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. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Wos is rubbish

  2. ivantys
      2 months, 3 days ago

      And this is why you stay on the bench useless Barkley

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

      TAA goal

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

      TAA GOAL OMG

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      TAA G

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Trent G

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Barkley is still awful

    • Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      TAA wins it

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      THERE IT IS MARTY!

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

        What a save

      2. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Amazing save too

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

          Astonishing

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          My stream froze straight after so missed the goal haha!

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Trent!!!!!

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Trenttttttt

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

      Jota Assist I think

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Nah

      2. Jurgen Flopp
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Nah came off a defender

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

        No assist

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      So cruel on Martinez that was an astonishing save

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sake, anyone but that trent

    • Alex_thekid
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Best Def to get for White
      5.0
      Saiss
      Coady
      James
      Holding
      Phillips
      I will need him to play for the next couple of gws??
      Thanks in advance

    • Kannbury
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Get in Trent!!

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

        Confused I thought Phillips was the pick 🙂

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          He is

      • Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        That’s one back for the Wildcatders !!!

      • DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        OMG TRENT!!!!!!

      • Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Where all you ‘Robbo’s a better pick than TAA’ guys at?

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

        TRENT I LOVE YOUU BEAUTEYYYYY

        GET IN GET IN

      • Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Trent juhuuuuuuu

      • HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Phillips owners counting their 3.3m

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Dammit - this was the week to bring TAA and Salah back in after all.

        1. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Who could afford that! Went Trent and Jota over Philips and Salah so glad half contributed just a shame my captains not scored

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Same here. FPL only gives Saah attacking points, 1 pointers for cleasheets. But his wrrate is phenomenonal. And Mane looks asleep in comparison. Even if Salah not getting assists ir goals he's always moving, being the first line of defence. Great attitude.

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

            I'll be doing KDB/Dias to Salah/TAA next week

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

        Why wasn’t that disallowed?

      • DandyDon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Jota assist?

      • AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Trent!!!

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Jota assist!?!?????

      • Daniel Jebbison
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        16 pt hit pays off. Juhuuuuu juhuuuu get in

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Huh? How has that paid off?

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Really? That’s crazy!

          Just thought to myself, typical I was considering TAA and Salah both in for hits but then remembered it would have involved selling Dallas!

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

            I am sure you considered a lot of other players. You only remember the ones that haul.

          2. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Arra stop. Your rank is great and gonna get better.

      • The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        No assist!