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. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

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

  2. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    That penalty just sums up my season

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

      Sums up my life

    2. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

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

  3. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

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

  4. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    10 point swing (at least).

    Damn it

    1. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Same here, my ml rival still has robertson

  5. Here's Tom with the We…
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 11 days ago

    I thought Gundo was German

    1. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      He is (Turkish descent I think)

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

      Gundogan - ancient germanic surname

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

      He is German with Turkish origin

    4. Im New Here
        4 months, 11 days ago

        He is

    5. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

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

    6. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 11 days 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

    7. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Gundo Non Owners LOVE to see it

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

      Gundo cappers in the hole.

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

        Nobody is that stupid

      2. Please Answer Me
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        No one captained him

    9. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

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

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        i feel better being told this

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

        same 😀

      3. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

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

    10. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

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

    11. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Legit what the hell is that from Gundogan. Ffs.

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

    12. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 11 days ago

      Benched dcl for gundo.. ffs.

      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Likewise

      2. Forgetmeknot
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        I imagine (hope) most did

      3. marcos11
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Same here

        • Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Same man. Pain

      4. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Just a horrible game week

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

      5. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 11 days 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
          4 months, 11 days ago

          In the exact same boat

      6. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Ederson on pens?

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

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

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

        Everyone own Gundo. Only pts loss is Sterling assist

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 11 days ago

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

      8. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Ederson on pens for the dgw.

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

        Gundo-minus-one

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

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

      11. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Cancelo is quality

      12. matiakez
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Currently sitting on 31 from 9. Dear.

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

        Pen check Liverpool

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

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

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

            haha

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

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

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          Not pure luck. But a sizeable amount of luck.

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 11 days ago

            90% lucky

        2. DK_13
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 11 days ago

          What game of prediction only isn't luck?

          1. DK_13
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 11 days ago

            *which

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

          very similar with LIFE lol

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

        Wtf is with City at Anfield?

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

          Stones

      17. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

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

      18. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

        clear handball maaaaan

      19. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 11 days ago

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

        Screw this GW tbh

      20. SoapAFC
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 11 days ago

        Had to make a post,

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

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

          Thanks for sharing

        2. Kane and Ablett
            4 months, 11 days ago

            Nice to read a happy story on here sometimes