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

    Played Gundogan & Lowton over DCL & Targett, 17 points difference ugh

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

      Yeah. Played Martial over DCL.

    2. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Played Antonio and De Gea over Watkins and Martinez here.. 15 points swing..

  2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Gundogan you absolute wasteman

  3. Chilli Heatwave
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Bench of Martinez Ogbonna DCL Stones is hurting

    1. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Wow. Not ideal that.

  4. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Gundo owners

  5. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Get Gundagon, he is on pens in the absence of KDB 🙂

    1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I mean that wasn’t the only attraction. But certainly a large part

    2. ivantys
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He's involved in most of city's attacks. Getting a player in just cos of pens is dumb.

      • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        He got me 42 pts during GW 19-23. It's OK.

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

          Right

      • PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Kdding guys, but it felt like he was gonna miss it

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

        Avoid pen takers then if you hate them missing so much

    3. Kannbury
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Cancelo on pens now please

        1. ivantys
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Might as well be him.

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Last minute decision to bench DCL for gundo because of penalties 😛 at least I was a quarter right

          1. GoonerSteve
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Same. Painful.

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

          I’m still in shock at that miss

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Same. Though sat watching it I legitimately said “he’s missing this” before the run up. Just knew

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

              Hate the short run up

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

              It was a great camera angle and makes you realise how big Allison is.

          2. Meinhoff
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            He was scared of Alison so he tried to hit the top corner

        4. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          All we can do is keep lining the ducks up. One week they’ll fall surely

          1. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Just choose from the pool of good players. Don't even consider players outside this pool.

            GK: Martinez, Pope
            DF: Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Justin, Cresswell, Coufal, Robertson, Dallas
            MF: Fernandes, Salah, Son, Soucek, Raphinha, Gundogan, Grealish, KDB
            FW: DCL, Kane, Vardy, Watkins, Wilson, Bamford

        5. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Fabinho moves out of the way and Sterling runs into his leg and jumps to the floor. But look let’s all forget about because he’s English and it’s against Liverpool

          1. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Cry more

            1. Random Name
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              It's amazing he's crying about a missed penalty anyway lmao

          2. ivantys
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Justiced served I also thought it was a dive.

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

              Please be a joke, no one can be this delusional

            • Tcheco
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Obvious penalty. Relax

            • Random Name
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              it was a penalty dont be deluded

            • Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Utter biased rubbish . Oh it's you. To be expected then.

            • Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Come on pal you're the kind of chap Duke Silver is talking about. It was a pen. Accept it and move on.

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Are you having a laugh? That's a penalty clear as day.

            • Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              I wish there was s "cretinous post" button.

              1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                It would be worn out in no time.

            • bench boost for every gamew…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              IT is pen, you can dislike what sterling did as much as you want but when he touch Fabs leg then its a case.

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

            In the words of our beloved Fudgy, this surely is a week from hell.

            1. Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              "Beloved". Quite the opposite.

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

                Why do you hate him so much, I enjoy his posts gives me a laugh

                1. El Fenomeno R9
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  This

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

                True

              3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                He’s so obviously a troll that it’s funny. Think you’re probably in the minority if you actually despise him

                1. Slouch87
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  He is also a proven liar.

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

                He makes this place a fun place

          4. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Tired of Justin and Coufal with 50% EO...

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

              I benched Coufal and won't get him, never had bench points

              1. OneDennisBergkamp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                who did you bench him for?

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

                  Cancelo Mee Dallas

                  1. OneDennisBergkamp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    yeh but which one did you specifically choose over Coufal?

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

                      Oh sorry, I used one of my free transfers to bring in Mee which meant benching Coufal

                      1. OneDennisBergkamp
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        thats fair enough though, you made the right choice who to play i think, it what it is.

              2. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                My bench:
                Martinez Watkins Dallas Coufal.. 24 points already

                1. OneDennisBergkamp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  who did you play over them?

          5. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Not watching the game but extremely worried with the Man City and Liverpool game. Currently hiding behind the sofa hoping Gundogan does not haul do you think he will?

