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. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Salah!

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Wrong

  2. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Salah to Bale or -4 to KDB?

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    TV audio thought Salah had scored 🙂 🙂

    1. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lol

  4. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Ffs i dont own Salah. Lucky goal for owners...

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I own but rival tcapped. Lol.

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Ffs....

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lol. Lucky non owners more like!

  5. Homer21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Well there you have it

  6. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Salah sitter ugh

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Stretching ; too much on it

  7. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Crowd noise made me think that went in

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yeah, the person controlling the sound messed up

  8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    The fake crowd thought that was a goal

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      They re bunch of casuals.

  9. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Oof sitter.

  10. Scoring freely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Go home Salah ffs

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Agreed

  11. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Not sure if Salah or Brighton...

  12. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Salah misses an open goal

  13. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How does he miss that?

  14. threeputt
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sal oh !

  15. Steve McCroskey
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Imagine captaining Salah

    1. Leaf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Imagine triple capt him

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Was so close

  16. JJO
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thank you Mo for rewarding my faith in you

  17. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Son cappers the real winners today

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      You mean Bale*

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        If they were any I guess 🙂

  18. That Was Easy!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    What a painful TC this is. Unfortunate.

  19. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Salahs best chance of the DGW that.

  20. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Full stretch on a fast paced ball “sitter” lol

    1. hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Every miss is a sitter on here

    2. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Idiots

    3. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      And narrow angle

    4. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      It was a sitter

      1. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Hardly

        1. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Come on now, yes he was stretching but he got decent contact on it

      2. Top Mark.S
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        The irony is that sitter literally means you could score sitting down.

        Salah ran faster than Usain bolt stretched like a superhero and just missed having busted a guy to get there - sitter

  21. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    It’s easy to spot the people who have never played football at any decent level in their lives.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Most will start complaining even though they aren't watching.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Pie

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        SITTER!

    3. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      *at any level

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I stand corrected

    4. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Tbh I would’ve stretched my hammy on that! 😀 And not scored.

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        😀

    5. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      You must love Bemba Das commentary on here...

      1. afcblegend
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        He was the Fudgy on here back in 2012, somehow he's now one of the more normal ones

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Compared to Fudgy, Trump is a normal one...

    6. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yeah what a shame to never play football. They must know nothing about it. The same applies to Sarri, Rodgers or Nagelsmann for sure

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        None of those would call that a sitter or an open goal

    7. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Can I check how many of kane or sons misses today were sitters? It was depressing reading at the time, so checking if they were was as bad as they sounded

  22. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    When do Spurs get a penalty next?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      When they get fouled in the box

  23. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Anyone got a link to Crellin planner for 27 onwards?

    1. That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Google: Ben Crellin Twitter

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Got a link to google?

        1. mad_beer ✅
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Google: Google. That should help.

  24. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Feel like Salah would even miss a pen on this form!

  25. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Fleck has Salah(c) for sure.

  26. mrodgers91
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    If salah finished that would have been worth about 24pts to me. Lets try again in the last 10 plz

  27. JJO
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Would be easy tap in if he didnt hold hands with line whole game

  28. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Ramsdale owners have nowhere to hide

    1. Dthinger
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Why would they hide? If I owned him I’d be crowing right now!

  29. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    That Salah miss costing me 25 pts. Pain.

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      *21

  30. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Wow lucky break for Salah non owners