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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  1. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    A Gundo injury would really put the cat amogst the pigeons

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      What happens when you put a cat amongst pigeons?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        The pigeons fly away

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        Feathers fly

  2. afcblegend
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

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

  3. SM001
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

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

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

  4. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 21 days 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
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      This

    2. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Yep. Did that to Kane as well

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        He tackled Kane

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Dirty and also struggling to keep up with the pace

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        He’s a holding midfielder who sprays passes around

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 21 days ago

          You mean he sprays opponents around

          1. Benjustjamin
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 21 days ago

            Thanks for the giggle old man

      2. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        He has zero composure

  5. AMBELLINA PRISE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Thiago is disgusting

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Nowhere near PL level

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        Lol

      2. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        Neither was Bernardo or Cancelo. You Guys never learn.

        1. Slouch87
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 21 days ago

          What on earth are you on about ?

  6. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Thiago red card incoming

  7. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Sterling - Foden - Mahrez

    Maybe they'll switch it up later?

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Awful looking front three

  8. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Sterling to score at anfield

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Amen

    2. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Even after Thiago red card?

  9. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Me: Cancelo +3
    Cup opponent: Stones + Firmino

    Bobby goal incoming

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 21 days ago

      My cup game is basically just city vs pool.

  10. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 21 days 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
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      On point

    2. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      hahaha Jamie you legend!

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

  11. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Thiago one of the worst signings of this season!

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      What a load of garbage. Lol

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        Salty Pool fan spotted

        1. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 21 days ago

          Nonsense

    2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

      1. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

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

  12. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Is Salah due to come on second half? 😉

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

  13. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

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

  14. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Thiago slowly overtaking Maupay for the biggest ratbag in the PL

    1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Random

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Which team are you supporting in PL?

  15. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    So much hate on Thiago

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Not a lot of intelligence here this afternoon

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      He deserves it. Seriously he does.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

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

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 21 days ago

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

          1. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 21 days ago

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

    3. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Tried to injure FFS favourite player Gundo.

  16. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 21 days 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
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Stick to the day job

    2. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        😆

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      His paces saves him

  17. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

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

  18. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Thiago should play for Stoke!

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Can he hack it on cold February Tuesday night though?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        Well he’s out there hacking about now!

  19. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

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

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

  20. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Salah looks cold

  21. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

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

    1. Marvin abides
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

    2. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      All the comments on Thiago are from you.

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 21 days ago

        Haha this, it’s bordering on stalking

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

  22. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    zzzzzzzzzz

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

  23. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Rodri such a dirty player

  24. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 21 days ago

    Micheal Olliver appreciation post

    Best of a bad bunch

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Oliver's Army!

  25. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

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

  26. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 21 days ago

    The comments here are entertaining.

    1. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      You're easily entertained

  27. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 21 days ago

    No fudgy today?

    1. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      There is s God after all.

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Surely he quit...... again

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      One less clown to worry about

    4. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

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

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 21 days ago

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

  28. Werner Bros
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 21 days 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
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      League cup final?

    2. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      City v Spurs league cup final

    3. Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 21 days ago

      League Cup Final?

    4. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Celebration of their title.

    5. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      League cup final?

    6. Werner Bros
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Of course! Completely forgot about the League Cup.

  29. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 21 days 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
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 21 days ago

      Your name. Haha!!!!

  30. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 21 days ago

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