Dugout Discussion

Jota joins Salah, Mané and Firmino in Liverpool front four for Newcastle clash

Diogo Jota (£7.1m) is fine after all, afforded a third successive Premier League start.

Crucially, his latest appearance has not come at the expense of Liverpool’s headline attackers.

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), Sadio Mané (£11.7m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.0m) all feature as Newcastle come to Anfield.

It is the first time the quartet have shared the pitch together since the second half of the Gameweek 30 win over Arsenal and just the third time all season they have featured together from the beginning.

The last two times were the Gameweek 8 draw with Manchester City, two matches after a Gameweek 6 win against Sheffield United. Across those matches, Firmino, Jota and Salah got the goals for Liverpool.

“There’s a moment where we can do that (start all four of Jota, Salah, Mané and Firmino). All the boys are fit and in a good shape so we have to give it a proper try.” – Jurgen Klopp

Thiago Alcantara (£5.5m) and Georginio Wijnaldum (£5.3m) provide support as a two-man central midfield while Fabinho (£5.4m) remains at centre-back in the absence of Nathaniel Phillips (£4.1m).

Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) makes his fifth-straight Premier League start while Andrew Robertson (£7.1m) and the in-form Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) retain their full-back berths.

Steve Bruce is still urging caution with Callum Wilson (£6.5m) following his recent hamstring injury.

The centre-forward has featured as a substitute in each of his last two Premier League outings and is on the bench for a third match in a row today.

That sees Joelinton (£5.7m) lead the Newcastle line supported by Miguel Almirón (£5.6m) and Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) who has produced 18 points across his last two appearances.

Blank Gameweek 33 Line-ups

Liverpool XI (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Robertson, Kabak, Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Salah; Jota.

Newcastle United XI (3-4-2-1): Dúbravka; Dummett, Clark, Fernández; Ritchie, S Longstaff, Shelvey, Murphy; Almirón, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.

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1,030 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Cruyff's Eleven
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Hmm, with TAA and Holding I'm slightly dissapointed....

    Magic coming from elsewhere so!

    1. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Same. My two diffrentials also.

  2. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Klopp would be under threat of losing his job if he wasn't well... Klopp. Can't even see the game out and control the game last 10 vs Steve Bruce's Newcastle...

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Why tf didn't he do the 3rd sub to waste time?
      And why did he get kabak?
      What does he like in firmino?
      We look really poor, we don't deserve to be in top 6.

    2. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah, anyone would think he hadn't won two major trophies in two years.

      1. Naby K8a
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Missing out on CL Football is a disaster.

        1. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Hardly.

          1. Naby K8a
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            FSG are tight as it is and with less CL money.. well. Mane and Firmino are declining and need replaced/fazed out. No CL Football will limit the type of players they can attract.

            1. Vertigo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Klopp didn't make his name at Liverpool buying CL-adored players.

              1. Scholes Out Forever
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                no matter how you see it, not getting top 4 after winning the premier league is a serious underacheivement

          2. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 8 days ago

            No, it's a disaster.

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Not actually a gimme that Liverpool get an EL spot.

  3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Why was Jota hooked so early?

    1. JJeyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Played awfully

      1. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        No he didn’t. He was brilliant in first half. Had 4 shots. It was the tactical, plus he was quieter in the second half.. did you actually watch the game out of interest?

        1. JJeyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yup watched the game and he missed a sitter lad and tried to dribble at defenders multiple times just to be dispossessed

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Ok fair enough. Tbh I was watching Pompey as well so fair enough. I thought he was lively tbh and defo wasn’t awful but I guess it’s a game of opinions.. I think I’ll be keeping .. good luck..

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              I also thought he was awful, just because he was shooting doesn't mean he was playing well, he was very wasteful.

        2. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I thought he was very wasteful and sloppy

          1. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 8 days ago

            He was indeed. And slow.

        3. Im New Here
            3 months, 8 days ago

            also watched, he wasn't brilliant. Gave the ball away a lot.

      2. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Liverpool were quite open with a front four. Think klopp brought on Milner to make them more compact, which did happen, but also decreased their attacking output.

        1. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Agreed

        2. FPL_Motty
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Exactly this. Jota probably the one to come off though because he was very poor.. gave the ball away so many times. Did still get himself in many good attacking positions too.

