Dugout Discussion

Salah and Jota start together as Klopp benches Mané against Aston Villa

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Diogo Jota (£7.0m) start together for Liverpool as they host Aston Villa in Gameweek 31.

The two players contributed to the Reds’ impressive finish against Arsenal in Gameweek 30 and were both inside the top-five most-bought players for the most recent round of action.

Sadio Mané (£11.8m) is the man to make way this afternoon, dropping to the bench for the second time in four Premier League matches.

That means Jota starts on the left-hand side of Liverpool’s front-three, spearheaded by Roberto Firmino (£9.0m).

Curtis Jones (£4.4m) misses out as a precaution which means Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.3m), James Milner (£5.3m) and Fabinho (£5.4m) are the midfield trio today.

Nathaniel Phillips‘ (£4.1m) stock remains high, earning his fifth Premier League start from a possible six alongside Ozan Kabak (£5.0m).

There is also plenty of revived interest in Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) this afternoon.

Having produced 33 points across his last five matches, the Liverpool right-back was purchased by 190,000+ managers ahead of the Gameweek 31, the most new owners for any defender this week.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa are still without Jack Grealish (£7.5m) who recently suffered a setback on his return from a shin injury.

Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) and Trézéguet (£5.2m) provide the width either side of Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) while Marvelous Nakamba (£4.3m) and Douglas Luiz (£4.8m) both feature in midfield with John McGinn (£5.5m).

Gameweek 31 Line-ups

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Kabak, N Phillips, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Milner, Fabinho; Jota, Firmino, Salah.

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martínez; Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash; D Luiz, Nakamba; Trézéguet, McGinn, B Traoré; Watkins.

Gameweek 31 so far…

Fantasy Premier League managers who swerved from their Leeds assets found their Gameweek 31 win at Manchester City hard to watch.

Stuart Dallas (£5.1m) was the second-most benched player for the latest round of action but bagged a brace at the Etihad Stadium.

To add insult to that decision, Patrick Bamford (£6.6m), the third-most sold Fantasy asset ahead of Gameweek 31, provided the assist for his opener.

From a Manchester City perspective, this match was all about Pep Guardiola once again.

Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m), Rúben Dias (£6.2m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.2m) were all unused substitutes while Ilkay Gündogan (£6.0m) and Phil Foden (£6.0m) both emerged from the bench for one-point cameos.

Ferran Torres (£6.9m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) got the only attacking returns of the afternoon.

Provisional bonus points

  • 3 – Stuart Dallas
  • 2 – Bernardo Silva
  • 1 – Oleksandr Zinchenko

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1,221 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    17 from 1 any good?

    1. TheBiffas
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Pretty average so far

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Decent

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        7 from 4. Beat that

        1. threeputt
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          6 from 3 inc (c) ?

          1. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Captain played here too

      • gogs67
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Most captained Dallas so not great

        • TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Lucky not good 😉

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            It’s not luck. I’ve not made a transfer in 4 weeks just for this game.

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Targeting city at home - perfect

              You are playing 4d chess whilst I am playing checkers

        • _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          it'll do i suppose.

        • Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          And how many from the bench?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Don’t think I have a bench.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Neigh.

        • LSK
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Better than me. I’m on -7 from 1.

          1. Amsterhammer
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            It's a fine club to be in!

        • pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          You rather blew captaincy this week - bad luck that

          1. Daniel Jebbison
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            -15pts from 1 for me.

            Anyone worse ?

      • Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Hopefully Haland & Co will take City out of CL !

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Amen

      • Konstaapeli
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Dallas last on my bench. Love this game.

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          +1

        2. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Mini league leader ... 2nd on his bench .... Antonio in his first 11 definite no show ... and KDB no show ... in he comes with his 17 points ..... oh bloody hell.

          I took him out on my wildcard but I have to be honest he would have been third on my bench so I can’t complain about selling.

      • Khalico
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Whats are the chances either Cresswell, Reece James or Shaw no show?
        I have Dallas 2nd on bench.

