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. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    When I have Salah he does nothing

    When I have Jota he does nothing

    F--- this game

  2. Party time
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Salah(C) goal as expected

    • Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      The sun might just be creeping out from behind that cloud ....

    • fr3d
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Salah poor at home btw

    • Bees4Lyf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Need a couple more salah!!

    • Wizard of Ozil
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      this one better count...go on MO!!!

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Ok time to be positive, still time for a Martinez penalty save

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Jota next please

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      It really wouldn’t be possible for this day to be going any worse

      Re run of last weekends s*** show

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Get in captain Mo!

      Booted him for his drought, brought him back and capped him this GW, feel like a genius lol

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Assist too for the expensive Liverpool fullback.

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Look at all the non Salah owners rolling in the mud together! Absolutely nowhere to hide

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Oh shut up with that nowhere to hide sh*t.

      2. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        taking salah out of the team a few weeks ago was the best decision of my season and i will never regret it. i gained so many points and ranks because of it.

      3. MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Haha keep telling yourself that .. happy Salah non owner here but Watkins did it at half price .. I was rolling in the mud when I had 12 + million player that I'm afraid to captain because he blankils too much or getting a goal at max no thanks

      4. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        No salah no problem

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      YESSS SALAH COME ONN

    • Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Getting back in Salah (C) making the WC worth it

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        This.

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Guess I’ll have to suffer one more week without Salah before I do my planned move to ditch Son for him.

      Ffs 🙁

    • Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      legendary casual gw this
      so many people captaining kdb and having dias and then getting dallas and salah (c) for this

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Nat Phllips on 1 bap 😆

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Lovely

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

      At least Jota makes it to 60 min

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Can that goal still get disallowed?

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        No?

      2. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        The goal scored five minutes ago that the game has since resumed from?

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        VAR are still too busy working with CERN to measure how many atoms Jota was offside by with the large hadron collider

        1. HashAttack
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Odd how we never see them drawing the lines to measure the exact nano-second the ball was passed
          Do the rules specify whether the timing point is when the foot hits the ball, or when the ball leaves contact with the foot

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            It’s the logical next step for the technology

            Neural implants in player’s brains and sensors in their boot to determine exact time of impact

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      So TAA a much better asset than Robbo?

      1. Werner Brothers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yes, last Gw

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Phillips has a higher xGI than TAA tonight. And to think people paid 3.3m more for TAA!

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Don't rub it in please 🙁

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          TAA goal incoming***

    • S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Could have brought Salah in for Kdb but got Sterling instead lol.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Logic hehe

    • GE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Dallas and Waktins out on WC, probably and håpefullt all other in the same boat

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

      Unlucky Trezeguet

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      This season has been awful and incredibly boring

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Just like your moaning posts.

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          -1

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          You love replying to them more than anyone though!

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        It has, but the last 17 GW’s for me have been stellar! Didn’t expect it, but it’s at least made it partially enjoyable

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Fatigue is immense. The powers that be screwed up royally.

      4. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah it would be so much more fun if it was predictable so we could all have the same template and all do jolly well

      5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Zero returns so far from 5 players. Stupendous wildcard.

        Hate this game sometimes

      6. JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        We want more from you Salah!

      7. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Absolutely despise Salah with all my heart.

        Kept him for all his blanks then got rid before blank gw.

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I did the opposite

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

        Ex-Everton player coming on

      9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Watkins assist millimetres away 🙁

        1. JBG
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Liverpool so lucky then.

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Cracking effort that.