      3. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        No

      4. Lets Talk About 19 Baby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Jota missed a few chances and kept losing the ball. Klopp loving of Firmino kept him on the pitch.

    2. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Salah 7 pointer as a capper neither feels like a loss nor a win scenario. Would've taken it before the game, but the amount of chances Liverpool had in the first half, feel it should've been more. And don't get me started on Jota. Bloody hell.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Jota-less Salah owners got the upper-hand here

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah. Though it also depends on how the midfielder who they have in place of Jota performs, but as of now, I agree they have a big upper hand. One silver lining for me personally is that my ML rival who leads me and the league by 30 points capped TAA. So, I've made some ground even if not by much. Vardy is a major differential for me.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Also brought in Vardy. You should hopefully make half that lead back all going well. Me, I'm leading by 6 points in a tough ml leaders race. I have SalahC, they have Jota with Lei C. I also have Vardy+Nacho. Going to be an interesting gw 🙂

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Vardy or Nacho captain would be the punty captain pick.

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Agree somewhat. Nacho form v Palace 'should' be the more informed/intelligent pick. I/we were aware of Salah's form. I chose because he was assured a start v New after his rest. Could have been more, but I knew fatigue was a factor. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted with the goal. Any day your Cap doesn't blank is a good day

    3. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      BAP system needs to be reformed. This is ridiculous

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        It's beyond ridiculous but it's pointless.

    4. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Thats why we need a Super League. Teach these teams their place

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Forest, Arsenal, Porto, Ajax and Barnet

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Unfair on Arsenal that

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah they dont have the pedigree for this league really

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Still waiting to hear from Kroenke Stan 'the backdoor man', The apologetic video John Boy Henry posted was cringeworthy. They don't get Football, English or otherwise, the history, the atmosphere, the people, the fans. Warren Buffet would recognise a bad-call & reputational damage 'misjudged this market & product - time to move on'

    5. Toe-Knee Yeboah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Anyone seen any stats for the number of VAR dissalowed goals since it was introduced. Seems like ~50%? Almost no point celebrating goals anymore

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        well if they were scored by breaking the rules then they shouldnt be celebrated

    6. son of city
        3 months, 8 days ago

        waiting for lingz and Rudiger to deliver.

        1. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Rudiger will be benched.

          1. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 8 days ago

            No he wont

          2. Yank Revolution
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Wrong

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Glad I was wrong as he is in my first 11.

        2. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I have both of those as well. Will be difficult for both to deliver unless Rudiger scores as well. Hope it happens.

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Not possible for both to deliver

        4. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          you do realise that they can't both deliver as one nullifies the other? Not unless you are expecting an unlikely Rudiger goal?

          1. moment
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Rudi's due a goal.

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              He's also due a rest! lol

      • PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I’m really looking forward to Vardy having a Party Monday evening..
        2 goals And baps will do me nicely. Anything more would be gold...

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        What are people with TAA Salah and Jota doing?

        TAA Salah staying for me.
        Might look to ship out Jota.

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah I agree

          Jota probably needs to go

        2. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I'm doing Jota to Son

        3. jia you (The No BS League -…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          probably just hold them and use Jota as first sub

        4. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Thinking Jota for Raphinha if he’s fit.

      • Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Whens Wilson going to get a start? Big Bruce can get F off, absolute coward for starting Joelington week after week

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I'm starting him again next week...

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Same unfortunately we are stuck in an endless cycle

        2. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Protecting him for last 2 games

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            3 actually

      • Isca Extremadura
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Pools conversion rate was worse than a drunk fly-half
        So so with Salah C 7 points
        Well done to NC, deserved for Pools waste

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Think they're fatigued.

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Stat showing 146 shots at Anfield in 2021 for 4 goals

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Shameful

      • PP6
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Leicester assets will easily beat 7 points

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah can see 13-17 each for Vardy and Nacho

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            + Maddison

        2. jia you (The No BS League -…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          The way this season has gone thus far and as a Vardy(c) + Nacho owner that will be one nil to Palace!

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If it wasn't for dodgy fixtures, I'd be seriously considering Willock. He's saved Newcastle's bacon these past few games.

