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Kabak makes Liverpool debut and Vardy returns to Leicester City starting line-up

Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) is the latest man to partner auxiliary centre-half Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

With Fabinho (£5.4m) ruled for the Reds with a muscle injury, the German’s hand was forced into another backline shuffle.

Ben Davies (£5.0m), also brought in as centre-back cover, is not part of the Liverpool matchday 18 due to a knock. Nat Phillips (£4.0m) is on the bench after deputising in Gameweek 22. On Kabak, Klopp said ahead of the early DGW24 kick-off:

It was a good training week for him, an important training week for him. Unfortunately, Ben Davies picked up a little knock as well so…it’s unbelievable.

Ozan looked good in training. The boys got used to each other. Of course today is a proper test against Leicester; against Vardy, against Maddison, against Barnes. It will be tricky but we think we are prepared.

On Leicester, Klopp added:

They can change systems, they are really strong and are extremely good at the counter attack.

Along with Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara (£5.6m) is the other player to drop out of Klopp’s XI from the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in Gameweek 23. James Milner (£5.3m) is the man drafted into the midfield three.

Otherwise things are as we might expect for the champions. Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) Sadio Mane (£11.9m) Roberto Firmino (£9.3m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) Andy Robertson (£7.3m) and Alisson (£5.9m) all start. Ahead of kick off, Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport:

It’s huge for us, coming here is always difficult. We’ve had a week to work on things, it’s chop and change at the back at the moment but we have to get used to that.

We are prepared for a few systems that Leicester may use and we think we can hurt them.

In embargoed quotes on Friday night, Klopp had said of Kabak and Davies:

Yeah, [Kabak is a] calm person. So, both Ben [Davies] and Ozan are calm people, willing to learn, great attitude. They really throw themselves in everything that is ahead of them – what a defender should do. Making big steps, adapting to the way we play, that’s important.

We have still a clear way to defend, which is important, because if both of them would be on the pitch, then there are still nine players who are used to what we did before – so if the two players would do something differently that would lead to a strange situation.

It’s all good so far. Now we have to make decisions. We have to change again because of Fab and now we will see which solution we will take.

Leicester could be using a back four or a wing-back system at the King Power stadium, with Brendan Rodgers coy in his pre-match interview. When BT Sport suggest the Foxes were in playing in a different shape, Rodgers responded:

Well you’ll see…not really. I think we have the flexibility to play in that [different formation]. That’s been the pleasing element of the team’s development in specific games. We can adapt and change.

Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) returns to the Leicester league XI for the first time since Double Gameweek 19. The forward did log 29 minutes as a sub in GW23 and started the midweek FA Cup win against Brighton.

James Maddison (£7.4m) and Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) could flank Vardy in a 3-4-3 set up, while Wilfred Ndidi (£4.8m) also makes his injury return to start in midfield.

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) looks set to operate at either left-back or left wing-back, with £3.9m defender Daniel Amartey playing on the right-hand side of Rodgers’ defence.

Unfortunately, the aformentioned James Justin will be out for a lengthy period after an ACL injury in that FA Cup this tie. Rodgers stated on Saturday:

He [Justin] has an operation next week and hopefully he’ll be back within a number of months. Big blow for us.

Leicester XI (4-1-4-1 or 3-4-3): Schmeichel; R Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Amartey; Ndidi; Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Albrighton; Vardy.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Henderson, Kabak, Alexander-Arnold; Jones, Wijnaldum, Milner; Mane, Firmino, Salah.

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  1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Play up Partridge

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Tungsten tip screws.

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      what this means?

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Nah you’re alright!

    4. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Smell my cheese

      1. Bennerman
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        In off the red

  2. Im New Here
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Good luck for the GW everyone!

      1. DropkickMurphys
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Cheers you too

      2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Is FPL hooliganism a thing? I enjoy the toxic atmosphere on here during match day.
        FFS Ultras!!!

        1. Dannyb
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I love it, sit back and watch the carnage/arguments unfold.

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Lighting a flare in my living room to give it a Galatasary away feeling. Apparently someone actually did this whilst playing Football Manager

        2. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I miss Brosstan for that. He always used to wind up 95% of the forum by calling them out for their casual picks and jamminess.

          1. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Has he been banned or just quiet or something?

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

              Banned, but they kept Mandalorian who made a post that we should let older people die, because they don't matter, so that we (younger people) finally won't be isolating anymore

        3. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          FFS casuals are on their way. Just got a text from the boss. Meet at bus stop on page 5 for a rumble

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Casuals always get paggerred by the Ultras

          2. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Ha, just realised many probably won’t remember 80’s casuals rather than FPL casuals.

