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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. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 1 day ago

      😆 this made me giggle

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

  2. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    What was I thinking triple captaining Salah. Jaysus.

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Me too. Or three.

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

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

        1. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 1 day ago

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

          1. Milkman Bruno
            7 months, 1 day ago

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

            1. Saka_me_sideways
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 1 day ago

              And Sane (3) the year before that 🙄

          2. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 1 day ago

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

          3. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 1 day ago

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

            1. badgerboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 1 day ago

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

            2. djman102
              • 12 Years
              7 months, 1 day 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
                7 months, 1 day 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
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Feel the same way with Kane (TC)

    3. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      TBF none are great (apart from Son).

      Salah/Gundo/Bruno/Kane

      DCL to complete the set.

    4. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

  3. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Which players are must haves for BGW 29?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Kane and Son

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Lingard

  4. Egg noodle
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Omg please take Kabak off

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Assume this is tape delayed

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

    3. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day 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
      7 months, 1 day ago

      For who exactly?

    5. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      For who?

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      relagation*

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        ffs cant spell today relegation**

  6. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Firmin NO!

  7. Milkman Bruno
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Salah will score a second half brace anyway

    1. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      In 2019

      1. Milkman Bruno
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Wait and see 😉

  8. F_Ivanovic
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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

  9. tbos83
    7 months, 1 day 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
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Wait....wtf?

      1. tbos83
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Rookie error. He did at least get an assist

        1. tbos83
          7 months, 1 day ago

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

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Ramsdale was the DGW keeper to own...

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      How could we not have seen it?!

  11. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Ramsdale became prime Buffon this game

  12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    2 evenly matched sides

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Lol

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

      Pmsl

  13. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

  14. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    The Fall of Liverpool inspires me like Indian Stock market Rcom

    1. Marvin abides
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

      1. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        this made me chuckle

  15. EWH2020
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      I'm not even captaining them.

  16. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Salah Cappers Quaking in their boots

    You LOVE to see it

    OH yes u do!

    1. tbos83
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Who did you cap?

      1. seanie3
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        bet he did Kane

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Kane

  17. Keeptrying
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

      1. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        That's great!

  18. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Just (c) the goalkeeper playing against Liverpool every week

      1. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Hahaha

  19. Jersey Boy
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    Strange.

  20. Jimmy Boy
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

      1. Jimmy Boy
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 1 day 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
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 1 day ago

          two*

  21. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      So they gave good advice?

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      It was

    3. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Yeah I'm not quite following either

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Good for them

  22. Fantabulous KdB
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Could be 4-0.

      1. Fantabulous KdB
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

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

    2. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      agree

      I'm switching to ginger prince

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 1 day ago

        Salah that is

  23. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Another big game Salah and Thiago don't perform in

    1. Marvin abides
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      To be fair they're not the only ones.

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

    3. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 1 day 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
          7 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah true. Burnout could be taking its toll.

  24. tbos83
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Because Sheffield United get free injury time discounts

  25. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      TC Kane is not a failure.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

    3. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

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

  26. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Favourite Bollywood actress?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Heather Graham.

    2. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      I'm going Evelyn Sharma

    3. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Mo Salah

  27. Old Bull
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 1 day 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.

  28. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Thiago is a fkn joke.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Hes good at completing 5 yrd passes

  29. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

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

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      Just game management

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 1 day ago

      rested.

  30. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 1 day ago

    Every Son triple capper have an attaboy!