        1. HaveYassineChikhaoui
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Gotta hope Shaw doesn't turn up or is rested, 50% chance I'd say based off Ole's comments.

          • Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            James is very possible

        2. HaveYassineChikhaoui
            3 months, 22 days ago

            That change from Laca to Jesus is going to come back to bite me now isn't it.

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Sterling probably had the worst match I've ever seen him play.

            1. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              He has a shocker every time I captain him I swear

            2. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              That some even captained him is beyond me

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Absolutey absurd. His track record this season has been horrendous. It's equatsble to captaining Mané or Pepe this season. (Although Pepe could do well this week!)

                I'm surrosied people like Mark did it. Historical bias.

            3. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              He has been terrible this season. As has Mane. As has Auba. The wide forwards (other than Son) have not lived up to their price tags.

              Hopefully they reprice next season and put Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Kane at high prices and Mane, Son, Auba, Rashford, Sterling at about £1.5m less. With Mahrez, Firmino, Laca, Jesus another £2.0m less than those guys.

            4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Should have had two YC imo

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Yeah. That tackle on Raphinha was terrible.

            5. hueycho
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I would ship him out ASAP if i were u

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                I don't have him. That would be stupid.

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Did anyone sell Dallas for a -21 point hit?

            1. Bennerman
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Not the extra -4, no. But just having sold him is still hurting my balls real bad

          • Zen Arcade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            The headline of this article should be SMUG DALLAS OWNERS IN TIGHT BATTLE TO POST MORE THAN MOANING SELLERS

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Stunned sellers with nowhere to hide.

              Bewildered benchers bucked.

            2. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I am not sure should I be sad that I haven't kept him on wc, or happy that I haven't 17 on the bench 😀

              1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                This.

          • The Senate
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Salah (C), Phillips and Watkins next - 2 points each?

          • mgilbert86
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Gotta leave city assets

            Next level rotation

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Gone from my team by next week, Gundo the last one

            2. HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Sold Gundo, Stones and Cencelo after gw28 ... been "punished" by the 4 points total for the 3 of them in the 3 following gws

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Was Raphinha injured at the end?

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              He might, but I am not sure.

            2. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Was tacked strongly a few times in the match. Yes he had a knock.

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Ta

          • Nanoelektronicar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Salah(C), Jota and TAA owner, Liverpool fan. Either dreamland or horror show. No middle.

            1. Bavarian
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              same here, good luck...

            2. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Yep! My whole last minute WC sits with this game. Whole weekend ruined if it’s 1-0 Villa! The app will be deleted and I’ll be logging out from here 😆

            3. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              0-1 Martinez...

              Anfield nightmare has to end soon, surely...

            4. beric
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              What if you won 2-1 with a salah and jota assist? that would be pretty middling

              1. Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                No, still horror 🙂

            5. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Holding the same three and captain ... fingers and toes crossed.

            6. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Good luck to us

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            1 from 1, solid start

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              3 from 2 including (C) 😉

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Yeah. I feel stupid picking up Gundog again. Especially as I want to BB next week

            2. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Bamford on my 2nd bench
              Dallas on my 3rd..

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Bamford 1st on mine, Dallas third. The a Gundogan subbed blocked even just one of them, haha.

            3. HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              0 from 0 ... just Coady 6 points as 3rd sub

            4. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Auto sub 6 from 1

            5. MightyGar
                3 months, 22 days ago

                2 from 2, on course for a solid 12

            6. FPL DONKEY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Missed the deadline last night and had Dallas in my first 11

              On the flip side I also had my WC active

              1. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                🙂

            7. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Everyone has got jota now so zero interest in this game now

              1. Zen Arcade
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                16.2% ownership.

                If any player I own scores I enjoy it, even if there ownership is 1,000%.

                1. 12steps
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  68 % top10k

                  1. Zen Arcade
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    I honestly don’t care. EO just ruins the fun for me. Just concentrate on enjoying the footy and on my own little points targets.

