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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. EDUARDO DA SILVA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    If football was fair like today, klopp will be always in shadow od mighty Pep ♡

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Freak result from freak incidents.

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Nah . Pool clearly second best by s distance.

    2. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Klopp game has always been about passion and motivation and clearly these players have achieved their life goal of epl and ucl both. So its Pep time as Pep is looking to become legendary not just world class

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Pep has a squad ; Klopp doesn’t

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Diddums

  2. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Foden having the game of his life. Cementing a spot too you’d think...

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Nah pep will bench him next game just watch

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

      Lol with Pep about

    3. ivantys
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He's always been one of their best players, just pep fraud doesn't want to play him.

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Had him from week 3 to week 13. Think I got about 2 starts out of him. I've learned my lesson.

      • Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Nope ; City have too much depth in midfield

    4. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Klopp’s presser imminent

    5. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Find the dude who captained Foden on an absolute hunch. He was posting on Friday I think.

    6. ivantys
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Foden played such a great game today deserved that goal.

      • pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Foden first on my bench

        Chances of Bamford missing out? 🙁

        1. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Would also like that with DCL first on bench.

        2. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Ouch

        3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          In know a guy based in the Leeds area.

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            What does he say?

            1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              He can be out for one week, one month or he can play. You decide.

      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Robbo subbed, 0 pts

      • All Hail K
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        If this was a hockey game TAA wouldn't have any teeth after a stunt like that against a goalie.

        1. mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          City don’t have anyone tough to get in his face , outside of Walker

          1. All Hail K
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            True this.

      • RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Brazilian Karius should have done better on 4th City goal too..

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Magical from Foden.

        Congratulations City!

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Gundo still hanging on to 3 baps.

      • Random Name
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        TAA salty

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Some bum coming on for Liverpool

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          That’s the state of the squad

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Close now!

        Gündogan (44)
        Foden (44)
        Sterling (36)
        Bernardo Silva (24)
        Salah (24)
        Alexander-Arnold (24)

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        What’s with all these players I don’t own or have benched hauling?

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yet your rank... your rank....

      • Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Level pegging for 3 baps between Gundo and Phil

      • GROBARI
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Liverpool from 2017 to January 2021- 0 defeats at home
          Liverpool last 3 weeks - 3 defeats at home

        • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Foden for the double?

        • Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Gundo MAX BAP

          1. HonestBlatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            That would do...maybe hattie?

        • greggles
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Safe to say TAA has been a disastrous purchase.

        • Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Liverpool anihilated. It's their own fault for having such weak back up players.

          1. Here's Tom with the We…
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Must be someone else’s fault. Always is.

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Yeah not having City’s pockets

            1. Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Just an excuse. The owners have sack loads of cash .

              1. Here's Tom with the We…
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Always someone else’s fault

                1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  F**k you.

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I see your true colors...

        • Party time
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          3 defeats in a row at home.

          Klopp out!

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            The new Chelsea

          2. King Carlos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Wenger out!

          3. GROBARI
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Calm down buddy

          4. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Wow! Benched Foden unfortunately but at least called Stones and Digne benchings correctly. Only Antonio blanked for me of attackers so ok. Looks a great option alongside Gundo for Double Gameweek now!

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Exactly

          5. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Robertson to Mee turned out to be a success

          6. Ninja Škrtel
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Had Foden since GW 19. Zero returns, brought Grealish instead this GW ffs....

          7. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Played Barnes, Foden 16 pointer first on bench!

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              You need Bamford to pull a sickie.

          8. ivantys
              2 months, 6 days ago

              One more Gundo to Sterling pls

            • Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Serious question - have Man City improved since KDB got injured?

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Klopp deserves this humiliation. Very well deserved. After all, poor Liverpool are tired 😉

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Why? Playing with half a team for months.