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. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Feels like wasted fh as my main differentials Mane and Taa blanked.

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Need to find new hobby. This stupid game affects my mood too much.

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Go for a walk outside! Mane has been woeful this season at times. Wonder if he’ll be a default starter for next year at this point.

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Definitely find a more positive hobby and/or stick with the game. It's good for the mind if you just treat it as fun & enjoy the strategy. You have to mentally manage the chance & mishaps in this game which are very much beyond your control. A good decision is a good decision based on what you knew at the time. you do not want to spend 100% free time on this.

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Thanks Pep

    2. Vjm6891
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Still were good picks.

      Mane definitely should have scored and another day it's a clean sheet.

      I had Salah C on my FH so is OK.

      Don't get so hung up on it. Its out of your control!

      If those fixtures came up again and I had a FH I would still choose them.

  2. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Salah(C)
    Trent
    Jota
    Liverpool fan

    Still waiting for my bad luck to end. Don’t think it will at this rate

    1. jimbe4mXL
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Terrible season this is, both for club and fpl :/

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Nobody's having fun this season

        1. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Yea...

      • Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        It's not personal bad luck, purely circumstance beyond your control. Take the dog for a walk and explain it to him/her. You could take the wife, but they'll think you're mental talking to the dog about this 😉

      • KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Good decision, bad outcome

    2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Last Man Standing Update (66 teams)

      Current safety score = 16
      Top score = 23
      LMS average = 15.83 (-1.39) = 14.44
      Players played = 3.97/12.0
      Captains played = 86.36%

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 13 days ago

        On 20 from 5. No hit at least.
        Not feeling great about this weeks LMS - kinda expecting a small red generally.

        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Your score looks a bit borderline given your team. You have the 3 main EO players left and might rely on a Chelsea/Leicester clean sheet and the other main teams failing to get one.

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Yep. Benching Rudi and starting Alonso will decide my week I think.
            Hoping for a WH win with Alonso attacking return.
            Oh a jammy Vydra goal would be good too.

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      When is Raphinha expected to be back?

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Apr 23: "With Raphinha we are controlling his evolution on a daily basis. And up until now he hasn't recovered sufficiently to be able to train again."

    4. Cheeto__Bandito
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Lucky for that TAA 8 pointer wipeout or I'd be on a red right now!

      1. Hazz
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I'm glad I wasn't watching and was out enjoying the sun otherwise that would have been much more difficult to stomach.

    5. son of city
        3 months, 13 days ago

        terrible game
        terrible pick
        terrible season

      • Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I hope Liverpool miss top 4

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Decent chance of that happening

        2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Followed by fans protesting to rejoin the ESL

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            🙂

        3. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Would be crazy if Arsenal got in the champions league and Liverpool didn’t.

      • Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Poor Az with TAA captain

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          When you cap a defender you already know it's risky.

      • Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Playing Bobby and benching Jota is unreasonable imo

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Not too sure why anyone would have Booby based on price & returns.

      • mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Never seen so many chances not go in

      • Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        If I wasn't such a damn addict, I'd actually consider taking a year off next year.

        Since the first lockdown last year, I've really struggled to enjoy FPL.

        1. mgilbert86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Level of play is worse cause fans arent there to raise players levels i think

        2. Baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I am having some kind of fpl fatigue. Yet, this (partly voluntary) lockdown would have been much, much worse without fpl and football. So no need to complain. And since I am not fighting to get into top 10k this season I can just laugh to my misfortunes. It isn't so serious. Yes, Trent fail wasn't fun, but my brother has also Robbo 😉

        3. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I did that 2 years ago but I was more of a casual. Had a break and just watched the football in what was a pretty good football season. Helped a lot to do better at FPL last season and this one.

        4. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Before lockdown started I’d always miss some deadlines, wouldn’t pay attention to FPL too much, etc but now with barely anything else to do I’m always thinking about FPL. Because so much is out of your control it’s tough. Can’t wait until next year when I won’t be as involved

        5. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Give it a break

      • AzzaroMax99
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Sold Jota for Rash, for a hit.
        And still he can outscore Rash if injured. This season needs to end soon 🙁

      • Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        This needs a wc right?

        Martinez
        Taa Azpi Dallas
        Salah bruno son lingard gundo
        Kane nacho

        Forster digne coufal Vydra

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Not really

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            When then? Also have BB left!

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              When we know what the doubles are, that could well be this week. Its hardly a poor team though.

              Who would you even get?

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Also have BB left.

