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. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Kabak seems like a guy who could accidentally spell his name backwards

    1. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 18 days ago

        😆 this made me giggle

      • Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        He's still spinning from James Rodriguez's pass.

    2. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      What was I thinking triple captaining Salah. Jaysus.

      1. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Me too. Or three.

        1. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          I've failed in my triple captaincy more often than not, so whatever!

          1. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            27 points from Bobby F. last season. 15 once from Martial. This has not been a good chip for me.

            1. Milkman Bruno
                1 month, 18 days ago

                That’s fine. I had Kane (3) followed by Manè (3)

                1. Saka_me_sideways
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    And Sane (3) the year before that 🙄

                2. Hybrid.power
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  My most successful was Salah as well, in one game against Huddersfield. Feels like a lifetime ago now.

                3. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Think I peaked with the tc on alexis.. 75 I think it was.. glorious times.

                  1. badgerboy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    That was the first year of the chips wasn't it?

                  2. djman102
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Same. Then the next three years Kane (9), Sane (3), and Mane (3).

                    If Fernandes plays 60 midweek, he outscores all three combined, so an improvement at least.

                    1. jason_ni
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Yea, I see people complaining about kanes one goal, for me after previous complete fails, ill take anything as a positive.
                      There's another game to go as well.

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Feel the same way with Kane (TC)

          3. Limbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            TBF none are great (apart from Son).

            Salah/Gundo/Bruno/Kane

            DCL to complete the set.

          4. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Just think of it as 4-6 extra points across 2 games

        2. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Which players are must haves for BGW 29?

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Kane and Son

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lingard

        3. Egg noodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Omg please take Kabak off

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Assume this is tape delayed

          2. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            At that rate Liverpool will need to sign a whole new squad

          3. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Someone on here actually owns him, let's see what happens for a few more minutes at least

          4. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            For who exactly?

          5. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            For who?

        4. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Kabak is coming from a relegating battling team who has changed their manager 5 times this season lol, shouldn't be expecting much from him. He has got 0 points in last 26 games

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            relagation*

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              ffs cant spell today relegation**

        5. tiger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Firmin NO!

        6. Milkman Bruno
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Salah will score a second half brace anyway

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              In 2019

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Wait and see 😉

            2. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              switched this game off as a Salah captainer... already watched enough football for the day and i have a feeling this one is going to ruin my evening if i watch it

            3. tbos83
                1 month, 18 days ago

                At least this is making me feel better about TC'ing Aubameyang in gw2

                1. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 18 days ago

                  Wait....wtf?

                  1. tbos83
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Rookie error. He did at least get an assist

                      1. tbos83
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          I'm now at 85k btw so it didn't do too much damage

                  2. Rainer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 18 days ago

                    Ramsdale was the DGW keeper to own...

                    1. tiger
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      How could we not have seen it?!

                  3. GROBARI
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Ramsdale became prime Buffon this game

                    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      2 evenly matched sides

                      1. Bushwhacker
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        Lol

                      2. Forever In Our Shadow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        Pmsl

                    • Little Red Lacazette
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      The right captain choice was Ramadale this week. Man gonna make 20 saves today

                    • Jindaljain
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      The Fall of Liverpool inspires me like Indian Stock market Rcom

                      1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        I've just got into the investment scene, so have an upvote.

                        1. TOLV TUMS
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          this made me chuckle

                    • EWH2020
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Anyone with TC left planning to use it on a City asset next week?

                      1. Pep Roulette
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        I'm not even captaining them.

                    • Nightcrawler
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 18 days ago

                      Salah Cappers Quaking in their boots

                      You LOVE to see it

                      OH yes u do!

                      1. tbos83
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Who did you cap?

                          1. seanie3
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            bet he did Kane

                          2. Nightcrawler
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Kane

                      2. Keeptrying
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        I think I will be using this to determine when to play bench boost and TC next season:

                        https://numbergenerator.org/randomnumbergenerator/1-38

                        1. Pukki Party
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Tbf i got 17 and had Son C with a 13 pointer

                          1. Keeptrying
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            That's great!

                      3. Jindaljain
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        Ramsdale will have several saves + penalty save and MOM of this game

                        1. Bushwhacker
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Just (c) the goalkeeper playing against Liverpool every week

                          1. Jindaljain
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Hahaha

                      4. Jersey Boy
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        Why do some Pool players actively avoid passing it to Salah? Is it because he’s prone to losing the ball or..?

                        Strange.

                      5. Jimmy Boy
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 18 days ago

                        Who else has captained Salah and is fully ready for him to have a penalty saved by Ramsdale in the second half

                        1. Bushwhacker
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Liverpool get a penalty?? Not been following have you.

                          1. Jimmy Boy
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Was supposed to be a joke but regardless not sure what you're getting at here. Only three teams have scored more pl pens than Liverpool this season.

                            1. Jimmy Boy
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              two*

                      6. GROBARI
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          People here said to me that its better to sell Salah rather than Son...

                          1. mynameisq
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            So they gave good advice?

                          2. _Ninja_
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            It was

                          3. TOLV TUMS
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Yeah I'm not quite following either

                          4. Limbo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Good for them

                        • Fantabulous KdB
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          I think it's time to go without pool until they sort themselves out. I wouldn't be captaining Salah next 4 weeks so good to invest in punts like Bale

                          1. Bushwhacker
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Could be 4-0.

                            1. Fantabulous KdB
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Feels like that every week, but points say otherwise. Liverpool is doing a lamptey!

                          2. ALI_G
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            agree

                            I'm switching to ginger prince

                            1. ALI_G
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Salah that is

                        • mynameisq
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 18 days ago

                          Another big game Salah and Thiago don't perform in

                          1. Marvin: Phantom der Nacht
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            To be fair they're not the only ones.

                          2. Inazuma X1
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Thiago and perform??? Hmmm they don't go hand in hand.

                          3. Duke Silver ☑
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Kind of feels like Salah doesn't care anymore. Maybe there's substance to the rumours of him going to Spain.

                            1. mynameisq
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              They all look a bit switched off, natural after gegen pressing for 4 years straight

                              1. Duke Silver ☑
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 18 days ago

                                Yeah true. Burnout could be taking its toll.

                        • tbos83
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            How is there no added time? There were at least 2 mins over the head injury alone

                            1. Bushwhacker
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Because Sheffield United get free injury time discounts

                          • Bookkeeper
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            IF Salah blanks then Kane TC wasn't such a failure.

                            1. Bushwhacker
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              TC Kane is not a failure.

                            2. Magic Zico
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              6 pts from the first game is not total failure regardless, is it?

                            3. _Ninja_
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Sane 3
                              .. fail
                              Mane 3... fail
                              Kane 18 at HT..success.

                          • Jindaljain
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Favourite Bollywood actress?

                            1. Bushwhacker
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Heather Graham.

                            2. TOLV TUMS
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              I'm going Evelyn Sharma

                            3. Pino
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Mo Salah

                          • Old Bull
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            I’m getting that feeling with Salah, when you feel a player isn’t going to perform but play them in the hope you’ll be wrong.

                          • Muchentuchel
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Thiago is a fkn joke.

                            1. Bobby Digital
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Hes good at completing 5 yrd passes

                          • OneMan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Why was Bale taken off early. Tempted to buy him.

                            1. Jurgen Flopp
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              Just game management

                            2. _Ninja_
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 18 days ago

                              rested.

                          • Bobby Digital
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 18 days ago

                            Every Son triple capper have an attaboy!