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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. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    benrahma misses a sitter

  2. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Hmmm Lingard looking mighty tempting now especially with those fixtures

    1. o0Ash
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Soucek is cheaper and in great form, though?

      1. Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        It’s a tough choice between Lingard and Soucek

  3. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Thats enough Antonio.

    (On my bench).

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      No its not

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      ... why?

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Played and got returns from Bruno, Gundo, Maddison, Grealish, Bamford and DCL...

        Just Salah (c) letting me down.

    3. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      I’ve got a perfect (perfectly bad) record of benching Soucek for his goals and starting him for his blanks

  4. Milkman Bruno
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Ha I had a Zaha blank, Richarlison blank, Salah c blank Martinez blank, everyone on huge scores wtf

    • jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      United going to recall Lingard now? 😀

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        He’s always been a good player, huge attitude problems

    • Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Bench point counter:

      112 bench points after 5 GWs.

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Haha why I go with Johnstone Coufal KWP Brewster, never miss many points

        1. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          I'm really considering wildcarding to a team without hardly any nailed bench players.

    • Party time
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Lingard going for the hat trick

      • Royal5
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Origi is shocking

        1. dark91
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          That's putting it nicely

          1. Calderano FC
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Touche

      • Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Grealish
        Justin
        Maddison
        Soucek
        Robbo (in a reverse kinda way)

        Anyone got the number of a witch doctor who specialises in voodoo curses?

      • PascalCygan
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Can’t remember the last captaincy call I got right...

        Still, most other bits have gone right this week at least - but it looks like the same for everyone else. High scoring week incoming !

        1. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          GW11 for me. This will be 11 blanks in a row now.

        2. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Honestly have you seen lots of people where everything’s going right?!

          Maybe I’m the only one on a shocker!

          1. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Just looking at my MLs and a few on here, most of my scorers (City defence, Justin, Bruno, Gundo, DCL, Antonio, Watkins) are covered by others! Didn’t captain Salah last week but did this week!

      • LǝgleSs e|even
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Return of the Lingard?

      • F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Salah blanks and I'm out of the cup.. he scores and I'm probably through

      • tbos83
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Literally anyone else in my front 8 would've been a better cap option that Salah

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            He is absolutely useless this season

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Every player except Holding scored higher than Salah in my team, and I just got him in and capped.

          1. Sam-not-so-wise
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            I went Cancelo as a safe bet... feeling a bit gutted too

          2. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            In my team everyone so far...

        • Sam-not-so-wise
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          SALAH --> LINGARD. DONE.

        • Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          West Ham match aside, it’s been drastic watching Liverpool since Dec.

          Absolutely nothing dangerous in the final third and no urgency to move the ball forward allowing teams to simply sit deep and stay compact.

          Completely figured out. Need something to change here Klopp

          1. Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Dreadful*

          2. Nomar
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            True

        • Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          I'm genuinely tempted on Salah to Soucek with those fixtures? Already have 6m ITB lol will be over 10 with that move. 2FT.

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Dallas
          Bruno Son Grealish Gundogan Soucek
          Bamford Antonio
          Johnstone Coufal KWP Brewster

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            I did the opposite this week

          2. Here's Tom with the We…
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Yeah I’m doing Salah to Grealish.

          3. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Vardy and Kane are back soon. I’ll probably want 1 so need to lose one of sterling / Fernandes / Salah

            1. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              I can afford Kane or Vardy without selling Salah, when are they back?

        • Fer Fuch's Ake
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Still safe to have double MCI defense next week vs LIV?

          1. Milkman Bruno
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Yep

            • Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Absolutely.

            • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              I just put Stones back in alongside Cancelo at the expense of DCL. Mad bench headacke next week.

          2. Milkman Bruno
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Wow, imagine the score line in last nights game if Lingard was still playing for United!

              1. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Probably 4-0

              2. Calderano FC
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                6-0?

              3. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                0-1 😉

            • UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Turned it over to watch the rest of Villa, can’t stand to watch yeah pool anymore.

              Seriously what is wrong with them?!! Can’t even score against Brighton, let alone win! Wtf!

              1. Kellz86
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                It’s been all wrong since Dec.

                Zero urgency moving the ball in transition which is allowing teams to get back and sit deep. This has blocked all the usual channels that Liverpool operates in. Now it’s just control the ball and pass around the box with absolutely zero ability to get a clear cut chance

              2. Free Hat
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Same. Awful watch liv

            • Rash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Brought salah in for a hit.. think I may move him straight back out.

            • Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Everyone in my team has delivered + Soucek on the bench. One exception though...

              1. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Salah? If so, I know the feeling......

              2. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Same for everyone

            • Salarrivederci
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Right bench order?

              Martínez
              Cancelo - Dias - AWB - Coufal
              Fernandes - Sterling - Maddison - Barnes
              Antonio - Watkins

              (Areola, Justin, Salah, Brewster)

              1. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Brewster should be 2nd.

            • gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Painful painful evening. Hate this game sometimes.

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Grotesque gameweek, sooner it’s over the better

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Dan Burn for England!

            • tafrère
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Fantastic to see Liverpool cry babies crying again.

            • Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Need a penalty for Liverpool. Only way they'll score here.

            • tbos83
                5 months, 20 days ago

                What on earth has happened to Liverpool?

                1. tafrère
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Back to their standards.

                2. UNDERWORLD7
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  They’re dreadful, just.......dreadful.

              • thisismyusername
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                My mum's better with a potato at her feet than origi is with a dang ball

              • Fer Fuch's Ake
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Mane spark and Jota creativity clearly missing