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. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Get a goal Joao, rub it in

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      that would be golden

  2. Third Eye Vision
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    This game is utterly brilliant. It’s the most fun I’ve had on a Sunday in ages.

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

    How does De Bruyne fit into this team?

    1. djoker_nole
        3 months, 9 days ago

        nice try Mr Johan

      • pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        For Mahrez

    2. Mattymo23
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Benched Foden but not too annoyed- was the logical choice.

      1. DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Same here. picked Gundo instead. Benching Salah over him would have been to risky as well so happy he got somthing to.

    3. Shrimpy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Have Stones, Cancelo and Raheem, think I need to get rid of 1 of the defenders for Gundo (c) now.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      The Foden trap has been set (bench next GW)

    5. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Gundo & Foden level on 3 baps.

      Don’t you bloody dare nip ahead of Gundo in the baps Foden!

    6. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Can we all just give some credit to Raheem Sterling. He showed realy composure to tuck his goal away. Those finishes aren't as easy as they look 😉

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Especially not for him 🙂

      2. ivantys
          3 months, 9 days ago

          He also set up for Foden and earned a pen. Could have hauled easily today.

      3. MidTableFantasy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Of course I got rid of Foden for Grealish this GW 🙂

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

        Is that true this is 3 in a row defeats of LIV at Anfield?

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Burnley, Brighton & City 🙂

        2. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Liv matches are all rigged

      5. GROBARI
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Chances of Bamford or Dallas to miss game vs CP?

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Zero

          2. Lazaretti
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Own those 2 also and have DCL first on the bench. Chances ate close to 0

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              I have Bamford to play with Watkins as my 1st bench, but my rival has Gundogan in his 1st bench with Bamford (c)...

              A lose-lose situation for me ha ha..

        • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          ⚽ Team News 📰
          SHEFFIELD UNITED : Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Bryan, Lowe, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Bogle, Burke, McBurnie.
          Subs: Foderingham, Sharp, Jagielka, McGoldrick, Osborn, Brewster.

          CHELSEA : Mendy, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell, Mount, Werner, Giroud.
          Subs: Kepa, Alonso, Kante, Abraham, Zouma, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, Emerson.

          1. badgerboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Chillllllllyyyyyy

          2. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Chilwell??!!

          3. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            F for Alonso transferers!

          4. ivantys
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Jamessssss

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

              Oh Chilwell starts, nice ...

          5. FourLokoLeipzig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            As a Liverpool fan, I could really have done without seeing 31 points on my bench as well this weekend. Brutal

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Martinez DCL Foden?

              1. FourLokoLeipzig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Ederson Gundo Targett Kilman.

                The defenders, I played the odds, and I played DCL over Gundo. Was very tempted to BB

          6. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Robbo on zero points?

            1. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              ties him with Souchy

          7. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Stones to Foden for the DGW?

            Foden won’t have an easier game all season is the worry.

          8. Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Desperately need chilwell or Raphinha to miss out.. foolishly benched gundog

            As well as coufal and DCL.

          9. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Chilwell starts.
            Alonso benched.

            1. Rash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Damn

            2. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              CHO benched - Tuchel roulette

            3. Pipermaru
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Third game in 7 days, expected.

          10. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Good thing I didn’t go for Alonso

            1. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              I think someone on here capped him...

          11. MessiGOAT
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Klop the child deserves it .. rest players mf and do your hockey cockey nonsense you are lost as Liverlool fans

          12. DycheDycheBaby
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            One of my rivals did Foden > Soucek. That's gotta hurt.

          13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Alonso fail

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              😆 bandwagon derailed

          14. The Tinkerman
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Think I might need to see Stones to get Gundogan... (Cancelo, Stones, Sterling in my side)

            Martinez, Stones, Soucek > Pope, Lowton, Gundo (-4)?

            Plan to WC before GW26 if it’s a struggle to obtain the key players for the big double.

            1. The Tinkerman
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Sell*

          15. Nikolai Volkoff
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Liverpool back to where they were in Klopp's first couple of seasons

          16. EDUARDO DA SILVA
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Mo is such a diver. Fact

            1. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Sterling is such a diver. Fact.

              1. Slouch87
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Tetchy aren't we ? Salah is way worse than Sterling and I am a neutral . Fact.

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

            Chilwell starts you fu*king beauty!

          18. Jet5605
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Which third City do I get for the double?

            A - Soucek > Foden
            B - Robbo > Dias

          19. JustPark
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Sterling, Gundogan, Stones owner. Perfect result!

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Wouldn't a cleanie be the perfect result?

          20. Jp2020
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 9 days ago

            More points on my bench than on the pitch this week... another atrocious week... feel like giving up on FPL!

          21. Isco Disco
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Liverpool didn't lose at Anfield for 68 games and then losing 3 in a row
            LOL

          22. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Chilwelll startssssssssssss