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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. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 52 mins ago

    Jonny Evans

    Limping since 2015

    1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 51 mins ago

      He was good for United

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 50 mins ago

        I never disputed that

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 50 mins ago

      Taught Aguero everything he knew....

  2. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 51 mins ago

    Tiago is terrible for this team

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 49 mins ago

      I don’t get why there is so much Tiago bashing here.

      The entire team is below par for ages, it’s very clear.

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 46 mins ago

        He is awful for Liverpool. Slows them down, gives the ball away.

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 43 mins ago

          I don’t agree at all. I think main reason why Pool is struggling is vvd injury and Hendo, Fabinho not playing in middle

      2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 45 mins ago

        I think a lot of it comes down to the hype Liverpool fans have him. He was supposed to be their Bruno/KDB

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 43 mins ago

          1 goal in 10 avg for Bayern & Barca with all the goals they score meant he was never going to be that.

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 49 mins ago

      *Thiago

    3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 46 mins ago

      Yeah but look at his pass accuracy

      1. MissouriMarten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 30 mins ago

        Most of them go about 5 yards sideways though.

  3. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 50 mins ago

    Would you BB this team?

    Pope
    Dias Stones Mee
    Gundogan Bruno Salah Son
    Bamford Ings Watkins

    Martinez Dallas Bednarek Raphinha

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 49 mins ago

      Leeds players off the bench makes it less appealing but yes.

    2. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 48 mins ago

      100%. 7 players on your bench

    3. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 47 mins ago

      Yes looks strong

  4. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 49 mins ago

    Johnny Evans captained himself in FPL

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 48 mins ago

      Just make it to 60 and bank that clean sheet

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 47 mins ago

      Wants to get to the 60 minute mark for a cleanie then he’ll be waving to come off ...

  5. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 48 mins ago

    If Trent's season Carrie's on the way it has been, what do you reckon his starting price tag would be next season? £6.5?

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 48 mins ago

      *carries

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 46 mins ago

        5.5

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 45 mins ago

        6.0

        1. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 43 mins ago

          This

      • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 45 mins ago

        4.5m

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 43 mins ago

          May as well barter down to 4.0

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 42 mins ago

            Nah. We don't half the game to own him at that price

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 41 mins ago

        6.5m.

    3. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 47 mins ago

      Playing Henderson as a CB should be banned by law

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 47 mins ago

      Any sign of black smoke at Selhurst Park?

      1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 46 mins ago

        It's coming

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 45 mins ago

        Just seen getting off the Popemobile....

    5. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 46 mins ago

      FK for Salah upcoming

    6. Bounce
        3 months, 46 mins ago

        Salah needs to be 9.0 next season otherwise I'm not falling for the trap.

        1. Daniel-The FPL Fanatic 😉
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 46 mins ago

          40 pts in GW1

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 41 mins ago

            Only if you had him and captained.

        2. ivantys
            3 months, 45 mins ago

            He's useless without pens.

        3. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 46 mins ago

          I brought Watkins in for DCL this week. My minileague rival seems to have done the opposite. Guaranteed DCL will start against Fulham now.

          1. TheBiffas
              3 months, 41 mins ago

              He's been ruled out haha

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 46 mins ago

            Salah assist if this goes in

          3. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 46 mins ago

            Another shocking dive from Salah. Sniper spotted in the stands. He shouldn’t have gone down there. Disgraceful

          4. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 45 mins ago

            Trent unlucky

          5. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 45 mins ago

            If Liverpool didn’t have bad luck they’d have no luck at all.

            1. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 40 mins ago

              boo hoo 🙁

          6. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 45 mins ago

            Trent bar, Salah assist

          7. denial
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 44 mins ago

            Sold TAA for cancelo. Could do without free kick heroics please

          8. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 43 mins ago

            Can anyone justify why Thiago should cost a penny more than 4.5m?

            1. Dannyb
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 43 mins ago

              Nope

            2. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 42 mins ago

              BPS magnet.

              1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 38 mins ago

                He's had more YCs than bps

          9. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 42 mins ago

            Would’ve been Vardy OG even better

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 37 mins ago

              At least he posted before the deadline this time.

            2. beric
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 37 mins ago

              Pyrite.

            3. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 36 mins ago

              The most insufferable of FPL 'pundits' those two.

              1. MissouriMarten
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 25 mins ago

                Sam "For me" Bonfield. Take a drink every time she says it.

                1. MissouriMarten
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Just the 9 times during this week's Official FPL Podcast...

          10. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 40 mins ago

            Champions league Tuesday, let's get those big guns off for a rest!

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 37 mins ago

              They're playing for position here with Leicester.

              I predicted a draw in my ScoreApp.

          11. Bounce
              3 months, 38 mins ago

              Salah is absolutely not worth his price tag anymore, it's as simple as that. He's become Aubameyang 2.0

              1. ivantys
                  3 months, 38 mins ago

                  He also has more than twice Auba's points.

                  1. Bounce
                      3 months, 37 mins ago

                      Doesn't count because all of his points came before GW14.

                      1. Nightcrawler
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 34 mins ago

                        30 points vs whu for cappers

                  2. Freshy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 35 mins ago

                    Timing

                  3. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 35 mins ago

                    Ball bouncing in the net, Salah goal

                  4. CRO KLOPP
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 34 mins ago

                    Salaaaaah

                • how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 38 mins ago

                  no sign of a goal

                  1. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 37 mins ago

                    Game died when Tiago came on. 0-0 is all but in.

                    1. Stormbringer22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 34 mins ago

                      Has been very error-prone and slows down the game too much

                • Stormbringer22
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 38 mins ago

                  Ndidi and Henderson have been LEI and LIV best players respectively in this game so far

                • Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 38 mins ago

                  awful game

                  1. Stormbringer22
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 36 mins ago

                    I think we all expected at least a couple of goals by this stage

                • KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 37 mins ago

                  Salah blank but clean sheet point good or bad for rank if you’re an owner but not captainer?

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 36 mins ago

                    He is only 80% ish effective ownership

                  2. Stormbringer22
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 35 mins ago

                    Given his EO is less than 100%, any points are good for you. Hoping he gets a goal

                  3. Slouch87
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 35 mins ago

                    Lol. Desperately clutching at straws.

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 33 mins ago

                      Not now 🙂

                  4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 35 mins ago

                    All CS are bad

                  5. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 33 mins ago

                    Sorry for timing

                • Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 35 mins ago

                  Vardy eyeing up a 88th minute winner?

                • Ha.
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 35 mins ago

                  Watkins going to haul on my bench

                  Never thought about benching Salah

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 35 mins ago

                  OMG Salah

                • Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 35 mins ago

                  Mo

                • how now brown cow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 35 mins ago

                  salah goal