            #adidastrimmtrab

            1. Bennerman
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              I'm among those who know what you're on about

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                😛

                I was a peripheral member of the North Glasgow Express (NGE) - Partick Thistle

                Me and a couple mates used to follow them around walking about 50-100m behind them 😆

                1. Bennerman
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Haha, tough guys

                  I just know of the movement, a few years before I was going to games but not that long

                  1. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    There was only about 50 of them and they got a kicking every week 😀

            2. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              That's going back a bit ..

              1. JOELIO8701
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Petition to #bringbackbrosstan

      3. Kryptonite666
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Wanted to do play Cavani ahead of Soucek for a -4. Was meant to be one week punt but chickened out at last minute.

        Wise move ?

        1. Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yes

      4. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Pools midfield looks a bit.....

        1. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Only Gini can claim to hold down a spot there usually.
          Thiago, Fabinho injured, and Hendo at the back.
          Should be some fire in it though - Jones and Milner.

      5. Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Hi, 5 for Sterling captains. Joining, Daniel. Ronka and Magnus 🙂

        Showyourselves 🙂 😉

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Booo

        2. PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          We are here

        3. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          o/

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

          Triple cap here. See I'm in good company

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

          TC o/

        6. Shultan
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          o/
          900K rank here, thought have some fun

        7. gogs67
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Sold Salah for him! This may be the first time I've ever owned Sterling in all the years playing lol

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Good luck all let's rise up the rankings

        8. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Who wins?

          A) DDG, Mee, Coufal
          B) Pope, Son, Cresswell

          Thanks

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

            B, I dreamt Son assisted Kane

          2. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            B slightly

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Cheers both

          3. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            B

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Cheers

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

          Yes Bamford. Captained yourself vs. Arsenal and have Raphinha in the XI.

          Go big!

        10. Super Nashwan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I brought in Erik pieters last minute. Instantly regret it when he realised charlie Taylor is close to return.
          bad move? Or will pieters keep in place?

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

            Guessing game at this point. If Taylor is fit again, you'd think he plays. But we have no idea how close he truly is.

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

            Good chance Taylor plays LB and Pieters OOP in midfield, happened after the restart

          3. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Taylor may come back against Fulham. I doubt they will risk him though tbh.

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

          I can see the headlines after Liverpool go 2 - 0 down before Kabak scores.
          Kabak On

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

          Leicester could well be lining up:

          3-4-2-1.

          We'll see shortly.

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

            With

            Amartey, Evans, Soy.

            Pereira, Tielemans, Ndidi and Albrighton.

            Maddison and Barnes.

            Vardy.

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

            Yeah - seems it will be 3 CBs (Evans, Soy, Amartey) & 2 WBs (Albrighton & Pereira).

            I thought it was Amartey LB earlier but that'd be far too much of a treat for Salah.

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

              Soy on the left i think and Pereira in front of Amartey.

              This article thinks 4141 or 343 but we will see.

        13. marcos11
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Activate wc now or wait til later in the week? Surely can’t hurt to activate now

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

              I forget with WC, can you deactivate it?

              1. marcos11
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Don’t think so, but I can move players in and out freely all week so I don’t have much to lose

              2. Waynoo
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Just done mine

            2. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              I bought Pope and Shaw last night and thought I’d saved bench boost.

              Just logged in to find Shaw and Pope on my bench and no BB activated. Just about sums up everything for me this season.

              McCarthy in goal. What am I like?

              Ultimately I’m doing so crap this year it won’t really make much difference but it’s just typical of everything that’s been going wrong for me this season.

              This is going to hurt watching Pope on my bench. I actually thought I moved him into starting keeper role too (I did but obviously didn’t save it properly before I went to sleep).

              1. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                See below.. maybe not as bad as yours!

                I was only planning on keeping cavani for next 2, before kane comes in, and now I've missed edisons best fixture.

                1. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  We can commiserate with each other.

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

                Ahh annoying. At least they have good fixtures next GW that you could still maybe BB if you wanted to?

                1. Nomar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  I have to laugh, or else I’d throw my IPad in the river!

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

                    Don't worry I played my BB this week and will no doubt do the same when three of my XI inevitabley blank!

              3. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                That is painful man.

              4. Daniel Jebbison
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Pray McCarthy gets dropped for Forster

            3. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Damn.. made my first deadline fluff up.

              Did last minute transfer for cavani last night in for wilson before bed.

              Forgot to replace dcl in my line up.. ffs!

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                See above, not as bad as what I’ve done!

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

                DCL might not play.

                1. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Wilson was last on bench lol.. so there is no chance edi comes in, unless dcl and Bamford miss out!

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

                    Aaaah ok, 3rd on bench, like I said, DCL playing MCI is not a given, he's injured after all but Bamford will start.

            4. davies
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Must haves on wildcard?

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

                Bamford

              2. THFC4LIFE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Bruno

              3. the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Kane

              4. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                3 x Man City

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

              My likely bench next week:

              Martinez / Watkins - Stones - Digne

              Can I have a second BB please?

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

                I am not sure I'd want to BB that.

