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

    Karius, is that you?

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

    Gundo should HT

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

    GUNNDOGANNNNN BESTTTT PLAYER IN THE WORLDDDDDDDDD

  4. DropkickMurphys
      2 months, 14 days ago

      ilkay!!! almost missed again tho lol

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

      Come the season end, I think Gundo will be 6.5 at least. Next season this could be his starting price if not 7.0

      1. gogs67
          2 months, 14 days ago

          He'll be 8.5, Grealish will be 9.

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

        Gündoğan autosub for Martial

        Juuuuhuuuuuuu

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Pump up the jam!

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

            😆

        2. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Oh that’s a great feeling!

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

            Yes buddy, it’s a sweet sensation

      3. Cruyff Turn
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Didn't know Karius was back at Pool...

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

          HAHAHAHA

      4. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        That guy that punted on foden cap, what a call son. Take a bow big game player

        1. Random Name
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Outscored by Son

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Is he though

      5. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Gundo (C) for the DGW then

        1. Nikolai Volkoff
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Locked

      6. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Shocking goalkeeping

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

        Gundogoal

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

        Benching DCL for Gundo worked out then.

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

        What a sensational 'Trap' Gundogaan has been - Loving it 😀

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

        Gundo trying very hard to miss that one. He must have Robbo and TAA in his FPL team.

      11. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!

      12. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Never trust a footballer who needs leg warmers.

      13. PP6
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Goodnight to my rank

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Gundonight*

      14. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        GundoGod

      15. DAZZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Get in my team Gundo!

      16. ivantys
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Gundo's basically a Soucek+KDB role combined now.

        • LSK
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Gundogan could be a genuine TC option next week. Can’t see him benched against two tough opponents and as we can see he can score against anyone.

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

            TC is pushing it a bit mate

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Gundo just about outscoring DCL now!

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

          Comfortable 3 baps for Gundo now surely

        • _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          sterling goal

          allison drunk

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

          Glad Gundo missed that penalty. Or else he wouldn't be so fired up in the 2nd half to score 2 goals

        • MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Allison has had a mare

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

          Cancelo needs a G. And Salah brace? Let’s get greedy

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          STERRRRLINGGGGGGGGGGGG

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Allison 😆

        • ivantys
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Lovely Sterling.