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. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    savederson

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Thank you Firmino for waking me up

  3. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Foden is surprisingly fast!

  4. ivantys
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jota needs to be back or Firmino will keep remaining like this.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        When is he back? Liverpool need him now more than ever.

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

          Unknown. Firmino playing well, don’t know what you guys are watching

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Yes agree with Firmino playing well. He's important for the way Liverpool play. But Jota pushes the levels of all three forwards. We all remember his impact when he was fit.

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

          I think last Klopp said was a vague ‘it’ll be a few weeks’

        3. ivantys
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Not any time soon, probably in March.

      2. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        OR 1 and 2 not trusting City defense at all.

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          no city players in XI

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Short lived reign then

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I'd be surprised if LiVARpool didn't score here

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

          Lol you are inaccurate it makes it funny!

      4. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Trent crossing them for fun

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          And Robbo

      5. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Zinchenko totally out of place here

        If him and thiago got sent off bith teams might actually play better with 10 men

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

          Is this racist at this point or just clueless?

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            How’s this even racist?

      6. Kane Lane
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        1st Sub DCL 12pts
        2nd Sub Justin 6pts plus 3BP

        anyone else in similar situation?

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

          Why?!?!

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          27 points on my bench

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            25*

        3. Mac90
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          No 2nd sub. God dayyum feel sorry for you bro

          1. Kane Lane
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Been like this all season

          2. Kane Lane
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Now Gun missed pen I am in to minds just pressing the delete button on my team

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

          That, Martinez and Dias..

          1. lordkippe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Yeah. Played Tarkowski & Saka. Got AWB 1st and Soucek 2ndsub. Okay with Soucek but really should have played AWB

        5. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          DCL 1st Sub
          Targett 2nd Sub

        6. ivantys
            2 months, 6 days ago

            29 on bench here

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

          Ciry are parking the bus nicely here

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

            Lovely stuff

        8. JustPark
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Enough with the foreplay. Just shoot!

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

            -everyother married women.

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

          Gundo playing really badly

        10. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Penalty city

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

          Pen City

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

          Penalty

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

          Pen

        14. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          City Pen

        15. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Penalty, sterling brought down

        16. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Blatant penalty

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

            Well played for. Razztastic.

        17. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Pen City

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

          Dive mongous!!!

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

          Should have benched Robbo and played Cancelo

        20. Muchentuchel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          tbf that's a clear pen

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

          What a miss

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

          Gundo miss

        23. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Shocking pen

        24. Isco Disco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Clear penalty.
          PLease score Gundo!!!

        25. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          My word

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

          Gundo off Pens

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

          Gundo miss