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
    5 months, 19 hours ago

    Even the 1pt bonus for a clean sheet is looking like a win at the moment.

  2. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 hours ago

    So I decided to ditch Salah and Bruno for Bale and Traore.. only bad call was I should've gone for El Ghazi instead of Traore but thats hindsight

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      I love your balls.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Yes officer, this comment here.

    2. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      Nice Bale pick. Succeeding with a pick like that is as good as a feeling you can have in FPL

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Yeah totally.

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Yeah I've got my punts 50/50 this year

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      Brave and exciting, well done

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      Nice punt

    5. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      Bravo. Nearly did bruno for bale but didn't have the minerals (and it felt like a lot on top of what was a -8 already). Very well done!

  3. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 hours ago

    Additional points prediction for the following players? (Ignore scores already gained)

    DCL
    Bruno
    Shaw
    Watkins

    1. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      DCL 15
      Bruno 12
      Shaw 7
      Watkins 2

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      16
      7
      1
      2

  4. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 hours ago

    Only reason I'm keeping Salah is my rivals chasing me. Everyone of them has Salah and I hope they start selling asap so I can do the same.

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      ?? Sell first

      1. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        I'm not going to make the first move and then be the only one not to get dodgy Salah points after another poor performance from Liverpool. When I sell he will score so I can only sell when my chasers do.

    2. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      if your only objective is to win your mini league, then it's the safest approach to defending your lead.

      1. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Exactly! That's my priority No. 1

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          I think opposite.. attack it, ignore the ml.

          If you have a good overall rank you will likely win the ml regardless.

          At least not until there are only a few gws left, lot of games left to play yet.

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Isn’t that everyone’s prime objective?

  5. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 hours ago

    Best defender 4.3 or below for the remainder of the season ?

    1. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      Slim pickings, hope this is for your bench but Burn might pick up the odd clean sheet

  6. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 hours ago

    Adrian keeping Liverpool in this

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      Wut?

  7. thewakka
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      Time to fire Klopp? I know his mother died but come on...

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Wow

      2. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        He can't change anything if the players are not good enough to change anything.

      3. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Klopp could not win the league for the next 3/4/5 years and they still should not sack him. He's transformed that club. By the way, what a stupid comment.

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Sounds like Wenger...

      4. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Respectfully please shut up

        1. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          This, please

        2. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Agreed

      5. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Half a team creating loads of chances ... why exactly?

      6. Old Bull
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Do you own Chelsea?

    • Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 hours ago

      Nora fatehi or Ema Watson?

      1. thewakka
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Ema Watkins

          1. Jindaljain
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Wife of Ollie Watkins?

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Nora Watson.

        • Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Ask Any Indian you will get the answer

        • pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Nora

          Any day every day

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Each game that Kabak plays I can’t believe how bad he is.

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          He is actually bad, like really really bad.

        2. threeputt
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          makes phillips look good

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Given he’s 20 and just joined I’d say he’s doing alright. One moment where he knew McGoldrick was off.

          1. Epic ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            He's been pretty bad from what I've seen.

            1. Top Mark.S
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Given the context I think he has been okay

      3. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Is Stones on the choppingblock?

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Laporte lurking?

          1. Egg noodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Just regular rotation.

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Uh, no.

      4. Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Only 6 points for Kane???

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Yeah. He better deliver against Fulham.

        2. JJeyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Played CDM as usual Son always a better option.

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Lol could have scored a hatrick

        3. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Missed a big chance assisted by Son in the last minute

        4. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Seems like a lot after Bruno, Salah and Gundo blanks

          1. Top Mark.S
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Salah blank at 45 mins?

          2. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            45 mins to go mate

        5. The VAR Team
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Missed huge chance, and Pope made a superb save

        6. Jindaljain
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Wait for his Hattrick against Fulham

        7. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Better than Bruno (Bruno TCer)

      5. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Salah to Son tonight?

        1. The VAR Team
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Whatever the transfer is, don't do it tonight!

      6. The VAR Team
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 hours ago

        Why didn't we target Sheffield defence for this plum fixture?