                Martinez Pickford
                Taa target soyuncu Dallas coufal
                Salah bruno son siggy lingard
                Dcl Watkins nacho

      • wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        This season i am sure i can remember at least four 90+ Newcastle goals.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Lets go, name them

          1. wulfrunian
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Tottenham.Wolves,Fulham,Liv

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              The spurs one was comedy gold

              1. wulfrunian
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                It was Villa not Fulham.Fulham was a pen.

        2. SM001
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          approx 50% of their goals this season have been scored in the last 10mins.

      • Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Azpilicueta at right wing back???

      • JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Rudiger starts again ffs. Why did I bother getting Azpi

      • Cheeto__Bandito
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 13 days ago

        azpi RWB

      • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        ⚽ Team News 📰
        WHU: Fabianski, Balbuena, Diop, Ogbonna, Soucek, Fredericks, Noble, Coufal, Bowen, Lingard, Fornals
        Subs: Trott, Randolph, Johnson, Alves, Coventry, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Odubeko, Benrahma

        CHE: Mendy, Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger, Kanté, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Chilwell, Pulisic, Werner, Mount
        Subs: Arrizabalaga, Zouma, James, Alonso, Ziyech, Gilmour, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham

        1. Al Moon Yeah
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Was so close to getting Havertz as a differential. Will never trust Tuchel again.

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Think Tuchel roulette has been worse than pep roulette the last months

            1. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              You do know they have a CL semi final next week right? No one is nailed when there are other viable options

          2. Jimmy Boy
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I'm on a free hit and went for Pulisic but came so close to switching to Havertz given that he was rested for the last half hour on Tuesday. Got lucky this time but genuinely think Tuchel is harder to predict than Pep.

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          No cresswell again

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Excellent! No disrespect to you or the player - just helps my ml standing

        3. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Mendy starts after loads sold him back for Martinez, classic fpl

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Tuchel literally told everyone in presser that he will start Mendy in goal.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                They probably sold straight after no show in last league game

              2. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                He did. You would have to wonder where the intelligence on play is coming from. If we're not paying attention to the pressers, but listening to every bloke and his dog on this forum and twitter, then we know there's improvement to be easily made.

                Choose your sources wisely 😉

          2. Amsterhammer
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Azpi and Lingard to score with baps for each also. Please FPL gods?

            1. KAALI_DAAL
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Yessss!!!

          3. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Damn you Lingard when will you be rested?
            Praying for a blank to stop the rot!

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Rudiger clean sheet would be most welcome

          4. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Do we think Chelsea will stay in Top 4 when season ends?

              1. Hy liverpool
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                It's between them and westham... Both are playing very good football.
                Today's game will be an indication.

                1. KAALI_DAAL
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Personally think it would either be Liverpool or WH.

                  • Pep bites Kun
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    WH have the bit between their teeth and seem to be hungrier and more stable That's not to deny the quality & ambition of Chelsea. In a 2 horse race for the run-in, my money would be 50/50. All to play for I reckon.

                2. Major League Shocker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Yes, West Ham have been very lucky to keep picking up points while leaking 2-3 goals each game. I don't see their top 4 challenge lasting much longer.

                3. Gooner Kebab
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  I hope with the 200m they spent

              2. Davros
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                What a relief, Rudiger and Mendy start

                1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  A GW too late.

                  1. Davros
                    • 12 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    True

                2. Davros
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  0-0 would be perfick pls

                  1. Pep bites Kun
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    Nah, need a return from Azpi for once!!! 🙂

              3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Jota and Trent combined 3 points.
                What a joke.

              4. Egg noodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                My entire FH rests on my differentials Bowen and Castagne (C)

                1. Gooner Kebab
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Bold C

              5. tambourineman
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Well done Watford, back in the Premier League

                1. The Ilfordian
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Yes good effort. Could have been a difficult last two matches against promotion rivals if they hadn’t won today

              6. Hazardous1983
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Is 14 a fail from salah as a captain

                Vardy and bruno and kelechi will get.more

                1. Hazz
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Guaranteed?

                2. teneighty
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Combined?

                3. Pep bites Kun
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Every time your cap doesn't blank is a good day.

                  Eh .. 'A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush'. Let's see what Bruno & Lei do 😉

              7. 03farmboy
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Christensen or Castagne??

              8. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Jota’s last three scores 2, 3, 1 time to go

              9. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Sarr is back.

              10. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                As a Mendy, Rudiger and Lingard owner - not sure what the optimal outcome for this game is.

                1. Major League Shocker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Chelsea CS. Everyone owns Lingard, so he doesn't help you.

                2. Ragabolly
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Definitely the CS