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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. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Unreal player this man

  2. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What a goal

  3. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Unbelievable from Salah!!!!! He is in brilliant.

  4. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pretty decent goal from Salah there.

  5. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bloody hell. He's gonna get 400 pts this season isn't he...

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

      300 more likely

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

    MESSI IS IN THE HOUSE

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    One of the best goals seen

    1. Meinhoff
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Today, yes.

  8. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best in the world

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      On current form he genuinely is

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    That's even better than the City goal haha

  10. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Get max baps Mo….need another

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

      Bobby asssit right? Will be hard.

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Ah, didn’t realise more points for Bobby

    2. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Needs 2 more goals at least for that

  11. Diddly Squat
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    And there it is

  12. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    King Moooooo

  13. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    That is why you captain him. Just superb.

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

    Better than Messi

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Juuuhhhuuu

  15. MIGHTY JOE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Salah unreal

  16. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Link to goal please

  17. Nomar
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Serves me right for not capping Salah.

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

      yep, your tough call

      1. Nomar
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thought new manager bounce would work in Watford favour.

        Oh well, least I get his points.

  18. Puntillimon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What a goal!

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

    And Jose sold this wizard!!! Clueless

  20. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Goal of the season every week 😎

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

      *every month

  21. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    imagine trying to be too clever and not own Salah in fpl
    might as well go play checkers

    1. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Oh I did. Got him in this week.

  22. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best Goal Ever

  23. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Salah on Cheat Code

  24. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pure filth

  25. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    And the Salah 'regressing' post go down the toilet.

  26. Puntillimon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Please just sign him up on the contract

  27. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    future ballon dor winner

  28. DaniCT
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    OK. Match done, Salah Off for rest.

    1. DARE TO BISCAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Kloppo Gruber: Thank you, Mr. Cowboy, I'll take it under advisement.
      [to Salah]
      KG: *Hit it, again.*

  29. PartyTime
      1 month, 12 days ago

      OMG I missed the Salah goal

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Popped his boots back onto the right get at half time & did the trick

        Also Watford defended like drunken traffic cones on ice skates lol

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          *right feet

        2. PartyTime
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Lovely

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        TAA next to join the party

        1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Jota when Firmino gets subbed

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Sorry but what did you have to say about Salah?