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. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Switching off the sound now, that wow from carragher has done it for me

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

      Let a man come without judgement and thy shall reap the rewards

    2. Brimble82
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      He shouldn’t be allowed to commentate. He’s barely a pundit. He’s so frustrating to listen to

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Cant listen to him

        Starts nearly every sentence with “We’ve spoke about” or “Everybody has been talking about”

        Hasn’t got a brain cell in his head

        And is also a dirty disgusting scumbag who spits on families when he can’t think of a more constructive response

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

          Bit harsh

        2. Brimble82
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I’ll never forget the fact that he spat on a child.
          Says all you need to know.

          Every time he says he word ‘passssssss’ I can hear him spitting in a kiss face.

  2. Plagued by indecision
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Being punished for choices on a wildcard is now officially a habit. Dallas, Bamford. Ffs.

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Bamford got 4 points

      1. Plagued by indecision
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Yeah ok

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

        That’d be a haul for me. I was celebrating Werner’s 5 points last week. One of my highest scores

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

    Martinez being gifted with easy saves again.

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

    Wasn’t that good, Jamie.

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

    The Arsenal trap has caught soooooooo many people.

  6. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Salah gonna be subbed at HT

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

      First on for sure.

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

    That was quite funny though

  8. Sco
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Salah having a very Raheem Sterling type of game here.

  9. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Not sure how Villa haven't conceded yet.

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

      Liverpool wanna replicate what City did.

  10. son of city
      3 months, 22 days ago

      damn! underestimating this small teams is really wrong.

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

      Watkins goal

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Oh ffs

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

        Hahahaha

    • The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Gonna regret benching Martinez I think

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

        Same. Sanchez will do naught.

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Watkins G

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Allison chocolate wrists

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

      Standard

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Liverpool are just awful

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

        Is this all you exist for?

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

      Liverpool are such a joke

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      allison 😆

    • Sco
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Glad I didn't fall for the Liverpool defence trap.

      Watkins! 🙂

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

      Alisson you plonker

    • JBG
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Hahahaha Liverpool.

    • Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      So Liverpool. Should be 3 or 4 up ; sucker punched. Roll on 21/22

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

      I give up.

    • Hryszko
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Unreal, bring in Trent, jota & Salah on my WC and they look woeful, Watkins gets one chance & 1-0, clean sheet wiped, woo.

      1. dshv
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Same

    • Joey Tribbiani
        3 months, 22 days ago

        lets gooooo!

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Wildcards are overrated

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

        Casuals win again.

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

          Casuals get triple Liverpool despite knowing Liverpool are rubbish lately . Or not knowing which makes them more casuals

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

        Adrian needed...

      • TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        The key to success this week was forgetting the deadline

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

        Wonderful. Watkins first on my bench haha

      • ivantys
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Alisson does a Kepa