Dugout Discussion

Rare start for Adrian as Alisson sits out Liverpool’s Double Gameweek 26 opener

Two out-of-sorts sides meet in the last of five Premier League matches to take place on Sunday.

Kick-off at Bramall Lane is at 19:15 GMT.

Liverpool are in particularly woeful nick, sitting in the bottom three for form when Premier League sides are filtered by their last six, eight and ten matches.

The Reds have kept only one clean sheet this calendar year.

The good news for Jurgen Klopp’s side is that they are taking on a team that are rock-bottom of the division and who have lost 20 of their 25 league games this season.

Even the Blades have won more matches than the reigning champions in 2021, however.

Klopp has made two enforced changes to the side beaten in the Merseyside derby at Anfield last time out.

Alisson (£5.9m), absent following the tragic death of his father this week, is replaced by Adrian (£4.2m) between the posts, with Nathaniel Phillips (£4.0m) covering for the injured Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) at centre-half.

Academy goalkeepers Jakub Ojrzynski and Liam Hughes are among the substitutes, along with the fit-again James Milner (£5.3m).

Diogo Jota (£6.6m) had been on the cusp of a comeback but doesn’t make the matchday squad due to illness.

There are two changes for Sheffield United following their defeat by Fulham, with Oliver Norwood (£4.5m) coming in for the injured Chris Basham (£4.6m) in midfield and David McGoldrick (£5.2m) replacing Billy Sharp (£5.5m) up top.


Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Ampadu, Jagielka, Bryan, Baldock, Norwood, Lundstram, Fleck, Stevens, McBurnie, McGoldrick.

Liverpool XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 26 SO FAR…

A first blank in five matches for Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) arrived at an inopportune for Fantasy managers who had backed him with the Gameweek 26 captaincy.

The Portugal international was well shackled throughout, with his expected goal involvement (xGI) total a paltry 0.09 against Chelsea on Sunday.

Manchester United were fairly anaemic overall, mustering just two shots in the box in the stalemate at Stamford Bridge.

An easier test awaits in midweek, at least, with Crystal Palace unlikely to prove such stubborn opposition as a Chelsea side who have now kept five clean sheets in seven Premier League matches under Thomas Tuchel.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.7m) has quietly gone about his business under his new manager, averaging 6.3 points per match and starting every game since the change in the hot seat.

It was the two goalkeepers, plus Andreas Christensen (£4.7m), who took home the bonus points in west London, which gives the impression the game had more action than it actually did.

David de Gea (£5.3m) did make one excellent stop to keep out Hakim Ziyech (£7.9m) but clear-cut chances were scarce.

Timo Werner (£9.2m) and Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) were the latest victims of Tuchel’s tinkering, dropping to the bench for this dour draw.

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1,320 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Salah TCers unite

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Come onnn

  2. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Barnes to Jota would have been great

  3. mojoindojo
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    1-1 with no Salah please

  4. mojoindojo
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Keep Sterling for next week or get rid?

    1. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Another dgw, may as well keep
      Ster owner by the way

    2. Citytilidie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      In same boat, might just straight swap him for KDB

  5. JT11fc
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Wheres that fella who got Bale in haha saw him yesterday

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      The 12th Man I think it was

    2. GoonerSteve
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I was thinking the same. Thought he was mental to do that but what a result!

      1. JT11fc
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Insane

    3. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      I captained Bale

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        What is your team's ID number?

        1. Bank$y
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Couldn't post a pic but check my tweet @banksyfpl

    4. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Me? haha

    5. KGFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Are you talking about me? 🙂

      My WC punt!

    6. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I did Grealish,Bamford >> Bale,Kane -4

  6. GROBARI
      3 months, 22 days ago

      1-3 end here

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Right going into hiding, see you at 9

      1. Gazwaz80
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Haha, I’ve just put something similar 🙂

    • Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Do Liverpool have a defence? Weak keeper, centre backs and midfield. Presumanly Trent and Robbo have to cover now

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        First time fielding two "real" centre backs since november

    • TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      LMS safety score currently 37

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Any way you could run a plate competition next season starting week 20 and only open to those already out?