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

                Hopefully won't lose too many points.

              3. aleksaa2
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                I wouldn't BB that either

            6. Daniel Jebbison
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Source Live FPL.

              top 11 players by Effective Oernrship %

              GÜNDOGAN 130.29%
              FERNANDES 108.76%
              SALAH 82.27%
              BAMFORD 70.87%
              STERLING 69.56%
              ANTONIO 59.04%
              CANCELO 57.46%
              STONES 55.41%
              GREALISH 42.27%
              DIAS 37.76%
              MARTÍNEZ 36.46%
              MEE 36.28%

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

                Hopefully having Cavani will offset the non-captained Bruno haul.

              2. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Dias is surprisingly so low

              3. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                No Foden 😮

                Massive differential

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

                  In (one of) my Draft teams 😎

              4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Watkins still a differential

              5. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Go Sterling!

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

                Surprised to see Mee higher than Pope

              7. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                That's 12 players...

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Also I'm sure Son should be in there

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

              Just realised 3rd place in my ML has Ederson, Soucek, Cancelo and Digne on his bench. Must have forgot to activate BB surely?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Blimey, yeah must have

            8. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Going to be tough deciding whom to sell for Raphinha this week

              Bruno & Gundo are locks

              Its between one of Salah, Grealish or Son

            9. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Time to get the popcorn out, Fudgy has played his BB

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                😆

              2. PP6
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Hahaha

              3. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Burnley games will be entertaining for sure

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

              I don't know if this was there last week, but I love the "Team of Threats around your rank" on LiveFPL, Ragabolly.

              The skull emojii for major threats, haha!

              So appropriate.

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

              Anyone activated WC??

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

                o/

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

                  Hows she looking?

                  1. Von Lipwig
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Pope
                    Cancelo AWB Lowton
                    Gundo Sterling Rash Bruno
                    Bamford Ings Watkins

                    Martinez Raphina Dallas Targett

                    GW25: No transfer
                    GW26: 2 transfers (Rash + Ings > Son + Kane) and Bench boost

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

                      26 will be a -4 remember.

                      1. Von Lipwig
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        Sorry, I meant i activated it for this week

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

                    Just activated, couple transfers just to not lose TV, nothing more. More thinkering and all around Thursday when we hopefully know more about doubles.

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

                yep, here goes nothing

            12. PP6
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Ederson on WC is safest bet right?

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

                City defense-wise, yes - but that means you're probably missing whatever DGWs Martinez has too...

                1. PP6
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Unfortunately true so I’ll steer clear but I defo see major rotation in City defense soon

            13. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Always enjoy checking updated team in antixipatiob of next GW. Going to be a tough call between captaining Bruno or Leeds player

            14. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Early GW25 WC draft

              Johnson, McCarthy
              Dias, Cancello, Shaw, Sturijk, Targett
              Bruno, Salah, Son, Gundogan, Pereara
              Watkins, Adams, Bamford (Kane in GW26)

              If GW29 postponements are in GW26 my BB would be

              McCarthy (eve, tot)
              Sturijk (AVL) Has DGW25
              Targett (lee, shu)
              Pereara (BRI, EVE)

              Is that strong enough ?

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Those goalkeepers wouldn't get near my team.
                Also no Grealish?
                And Adams??

                1. bitm2007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Saints are likely to have 3 DGW in a row, will switch them out after that.

            15. FDMS All Starz
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Would you bench boost this next week?

              McCarthy - Johnstone
              Alioski - Ayling - Lowton - Mee - Stones
              Gundo - Sterling - Bruno - Salah - Son
              Watkins - Bamford - Adams

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Why not wait until the DGW?

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

              Rival has played wc

              Triple Everton, triple Leeds, triple city, triple United double Burnley !

            17. npjones
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              So Moyes' exact quote on Antonio says "hopefully he will be very close for the weekend"

              Most people taking this to mean that he has a good shot of playing the next game but...

              They don't play this weekend, they play Monday night. So does he mean "hopefully close for next weekend" (when they play on Sunday)?

              There's a chance I'm misinterpreting this or have missed a secondary quote which clarifies but if not then what the hell are sports journos being paid for, if not to catch ambiguous statements like this and request clarity.

              Full disclosure - transferred in Gundo and cocked up by leaving him first on bench instead of swapping him in!

              #clutchingatstraws

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

                You're just reading too much into it.

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

                I’m pretty sure he was talking about the visit of Sheff and perhaps simply overlooked the fact they play on Monday

                1. npjones
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  That's what I thought :'(

            18. manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              GW25 Lookman>Raphinha (roll 2nd ft)
              GW26 Antonio>Kane

              Martinez
              Shaw AWB Dallas* Dias
              Salah Bruno Son Gundo Raph*
              Bamford*

              (martinez, stones antonio dcl)

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

              Can’t wait to do lacazette > Kane