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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. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Despise Salah

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      He speaks quite highly of you.

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Hate is too less a word

    3. JBG
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      This

  2. Party time
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Hold on a minute. Brighton are actually keeping a clean sheet at Anfield

    1. 4Rsenal_1886
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      4 CS’s in a row

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Anfield losse son the trot. As a Chelsea fan, I can tell you Liverpool may be in for a free difficult years again now...

  3. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Loving this. Absolutely loving this. Although I wish I had picked Fernandes over Cancelo as my cap. Still better than being a Salah capper 😛

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Bruno got 11 points in stoppage time. Almost there.

    2. tafrère
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      You had to post this, you couldn't resist.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Of course! This is the fun of FPL with a community. I'll take it on the chin when I lose but when I win I want to holler. I'll be here either way.

    3. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      I know. I was pretty confident Brighton would do well. But let my saints favouritism away me from fernandes to Cancelo

  4. AC Yew
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Regret that Raphina to Salah move!

  5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    My Soucek history:

    tl;dr Got it right 4 out of 13 times

    GW 22 - 11 points - benched
    GW 21 - 1 points - started
    GW 20 - 15 points - benched
    GW 19 - 2x2x2 points - captain
    GW 17 - 11 points - started
    GW 16 - 3 points - started
    GW 15 - 10 points - benched
    GW 14 - 2 points - benched
    GW 13 - 2 points - benched
    GW 12 - 9 points - benched
    GW 11 - 8 points - benched
    GW 10 - 2 points - benched
    GW 09 - 3 points - started

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      ML rival has got every one of his goals even when he's benched him

  6. Nomar
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Going to jinx Brighton by getting their keeper now.

  7. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Liverpool FC

    Out played

    Out thought

    Out of luck...

    Can't score....

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      And you love to see it

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Especially in the blue half of the City.

        Even if you did captain Salah!

        More important things than fantasy points

  8. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Watkins and Soucek killing me.

  9. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Did people captain Salah over Bruno because of last GW?

    1. Cruyff Turn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      It's Brighton at Anfield... would have capped in any circumstance

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Home match with Mane not playing is usually enough to captain him

    3. Neevesy
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Yes. Yes, I did. Salah home to Brighton. I'll take full responsibility unlike most on here.

  10. JBG
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Still got a healthy green arrow, despite Salah blank.

  11. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Bruno(C) feels all the more sweeter tonight 🙂

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Ya don’t say

    2. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      With that OR, you needed it.

      1. Calderano FC
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Ouch

  12. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Playing Dallas over Justin will cost me cup tie plus 15 points on bench will be real eyesore...

    Love James Justin had him since begging yet fell for Leeds and OOP trap of Dallas...

  13. Fer Fuch's Ake
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Do you have the guts to hold and bench Salah vs impenetrable MCI defense?

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Going to sell him for Son.

  14. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    An Antonio goal will be a good finish for the GW.

  15. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    5 away wins tonight.

  16. Sack The Glazers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    what will klopps excuse about this?

  17. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Justin has single handedly destroyed my gameweek

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      I'm bringing him in so fear no more

  18. LochineFDC
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    never understood why so many captained salah when Brighton had 3 clean sheets in a row and Liverpool slightly off colour.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      You know the reason

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Oh behave.

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Then why’d u captain him?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Loool what, he actually did.

      2. LochineFDC
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        I did sterling mate. Just that even as a Liverpool fan, I can see that this is the worst Liverpool have played in the last few years , so I was a bit surprised to see nearly 60% overall captained salah when bruno also had a similarly easier fixture

    4. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      People ignore form. And on about form people forgot about a leaky Soton side when playing away.

    5. Neevesy
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Because he scored 2 last week, because he's been world class for 2 years.

      It really wasn't an odd decison. But you know best, one day we all seek to be as good as you.

    6. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Haha, Captain Hindsight, hello!

  19. REDMOND IN SANDALS
    7 months, 22 days ago

    the only player without a return is salah(c). they don't call him Egyptian Townsend for no reason.

  20. Milkman Bruno
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Salah capper but grinning ear to ear. Well done Brighton!

    1. Bossworld
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      They’re not going to get a title parade are they

  21. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    What you reckon the city pool score will be? 4-0?

    1. dark91
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      2-0

  22. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Could have even capped Martinez who has conceded 3 goals and he would outscore Salah(c)

  23. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    The worse thing about tonight isn't the Salah blank it's the 15pt haul from Justin who is sat first on my bench while all the casuals will have him in their main team as their squads are good enough. Sickening.

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Should say aren't good enough

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        I benched Digne and Cresswell. Justin Cancelo AWB best fixtures

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      He was my first defender pick. Against Fulham. Only a casual would bench him

      1. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Fulham have improved and Leicester just shipped 3 goals in the last game. It was reasonable for me to play Cancelo, Stones and Robertson ahead of Justin. Mark Sutherns the GOAT who is obviously no casual also benched Justin.

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Justin away to Fulham with his attacking threat is a clear option..

  24. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Wow didn't notice JLingz took Bowen’s place in the 11

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      And how!

    2. Finding Timo
      7 months, 22 days ago

      slightly worried as a Bowen Owner so might sell?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Soucek is the WHU mid you should have

        1. Finding Timo
          7 months, 22 days ago

          Yep true may swap although Lingard looks good

    3. Andre W
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      I think it was more Fredericks who took his place to deal with Grealish

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 22 days ago

        Actually you are right. Frederick's and JLingz in and Bowen and Fornals out

  25. tbos83
    7 months, 22 days ago

    This is ridiculous

  26. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Soucek denied late-on.

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      That would've been soo sweet

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      Good

  27. KirkhamWesham
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Currently on 71pts, with bonus points.
    Not a bad score, considering Salah was (C)

    1. tafrère
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 22 days ago

      79 (-4) and it's just enough to get a green arrow... Feels like every FPL asset delivered except for the Liverpool ones...

  28. highsguy
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Salah to Lingardinho a no brainer?

  29. Nomar
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    Son cap this weekend for captain fail #12 in a row then, lads?

  30. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 22 days ago

    2 blanks in my team.

    Robbo and Salah (c). Unreal