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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  1. Kitman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    So 28 points on the bench in the end

    Played Pope over Martinez
    Played Antonio over DCL
    the real kicker
    Played Soucek over Salah

    Record bench high for me!

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Yikes, not much more to say really.

  2. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    What do people think the ideal City 3 to own are now? Wondering if it's worth pivoting from double def to double mid...

    1. Kitman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      They weren't really clicking offensively but Foden and Gundo could be very tasty

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Still double defence. Why would it change? They should have kept a clean sheet if the referee did his job properly

      1. Kitman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Think it was a penalty, but agree liverpool were not in that at all and it shoudl have been a Man city win to nil

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          As a neutral and a Salah owner, that wasn’t a penalty. Complete dive.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Agree.

            1. Kitman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              9 months, 24 days ago

              But Dias made it an easy decision for the red. Slight touch and he’s down - we all know the drill

              1. Kitman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                Not red - penalty I mean

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Ideal... Sterling Gundogan Cancelo

    4. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      including a hit?

    5. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Sterling Gundo and Dias for me. I won Cancelo but feel Dias better here due to Cancelo being rested for the easier games.

    1. MoSalad
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Wow

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      43 bench points!?

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        41

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Sorry forgot bonus

          1. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            44

    3. Kitman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      makes me feel better about my meagre 28!

    4. CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Makes me feel SLIGHTLY better

      Any chance Bamford doesn’t play tomorrow? DCL bench points are upsetting me

      1. Slouch87
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        None at all if fit

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Must be a few mega benches out there

      I saw this team benched 22 points this week, 38 last week and 29 the week before! https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/513396/event/23

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Jeez

  3. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Think I have to bench boost next gameweek!?

    POPE Martinez
    CANCELO STONES MEE Coufal Dallas
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish GUNDOGAN(C)
    DCL(VC) Antonio Bamford

    1. rupopo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Looks good, but I still think GW 26 will be better if suits strategy. Am in similar boat.

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        I don't have FH which is the only issue hence why I'm tempted to BB next week so I don't have to factor it in when I WC?

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Sound reasoning. Same for me

        2. rupopo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          I don't have FH either. Not completely got my head around it but hoping to just BB GW 26, dead end team GW 29, and wildcard GW 30. Can't say am completely up to speed on everything but at the moment that seems best. Guess just need to wait until mid week FA Cup matches out of the way and assess then when knowing more about GW26.

  4. Bonus magnet
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Bench

    DCL 12 pts Foden 15pts

    Over to you Rudiger ( bet he gets 12 now)

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      What 4 defenders did you start?

      1. Bonus magnet
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Cancelo Justin Mee Dallas

    2. lugs
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Gundo + Martinez here, their replacements are Areola & Kane so not a complete disaster

    3. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Mate benched Martinez DCL Cavani and Gundo

  5. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 24 days ago

    Fpl cup round 7 comes down to

    Him: Dallas, Rudiger, Abraham(gund 1st sub)

    Me: 14 points

    WHO wins?

    YOU DECIDE!

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Abraham should come on and get 1 point, Rudiger is 6 points max. Just pray Dallas doesn't haul

    2. Ejaaz11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Most likely your opponent

    3. jammie26
        9 months, 24 days ago

        You

    4. pablo discobar
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Foden and Digne -4

      Or Lookman, Sterling, Digne -8

      Tough one!

    5. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      So I guess all that time deliberating between benching DCL or Gundogan "paid off" gaining me that 1 point difference

    6. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Ask him where he got his haircut. Prat

    7. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Absolutely magic!

      No Dinho, no Walker, no KDB, no recognised striker as in no Sergio or Jesus (most the match), it should have been 5 and a whole lot more!!!

      What a day as a Blue!

      Not to mention Chilwell is starting, I captained Son and started Salah!

