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Jota benched as Alexander-Arnold returns to Liverpool starting XI

Diogo Jota is the main omission from the Liverpool starting XI this afternoon as Watford welcome the Reds to Vicarage Road in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge.

Kick-off is at 12:30 BST.

Jota is only among the substitutes for the visitors but Trent Alexander-Arnold has recovered from a groin injury to return at right-back, with James Milner moving into midfield.

Caoimhin Kelleher lines up between the posts, meanwhile, with Brazilian duo Alisson and Fabinho not involved after representing their country in the early hours of Friday morning.

Naby Keita starts in place of the injured Curtis Jones, with Roberto Firmino brought in at Jota’s expense to line up alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Salah has been massively backed with the captaincy in Gameweek 8, with not far off 90% of the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers handing him the armband.

A total of 3.5 million Fantasy bosses captained Salah overall, while he was transferred in by just over a third of a million more FPL managers ahead of this morning’s deadline to swell his ownership to 63%.

The Egyptian’s highest-ever Gameweek score of 29 points came against today’s opponents back in 2017/18, and he has 10 attacking returns in six meetings with the Hornets.

As for the hosts, Ranieri has made three changes from Xisco Munoz’s final starting XI as Watford boss.

Francisco Sierralta and Joshua King are out injured, with Craig Cathcart and Cucho Hernandez replacing them. Ozan Tufan is benched, meanwhile, with Adam Masina taking his place.

It’s a 4-4-1-1 on paper for last season’s Championship runners-up but it remains to be seen if the veteran Italian has other ideas come kick-off.


GAMEWEEK 8 LINE-UPS

Watford XI: Foster, Rose, Ekong, Masina, Cathcart, Sissoko, Femenia, Sarr, Dennis, Hernandez, Kucka.

Subs: Bachmann, Ngakia, Louza, Cleverley, Pedro, Sema, Gosling, Fletcher, Tufan.

Liverpool XI: Kelleher, van Dijk, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Henderson, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold.

Subs: Adrian, Konate, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Minamino, Tsimikas, Origi, Williams.

MATCHDAY LIVE WATCHALONG

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  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salah close

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Mane Street

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Mane Street Preachers

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          😀

    2. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Dijk's Avenue

    3. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Firmino Avenue

    4. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Matip End

    5. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Rose Shambles

    6. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Trent Bridge

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        😛

    7. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Keita Boulevard

    8. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Open Controls

    9. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      The Milner Mile

    10. Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Milner's Crossing.

  2. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Lukaku cap over salah fail

    1. Whatever100
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lol that’s a very early call for that statement. Salah only has an assist thus far.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        He's actually being quite restrained!

    2. alsybach
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How do you know you pessimistic git?

  3. Diddly Squat
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    That’s 5 goals and an assist so far this season

    1. Mario Balofail
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      It is 😉

    2. DARE TO BISCAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      At least.

  4. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Liverpool are going to have trouble getting around Rose

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    When will this one season wonder slow down?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Rainari‘s done it with Chelsea & Leicester, hardly one season wonder….

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Gone by Tuesday?

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Half time….for a nap

  6. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    By the way, Mane finished they said

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      who said ?

  7. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Watford looking like Deontay Wilder between rounds 5 and 11

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Just takes one knockout blow 'eh?

    2. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I remember when wilder knocked out a guy in a foam animal costume, he didn’t realise it was a real person but some robot

  8. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salah wasteful so far...

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      As per

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Well I for one am shocked at this unforeseen development

  9. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Rose blocks Salah shot tbf

  10. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What's the highest ownership a player has had in fpl?
    Still 37% of teams that don't own Mo, albeit a number of dead team or managers that have given up already

  11. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Need a Sarr goal as a Trent non owner

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Highly likely

  12. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I can’t win.

    13 blanks in 15 games when I captain early kick off big hitter but whenever I don’t they haul =(

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Come on man. Salah vs. Watford, who he has a fantastic record against, who have a terrible defense... of which Danny Rose was expected to defend Salah...

      Hope your other choice does just as well.

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I agree obvious and any other slot I’d captain him, but already had a Salah and Ronaldo blank this season and just so many failures over last few seasons

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who did you pick? Lukakus form is awful. Salah was obvious this week.

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        KDB

        1. Royal5
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Aha. Could still pay off though. Especially if Salah keeps wasting his chances.

          1. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I obviously own Salah so damage isn’t too bad but I thought Watford would be much better than this with new manager bounce

    3. alsybach
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who exactly are you talking about?

    4. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Was looking for the guy who's cursing these blanks. Finally found you.

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ha

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      One assist is hardly a haul at this stage, KDB (c) could be much better IMO

    6. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      This is basically still a blank

    7. JackJack
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Grow a pair.

  13. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Liverpool playing with real purpose and confidence here.

  14. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Free Meal cancelled for Watford

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maybe they can still get free pizza

      1. tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        think they might have to work in the kitchens to make the pizza

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Jota missing out on a feast today

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        He'd miss his mouth anyway.

    3. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ranieri happy he's gonna save some money today

  15. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salah is finished!

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sloppy Mo

  16. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salah is playing better than Messi atm

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thats cuz he is better

      If he was playing with iniesta xavi he would have scored 50+ each season too

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not better than that Messi for sure, better than this one yes

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Salah prime is better than messi prime

          1. mynameisq
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Surely nobody can be this deluded

          2. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            You what?

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        If Son had Salah’s role in the Liverpool team, and had penalties, he would score far more than Mo

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Son cant play that role. Salah makes most of his chances through his movements chances just dont fall into plate for him

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Son can perfectly play a wide forward or inside role

            He would easily outscore Salah

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              And vice-versa

              If Salah had Son’s role in that Spurs team, and no penalties, we wouldn’t even know who he is

    2. ktk_interista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Well Messi has been shite in Paris

  17. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salad wastes TAAssist 🙁

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Shock

  18. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Salah wasteful

  19. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    13 points plus down the pan

  20. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Rumours that Ranieri is going to be dragged away at half time

  21. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    300 > 260 > 230 > 230 > ???

    1. BigRedDog
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      250

    2. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      220

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      270

  22. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Liverpool slicing through the Watford back line like a pizza cutter.

  23. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Big Trento is back & bang on it today as usual

    Non-owners shifting very nervously in their seats

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      shitting*

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        True - but I’d be banned for a month if typed that 😆

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          😆

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          not with the new owners …

    2. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not really. Most with a good rank got rid a while ago tbf

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ben White covered for him in GW5/7

  24. TheTinman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Firmino has been god darn awful so far, Jota will walk back into the starting XI

  25. BeWater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    30 minutes of Jota could be very nice.

  26. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Someone should tell the Watford lads that they're allowed to pass to their own teammates.

    1. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      All they see is a red blur

  27. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Can you turn off the commentary on BT leaving just the crowd?

    JJ is rather annoying!!

    1. BigRedDog
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      He is

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Can’t listen to him - he is absolute nightmare fuel

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Don't mind him myself

  28. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Jota against tired legs ?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      They're tired already.

  29. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Nice back flick from Liverpool and last minute tackle to keep a clean sheet!

  30. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Does that count as an attempt from Watford, given that the flag was up (foul but advantage played)?