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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. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Allison is going to be benched next GW

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      And Klopp plays who?

    2. ivantys
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Adrian play?

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Alisson is trash

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      What on Earth??

    5. Meinhoff
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      STERLOOOO

    6. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      A) Gundogan+benching headache
      B) Anguissa

    7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Allison 😆

      Haha

    8. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Foden is pretty good

    9. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Could have been a hattrick!

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Still time!

    10. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Razzzzzzz

    11. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      This is a nightmare scenario.

      Dias, Cancelo & Sterling - owner.

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

        Wake up.

        It's OK

      2. bialk
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Timing 🙂

    12. Steve McCroskey
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      GOODNIGHT SALLY

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

      3 1

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        1-4

    14. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      HAHAHAHHAHA you guys are soo funnyyy

    15. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone got a link to Alison's team?

    16. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Alison is even worse than Pickford 😆 😆

    17. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Liverpool are so, so bad.

    18. osceola31909
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Lol

    19. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I think that's Liverpool out of the title race now

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        This

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        ofcourse

    20. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      He must be drunk!!!

    21. Gobigorgohome
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE YOUUUUU STERLINGGGGGGGGGG

    22. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      WTF is Allison doing. OMG

    23. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Pool EPL season over

    24. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Good job Foden, keeping you for the DGW now

    25. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Ah damnit no that's Bernardo

    26. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Lolisson

    27. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Both goals on Alison,he didnt make 2 mistakes in 2 seasons now in 5 minutes.

    28. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      lolzzzz

    29. Random Name
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Piss off Alisson

    30. Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I'd consider Alisson to be the best keeper in the league but he might never recover from this game and turn into Kepa

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I feel sorry for Kepa

    31. Breezyy
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      RAZZZZ THANK YOU

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A bit of redemption there Tone?