    8. ChelseaGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Foden seems to hit the points against tougher oppositions. His other double digits scores were against Chelsea and Brighton. Brighton went on to keep 4 CS in 4 matches after that.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        City have a nice run of tough games coming lol

    9. frenchfries
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Best City player for GW24 to add to Dias and Gundogan?

      1. Jebiga
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Cancelo

    10. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Is Son on 2 or 1 baps?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        2

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Cheers Ninja!

      2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        You have FPL don't you?

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          I do but I was unsure whether they both get 1 or 2 with Kane.

      3. Jersey Boy
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        2

    11. Jersey Boy
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Everyone thinking they have benching headaches, spare a though for Gareth Southgate would you

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Southgate couldn't pick the best XI even if he had only XI to choose from.

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Least he's getting Pope off the bench for Pickford this week

        1. Jersey Boy
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Haha very good

    12. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Is Bruno a viable captaincy considering I have tripple city defence and no Gundo? or I give it to Dias?

      1. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Someone on a double game week.
        Maybe change stones out for gundog?

        1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Is Stones + Son > Mee + Gundo (-4) good enough?

          1. Avery
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 months, 24 days ago

            With Kane back might want to hold onto Son esp. with their DGW coming up. Also might depend how much, if any, money you have tied up in him.

    13. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 24 days ago

      When I die my I want my fantasy team to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one more time...

      1. Mario Balofail
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        😀 this is huge 😀

      2. I'M 2 OLD FOR THIS HIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

    14. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      What a beating that was!! RIP Liverpool...

    15. hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Need Zouma to stay on the bench to go through in the cup. Even a 1 point cameo and I'm out.

    16. LLoris
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      What day and time to price changes occur?

      1. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Just under seven hours from now

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        1:30am every morning

    17. Jebiga
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Madison to Gundo (c) for free ?

      1. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Yes

      2. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Do it!

    18. Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Such a difference between the two teams from last year. I went into this game not even expecting Liverpool to score.

    19. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Salah dreadful yet again.

    20. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Best 3rd City player going forward ?

      Cancelo Gundogan and

      A Dias
      B Foden
      C Sterling

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        A for the nailedness factor I think
        Was on 3bps before the soft penalty too

    21. Champions League Varane
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Should I try get Gundo if I have Sterling Stones and Cancelo? Wildcarding next week but only 1 FT

    22. LLoris
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Bring in Dias or Gundo or Foden?

      Already have Sterling and Stones

      1. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Gundo

    23. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 24 days ago

      Need Foden points

      Bamford needs to take the night off tomorrow

      🙁

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 24 days ago

        DCL would come for me. Deal

      2. jammie26
          9 months, 24 days ago

          I'm happy with this, would get my Watkins points.

      3. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 24 days ago

        Guys which best please I have 2 FTs a) Bowen & holding to mee & Rodriguez, b) holding to mee and roll 1 transfer c) something else ?!cheers

      4. Party time
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Best jam I ever had in fpl. Sir Gündoğan!

        • Champions League Varane
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Sheffield goal needed

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 months, 24 days ago

            Can't see it happening with McBurnie and Burke up front
            FPL may as well add the Chelsea CS on now :/

        • MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 24 days ago

          Even as a Liverpool fan I feel as if we are 100% a system team. If someone is injured the whole team falls apart. Although, Henderson and Fabinho have been strong defensively, they don't offer aerial threat, long balls, and ability to bring the ball into the midfield like VVD, Gomez and Matip can

          1. Party time
              9 months, 24 days ago

              Henderson should play in midfield. I think Klopp is lost. He doesn’t know what else to do

              1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                • 3 Years
                9 months, 24 days ago

                100% agree, would have obviously been risky to throw the new boys in Vs City today so I understand why he left them out. However, from now we should have at least 1 natural CB starting all the time

                1. Party time
                    9 months, 24 days ago

                    He could even switch the system to 3-4-3 to provide more protection in defence while Robbo & Trent play the WB role which I think would help Liverpool

                    1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                      • 3 Years
                      9 months, 24 days ago

                      Yeah would make for a confidence boost if it works