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. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Stupid Dier no show. Dallas! Save my GW.

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

      My worst transfer ever
      Got one CS out of him since GW15
      Fell in price overnight before the benching today to add further insult to injury!

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I brought him in GW 16 too when their fixtures turned. Don't why I held him for so long.

    2. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      If he showed he would have conceded. You got more chance of points from Dallas

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

    I have come for comfort, i took out foden in rage last week do i tf him back in?

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Don't get him back.

      • Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        No I think he is still a rotation risk. Safe play for city assets is Dias, Stones/Cancelo and Gundo. You could probably attack the city DGWs with Dias, Gundo and Sterling

      • Tinkermania
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        You are chasing this week's points.

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

        With the double game week coming up you may find he starts one and a bit of another. In the scheme of things there is still lots of potential there for points. He might not start one but KDB still out so that’s favourable

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

          thank you very much, this was getting me down.

          Where do I go from here? 0itb 1ft, WC and BB available

          martinez
          chillwell robertson cancelo
          salah son grealish maddison bruno
          bamford dcl

          subs, forster, coufal, mitchell, brewster

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

        He's a rotation risk, but at 6.1 he may be worth it if you have a Soucek or Raphinha on your bench

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Thoughts on dgw plan?

      Martinez
      Taylor Cancelo Stones Taylor
      Salah Bruno Son Anguissa
      Antonio DCL Bamford

      Ramsdale Robertson Soucek Holding

      A) Anguissa, Robertson to Gundogan, Tarkowski

      B) a + Ramsdale to Pope -4 and play over Martinez

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Gundo and Pope only. Burnley GK and defender is probably overkill

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

          Agree I would just do the one and that would probably be a defender

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks.

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I'm thinking it could be worth it for the double, then Tarkowski to Dallas for Leeds double?

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      One horrible call after another. Any chance of Bamford missing out tomorrow? Gundo my first sub...

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Very small chance

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Foden here 0/

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

        Slim probably

      4. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Bamford put the armband on himself in FPL

    4. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Is the bonus Gundo 3 Foden 3 Sterling 2 and no point for Salah or does he get 1 also? Sorry for the noob question

        1. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I believe so

          1. Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I mean no Salah BP

            1. Milkman Bruno
                3 months, 9 days ago

                That’s what I thought

          2. ivantys
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Sterling only gets 1

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Oh, damn.

                  1. ivantys
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Sterling's BPS actually very high with just 1 attacking return. He's played well today tbf and unlucky not to get more returns.

                • FPL Pillars
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Gundo 3 Foden 3 Sterling 1

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

                So LIV pretty much out of the title race?

                1. Kellz86
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Have been for weeks

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

                  Two horse race now between the Manchester teams

                  1. Kellz86
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Honestly it’s not even that

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

                      He means Man city A and Man City B, depends who pep rotates in and out

                      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 9 days ago

                        Right as rain

                3. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Points-wise i'd say no, but with the current football they're playing they won't win it.

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

                  Liverpool have EUFA Cup aspirations this year...

              3. Kellz86
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                If you bring in Foden, you do so understanding he is a rotation risk. It happens time and time again, yet people on here never learn

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

                  It's because after he does really well people always think "yes now is the time pep can't drop him, there's no way he can be that harsh" and then pep drops him for 5 games straight

                  1. Tinkermania
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    You have to remember that City assets don't really get "dropped". They are rested. Regardless of previous performance, if it's your turn to rest, you are rested!

              4. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Early complaints over benching DCL for Gundo unnecessary now. Love that 😉

                1. Kellz86
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Yeah the over reaction on here before 90min is even finished is just hilarious

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

                    Guilty!

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

                Any Bamford rest/injury rumours?

                Any Leeds itk on Twitter? 🙁

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

                  He captained himself in his FPL team for the 2nd time in the last 10 GWs, so probably not!

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

                    Link?

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

                        Cheers

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

                    Deadline was yesterday though and they had training today

                2. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Praying for this, DCL first on bench

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

                    Bamford will haul

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Doesn’t help my ML, rival has closed a 150-160 point gap down to about 50-60 and we both have Bamford.
                      Worried he might catch me

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

                        Feck the ML. OR is more important

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

                          Nah. Usually around 600 euros on the line for my ML winner. Way more important.

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

                            My bad 🙂

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

                        Imo* although you are a very good manager so I believe you will win it

              6. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Time to bring in the annoying haulers, Justin & Gundogan

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

                  Go foden and Reece James instead and stay ahead of the curve

                2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Yeah justin is especially annoying.

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

                  Justin has Liverpool (last season's title winners), Aston Villa and Arsenal next though - all goal scoring machines

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    But it’s Justin, he has clean sheet and 3 BAPs added before a ball is even kicked

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

                      I know
                      And it's guaranteed as soon as I bring him in, Pereira will take his place!

