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. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    It was way of target by the looks if it. Terrible attempt from there.

    1. I am become Marvin
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      He was playing Robertson in.

  2. mrodgers91
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Surely that has to go down as OG

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      It has

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Salah was to bale -16?

  4. French Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Any one seen Salah by any chance ?

    1. That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      If only Ramsdale hadn't came up so big in the first half. That was Salah's chance.

  5. UNDERWORLD7
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    This is the final straw, Salah has to go.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Sell him tonight, price drop imminent

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Salah, Gundogan to Son, KDB for -4?

    1. moment
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      What I did last week. Little early to know if inspired or disastrous.

    2. Neevesy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Ooo that's nice

  7. Rep Poulette
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    1. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Pain.

  8. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Bruno didnt get this treatment when he blanked bs Shu. At Home

    1. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      He probably did.

    2. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Bruno looks like them 😉

    3. son of city
        3 months, 26 days ago

        I knew it would end with tears.

    4. ALegendJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      So close to a grey arrow! My change% according to livefpl is -0.64%!

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        -0.43% here

    5. Fred54
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Kean-Bryan name up in lights. So due.

    6. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      bruno - 193
      Son - 165
      Salah - 163
      Grealish - 129

      ....

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Actually

        Son - 168
        Salah - 165

    7. FFSbet.com
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Trauma from witch doctor,he is afraid to attack 1 v1 just pass back

    8. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Too many mids to consider ditching this week

      Salah, Bruno and Barnes!

      1. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Might just delete my team - seems the most efficient approach

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Reasonable suggestion

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        The one having a knee operation.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Yeh I mean he’s a definite but now considering at least one of the others

    9. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Salah's record when I've captained him against bottom-half sides this season is actually a cruel joke

    10. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Robbo wastes a Salah assist

    11. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Salah xA

    12. That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Salah takes pens with Milner on the pitch, for anyone wondering.

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Liverpool getting a pen LOL

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          😆

      2. thewakka
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Thanks, the only hope of seeing Salah today

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Says?

      3. mad_beer ✅
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        FPL was so much better before the season started.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Always is. So much optimism 😛

      4. Tomas_brolin
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Saves 2 FTs so I could get in Barnes and Aina this week. Checked phone and saw Fulham CS but only then saw he was subbed at half time

        Can’t wait for captain DCL to get sent off tomorrow

      5. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Salah just never delivers for my team this year, simple as that.

        I can't wait to get rid of him as soon as possible.

        That means he will haul for you guys against Fulham.

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          but only if I sell, then it is guaranteed.

        2. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          If the transfer is for KDB (C) or Son, I think it's a good move. Otherwise seems worth keeping yeah?

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Yes. Match / game week not over yet and even if he blanks twice, he’s still getting chances. Reliable mids is tricky at the moment. Think Mane is better but too sideways. Agree KDB or Son might be worth it but even them have been up and down

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          He’s scores 165 pts ... you missed them all??

      6. Scoring freely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Salah out by the corner flag all game, doesn't look like he could be bothered

        1. Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          He does this whenever I cap him, apologies

      7. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Salah doing a stellar job at RB

      8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Salah misses a sitter

      9. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        LOL

      10. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        A Liverpool CS?! Crazy GW

      11. MoSalad
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        OMFG No way massive chance Salah

      12. mattk lfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        He actually missed it

      13. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Phew !

      14. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Well, I thought that was in

      15. dshv
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Maybe will hit WC30

        But when to use BB ?