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. JT11fc
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Wheres that foden capper i saw

  2. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    1 2 Man City

    Gundogan is back in business!!

  3. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Gündoğaaaaaaaan!!

    You beauty

  4. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Foden class there

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      This, quietly not discussed here

  5. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I take back what I said earlier about Gundo 😆

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Haha I saw that

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Erdogan will always remember!

  6. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    G Dog 😎

  7. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    GundooooooooooooooooooooooGaaaaaaaaaan

  8. Isco Disco
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    GUNDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    OMG!

  9. osceola31909
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Gundo and I have had quite an emotional roller coaster today.

  10. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Lol Allison

  11. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Nowhere to hide for gundo benchers

  12. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Gundo is a must

  13. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    GUNDO BENCHERS IN TH F MUD!!

  14. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    If Gundo is in form, you play him. Simple. Regardless of the game.

  15. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I LOOOOVEEEEEE YOUUUUUUU GUNNNNNDOOOGANNNNNNNN

  16. Steve McCroskey
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    GUNDO IS LIFEEEEEE

  17. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    GUNDOGOAT

  18. brianutd-why always we? 20
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Hat trick still on

  19. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    So stupid not picking the best attacker in the best team. No doubt. Well, every day I learn...

  20. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 14 days ago

    WELL YOU LOVE TO SEE THAT FROM GUNDO, YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO SEE THAT

  21. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Trent just a passenger in Pool team second timing sightseeing

  22. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    OG Alisson

  23. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Foden class. Gundo finally achieves his match-long ambition of hitting the crossbar.

  24. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I was so ready to bin Gundo 😆

  25. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    4 weeks running now I've benched hauls. FFS.

  26. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Gundo sooooo annoyingly good right now.

  27. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    GUNDAWAVE AT IT AGAIN

  28. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Oops... benched gundo for soucek and kane

    Awell

  29. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Gundawg!!!

  30. Hazard_18
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Thank youuuu Gundogannnnnnnn!!!!!