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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. dogtanion
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Leicester struggling to pass the ball to a teammate anywhere on the pitch

  2. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Salah is central to everything Pool do, he’s hauling today

  3. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Sold Salah and benched Robbo, this is uncomfortable viewing

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      You've smashed it. Salah looks in the worst form of his Liverpool career.

      1. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        What on earth are you talking about?

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          He’s an extremist.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            He's a nut

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Who did the bring in?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Sterling

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Right now that's the right choice.

          Anything can twist and turn.

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Game has settled into 0-0 pattern. Tiago helps. Noone has Pool defenders.

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        To be fair id take a 0-0 and Robbo bench point jam for Antonio

    4. gogs67
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yeh sold him as well and he's looking far more dangerous than ha has for a while.
        That's FPL for you!

    5. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Forster in would be great if true.

      On purpose didnt do Forster to Pope transfer this week in case this happened, and got Mee instead.

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Ditto. Probably just overthinking tho.

    6. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Is there a way to check exactly how many managers own a player?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        It tells you % selected by and work it into 8 million or so.

      2. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Yes click on their info on FPL and it’s the second last column or so.

    7. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Considering no one has captained Salah I can say this without causing offence but this is a huge Salah fail and blank. With KDB back soon he's an easy way into the Belgian hauler.

      1. Tshelby
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        ? they only played 30 min?

      2. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        You joking ? That's the most dangerous 30 mins I've seen from an individual player in a fpl perspective in ages

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        😆

      4. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I think that's right.

        Obviously he can get points like last week and it's dangerous to say with an hour to go.

      5. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Why do people fall for this guys match day trolling every time? hahaha

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Don’t think he’s trolling, he may be genuinely daft

        2. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          My favorite poster here,creative too unlike some serious fantasy points collectors dullards.

        3. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          He's entitled to his opinion.

          Think he does okay in FPL too.

      6. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Clearly don’t watch nor understand the game..

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I study football for a living but okay

          1. ‘Tis the Season
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Get your money back..

          2. ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            so ur saying ur a con man

            1. gogs67
                2 months, 28 days ago

                No, just not good at his job lol

            2. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              bro being a FFS sh*itposter isn't a job lmao

            3. DickFranDyke
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Really, I'd get a new job.

            4. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Get off the unemployment benefits then

        2. Bobby
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Salah is like haz back in the day. Yes he can do nothing for a few games but not having him is still a huge risk as he hauls as much as he fails

      7. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Scrappy game so far

      8. JustPark
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Offside aside, that save tho.

      9. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Stephens transferred out McCarthy because he’s playing the DGWs. Stop overthinking it.

      10. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Surely time to test Allison

        1. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Exactly. If they use him effectively he is Leicester’s best player!

      11. Akris
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 28 days ago

        The updated version of Livefpl looks so good. Makes EO much more simpler to understand. Great work Ragabolly. Thank you

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          haaha just posted the same thing
          excellent work again

        2. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Thanks a lot mate, simplifying what EO means is exactly the purpose of the new additions 😀

      12. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I know this will get lost in the comments, but..

        BIG UP RAGABOLLY !!!

        Every week there is a new addition to LIVEFPL and its always an awesome one.

        THANK YOU for the site its really an amazing asset.

        1. Akris
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Yup. Good work must always be appreciated.

        2. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Absolutely honored sir, thank you 🙂 I finally got some free time this last month to work on ideas I always wanted to implement, glad they add to the experience 🙂

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Excellent site, cracking work 🙂

        3. STEP rOVERS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Agreed. Ragabolly is genius!
          Don’t put a curse on the site please.

        4. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Only matchday comment worth upvoting since 2013

      13. Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Leicester look terrible.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Games gone flat

      14. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        salah double digit haul inbound

      15. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Rival has given up then haha!! https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/4845143/event/24

        Not even sure to class him as a rival, but yeah, defo given up lol

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Thought he could play WC & TC at same time?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Shout

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Oh no, they used it already.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Haha yeah, glad I’ve held on to some chips, however I did deploy the BB this GW to get it out the way before WC’ing

        2. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Oh that’s class.

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Imagine that -28 pays off haha.
          Maybe going for highest scoring week player

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Haha i know yeah, I’d be left with a slap to the face if that came off big time, maybe he is, never known a hitter like him though lol

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              He's even left a lot in his bank.

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Probably saving it for a -36 next GW

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Is he a good mate?

                  Mention it.

                  1. UNDERWORLD7
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Mention it to him?

                    1. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Yeah, ask him why?

                      1. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Ahh don’t really know him that well

        4. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          It's only a -16

        5. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          The Dias to Stones switch is something to behold, after the flurry he really and time to think that was what he needed to do.

          Perhaps he hasn't noticed transfer costs or doesn't take it too seriously.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Haha yeah I guess so, just amazed me is all

      16. dark91
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Vardy close with a header

      17. Penang Sandman
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Mane in the pocket of Leicester Francis Ngannou

        1. Penang Sandman
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          add Robbo in as well

      18. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Everyone needs to work on their first touch.

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          even me?

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            No posting while playing.

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Absolutely! First rule of football:- control ******* ball.

      19. dogtanion
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Madison making my decision to bench him next week very easy. Shocking first half by him

      20. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Robertson looking sharp again.

      21. Bounce
          2 months, 28 days ago

          So many games are going into HT at 0-0 this season. The players are all completely f***ed. Thank goodness there aren't any fans in the stadium to witness such poor football.

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Been a great game so far

            1. Bounce
                2 months, 28 days ago

                3 shots on target.

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              90 mins of running around once or twice a week shouldn’t make them f***ed

          2. Brightside
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Will the DGW 26 fixtures be announced before too long? Thinking to WC GW 25 and maybe BB 26. Thanks

            1. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Should know most of fixtures before the GW25 deadline on Friday

          3. EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Almost Vardy

          4. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 28 days ago

            How is the Egyptian Bolasie playing so far? Will he be hauling with 3 points instead of two this week?

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              He'll score from this fk.

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 28 days ago

              You sound like Fudgys second account

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 28 days ago

                No, I sound like you.

          5. tbos83
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Vardy off the bar

            • PP6
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Vardy Trent and Ricardo on wc looking good

              1. EmreCan Hustle
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Wouldn't pick Ricardo at LB.

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Vardy Barty

            • DMP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Cmon Mo. Everyone sold you for Raz except myself. Time to punish the unfaithful.

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Evans YC

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Hurt himself

            • g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Trent rubbish