        Looking for a way to keep my interest in the season alive and I appear to be a second half of the season player

    • Gazwaz80
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Time to hide behind the sofa...

    • ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      shows how far Liverpool have fallen that many of us did not C / TC Salah in DGW with Sheff U

      1. GoonerSteve
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        So true. I have a feeling I may regret it.

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Some do.

        About 65,000 people i think.

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Half a team, half the confidence

    • GROBARI
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Save from Adrian. What?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Offside

          1. GROBARI
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I know,but i am suprised by that save

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 21 days ago

                How so? Adrian is a great shot stopper

        2. Bank$y
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Point check so far for non Salah owners?

        3. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          111,134 already transferred Barnes out. Lingard making the way in.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Blanks in 28!

            1. GoonerSteve
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              game in 29 though.

            2. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Forgot about that.

        4. Vazza
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Any TAA or Robbo owners here?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            So last season

        5. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Guess the best replacement for Grealish was not Harvey Barnes...

          Who is next in line??

          1. Rondon9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            El Ghazi

          2. Leaf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Grealish

          3. Vazza
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            CKDB if fit

          4. GoonerSteve
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Will Grealish be back soon?

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Who knows if we’ll find out before next deadline

          5. thewakka
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Grealish if fit, otherwise I say Saka

          6. FFSbet.com
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Nice ball,take her home Mo

          7. HM2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Best barnes replacement under 9.5m that plays in 29:

            A) Son
            B) Bale
            C) Lingard

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              A

            2. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

              1. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                You need to remove that piece of pizza from under your A button.

          8. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            What a save

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 days ago

              This is a great summary of Liverpools fortune of late

          9. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            What a miss Salah

          10. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Please Mo. Don't let me down.

          11. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Great save

          12. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Just about to stick pins in my eyes as I think it is less painful than watching with no Pool.

          13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            did the commentator say salah was playing wing back?

            1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Yes he did

          14. Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Why didn't Saka not play?

            1. Slitherene
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Did*

            2. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Wasn't fit

            3. mojoindojo
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Fatigue

            4. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Rest, carrying minor injury.

            5. Would Ed Woodward
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Rested, Arteta said he was tired after the Europa, he's played a lot.

          15. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Are Cancelo sellers buying Stone or Dias, seems harsh as all can warm the bench?

            1. Baps hunter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              They aren't here. Casuals selling him.

            2. jomikijiq
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              KDB

            3. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Why do people sell City players after benching? Sell them after a haul

            4. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Yep have bought Stones, kept Cancelo

          16. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Salah RWB 😆

            1. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              If true, great news for non owners like me.

            2. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Inbound blank.....feel sorry for those who gave him the armband

            3. hullcityfan
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Orthodox right back more like

            4. My blood is Blue
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              4pts for clean sheet locked then.

          17. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Barnes to who?

            Will FH29 1.5itb

          18. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            Bale

            1. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Kane and Bale in for Bamford Grealish.. bet you've had worse transfers eh..well played.

            2. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Great move. Shame you didn’t go full balls in and TC him too.

              1. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 21 days ago

                I thought about it but thought just getting Bale in with Son and Kane was good enough.

                What made me triple up?
                Spurs fixture run to 31. Worth attacking then offload some on WC.
                Bale has looked good in Europe and against West Ham.

                1. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 21 days ago

                  Great decision that paid off handsomely, well done!

            3. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              Well played mate

          19. Bobby
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            That moment when you realise that you've totally underestimated the pivotal nature of this week. Staring down the absolute barrell here

            1. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              I was badly prepared for this GW, had to throw my TC at it in hope of grey/small green arrow.

            2. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 21 days ago

              How bad are you. Surely not that far behind?