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. ivantys
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Sterling's taking the next one 😀

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        If they want to keep missing then yeah

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Lol you can’t make it up can you

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Cannot be arsed with this gameweek

      1. Kane Lane
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        can't be arsed with season full stop been nightmare rank.

    • SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Oh give me strength

    • Fer Fuch's Ake
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Surely no more reason to own Gundo as he's off the pens

      1. Meinhoff
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        I bought him at 5.5 and he is nailed in City midfield. That is enough reason for me

      2. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Similar stats to sterling and 5.5m

    • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      YESS!!! Thank god I benched Gundo for DCL 🙂

    • hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Amazing, thanks Gundo

    • TNB
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Hahahahahahaha

      • LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        played Gundo over DCL.
        played Pope over Martinez.

        F M L

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Played De gea over Martinez
          Played Antonio over Watkins
          And missed Coufal's clean sheet too

      • Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Gundo on the bench...it just gets better

      • LE CHARO
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Delightful

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Not watching. Gundog miss?

        1. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Over the bar

        2. Jon Snow
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Skied a penalty

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Skied it

      • BDA Shadow
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        AS IF I benched DCL for Sterling and Gundogan.

      • The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Ederson should take them from now on.

      • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Horrible penalty.

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Wow. Just wow.
        A German missed a penalty

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          He’s as German as Ozil

          1. Londongeezaa
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 11 days ago

            That sounds racist

            1. AzzaroMax99
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 11 days ago

              Anything can be racist these days.

            2. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 11 days ago

              It does

            3. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 11 days ago

              Well one can be both German and Turkish at the same time, can't they?

          2. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 11 days ago

            Meaning?

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 11 days ago

              Meaning he was born in Germany but he’s Turkish. Good enough for ya?

              1. Utopsis
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 11 days ago

                No. Why is that relevant to the original post?

      • moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        As a Gundogan & Sterling (but not Son) owner, I really needed that.

        1. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Me too, mate! Just brutal.

      • viciousrumour
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Gundo is such a gem lol

      • diesel001
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        There were people on the WBA vs Spurs thread who were telling me that if Kane was at Man City, Kane would not be on penalties. That Gundogan miss just highlights exactly why Kane would be on penalties.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Nobody said that. Ever.

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Soucek red card, Gundo pen miss. Next up is Cancelo own goal.

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Playing Gundogan over DCL
        What a stupid decision
        Season over!

      • potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Aaaannnd I'm out of the cup.

      • La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Benched Gundo 😎

        1. Sack The Glazers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          me too. still hoping for 1-1 because I benched 2 city def

      • Isco Disco
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Just when I thought my luck couldn't get worse, my player misses a penalty

      • Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        So who is next on City's list to miss a penalty?

      • Joey Tribbiani
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Sterling back on pens?? 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • Mattymo23
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          So buzzing Gundo missed that.

        • JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Gundo rattled by that early challenge, had a shocking 10/15 mins before the pen. Ball keeps bouncing off him.

        • THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Oh ffs Gundogan

        • djman102
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          So much for benching Gundogen so he would score (City fan).