Dugout Discussion

Mane, Fabinho and Alisson return for Liverpool as Guardiola benches Jesus

The most-anticipated Premier League fixture of the weekend, and perhaps the calendar year so far, sees reigning champions Liverpool take on current league leaders Manchester City.

Kick-off at Anfield is at 16:30 GMT.

A win for City would take them ten points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the blue half of Manchester also having a game in hand to play on top of that.

Klopp has brought back three of his big guns from illness and injury for this fixture, with Sadio Mane, Alisson and Fabinho returning to the starting XI.

Fabinho will be deployed alongside Jordan Henderson at centre-half, with the Liverpool boss resisting the urge to hand a first start to new recruits Ozan Kabak or Ben Davies – the latter of whom doesn’t even make the matchday squad.

Along with the three returning players above, Curtis Jones is recalled to the hosts’ line-up.

Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, Nat Phillips and Caoimhin Kelleher are the men to make way.

Guardiola has made two changes to his City line-up as Oleksandr Zinchenko and Phil Foden start in place of the benched Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus.

The form book points to City in this fixture, with the visitors on a nine-match winning run in the top flight.

Guardiola’s troops have recorded 11 shut-outs in their last 13 matches, too.

Liverpool have won only two of their last eight Premier League games, meanwhile, with many of their key FPL assets in poor form.

Andrew Robertson is on his longest barren run without an attacking return since his debut season at Anfield, while Mohamed Salah – who is still the division’s top goalscorer, lest we forget – hasn’t found the net on Merseyside since Gameweek 13.


Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Henderson, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Jones, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.

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2,350 Comments Post a Comment
  1. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Looking forward to this game!

  2. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Only a Salah, Stones and Cancello hat trick each will do...

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Badly need something from gundo here

    1. BeWater
        4 months, 5 days ago

        Gundo and Cancelo points needed.

      • The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 5 days ago

        No 1 knows. Expect Bilva goals

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 5 days ago

        The smart ones benched Gundo

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 5 days ago

          You spelt dcl wrong

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          I changed it last second because gundo has pens 😛

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

      Kane or Salah on WC?

    3. BeWater
        4 months, 5 days ago

        James Justin could successfully run a parish council meeting at this point.

        1. I am become Marvin
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 5 days ago

          As clerk or chairman?

          1. BeWater
              4 months, 5 days ago

              He would know the difference for sure.

          2. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 5 days ago

            He has the authority!!

          3. BeWater
              4 months, 5 days ago

              Read the BPS rules. READ AND UNDERSTAND THEM!!!!

              1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Wow

                Chill out this game isn’t important

                1. BeWater
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Eh? It's a joke based on the parish council meeting video.

                2. Original - Wolves Ay We
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  😀

            • The Red Devil
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 5 days ago

              So, inform Kane with tough fixtures or out of form Vardy with easier fixtures?

              1. BeWater
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  I have Son and was thinking of going with Vardy. I had him for a run of games until he got injured.

              2. HARLEY
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Come one salah

                1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  You only had 3 words to type

              3. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Klopp persisting with Hendo at CB is a joke

                1. Warby84
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  Hasn’t really got much choice... Eventually they will get him back in the middle

              4. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Played Barnes & Foden first on the bench.
                Foden playing false 9 going to be a huge gaff!

              5. el polako
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Another top 6 borefest ?

                1. Egg noodle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  Such is the trend, yes

              6. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Can goddamn Gundo score a penalty today please

              7. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 5 days ago

                Ederson doing an Ederson as usual

              8. ivantys
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  Should be a card for Thiago.

                • nerd_is_the_werd
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  Score predictions?

                  I reckon it'll be Liverpool 3 - 1 Man City

                  1. nerd_is_the_werd
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Mane brace, and a couple of assists from Salah + TAA would be great.

                  2. nerd_is_the_werd
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Throw in a Sterling / Gundogan goal as well.

                • g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  Gundo ankle twist

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 5 days ago

                  Thiago....

                • BeWater
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Thiago is a hatchet man.

                  • Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Ffs

                  • My heart goes Salalalalah
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 5 days ago

                    Thiago killing many fpl plans

                  • ivantys
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      What a dirty tackle by Thiago

                    • The Senate
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Thiago got YC immunity again?

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

                        He got booked

                        1. The Senate
                          • 2 Years
                          4 months, 5 days ago

                          shows how much attention I'm paying aha

                      2. Pep Roulette
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        He was given yellow

                    • Hryszko
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      If gundogan goes off injured I don’t think my week could get much worse

                      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        Same. I thought it was bad enough already

                    • Dog and Fox
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Benched DCL for Gundo....

                      1. Pep Roulette
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        This

                    • Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      Sub Gundo off don’t risk it Pep!

                    • Pep Roulette
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 5 days ago

                      F off Thiago

                      1. ivantys
                          4 months, 5 days ago

                          He's trying to take one for the team by making city toothless without Gundo.

                      2. MoSalad
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        Come on Gundo run it off

                      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                        • 11 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        Thiago laying the marker down in midfield

                        Ref should see that

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

                          You see there the issue with Thiago. He is a top passer and creative, but he does not have the tackling ability of Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum etc. What makes the Liverpool midfield so good was not their creativity, but that they would win the ball back quickly and cleanly.

                      4. Ady87
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        Long may Thiago play in this Liverpool team!

                        1. Pep Roulette
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 5 days ago

                          Hahahaha

                      5. Sack The Glazers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        wheres the red card? oh, right they are playing at pool

                        1. Lazaretti
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 5 days ago

                          Where's Mike Dean? Both ankles injured according to Jose

                      6. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 5 days ago

                        Thiago has been such a let down

                        1. Pep Roulette
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 5 days ago

                          This