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. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Liverpool are just crap.

  2. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Dallas and Watkins out on WC win!!

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Same LOL

  3. Begbie.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    "kind of mistake you don't expect Alisson to make"

    Has this commentator watched him recently? 😆

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Lol

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    no surprise as villa take the lead

  5. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Ollie! What a guy!

  6. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    7.3 for a defender from a team that can't keep clean sheet, well done, well done.

  7. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Watkins again

    I literally give up

  8. djman102
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Watkins! Finally something has gone right this GW

  9. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    The curse of the WC hahaha ... Dallas and Watkins out LOL ...

    Liverpool are a disgrace. Is there a lesson here about looking at fixtures over form?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      When was Aston Villa an easy fixture this season?

  10. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Triple LIV going well so far ffs fml omg

    1. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Have you not watched them this season?

  11. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Conceding to Watkins... Alisson should be ashamed

  12. JBG
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    So... How many put C on TAA?

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      O/

      Like anyone on here knows what they're doing

  13. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    FPL Family - hang your heads in shame

    Make fun of Watkins at your peril guys

    1. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      You don’t listen to their garbage do you?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        Absolutely not

        Just saw the aftermath of the tweet

  14. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Shows how bad Arsenal are that they are the only team to make Liverpool look good for months

  15. son of city
    5 months, 10 days ago

    WATKINS!!!!!!

    Lol...

  16. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    My H2H rival forgot the deadline, but he's gonna win this GW it seems, with Martinez and Watkins with Kane (C) to come
    Whilst I benched Martinez for Sanchez and went Salah (C)

  17. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Classic wildcard! Sold Dallas, Watkins Bamford

    1. 4Rsenal_1886
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Likewise 🙂

  18. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Do not drink and FPL guys! Brutal lesson getting learnt here

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Lol .

  19. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Pool clean sheet gone. Good job.

  20. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Of course Watkins scored.
    Ditched on my WC and brought in Philips Jota and Salah.

    1. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Why though?

      Especially Philips, Championship quality.

  21. BeaversWithAttitude
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Allison falls like Samson... shoulda kept the mustache, mate!

  22. Gizzachance
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Took out Watkins, Martinez,bam , Dallas on w/c
    Coady pts on bench, lovely start!

  23. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    This run at Anfield really does defy belief and logic. Why cant Liverpool score? Champions. I just cant find the words.

  24. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Check my comment history 2 hours and 43 minutes ago, ridiculous that my luck has been so bad this season that I can predict results and scorers purely based on what players I have and what players I sold

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      How about you don't sell the players you predict will score?

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 10 days ago

        They only score if I sell them for crying out loud

  25. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Imagine buying Nat Phillips

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      4.0m defender losing a clean sheet hurts a lot less than a 7.3 defender losing one 😉

    2. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Better a 4.0 defender conceding than a 7.3 one.

  26. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    WCers punished!

    Dallas
    Bamford
    Watkins
    Martinez CS next.....

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      Followed by Chelsea conceding later.

    2. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      TAA goal would be a huge swing for WC'ers, if only to wipe the Martinez CS

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 10 days ago

      I sold all of them, what a surprise, odds have got to be insane, not to mention Leeds winning away at City with 10 men when I captained Sterling, I am seriously cursed

  27. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Well this is an abysmal week.

    Was inevitable that the players most people sold would haul. Still annoying though...

    Watkins and Dallas both sold on WC - would both likely have been benched for me anyway? Yes. But still.

  28. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    I sold Watkins Bamford Dallas and brought in Sterling Jota Trent FML

  29. F_Ivanovic
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Watkins first on bench... Gundogan 1 pointer already hurting. Hope Shaw doesn't play

  30. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 10 days ago

    Salah is in decline