            Rival Gundogan C
            Me Bruno C

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

              Your favourite type of post

              1. DRIZ ✅
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Sorry steve?

          6. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            54,928 managers captained Gundo.

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

            Well played, McDonald.

          8. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I wonder if Cancelo will get a shot at penalties.

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              KdB is not far from returning.

            2. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              He should. All the others are awful

          9. Tcheco
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Nice little pattern forming for Sterling. Scores one game, blanks the next. Just in time for the DGW(C)

            1. ivantys
                2 months, 6 days ago

                He actually missed a game so technically that's not a blank.

            2. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Feels good to finally get Justin

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

                You brought him in for Wol LIV Avl ARS?

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

                ? He not got DGW

              3. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Why would you play the transfer before the FA Cup games play out?

            3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Gundogan pls score second half you eejit

            4. Von Lipwig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Gw from hell...

              1. Chucky
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Season*

              2. Lazaretti
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                18 from 8, c Bamford still to come - 2 first players on the bench have 19

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

                  my first 2 have 18

              3. Random Name
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                can't say the same tbh. Martinez, Justin, Bruno, DCL and Son have got me in the 60's. Surprised there's anyone who doesn't have all 5 of those players

            5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Fantasy football is a game of luck. Everyone with the same pool of players. Just luck whether you play, bench or captain them. Don't let anyone think they're better than anyone else at this game. Just depends if you're luckier than others.

              1. Cruyff Turn
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                How do you explain managers with good finishes year-after-year?

                1. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  With like 6 million years surely some will just get lucky every year, isn't that statistically likely?

                  Not saying it's pure luck or anything but your argument isn't the best

                  1. mynameisq
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Players*** not years

                  2. Cruyff Turn
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    My actual argument about this:

                    Your total points over every gw is a matter of luck, your total points over a season is a matter of consistency and skill.

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

                Worryingly some people think there is a large skill element

              3. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                There's surely skill involved. Many managers have performed well consistently. But I agree about the luck factor.

              4. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Except people consistently finish with a strong rank.

                It must also be judgement as well as luck across seasons.

              5. DGW Sane TC Fail....
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Luck does play a part, but you have to be knowledgeable about football to get a decent rank.

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Well said

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

                  Or just come on here the day before deadline

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

                Skill will get you into the top 100k by the end of the season (used to be 10k) the rest is all luck.

                1. Guru Mediation
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Spot on

              7. Guru Mediation
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                It's a game of luck, but there is skill involved too. 60% luck, 40% skill.

                Winning FPL requires massive amounts of luck though

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

                THIS is so true! I said this few posts above.
                FPL is truly a game of luck with little knowledge of football needed.
                Even a 12 yr old can win the FPL if he's lucky

                1. Guru Mediation
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Yes, but skill gives you a better chance of a high rank. Evidenced by the managers who consistently get high ranks

            6. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Ederson is gonna be on pens at this rate

            7. Del Griffith
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Honestly lads, FPL is hilarious, almost every game week disaster strikes in the most unpredictable ways, it's comedy gold!!

              1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                2020/1
                Keeps on giving

            8. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Firmino and Mane looking sharper than Salah?

              1. ivantys
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Isn't that always the case?

                • Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  like always

              2. Rolls-Royce
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Need a Salah goal to save the GW

              3. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Ederson to take the next one?

                1. diesel001
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Why not? Keep hearing he is the best penalty taker in the squad.

              4. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Played Gundogan, Sterling, Soucek
                Benched Konsa, Coufal

                Don’t own, Spurs, DCL, Justin,

                Season over

              5. Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Can see Liverpool nicking this. City are so passive. It's like some mental block they have when playing at Anfield.

              6. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                I'm currently on 24 points : D

                1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Beating (by less) my 28
                  Would have been on 38
                  Thanks Gundogan

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

                  Had one of those weeks before.
                  Don’t change anything following week will be great

              7. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Different GW, same crap!