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

    Martinez 7th save might scrape a BAP!

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

      God he's good, shame I sold him on my WC lol

  2. Sco
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    How greedy is that from Mane... ridiculous.

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

      Not like their goal difference is already anything to shout about. Far to greedy!

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

    Mane selfish at the end, Jota was wide open!

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

    We have to be honest though, Liverpool defence looks awful and Liverpool in general look very average, very very lucky win

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

    PASS IT! raging at Mane there jees

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

    Mane 😆

  7. COK3Y5MURF
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    L for Salah cappers. 12.5m for 7 points

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

      Only really Kane to worry about.... KDB 0, Jota 2 Sterling 2..

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

      Points in the bank worth more than xP

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

      And yet not really, winners as he scored

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

    Thank you Make for being so greedy

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

      *Mane lol

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

    Jota owners unlucky again ffs

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

    That save from Thiago by Martinez in amongst all that was ridiculous.

    What a keeper.

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

      Best keeper in the league atm

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

    Djeezes, mane. Even as a jota non owner, that was awful.

  12. Kannbury
      2 months, 3 days ago

      5 bonus from Trent & Olly 🙂

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

      Mané destroying my mini league win

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      How many points is Trent on?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        11

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

        11

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

        11

      4. Tired and weary
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        11

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

      That's why Mane will be benched again next week

      1. Kane and Ablett
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Mane is just sooo selfish

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

        Despite the goal I feel I’ve dodged a bullet somewhat without Salah.

        Please go big Vardy

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

          No billet dodged. He scored

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

            I know but it could’ve been worse than 7pts, and Trent managed to return for me which eased the pain lol

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

        Lesson learnt. Just play Martinez every game.

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

          Meslier with 4pts today to, not sure why I have ederson even if he starts every game!

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

        Null & void before 5:30pm!!!

      5. Nikolai Volkoff
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Bye Targett

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

        Considering only having Phillips and Martinez in that game it’s not gone as bad as expected!

      7. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Mane, you fecking tw*t

        1. Cojones of Destiny
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          this )

      8. MightyGar
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Martinez 1 Bap

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

          surely must be a Jota assist?!

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

            Nope

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

              how???

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

            why?

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

              because he passed the ball to TAA before the goal?

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

                I'm confused, I saw thiago shot which martinez parried out and trent picked up and scored. Jota was in the box and just moved out the way of the shot, no idea why everyone is saying he got the assist

                1. gooberman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Same

        • Mac90
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Alonso C.
          Trent Vc.

          So what now. Will Alonso come on?

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

            89 mins

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

          Now I have to re-consider Trent, ugh.

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

            Really don’t, he’s dreadful

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

              Okay, Phillips it is.

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

          Here I stand as a straight male, but I think I love Emi Martinez. What a keeper.

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

          And Martinez still gets 4pts. Wish this guy would just eff off!!

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Kept him on wildcard. Comfortably my highest point scorer so far.

        • DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          TAA up to 11 pts like that! That’s why I went him over Phillips. 9,12,11 last 3. Unlucky today with Jota but think he could match Salah over remainder of season, hopefully he doesn’t get to many pens anyway!

        • diesel001
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Mane shooting because he knows he is playing for his place in the team. If he isn't getting the goals his use in the team drops. He isn't a youngster any more. 29 and others fighting to take his place.

        • FFSbet.com
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Hmm...so this was the player that was mad at Salah and wanted team to score more goals.