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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. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    No need to get Gundo for the DGW then...

  2. Jimmy Boy
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    That penalty just sums up my season

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Sums up my life

    2. Slouch87
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Yawn. So many "woe is me I'm so unlucky" posts on here .

  3. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Wtf, where are my Raz points. Every week fate somehow conspires to limit his points tally.

  4. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    10 point swing (at least).

    Damn it

    1. Jimmy Boy
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Same here, my ml rival still has robertson

  5. Here's Tom with the We…
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    I thought Gundo was German

    1. The Tinkerman
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      He is (Turkish descent I think)

    2. AzzaroMax99
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Gundogan - ancient germanic surname

    3. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      He is German with Turkish origin

    4. Im New Here
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 8 hours ago

      He is

  6. The Tinkerman
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Sold Gundo to Sterling, not sure if that’s good or bad 😀

  7. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    I bet Sterling wishes he'd tried to stay on his feet now!

    Don't get me wrong it was a pen but he could have tried to score

  8. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Gundo Non Owners LOVE to see it

  9. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Gundo cappers in the hole.

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Nobody is that stupid

    2. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      No one captained him

  10. AK_FC
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Wow, started DCL over Gundogen last minute. Bullet dodged.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      i feel better being told this

    2. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      same 😀

    3. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Did the opposite last minute literally because gundo is on pens lmao

  11. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    well, that's the game turned off for me and gameweek over

  12. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Legit what the hell is that from Gundogan. Ffs.

    Red card and a penalty miss in my XI this week. Idiots.

  13. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Benched dcl for gundo.. ffs.

    1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Likewise

    2. Forgetmeknot
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      I imagine (hope) most did

    3. marcos11
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Same here

    4. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Same man. Pain

  14. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Just a horrible game week

    No Justin, no Martinez, dcl first on bench, started souceck and gundo, good night!

  15. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Really enjoying the football today

    No Son
    No Justin
    Gundo missed pen
    Wonder how it can get worse now

    1. Danny Dyers chocolate homun…
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 8 hours ago

      In the exact same boat

  16. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Ederson on pens?

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 8 hours ago

      Would be funny if it was saved and the oppo scored on the break.

  17. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Everyone own Gundo. Only pts loss is Sterling assist

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      He’s barely owned in my ml and many benched him

  18. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Ederson on pens for the dgw.

  19. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Gundo-minus-one

  20. Jon Snow
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    At this rate Pep will sub on Aguero on crutches to take pens

  21. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Cancelo is quality

  22. matiakez
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Currently sitting on 31 from 9. Dear.

  23. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Pen check Liverpool

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 9 hours ago

      Outside box. Never a pen ... unless you’re United

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 8 hours ago

        haha

  24. Isco Disco
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    I should just stop playing this ridiculous game. FPL is PURE LUCK.
    Nothing else

    1. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 8 hours ago

      Not pure luck. But a sizeable amount of luck.

      1. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 8 hours ago

        90% lucky

    2. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 8 hours ago

      What game of prediction only isn't luck?

      1. DK_13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 8 hours ago

        *which

    3. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 8 hours ago

      very similar with LIFE lol

  25. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Wtf is with City at Anfield?

  26. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Pep needs to find a proper penalty taker for the team. One of the defenders maybe?

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 8 hours ago

      Stones

  27. Zladan
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Makes it very easy to sell Gundogan now he isn’t on penalties anymore.

  28. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    clear handball maaaaan

  29. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Gundogan -1 Soucek 0 in my XI, Watkins 9 at first sub.

    Screw this GW tbh

  30. SoapAFC
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 9 hours ago

    Had to make a post,

    Started Harry Kane as had a feeling he'd start, and benched gundogan

    1. Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 8 hours ago

      Thanks for sharing

    2. Kane and Ablett
        10 months, 8 hours ago

        Nice to read a happy story on here sometimes