                2. Eh, just one more thing ...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  This

              2. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Am I wrong in saying that a salah haul as a capt should give a pretty good swing.

                1. Ruth_NZ
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  He'll probably have 45 mins to do it in. 😉

            8. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Between GW 22 to GW 27 my benches scored exactly 120 points..

              Now Dallas is on my 3rd bench.. Nice!!

              1. Mac90
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Dayyum. Shows how much additional points we can gain if we get our 1st 11 right.

                Then again most of the time the players we put on pur bench are usually predicted to suck for that gw.

            9. Mac90
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Man. One thing i love about having bench fodders is you dont have to stare at a 17pts 3rd on your bench.

            10. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              The cooper red card really hurt.

              Bamford owner, so lose his potential extra points gets subbed off.
              Struijk gets subbed on, 2nd on bench, will now take dias spot, rather than the unlikely points id may have got from veltman

            11. Werner Bros
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Of course Dallas scores a brace when I take him out on WC

              1. UNDERWORLD7
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                He’s an incredible player

                1. Werner Bros
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  He is. I had him majority of the season. I'm still happy with my WC but it is gutting missing those points! There's a chance I might have benched him anyways and that would feel even worse.

              2. HashAttack
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Showing early season Grealish form - scores every 3rd match - 12, 15, 6, 17
                Book him in for gw34 (bha)

              3. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Same but he would have been third on my bench today if I retained him which would have been worse.

            12. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              All hail the Lundstram of 20/21!

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Congrats, you started him right?

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Yes, about to be punished by Pool though!

                2. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  He did better than that

                  Took a hit to sort his defence and then benched Rudiger for Dallas.

                  Genius play

              2. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Dallas is a much better footballer than lundstram, but I know what you mean!

              3. Werner Brothers
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Enjoy while we can, next season will not be the same

            13. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              So, people will play Dallas v LIV next GW? 😉

              1. Werner Brothers
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Probably, don't want to miss his hattrick

                1. Magic Zico
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  😆 yeah yeah

            14. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              As predicted Pep is PUNISHED for dropping all 4 of his big boys!

              Blessed to have trusted my gut and starting Dallas X

              1. Daniel Jebbison
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Congrats. For those who started Dallas completely deserved the pts.

              2. Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                I need all three clean sheets just to match that, but I hope getting Salah(C) on wildcard could still justify it.

              3. MessiGOAT
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Yessir nice decision

              4. Eh, just one more thing ...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                People will be rolling their eyes but it was a great call and when people do go against the grain they deserve to reap the rewards.

              5. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Fluke. Send Pep a nice card

            15. GOTHAM City F.C.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              WCs first proper game.

            16. Tshelby
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Veltman and shaw you playing this week guys?

            17. LewanGOALski
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              If Burn doesn’t play it’s Dallas coming on for me.
              Nervous next days...

            18. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              5.5m next year ? Dallas that

              1. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                He’ll be a mid

              2. Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                6.0 - 6.5 mid, no interest.

              3. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Good arguement for at least 6m given Leeds could feasibly strengthen defensively.

                I think Doherty after his first season at Wolves is the barometer.

                1. Werner Brothers
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Dallas is more close to lord lundstram than doh

              4. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Midfielder

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  I actually didn't even consider that. Yeah. Very good chance.

            19. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Shame James Justin got injured. Think he would have been pushing Dallas for best cheapie defender this year.

            20. ‘Tis the Season
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Transferring Sterling out for Bruno very satisfying!!

            21. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              If Salah and Jota go mental here this could be shaping up to be an epic gameweek

              1. Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Let's hope. Need some TAA assist to spice it up.

            22. Mac90
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              In my ML top 10, I'm the only one that has Alonso
              I also captained him.

              The others have Jota. Some captained him too.

              Pls let this week be my resurgence week!!

              1. fr3d
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Keep us updated