        1. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Ramsdale essential. Seems obvious now.

        2. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          They won’t get such easy teams like Liverpool every week

          1. The VAR Team
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Yeah, too late now obviously

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            This

        3. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          I've had Ramsdale as backup keeper since that week Martinez didn't have a game. Playing my BB this week

          1. thewakka
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Well done, mate

            • The VAR Team
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Genius! Wish I made transfers anticipating 10 gameweeks ahead

        4. Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          I hope the front 4 of Bale Son Kane Alli becomes cemented over the next few months, if all 4 are in form they could really contend for that EFL cup as well as possibly the Europa league

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Bale is way too injury prone, dont see it happening

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Don’t think Bale is fit enough. Alli was awful when he came on.

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Moura was the 4th forward.

              1. Alisson WondHaaland
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 19 hours ago

                He wasnt that bad. I do think he is slowly making a comeback

        5. OneMan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Is buying bale to risky with his injury history ?

          1. Epic ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            It's risky, yeah.

          2. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Exciting pick for sure... Got a game in 29 too

            1. The VAR Team
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              You think he'll have recovered from his injury against Fulham by then?

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 19 hours ago

                Ha 🙂

          3. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            But him for the Palace game in GW27, enjoy the points and then assess whether you want to keep him

        6. Totalfootball
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Lingard or Raphina ?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Prob Raph, Lingard can't play in 28.

            1. Totalfootball
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Have cover for 28

          2. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Raphinha

          3. Union_Jacks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 18 hours ago

            Yep

        7. OneMan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 19 hours ago

          Who will score the most points out of
          Salah & Fernandez until the end of the season, bearing in mind Salah has the better fixtures ?

          1. Epic ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            Salah

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 19 hours ago

            If United aren’t getting dodgy pens ... Salah

            1. Milkman Bruno
                5 months, 19 hours ago

                Do you not get tired of it?

            2. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Whoever you think gets the most pens.

            3. Alisson WondHaaland
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Federico

          3. son of city
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              every gameweek salah tend to double cross me when he is the only one left to give me the final points of the week. like WTF?

            • Tinmen
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Guys has Rob Holding most likely lost his place now ? Might have to sell

              1. Lethargio Alcantara
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 19 hours ago

                Seems likely 🙁
                Had him since GW1 and there's no proper replacement!

              2. Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 19 hours ago

                yes, dropped

            • Sir Alex Telles.
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              DGWKS are overated. It's the hope that kills you.

              1. TOLV TUMS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 19 hours ago

                Always. And yet we have such short memories (self included).

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Leeds were super last dgw. Popular oicks delivered apart from ings

                  Dgw 19 was very very good too

                  1. TOLV TUMS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    5 months, 19 hours ago

                    Very true. I think SAT was suggesting that they never hit or exceed our dreamy expectations.

              2. Fred54
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 19 hours ago

                Damned if you and damned if you don't.

                This DGW is far from over.

            • Totalfootball
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Need a Salah hattrick to save GW

            • jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 19 hours ago

              Barnes >...
              1) Tielemans
              2) Lingard
              3) Mount
              4) other?

              1. jdp219
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 19 hours ago

                Already have Raphinha, FYI.

              2. Milkman Bruno
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Jota if fit?

                • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Someone who plays 29?

                • Bobby Digital
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Trossard

                • Pukki Party
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  2 or Jota if fit

                • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Lingard definitely worth a shout mate!!!

                  1. thewakka
                      5 months, 19 hours ago

                      But wont play GW28

                  2. jdp219
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 19 hours ago

                    Wow. Totally forgot about Jota. Excellent shout, folks.

                  3. MrBoombastic
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 hours ago

                    Messi lingard

                • _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Jones g

                • g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Jones G

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  that's way out

                • Pukki Party
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Ruled out probably

                • g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Ball is clearly out of play

                  1. Bushwhacker
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 19 hours ago

                    Nope. Brilliant by TAA

                • AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  Liverpool goal

                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  wtf

                  1. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 19 hours ago

                    Crazy

                • Bushwhacker
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 19 hours ago

                  FINALLY