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. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Is everyone holding transfers until after the FA Cup games?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      100%

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        It’s the sensible decision. Can’t make my mind up either on DCL, might just do Barnes to Lookman and C Gundo.

    2. deshawn7
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Might do Wilson to DCL tonight, 0.2m price swing

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah I’m debating DCL but I would be changing BobbyDR so seems a bit backwards.

    3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Haha why wouldn't you?! I doubt people are struggling for money itb. Info > 0.1

      1. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Fair point anything can happen before next GW.

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Especially when fa cup games are on during the week

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Absolutely

    5. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Yes

  2. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    71 with Bamford (c) to go

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      81 (-4) Bam to go

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      72 if i started DCL but I didn’t. Antonio captain fail too. Disappointing weekend all round

    3. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      67 Bamford to go,Antonio (c)

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      65 with Bamford, Dallas and Mendy to go .... DCL on bench sob sob ...

    5. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      64 with Bam to go... happy with that!

    6. Hazard_18
        2 months, 13 days ago

        65 with Dallas and Bamford to go

    7. hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Triple City defence here (benched 2 of them so this week went ok).

      It makes sense to dump one and bring in Gundo and Mee for a hit right? Gundo looking like the best captain next week.

      1. ivantys
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah makes sense.

        • DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Doing exact same moves.

        • Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'd wait until the FA Cup is played

          1. hullcityfan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah of course

        • Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes.

      2. Party time
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Gündoğan is even better than Kdb this season

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Easily.

        2. Kane and Ablett
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Has been since Christmas- don’t look At the price tag just watch him play

          • mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Mate soucek is better than kdb

            1. djoker_nole
                2 months, 13 days ago

                at what? surely not football you're referring to?

                1. Slouch87
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  This is rubbish. There were clearly quite a number of games when the false 9 clearly didn't work.

                  1. Slouch87
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Whoops. Reply fail to Tonyawesome69

                  2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    When they were playing with a false 9, City weren't playing with Foden and Bilva. Both are vital at that strategy, closing down and setting traps. Also I think KDB was slightly hampering Gundos attacking game. This is just based on the eye test.

                    1. Slouch87
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      So Aguero didn't really work as a central striker ? Lol.

                      1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        What are you talking about?! My comment is based on this season. Aguero hasn't done anything this season! Gundo didn't play this role until this season.

                2. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  At everything you can possibly think of

            2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              So much better when City play Gundo without KDB and false 9 instead of recognised striker

          • Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Well thats the league done and dusted

          • KirkhamWesham
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Soucek out Raphinha in?
              Yes or no?

              Preparing for Leeds DGW.

              1. deshawn7
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Will wait to see if his red is rescinded or not

              2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Yes but wait until closer to the deadline. Raphinha still to play tomorrow but Leeds don't have fa cup midweek

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              If you're ever feeling stupid, remember adult males thought Man United could win the league this season...

              1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                If you're ever feeling stupid, remember adult males thought liverpool could retain the title this season...

                1. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  If I ever feel stupid I read posts like this from you two and immediately feel better...........

            • JONALDINHO
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              It was obvious this would happen. No Anfield Crowd and missing all senior centre backs. All the constant injuries and niggles are causing fatigue throughout the squad. Just secure top 4 and next year we’ll be back to our best as cliche as it is. Congrats to City well deserved

              1. SINGH
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Nonsense. Got slapped 7 by Villa and Liverpool had full strength. Missing Van Dyk is an excuse for the average team that Liverpool are. Fluke league win last season.

                1. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  They won the Champions League the season before that.

                  Fluke too?

                  1. SINGH
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Against Spurs. Come on it's not like you played a big team in the final.

                    1. Nomar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      So all the other games to get to the final don't count then?

                      1. Nomar
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        And I'm not a Liverpool fan as you can see from my grav. I'm a QPR fan.

                      2. SINGH
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Just because they reached the final doesn't mean it wasn't luck. Spurs were lucky with the games against City and Ajax. My point being Liverpool are overrated and this season shows it, with or without VVD.

            • Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Can anyone do better (well worse) than 32 points on the bench?

