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. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    A Gundo injury would really put the cat amogst the pigeons

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      What happens when you put a cat amongst pigeons?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        The pigeons fly away

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Feathers fly

  2. afcblegend
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    Well done to the sound button man for choosing 'polite applause' on Gundo getting to his feet

  3. SM001
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    Gundo, Cancelo and TAA all on my bench. Wish me luck.

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      So you played DCL, Justin and Martinez in midfield. Well done.

  4. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago is a dirty player.. never really watched him before he joined pool, but every game he is putting in rash dirty challenges.

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      This

    2. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Yep. Did that to Kane as well

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        He tackled Kane

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Dirty and also struggling to keep up with the pace

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        He’s a holding midfielder who sprays passes around

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          You mean he sprays opponents around

          1. Benjustjamin
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            Thanks for the giggle old man

      2. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        He has zero composure

  5. AMBELLINA PRISE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago is disgusting

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Nowhere near PL level

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Lol

      2. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 hours ago

        Neither was Bernardo or Cancelo. You Guys never learn.

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 hours ago

          What on earth are you on about ?

  6. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    Thiago red card incoming

  7. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    Sterling - Foden - Mahrez

    Maybe they'll switch it up later?

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Awful looking front three

  8. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    Sterling to score at anfield

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Amen

    2. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Even after Thiago red card?

  9. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 hours ago

    Me: Cancelo +3
    Cup opponent: Stones + Firmino

    Bobby goal incoming

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        My cup game is basically just city vs pool.

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher:
      "There's been a lot of chat recently about what Thiago brings. What he does bring is a lot of fouls."

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        On point

      2. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        hahaha Jamie you legend!

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

        Very true, also spoils the fluid play they used to have back to front.

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Thiago one of the worst signings of this season!

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        What a load of garbage. Lol

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          Salty Pool fan spotted

          1. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 hours ago

            Nonsense

      2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Very ordinary, certainly not what he was hyped up to be

        1. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 hours ago

          It's common for players from the german farmer's league

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

      Is Salah due to come on second half? 😉

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

        I presume someone’s told him the curse has been removed?

    5. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Thiago's defo not one of the brightest footballers out there. What a douche...

    6. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      Thiago slowly overtaking Maupay for the biggest ratbag in the PL

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

        Random

      2. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Which team are you supporting in PL?

    7. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 hours ago

      So much hate on Thiago

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Not a lot of intelligence here this afternoon

      2. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        He deserves it. Seriously he does.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          For a tackle? Gundo is fine. Stop throwing toys.

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 hours ago

            Do you even watch all the games of the team you claim to be fan of?

            1. Danno - Emre Canada
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 hours ago

              You’re obsessed, has Thiago hurt you in a previous life?

      3. ivantys
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          Tried to injure FFS favourite player Gundo.

      4. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        On ability alone Thiago wouldnt get into a bottom half Premier league side

        Only the Bayern Tag keeping him in the team

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          Stick to the day job

        2. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          Liverpool are trying to get into bottom half of the table for him.

          1. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 hours ago

            😆

        3. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          His paces saves him

      5. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Bernardo destroys Mane, he's still running the wrong way

      6. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Thiago should play for Stoke!

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          Can he hack it on cold February Tuesday night though?

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            Well he’s out there hacking about now!

      7. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        I think every premier league team got to know tactics of Liverpools gameplay so they are getting hammered nowadays

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          They also lost the best defender in the world which hasn't helped

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          And I'm not talking about Lovren before someone makes that joke lol

      8. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Salah looks cold

      9. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Loving all the comments on Thiago here. Liverpool fans are too delusional to accept he is nowhere near PL level.

        1. I am become Marvin
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          It's a good job we've got a genius like you here to educate us.

        2. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          All the comments on Thiago are from you.

          1. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 hours ago

            Haha this, it’s bordering on stalking

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 hours ago

          Yeah guy who wins everything with Bayern Munich including the CL .... hmm wait, that puts jim above every City player!

      10. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        zzzzzzzzzz

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          Another big game that neither team dare not lose. Makes for a bit of a snoozefest.

      11. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Rodri such a dirty player

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

        Micheal Olliver appreciation post

        Best of a bad bunch

        1. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          Oliver's Army!

      13. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 hours ago

        Feel like every ‘Big 6’ game ends 0-0, expect the trend to continue here too

      14. ivantys
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          The comments here are entertaining.

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            You're easily entertained

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

          No fudgy today?

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            There is s God after all.

          2. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            Surely he quit...... again

          3. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            One less clown to worry about

          4. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            'Guys benched I DCL for Michael Jordan. Season over.'

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 8 hours ago

              Yeah I much prefer the sound of silence or people posting jhuuuuuuuhuuh over and over again

        • Werner Bros
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 hours ago

          Just looked at the fixtures for City and it's showing a blank in 33. Anybody know what this is for?

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            League cup final?

          2. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            City v Spurs league cup final

          3. Kannbury
              3 months, 8 hours ago

              League Cup Final?

            • Lethargio Alcantara
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 hours ago

              Celebration of their title.

            • Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 hours ago

              League cup final?

            • Werner Bros
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 hours ago

              Of course! Completely forgot about the League Cup.

          4. Hadebayor Mum
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 8 hours ago

            Predicted a cagey 0-0 all week. Last minute moved Gundo in and benched Dias. Also shifted captain from Bruno to Antonio and benched DCL for Soucek. Oh dear.

            1. Vazza
                3 months, 8 hours ago

                Your name. Haha!!!!

            2. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 hours ago

              Sterling runs in a straight line into opposition players or passes it to the other team, he needs a tap in