player I don’t have returning.

                        Goodbye green arrows. It was nice to have had your company for a few weeks!

                        Fml