              1. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Not possible

                1. Von Lipwig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Haha, why would I lie? Martinez/Kilman/DCL/Stones

              2. deshawn7
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Had 33 three GW ago. Areola 10 Watkins 6 Soucek 15 ESR 2

              3. Kane and Ablett
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Just the 27 for me ..... I’ll try and stick to the template next time but still on 66 so far

                • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  No. Only 20 for me.

              4. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Selling Salah is justified now?

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Still scored.

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

                    Dodgy penalty.

                    Obviously he gets points but with Kane and Vardy back I'd like to use cash up front too. Lots of value in midfield to be had.

              5. GROBARI
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Thiago is so slow for Klopps football,VVD is 50% of this team. TAA and Robertson out of form. Lot of injuries. CL spot is now questionable for them

                • ChelseaGuy
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Benched Foden lol

                  1. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Ouch

                • Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Allisson Blunderland.

                  1. Cometh The Aouar...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Haha snap Hazz (see below)

                    1. Here's Tom with the We…
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      You mean both of you are watching sky.

                      1. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Sssshhh

                        1. Here's Tom with the We…
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Lol

                          Fair play! Haha

                • Cometh The Aouar...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Alisson Blunderland. Not a bad team name.

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    😮

                  2. Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Very clever.

                • Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Chances of Abraham Coming on?

                  Fpl cup opponenet with Gundigan 1st sub!

                  1. Slouch87
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Pretty good I would think.

                    1. Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Awesome!

                  2. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    High with giroud and Werner both starting

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Allison blunderland 😆

                  1. Slouch87
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Haha.

                  2. Monklane
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    I see what you did there

                    1. Here's Tom with the We…
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      You see what sky sports did you mean?

                • pjomara
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  To add to my woes as a Liverpool fan, I benched Foden

                  1. ChelseaGuy
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Same here brother

                • DAZZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Welcome to my team Gundo! 5GW’s too late but we move

                  1. Hazz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    You love to see it!

                • Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Gundogan and Foden both get 3bps 🙂

                • Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Gundo (C) locked in for just about everyone?

                  1. djoker_nole
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Nick Pope (c) for me

                  2. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Will Robbo & TAA ever become great again?

                  3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Great game for Foden. & no complaints here with Gundo, Salah, Cancelo playing, Stones benched!

                  4. jammie26
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      As a Gundo owner am I being greedy reflecting on his penalty miss instead of enjoying his brace.

                      1. Alisson WondHaaland
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Yeah... It was against Pool, wouldve been normal to expect nothing from him

                    • Leonard hatred
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      I'm gonna keep Foden over switching him out for Gungo.

                      Foden is such a good footballer - hoping he gets a lot of minutes towards the end of the season as pep preps him for a more important role next season.

                    • Alisson WondHaaland
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      My front 7:
                      10, 13, 7, 7, 9, 12, 2

                      Guess which one I captained

                      1. mynameisq
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Antoniooooo

                      2. Alexis Nonsense
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Antonio then ?

                        1. Alisson WondHaaland
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Yup

                      3. Pépé Pig
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Lol

                      4. ChelseaGuy
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Antonio?

                      5. Mario Balofail
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Surely 13;)

                        1. Alisson WondHaaland
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          I wish

                    • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Foden or Gundo max BAPs

                      1. Here's Tom with the We…
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Both

                    • Pépé Pig
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Foden over Cancelo on gw25 WC? Thinking Dias Foden and Gundo as the trio

                      1. Stupendous
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Foden will still frustrate many a time

                        1. Stupendous
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          As will Cancelo mind

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

                      Trent wasn't at the races and obviously Allison helped them out.

                      Could have been 5 - 0.

                      Never a penalty for Salah in my view.

                      Foden was great.

                    • FC Hakkebøf
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Best city trio?

                      A) Sterling, Gundogan, Cancelo
                      B) Gundogan, Cancelo, Diaz
                      C) Foden, Cancelo, Diaz
                      D) Sterling, Foden, Cancelo

                      Currently own Sterling, Foden and Cancelo. 2 FT to do some changes. Nothing else pressing.

                      1. FC Hakkebøf
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        E) Foden, Gundogan, Cancelo

                      2. Stupendous
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Firstly it's Dias
                        Secondly that's a headache
                        Third, leave as is.

                    • wulfrunian
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      47 with Bamford and Dallas to go.Anyone with less points?