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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. brianutd-why always we? 20
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    2 home defeats in a row oh dear

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Imagine not capping Bruno at old Trafford

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Imagine not being Mr Hindsight after every GW.

      1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        This. You made your choice based on something. Stick up for yourself. Same goes for bench. You had a reasoning behind it.

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Imagine being a complete clown

  3. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 25 days ago

    Except gw1 all my salah cpt have been fails.

    Very frustrating cpt season.

    But scores for fun when I do put the cpt on someone else.

    Bruno perma seems the best option, but not able to do that for some reason 😀

    1. Jimmy Boy
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      It's been impossible for some reason. The last three times I've captained Bruno have coincidentally been the three times he's delivered two points

      1. Nomar
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Every cap I've picked since GW11 has blanked. Salah, Son, Mane, Fernandes.

        You'd think one of them would have gotten something, right?

        1. Free Hat
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Yeah its been tough.

          Mostly Salah vs New, Wbrom, Burn, Brig, Sheff...

          Whats the chance of nothing in such fix.

      2. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Same here.

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

    Hate Liverpool.

  5. Party time
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Unbelievable!

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

      Salah. The ultimate troll.

      1. Do I Not Like Orange
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        He's gone for me now, hopefully never to return in 20/21. No point in owning a 12M player who can never be trusted with an armband.

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Yeah, he has to go. Wish I'd been brave enough 5 weeks ago.

          Hopefully Kane is back for next game so I have somewhere to put the funds.

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      FPL difficult because there are a lot of options. Just look at the forwards - Bamford, DCL, Watkins, Antonio, Wilson. That is without Kane and Vardy who will return from injury soon. Then there are differentials like Martial, Cavani Laca and Jesus who pop up.

    • Jimmy Boy
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      I hate Mo Salah

    • Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      No Salah. So relieved!

    • bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 25 days ago

      Just Euro spots to play for now ? PL champions and relegation decided

    • Kane and Ablett
        8 months, 25 days ago

        To cap the week off a bonus point each for Grealish and Martinez

        1. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          How can Martinez be on bps???

      • Calculated Risks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        So glad Cancelo (C) paid off more than Salah. Every player I have had recently v Brighton have blanked...put me off mightily.

      • HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        BHA lost 1-0 to MCI and then have 4 CS in a row - Lee, FUL, TOT, Liv (so far)
        Next 4 fixtures Bur, AVL, CRY, Wba ... looks pretty good

        1. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Watch them concede 3 to Burnley and Villa now.

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Salah is trolling too much now.

      • Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Is lingard actually an option?

        1. Pedersen
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Always been when he played. But i still need to see if he continues to Play

      • mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        So Son (obvious captain) will fail next vs west brom ?

        1. Monklane
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          obviously

        2. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Guaranteed because I'm capping him.

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        It's official. 1 captain assist in 10 gameweeks. What now.

        1. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          You think that's bad?

          None in 11 for me, mate.

      • Pedersen
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Who would have thought that salah would be worst captain option on my team. Lowest points bar gk...

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

          3rd on my bench is the only player that scored less

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Same here and as he (Vassilev) is loaned to Burton it’s disappointing that he would have only lost me 2 points playing him instead of Salah

      • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Is Thiago still an incredible midfielder?

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Through to the next round of the FPL Cup, provided Son does not score -5 points (can he even get -5 points?)

      • HuthTheMagicDragon
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 25 days ago

        Why did I captain Cancelo instead of Fernandes, so frustrating

      • KirkhamWesham
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Is Salah to Lingard kneejerk?

        • ivantys
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Such a kneejerk 610k transfers in for Salah

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

          Liverpool will do very* well to get Top 4 now.

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 25 days ago

            Lol serious? You were on here going mad about how good they were the other day

          2. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            They genuinely could struggle. This is a rancid run of form for them.

        • BeaversWithAttitude
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          "A night when Liverpool expected superiority, but only found sterility." Lol. Love, Jim Proudfoot!

        • The Senate
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Rashford to Salah, cap Salah instead of Bruno.
          cost myself 22 points by doing this.

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

            LOL

          2. ThisTimeNxtYrRodney
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            I did exactly the same. Never mind. I dont think it was a bad choice though, just didnt pay off.

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

          Might just chance triple city defence this weekend.

        • Werner Bremen
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 25 days ago

          Salah to Son?

          1. KirkhamWesham
              8 months, 25 days ago

              Not until Kane returns

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

            Emi and Jack on 1 bap

          3. Little Red Lacazette
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 25 days ago

            How is LIV losing such games at home???