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. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 3 days ago

    YESSSSSSS.....

    TRENT-ALEXANDER ARRNOOLLLLLDDDDDD (C)!!!!

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

      Well done well done !!!!

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

    Taa Jota Salah!!!!!!!

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

      Wasn't an assist..

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

        B s

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

          Cleared by defender

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

          I have him as well

  3. Plagued by indecision
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Yesssss

  4. BDA Shadow
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Gotta love people complaining before the whistle blows.

  5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Cheers Trent sorry for talking crap on ya

  6. Cancelo Culture
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    And THAT is why Trent is worth the extra cash over Philips!

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

    No assist!!!

  8. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Well thank God for that

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

    Nice goal, but terrible game from him.

    1. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Spot on. Sky commentators seem to have forgotten how bad he's been

  10. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Assist is unclear. Did it ricochet off Jota to TAA or was a Villa player involved?

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

      Haven’t really shown it yet I don’t think. Could have been Jota or a defender

  11. hueycho
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Wow TAA has been s*** the whole game and he gets a winner..crazy!

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

      Big Big goal in my ML with all of the guys chasing me have him...gutted

  12. Kane and Ablett
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Jota assist surely...... either way I’ve got a huge red arrow coming

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

        Cleared by AVL player...

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

        Nah no assist

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

      Jota touched that imo...

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Trent moaners rejoice!!!

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I mean mOWNERS.

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

      Phew .... any assist for TAA goal ... I don’t think so?

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

        Come on give it to Jota.

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

      will be disallowed after the final whistle

    • ReindeerHotdog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      All the posters who've commented about how overrated Trent is must be so confused.

      He's not been the best pick of late but he's still a quality player and has that in his game.

      Might be coming into some form right at the end of the season.

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

      TAA on 3 bonus

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

        Absolute joke

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

      Would love that to be a Jota (c) assist too.

    • sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      9 point goal

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      We Jota owners been robbed

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

      FPL haven't tweeted the G/A. Must be checking if Jota touched it.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Phillips robbed

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

      Phillips still on 2 BAPs???

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

        1

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

        1

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

        I think just 1, which is still impressive considering

      4. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        1

    • dansmusen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Trent goal the worst ever for me...all of my ML chaser have him in this week....FFS

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

      FT 2-1

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

      Mane should have passed to Salah or Jota there, so selfish

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Philips owners smirking 20 minutes ago.
      Karma bites them

    • ivantys
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Greedy Mane not passing to Jota

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

        Mane what a greedy fecker