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

                      ^ Truth

                4. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  You said that you and bought Justin in already.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Yes, it’s lined up ready...

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

                It’s funny how people wanted Gündoğan to miss out today so they can get DCL auto sub

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

                  Shame on me

              8. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                DCL bencher
                Soucek starter
                Son non capper
                Gundogan non owner

                Can anyone beat that? I did have Martinez though

                1. Sid1891
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Son non owner- Gundo owner
                  Rest the same

                2. Pops15
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  DCL and Martinez benched. Soucek starter and Antonio (C). Have Chilewell on the bench too, expecting a monster haul in the next 2 hours.

                  1. Pops15
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Chilwell***

                3. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  You forgot to mention Justin!

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Oh gosh yes

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

                Which City defender would you sell first, Cancelo, Dias or Stones?

                1. Coaly
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Keep, 2 doubles

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

                    2FT’s Riedewald > Gundo locked in so need to sell 1 🙂

                    1. Coaly
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 9 days ago

                      Stones then

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

                  Dias maybe, just because he has the least goal involvements. Otherwise, flip a coin for Dias and Stones

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

                    Would keep them for the DHW

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

                      Thinking of Gundo (C) for the double, have 2FT so need to sell 1

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

                        Lmaoooo, love to see you eating your words. Well and truly punished.

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

                          Knew you’d nibble! Need that push into the top 10K. Sitting pretty at 30K 🙂 Gundo will help 😉

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

                  Why sell?

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

                    Riedewald > Gundo as 5th MF. Need to lose 1 defender.

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

                  Dias but it is very close

              10. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                I wonder what odds Alisson got on Citeh winning by 3 goals?
                16/1 maybe.

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

                Michael Keane a good shout for next few? Lots of potential doubles for Everton

                Then who to start him over - Coufal (SHU) or Bamford (ars)?

                1. Pops15
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Wouldnt get Keane. High chance of rotation with Mina and Everton cant keep clean sheets. Only Digne is worth a punt as he offers attacking potential, the rest are hopeless

              12. diesel001
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                If you are picking an England team today it has to be:

                Pope
                AWB Stones Maguire Chilwell
                Rice Maddison Henderson
                Foden Kane Grealish

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

                  Nah, six of them will have already played today. They’ll be way too tired to play another game.

              13. frenchfries
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                A) Son+Taylor -> Sterling+Mee
                B) Antonio+Taylor -> DCL+Cancelo

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

                I think I’m just going to have to suck it up and transfer Justin in. He’s killing my rank every single week.

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

                Gundo should HT but I can't complain more. He saves my gw. (with additional help from Villa players)

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

                Which option looks best assuming Soucek's ban stands:

                A - Soucek > Foden
                B - Robbo > Dias

                Pope
                Stones - Justin - Coufal
                Salah - Bruno - Soucek - Gundo
                Antonio - Bamford - DCL

                Martinez - Raphinha - Robbo - Dallas

              17. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                This is my BB team for GW24, if Soucek's ban is overturned what would you do with the FT? Unless, you hold onto it?

                WC GW25

                1.7 ITB

                Pope
                Cancelo | Mee | Cresswell | Digne
                Sterling | Soucek* | Gundogan | Bruno
                DCL | Watkins

                GK: Martinez | Bamford | Dallas | Son

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

                Average must be quite high this week?

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

                  Fix has it at 47 right now

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

                    Wow, that low? Lovely.

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

                      Chelsea CS + Leeds Vs Palace will probably change it

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

                        Doubt there are that many Chilwell owners, latter definitely but we all own Leeds players.

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

                          True, and personally would take a Bamford haul to cover my DCL 1st bench error

                2. diesel001
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Top 10k = 57pts from 10 played. One of those remaining players is Bamford.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 9 days ago

                    Wow ok my 56 with Dallas and Bamford not too bad then

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

                  Cheers all, very surprised must be A LOT of benched points

              19. Leonard hatred
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                FFS concensus is not to go Foden.

                We all know that means Foden is 100% guarenteed to score 50 goals and get knighted over the next 2 GWs.

              20. RED_ARMY
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Robbo to Cancelo for next week worth a -4?

              21. PP6
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

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

              22. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                It's time to sell Salah.Best pick?
                a)Rashford
                b)Sterling
                c)Rodriguez

              23. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Stones to Dias necessary? Or hold Stones? Also have Cancelo and Gundogan.

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  Hold

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

                  Hold

              24. cruzex
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                werner time?

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

                  Already 22 GWs asking this question ... nobody cares now 😉

              25. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Play 1:

                A) Bamford vs Ars
                B) Holding vs Leeds
                C) Son vs City

                1. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  A

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

                  Bamford for me

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

                  A

              26. YEAH PITCH!
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Salah to

                A) Foden
                B) Sterling

                1. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  B

                2. Sid1891
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  B

                3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 9 days ago

                  B

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

                  Foden was great today but Pep may still manage his minutes