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Alisson and Fabinho return to bolster Liverpool defence as Tuchel recalls Werner

Six successive days of Premier League action comes to an end at Anfield this evening as the 17th and final Double Gameweek 26 fixture takes place.

Liverpool v Chelsea gets underway at 20:15 GMT, as two defences in contrasting form meet on Merseyside.

The Reds kept only their second Premier League clean sheet of the calendar year in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United, ending a run of seven straight blanks for Andrew Robertson (£7.2m).

Chelsea’s backline has been watertight in comparison, with five shut-outs arriving in the seven top-flight fixtures that Thomas Tuchel has overseen.

Antonio Rudiger (£4.6m) and Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.7m) have been a part of all of those clean sheets and both players start this evening.

The respective managers have made two changes apiece for tonight’s encounter.

Alisson (£5.9m) returns from compassionate leave for the hosts, replacing Adrian (£4.2m) between the posts.

The Reds’ faltering backline has been further boosted by the return to fitness of Fabinho (£5.4m), who takes Nat Phillips‘ (£4.0m) place at centre-half.

Diogo Jota (£6.6m), who would have made the matchday squad at Bramall Lane were it not for illness, is among the substitutes.

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) will face his former employers once again as he looks to improve on a sub-par recent record of nine blanks in his last 12 matches.

As for Chelsea, Timo Werner (£9.2m) replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) in the visitors’ attack.

Jorginho (£4.7m) is in for Mateo Kovacic (£5.3m) in the middle of the park, with Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) again only among the substitutes as Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) continues at left wing-back.


Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Kabak, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Jones, Salah, Firmino, Mane. 

Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell, Ziyech, Mount, Werner.

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1,692 Comments Post a Comment
  1. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Salah or Fernandes to KDB?

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Salah

    2. OleBall
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Bruno

      • Ruth_NZ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Bruno but you are a week late.

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Salah

        Bruno at least plays for a team with some identity. Fixtures are really neither here nor there right now.

    3. Tmel
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Bench one:

      a) Neto (avl)
      b) Raphina (whu)
      c) DCL (che)

      1. marcos11
          1 month, 9 days ago

          A

        • wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          c

      2. marcos11
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Bench one?

          a) Raph
          b) DCL
          c) Watkins
          d) Mount

          1. OleBall
              1 month, 9 days ago

              B

            • wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              c

            • BaleKaneSon
                1 month, 8 days ago

                Ollie

            • Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Just realised I don't have Tierney anymore so need to change my team name from Tier 1 Tierneys to Targett Mee Stones

            • Naby K8a
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Right lads.TV Series to get into now the Reds season is over?

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Freaks and Geeks

                1. Naby K8a
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  seen, brilliant

              2. Dušan Citizen
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Lost

              3. Dušan Citizen
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                The Peaky Blinders if you are over 7-2

              4. OleBall
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  The Serpent

              5. Fiona B
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                I just bought Lingard. JESSE BLOODY LINGARD! JLINGZ!!!!!! 2020 - 2021 it truly is the end of times.

              6. JJeyy
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Ben white the most nailed brighto Defender? Veltman looks good but not nailed with lamptey?

                1. marcos11
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Dunk if no budget but White seems pretty safe with his versatility

                2. Werner Bros
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Would appreciate any thoughts on what to do here?

                  Martinez
                  Dias Cancelo Dallas
                  Salah Gundo Bruno Son
                  Watkins DCL Bamford

                  Areola *Barnes Targett Lowton

                  1FT 0.7ITB

                  WC after 29. So looking to bring in players who play that GW.

                  Barnes > Someone? Best move this week?

                  1. Hy liverpool
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Lingard or Raphinha

                    1. Werner Bros
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Yeah these were the 2 I was between.

                      Is there much to be said for going Lingard cos it spreads the chances more as I already have Bamford and Dallas for Leeds.

                  2. HD7
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Raphinha?

                    1. Werner Bros
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      It's him or Lingard for me, thinking Lingard could be the better option because I already have Bamford and Dallas

                3. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  RP.
                  FH29. WC31.

                  Was considering selling Mee for Reguilon/Rudiger/Pereira/Cresswell or ESR for Soucek.

                  On reflection, I think saving the transfer would be wiser. Then I'd have 2FTs the following week to pick players for GW28 & 30.

                  What yo thinking?

                  Martinez
                  TAA Cancelo! Stones! Targett
                  Son Minamino!* Gundo! ESR*
                  Kane Ings!

                  McCarthy! | Bruno (mci), DCL (che), Mee (ARS)

                  1 FT. 1.0 ITB.
                  ! = DGW
                  *= doubt

                4. Couch Potato
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Best

                5. marcos11
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Safe enough to go Barnes > Mount before price rises? Conscious of Grealish potentially getting a dgw next week but I already have double Villa.

                  • Couch Potato
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Barnes > JWP worth a punt on a DGW?

                    1. marcos11
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Don’t think so with current Southampton form

                    2. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Help please. Do I go with the exact money transfer now

                      Ederson C
                      Stones Lowton Konsa
                      Mo* Bruno Gundo Son Raph
                      Vardy* Watkins

                      Martinez Shaw* Dallas Bamford

                      A Vardy Shaw to Kane Burn (exact money tonight) -4
                      B Vardy to Antonio
                      C Mo and Vardy to Kane and Lingard -4
                      D other

                    3. Werner Bros
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Bench 1

                      A: Bamford
                      B: Watkins
                      C: DCL
                      D: Lingard
                      E: Bruno

                      1. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Not Lingard

                        I'd actually play DCL - Everton have record of scoring against top 4. I'd go either Bamford or Watkins. Currently on Bamford but that's because I already have Raph.

                    4. Kay317
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Worth doing sterling to KdB?
                      Also want to do DCL to Antonio

                    5. OneMan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      How does Klopp motivate this lot ?