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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. thewakka
      2 months, 17 days ago

      How is Liverpool looking in the first 20?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Couple decent chances

      2. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Like I should have saved my TC for a different GW.

    • Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Crazy to bench Rashford (mci) for Saka (bur) next GW?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Not crazy

      2. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Not really no

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Nope.

      4. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Nope

      5. Would Ed Woodward
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I'm starting Saka for sure.

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Lee Mason not fourth official because of “injury”. Riiight .. brain injury?

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Something got bruised alright

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Lee Mason picked up an injury in the West Brom game yesterday 😉

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Dunk in the car park

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I read that as "Drunk" 😆 either one makes sense.

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Embarrassment more like. Wouldn't be surprised if Dunk was waiting for him.

    • GROBARI
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Ramsdale save

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Like Pickford last week ... suddenly a genius

      • I am become Marvin
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Liverpool's kit is giving my eyes PTSD.

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          It's not over yet

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Do you know what that means?

          1. I am become Marvin
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yes.

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Klopp sold Salah to fund Kane...

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Ramsdale on fire

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Suddenly thinking to go without Salah and Bruno for the next few runs. Bale and KDB are knocking the door! Thoughts?

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Don’t trust either starting every game is my worry

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            True, but it's more exciting than most expensive premiums with 100%-ish EO that you won't captain week in week out

            1. thewakka
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Why you need premiums though?

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Defensive action I guess, most rivals have them. People here call it 'shield' or so.

          2. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            I'm happy enough to risk going without Salah but I do think Bruno will haul

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Understood, but really not captaining him is so boring. Goals and red arrow, sigh.

            2. thewakka
                2 months, 17 days ago

                If you think Bruno will haul against City then I feel sad for you. Keep your hopes up, little guy!

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Wow, he could though even it's less likely

          3. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Just seen Kane only one goal. So happy as DCL TC-er. Absolute mauling tomorrow

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Cue 2 points

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                And YC.

          4. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Stat padders FC

          5. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Thiago giving away FK again

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Ahhh wondered when the Thiago hate group would show its face

              1. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Great player, wrong club.

                1. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  This

            2. NATSTER
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              many unnecessary fouls

          6. aborg
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Condolences to Alisson for the passing away of his dad.
            Hope he gets through this difficult time. Really not his year !

            1. I am become Marvin
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              It's awful isn't it. What a thing to happen.

              1. aborg
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Yes, it would have been so shocking for Alisson to have received such news suddenly.

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Terrible circumstances too. So tragic.

            3. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              My countries commentador said something about issues attending his funeral too

              1. aborg
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Yes, due to covid restrictions but can’t understand because his dad did not pass away due to Covid !

          7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            this is poor

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 17 days ago

              If you’ve not noticed pretty much every game is poor. What happens when idiots schedule such a difficult season.

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                It started off with a bang...

              2. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Are you always like this or Liverpool's abysmal displays made you like this recently?

            2. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Liverpool matches are often poor. It has to be said. Done amazing last 3 years but it's not fun to watch them like it is Man City.

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Liverpool A team is entertaining. Liverpool B team not so much

                1. Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  So Salah, Mane, Firmino, Thiago, Robbo, Alisson, Trent, Wijnaldum are Liverpool B team players?

            3. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Very, did this team win the Premier league last year?
              Championship play now.

          8. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            What minute will the Liverpool CS get wiped this easy fixture?

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              74

          9. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Rule number 1 of FPL: never get optimistic.

            1. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Rule 2. Never check your rank after the first game. Good or bad.

          10. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Imagine TCing Salah with no Henderson in the team.

            1. thewakka
                2 months, 17 days ago

                or Jota

              • Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Is it like fish and chips without salt and vinegar?

              • Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                One goal and he will be ahead of Kane TC

                1. Inazuma X1
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  This ain't the only week to TC lad

                  1. Pep Roulette
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    I haven't used it. But when people can TC Kane this week, they surely can TC Salah.

              • Bushwhacker
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Or VVD, Gomez, Matip, Jota, Allison, Fabinho

            2. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I just heard about the sad passing of Glenn Roeder. He was in the first Watford team I supported when I first got into football

              https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.skysports.com/amp/football/news/11095/12232053/glenn-roeder-dies-aged-65-after-long-battle-with-brain-tumour

            3. GROBARI
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Ramsdale 3 saves

              • Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Crazy rival has gone Kabak+Phillips on FH

                1. Dthinger
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  I would have. That’s awesome.

                2. Fred54
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Low ranked rival?

                  1. Egg noodle
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    600k

                3. Keep calm and hoof me the b…
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Fair play to them. That is properly maverick

              • Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                It's Ramsdale's day

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Was Pickford’s last week ... history repeatinf

              • fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Kane TC’ers, happy?

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Not bad

                  1. fcsaltyballs
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Yeah I’ll take that... shame no bps but can’t sniff at a return at least

                2. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  It's not over yet.

                  Can't judge it yet.

                  1. fcsaltyballs
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    At this point... are you happy

              • Sack The Glazers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Salah has 2 open teammates, but the selfish player he is, he shoots rather than passes. LOL

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  What are you watching?

              • My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Seems there will be quite a few price changes tonight. Can just afford Salah, Barnes to KdB, Son. Thoughts?

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  If you can accept the risk of KDB rotate

                2. Qaiss
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Yeah, stupid. There's games to play. If injuries happen or Salah scores a hat trick against Chelsea, what do you do?

                  1. Pino
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Salah wont score a hat trick against Chelosea.

                  2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    It's just affordability. Won't be able to later on

                3. Egg noodle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Patience

              • Dthinger
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                For GW 27 should I start Pope (against Arsenal) or Johnstone (against Newcastle)?

                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Johny

              • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Ramsdale performing like Martinez,unlucky TAA, Salah owners

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  True.

              • GROBARI
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Again Ramsdale,whats going on here?

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Seems like he became a world-beater over night.

                    1. GROBARI
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        This

                  2. Bushwhacker
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Sheffield United just throw themselves to the ground in their own penalty area to slow the game and win fks. Weird.

                    1. Forever In Our Shadow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      Not weird at all. That’s all they have to fight teams like Liverpool.

                  3. A-L
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Dear Mohamed Salah,

                    Please play closer to goal.

                    Thanks

                    1. Magic Zico
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      And score when you have got there

                  4. Rains of Castamere
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Not watching but fearing Salah points. How is he looking?

                    1. Sack The Glazers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      like garbage

                    2. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      No need to hide game is going Sheffield way

                    3. GROBARI
                        2 months, 17 days ago

                        He had 1 shot saved,and nothing else. Very quiet game from him