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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.

1,411 Comments Post a Comment
  1. rnrd
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    TAA not taking any corners today ?

    1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Surprised too

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Milner off so he is now

  2. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Salah :facepalm:

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

    Currently on 1pt, anyone doing better?

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      -3

    2. Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      2

  4. Stoic
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Thiago on. Leicester to win now

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

    Milne to Thiago

  6. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Predictions for VVD price next season?

    5m or 5.5m?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      0.5 under full backs.

      1. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yep

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

      Still 6.5

      1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        6.5 is too much . Hope they price him like Dias this year

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

          Wrongly?

    3. liner
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Not under 6m

    4. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Well if TAA and Robbo are £6.5m he should come in at about £6m

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      6.0m if we're lucky.

  7. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Someone needs to tell
    Salah he doesn’t play for Man United or isn’t streetwise enough like Sterling.

    1. ivantys
        3 months, 1 day ago

        He already cheated a few this season.

    2. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Thiago on!
      Time to put all of your money on Leicester.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Maddison or Barnes ? Cant wait to own one of them 🙂

      1. ivantys
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I prefer Maddison he's on set piece.

        • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Just got rid of Maddison for Foden, had him for his purple patch 🙂

      2. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I played Maddison over Coufal aginst SHU

        I hope my courage pays off

        1. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I fear not.

      3. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thiago on, Milner off.

        Prepare for hundreds of backwards and sideways passes as the tempo of the game comes to a standstill.

      4. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        firstrowsports not doing it for me today unusually, anybody else having difficulties ?

        1. Chelsea Rangers Loyal
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Same here.

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

          Or Forster owners

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Or GW24 bench boosters like me. 😆

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

          Good news for me if true

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

          For Pope most likely, nothing to see here...

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

            Although Mccarthy has a DGW next week, so wouldn't he have gotten rid of his other keeper instead?

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

              He won't get double if he's dropped am I right?

              Besides don't overestimate Jack's FPL prowess, he's probably 4m OR and doing transfers for fun 🙂

      5. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Leicester really being schooled here

      6. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        salah messes up a good chance

      7. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Salah composure today in front of the goal os absolutely terrible

      8. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Salah is dead as an FPL
        pick.

        1. Maarrrr17
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Lol, troll.

        2. Im New Here
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Nah

          • Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            See you at full time troll

        3. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Horror challenge by Mane that. VAR check?

          1. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Yellow at worst

          2. I am become Marvin
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Behave.

        4. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          On another day Salah would have been on a hatrick already

        5. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Salah out on WC then I guess

          1. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            he's got 70 more mins and is getting chances tbf

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            No brainer.

          3. El Fenomeno R9
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            😀

        6. dark91
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          If only Salah had a decent right foot

        7. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          20 mins in and Salah has already had 3-4 great chances

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            And 1 point with BAP hope dead.

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Nervous seller? 🙂

        8. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Pereira has Salah in his pocket today

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Salah has been in behind twice lol what are you watching?

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Mix of both, one on one duels he's got salahs number so far. However it's not his natural position so he isn't tracking him that well when the ball takes him out of it

          2. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Salah has had a good few opportunities already so Pereira must have a few holes in his pocket.

          3. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            He’s terrorising him lol.

          4. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Salah is number 11 mate

        9. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          TAA finally on corners

        10. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Looks like McCarthy will be dropped for Saints

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Pasta with no sauce?

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

              From Inazuma? Unbelievable.

        11. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Thiago struggling really shows the level of Fabinho, Hendo and Gini. World class players extremely underrated

          1. Penang Sandman
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            out of his usual position

        12. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Salah, with those chances slot 1-2 of them in lad!

        13. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Lol, Cujo! Spread the fouls out a bit!

        14. Penang Sandman
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Why Klopp keep playing Thiago out of position, dude cant even sprint

        15. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          firmino misses a sitter

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Sky is blue, grass is green

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

            Flagged but continued.

          3. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            It was an incredible save by Kasper at the same time.