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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. Milkman Bruno
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Fecking Antonio being gifted assists

    • Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      No Antonio killing me - he was supposed to be injured by now, wasn't he ?

    • MIDIMAN2010
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Aside from the opening GW captain of Salah...I have failed every other captain picks

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      First bad save I’ve seen Martinez make

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        His second this match. Was bad for Lingard's first goal too. Must be feeling charitable to Jesse

    • Ode
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Antonio is essential isn’t he

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Some debut for Lingard. Great prospect for the future that lad 😉

      1. Neevesy
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        If he keeps his down and learns from the older pro's, he'll do well.

    • Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      this is such a bad week lol

    • Optimus.
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Watkins Justin Digne on the bench, love to see it 😆

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        What?

        1. Optimus.
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          you heard right

    • jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      10 players played.

      I could have captained any other play other than Mo, and would have been better off! Pick the only blanker!

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Need to dig up the posts of people buying Firmino over Antonio

    • ivantys
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Lingard essential?

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Better than Salah for sure

    • Nomar
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      What's the point of having Salah if you can't rely on him with the armband?

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Antonio captain against Fulham locked in

    • Fer Fuch's Ake
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Wouldn't be surprised Lingard is put on penalty duties

    • Wag the Drog
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      how to use my FT?

      a) Saiss->Cresswell
      b) Watkins->Antonio
      c) Bissouma->Soucek/Maddison
      d) McCarthy->someone better

      McCarthy
      Stones-Cancelo-Justin-Saiss*-Kilman
      Bruno-Rash-Son-Gudno-Biss
      Bamford-Watkins-DCL

    • ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      surprised by how ineffective Thiago has been. I thought he'd have been a great addition to this Liverpool team.

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Pool would be better without him

      2. Kellz86
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        He doesn’t fit the system imo, great player mind

      3. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        He's been helpful in matches when they need to hold the ball, but when they need to play direct, he reduces the effectiveness of the fullbacks

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Soooo, what do we do with Salah? Right now it seems mad to keep him with that price tag, but he can punish sellers so easily.

      1. Ode
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Keep and enjoy the occasional haul here and then

      2. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        How are you a member

        1. tafrère
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Mad ?

    • EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Burn could have had a hat trick.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Need to do Watkins to Antonio, he's killing me not owning him

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Please kindly get lost Salah.

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      The points Antonio would have if he had a bit of luck...

    • djman102
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Have 2 FT, want to save 1 until the FA Cup QFs are finalized. Do I bring in Justin or Antonio?

      1. Im New Here
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Antonio

      2. Fer Fuch's Ake
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        WHU upcoming fixtures FUL & SHU

        1. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          ANTONIO MUST SOUCEK MAYBE

        2. djman102
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Well, that answers my question above! Thanks!

        3. AzzaroMax99
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Antonio captain material xD

      3. Im New Here
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Lingard bandwagon anyone?

          (Jk... Unless?)

        • Taegugk Warrior
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Martinez
          Robertson/Stones/Justin
          Salah/Fernandes/Son/Gundo
          DCL/Watkins/Bamford

          Peacok-Farrel/Soucek/Mitchell/kilman
          2FT

          Robertson+Mitchell to Cresswell+AWB, Highly possible Bench stones
          Y/N...?

        • Super Saints
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Grealish goal and I'm in heaven

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Grealish with that English BPS multiplier when he gets an assist or goal

        • chonks
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          questions for the math geeks

          harder to win the cup or

          become #1 epl fantasy player

          1. Cruyff Turn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Not a maths geek, but harder to win the cup because Ergodicity.

            https://www.luca-dellanna.com/examples-of-ergodicity/

            Gotta survive to win.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          If you sell Salah for Lingard before FT do you get his points for tonight?

        • Naby K8a
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Ox is f*cking abysmal