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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
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Looking forward to this game!

  2. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

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

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Badly need something from gundo here

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Gundo and Cancelo points needed.

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      No 1 knows. Expect Bilva goals

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      The smart ones benched Gundo

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 9 hours ago

        You spelt dcl wrong

      2. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 9 hours ago

        I changed it last second because gundo has pens 😛

  4. VIVA_RONALDO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Kane or Salah on WC?

  5. BeWater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 9 hours ago

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

    1. Marvin that is called Marvi…
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      As clerk or chairman?

      1. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 9 hours ago

        He would know the difference for sure.

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      He has the authority!!

    3. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 9 hours ago

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

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 9 hours ago

        Wow

        Chill out this game isn’t important

        1. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 9 hours ago

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

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 9 hours ago

        😀

  6. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

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

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 9 hours ago

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

  7. HARLEY
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Come one salah

    1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      You only had 3 words to type

  8. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Klopp persisting with Hendo at CB is a joke

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

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

  9. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

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

  10. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Another top 6 borefest ?

    1. Egg noodle
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Such is the trend, yes

  11. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Can goddamn Gundo score a penalty today please

  12. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Ederson doing an Ederson as usual

  13. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Should be a card for Thiago.

  14. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Score predictions?

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

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

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

    2. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Throw in a Sterling / Gundogan goal as well.

  15. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Gundo ankle twist

  16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago....

  17. BeWater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago is a hatchet man.

  18. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Ffs

  19. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago killing many fpl plans

  20. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    What a dirty tackle by Thiago

  21. The Senate
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago got YC immunity again?

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      He got booked

      1. The Senate
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 9 hours ago

        shows how much attention I'm paying aha

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      He was given yellow

  22. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

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

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Same. I thought it was bad enough already

  23. Dog and Fox
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Benched DCL for Gundo....

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      This

  24. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Sub Gundo off don’t risk it Pep!

  25. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    F off Thiago

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 9 hours ago

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

  26. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Come on Gundo run it off

  27. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago laying the marker down in midfield

    Ref should see that

    1. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 9 hours 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.

  28. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Long may Thiago play in this Liverpool team!

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Hahahaha

  29. The Spirit of 1999 Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

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

    1. Lazaretti
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

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

  30. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago has been such a let down

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      This