        1. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          All off the bench, too

      • Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        TaA eSsEnTIal

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Its essential you learn to use a keyboard

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          You been eating Jammy Dodgers over your keyboard again? Caps-Lock or Shift keys seem a bit gummy

      • El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        At this level you just can't waste the number of open chances Liverpool did. They could've easily be 3 or 4 up at HT + 2 great chances in 2nd half and ended up with a draw.

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          We're similar v Real, first half v Arsenal. Running on empty a bit. Salah doesn't quit, high work rate, but nowhere near the sharpness of past two seasons. Not helped by Firmino and Mane dropping below their level too.

      • Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Atleast the arrows are green...

        Probably not going to captain Salah again.

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah, thinking the same. Will definitely have in my team, but may not captain again this season.

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Decent strategy might be just to pick the goalkeeper playing Liverpool.

        31 Martinez 8
        32 Meslier 6
        33 Dubravka 8

        Would take it back to 30 but that was Leno 🙂

      • moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Are we all getting Son back in next week? Who makes way for him if so?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Nope

        2. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Didnt sell in the first place will Cap again too

        3. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Sold Kane instead to Vardy - depends on injury progress, but I'd be somewhat happy with Vardy for the next 3 anyway. Son C for me if I stay as is

      • Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Mourinho's last 6 teams

        Chelsea
        Inter
        Real Madrid
        Chelsea
        United
        Spurs

        Look at first letter of each. 🙂

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Lmao...not

        2. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          circms?

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Circmt

        3. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Count the trophies, 99.999% of managers would kill for that circus

        4. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          LOL nice info m8

      • Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Hope alonso and mount start later...

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Captaining Greenwood with Salah VC looks okay at the moment!

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Unless Ole plays fred, mctom, pogba, rash, bruno, cavani.

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        7 point cap. Not great not terrible.

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Its very disappointing 🙁

        2. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Par. Jota more disappointing but at least he’s getting chances

      • Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Kane on -434 on fplstats didn’t go down in price. Just like KDB couple months back, FPL rigging the prices!

        1. Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I assume it's the injury flag, no?

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            The sales began before that though.

        2. moment
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Isn't there some rule that flagged players don't drop? Think there used to be at least.

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Don’t drop up until the deadline? I’m unsure too

          2. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            There was but never understood the rule. The price could be locked for a GW or maybe more but I couldn't understand why the price had to be locked?

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              It was the case and I remember it being discussed on this forum & the podcast at times. The FPL price of an injured player, according to 'those in the know' was locked until the player started/came off the bench or the club affirmed 'fit' status. It seemed/seems to ring true in practise.

      • Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Salah owners but non cappers & no one else from that Pool game

        We LOVE to see it oh yes we do!

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Was fun watching the end even with triple Liverpool

        2. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Torn as a TAA, Salah (c) and Jota owner BUT a West Ham fan.

          Ultimately good news for hammers is good news for me. fpl schmeff pl.

      • TeddiPonza
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Time to get rid of Jota? Thinking Greenwood or Siggy

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Wait and see who's standing on Friday. Was planning to bench him and Shaw and start Greenwood and TAA.

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I'm on Jota and Shaw for Son & 4.7. Chasing 50pt lead in ml

        3. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I like both. Would also throw Maddison into the equation with fixtures

      • djman102
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Trent: gets max bonus 4 weeks in a row (including one where they concede)
        Me: brings Trent into team
        Trent: 0 bonus

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I have exact money to do Jota and Vydra to Raphinha and Kane.

        Gtfi!

        Come back quick lads!!!!

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 8 days ago

          That’s quite some cash in the bank.
          Nice.

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

            I've actually thoroughly enjoyed this seasons cash in the bank with all the big hitter injuries and lack of form across the board.

            I think a rival had 12m in the bank at one point!

      • aborg
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        It’s incredible how I’m failing with every ‘supposedly good’ differential compared to my ML rival....
        Gundogan, Jota, TAA, Mendy, just to mention a few !!
        Ironically his past differentials nearly had all paid off...what a season!

        Now strangely enough he goes and captain Lingard and will bet that he hauls !

      • pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Looking at the Liverpool nominal first team and only these players won't be in their 30s next season

        TAA
        Robbo (28)
        Gomez
        Fabinho (29)

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          What about Milner? Must turn 40 soon.