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. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Fantastic result so far...

    Gundogan, Sterling, Salah and TAA owner.... with Stones on the bench.

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Also have Mane, but we can forget about that.....

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Foden is in red

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Incredible

  3. brianutd-why always we? 20
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Tanked at home

  4. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    What a strike

  5. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Foden wtfffff

  6. Bounce
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Imagine not owning the most lethal attacker from the most explosive team for £5.4m when he takes penalties and has 9 goals/1 assist from 11 games LOL...

    • Kannbury
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Foden!!

      • Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Wow

      • Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        what the Feckkkkkkkkk

      • camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Bruno/Salah/Gundo/Dcl all in my team and I cap Antonio 🙁

        1. Cometh The Aouar...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          This worse still I have DCL first sub

        2. Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Same here, starting DCL seems a big bonus this week so try to take that as a positive cancelling out the failed captaincy

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yup

      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Alisson should have saved that

      • JT11fc
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Wheres that fodden capper i saw!?!?

      • Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        FODENNNNN IS THE NEWWWWW RONALDOOOOOOOOO

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          😆 😆 😆

        2. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Easy Tiger.

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

        Liverpool hahahaha

      • Supertrooper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Golden has been world class / unplayable in this game.

        Unreal performance

        1. Supertrooper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Golden = Foden, fitting autocorrect...

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Foden really is absolute class. What a goal

      • HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Shot son!!

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Foden capper step up

        1. bazbestos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          That was me!!!

          1. JT11fc
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            was it you i saw the other day?

            1. JT11fc
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              craaazy

          2. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            What a call, foden big game player great shout

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

          Yes I saw someone. Thought it was crazy but fair play

          1. bazbestos
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            To be fair I have form for this. The last time I did a completely off-grid captaincy was last season when I triple captained Antonio in his 4 goal game.

      • Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Foden needs to start every game from now onwards

      • MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        What a goal that is Foden is some player

      • JustPark
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Well played, Foden owners. Patience paid off.

      • Here's Tom with the We…
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Michael Oliver owes me £300

      • dark91
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        What a strike

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Oh wow ... mental breakdown!

      • Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Not passing off on that one

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Dammit Foden stealing BAPs. What a player though. If only he started every week

      • Tombory
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Who got assist

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Jesus

      • Six Season Wonder
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I am maxed out on City players. I don't have Gundogan.

        Should I switch out one for him?

        Sterling
        Cancelo
        Dias
        None

        1. JohnnyRev7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Sterling and use the ca$h elsewhere. Gündogan is Pep's blue-eyed boy at the moment and playing the KDB role really well.

          1. Six Season Wonder
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I don't need the cash... but thinking about doing that anyway.

            1. JohnnyRev7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              There's nothing wrong with having ca$h ITB as long as you're playing the FPL points scorers each GW. Good luck!

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Foden capper where are you legend

        1. bazbestos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          That was me!!

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Who assisted Foden? Owners well rewarded.

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Jesus

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

          Jesus,himself