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Liverpool v Arsenal team news: Tsimikas starts as Robertson misses out

Seven down, one to go: the final Premier League match of the day sees Liverpool play host to Arsenal at a rain-soaked Anfield.

Kick-off on Merseyside is at 17:30 GMT.

The Reds scored three goals home and away against Arsenal last season and have found the net on 28 occasions in their last eight home league meetings with the Gunners.

Mohamed Salah personally has six goals and four assists in eight fixtures against Arsenal since joining Liverpool in 2017, averaging 8.13 points per match.

The Egyptian is part of an unchanged front three this evening, taking his place alongside Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane.

Jurgen Klopp has been forced into two alterations elsewhere, however, with captain Jordan Henderson only fit enough to make the bench and Andrew Robertson absent entirely.

Thiago Alcantara and Konstantinos Tsimikas come in to replace them.

Mikel Arteta’s only change from the 1-0 win over Watford in Gameweek 11 is a predictable one: Thomas Partey returns from a muscle injury at the expense of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also fit enough to feature despite some cryptic comments from his manager in Friday’s pre-match press conference.


GAMEWEEK 12 LINE-UPS

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Thiago, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Jota, Mane.

Subs: Kelleher, Konate, Beck, Bradley, Phillips, Morton, Henderson, Minamino, Gordon.

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Saka, Sambi Lokonga, Partey, Smith Rowe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Subs: Leno, Tierney, Cedric Soares, Holding, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Odegaard, Martinelli.

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1,751 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ginola
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Who should I prioritize bringing in? James (switch to 4-4-2) or Jota (3-5-2)?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      James

      1. Ginola
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Leaning towards him as well. Scary not to own him.

        1. ZeBestee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          The way he plays the game, you could see the confidence is super high, and he feels like he is a baller as well. Playing as a midfielder before has definitely helped him become a much better RB attacking wise.

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Jota but I would hold for now

    3. F4L
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      hard to chose as it might depend on if either get a 1 point cameo in the next 3 GWs.

      Still James for me though

  2. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Benrahma to.....

    A - gallagher
    B - esr
    C - cornet

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      This my predicament, I have A so I think B is safe but C is good but they have spurs next but he could do something against them. Tough one

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        As a spurs season ticket holder I am yet to buy into the "spurs are hard to play against" thing. Especially with no Romero.

        Hope to be proved wrong tomorrow.

        1. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          I think you’ve talked yourself into to C then haha

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Pun potential alone is calling me.

    2. DB_00
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A but I’m waiting to see how Eze affects Gallagher’s role in the team

  3. Dthinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    McCarthy owners… what are you planning for next GW?

  4. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I have exactly the right funds (5.9) to do:

    1. Mbeumo >> Gallagher

    Shall I do 1. now before the price changes or wait and do something like:

    2. Mbeumo Jimenez >> Jota Hwang (-4)

    Thanks all

    1. Bennerman
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I reckon you just go for it

  5. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Mbeumo/Christensen-> Jota/James?

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      For -4, I should add.

      1. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I’d hold for now, I think rudiger is more nailed and Chelsea are trying to keep him happy to sign a new deal, I think James will get a rest soon

        1. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          So this was a follow up to Leo

        2. Green Arrow
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Chelsea have a big midweek CL game against Juve. Might give some indication as to whether Reece will start in the weekend.

          1. The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Very true

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      For free, yes

    3. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      for me those 2 transfers are easy transfers. You need to wait on Jota's fitness though before hitting the button.

  6. leocarter27
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Bottomed

    Have the exact funds to do Rudiger and Mbeumo out for James and Gallagher (-4). Would you do it? Thanks

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No just do to Gallagher

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ya, I think they're both upgrades.

    3. griffzinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yes

    4. zeslinguer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yes the latter two will outscore the first two by more than 4 points easily over the next 5/6 games

    5. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yes

  7. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Which one would you chose going forward?

    1) Gallagher
    2) ESR
    3) BSilva -4
    4) Cornet -4

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Like them all but 1 is the safest

  8. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Best striker up to 6.3m?

    1. F4L
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A Watford lad in 3 GWs would be nice, Hwang for the next 2, Pukki if you want 90mins and focal point/talisman, Benteke for the punt with the best potential imo

      1. mr messi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I was actually considering Benteke

        1. F4L
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          same, in great form! Edouard in waiting though...

    2. SMOOTH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      benteke

  9. F4L
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    It would be foolish to bench Wilson next week wouldn't? That Arsenal high-ish defensive line could be exploited

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I reckon that's a high scoring game next week, it frequently is.

      1. F4L
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        cheers, I certainly hope it is 🙂

    2. DARE TO BISCAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Depends on your options

      1. F4L
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        atm 2 of Raph/Mbeumo/Wilson/Armstrong have to start, with a FT to possibly switch Mbeumo/Armstrong

    3. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Comparing Newcastle attack to Pools attack at Anfield is a bit funny.

      Arsenal will bounce back against Newcastle.

      1. F4L
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        for sure, but Wilson is very good at making a chance from nothing with balls inbehind, if the space is there it's a good start

        1. ZeBestee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Vardy is better but wasn't able to.

          1. ZeBestee
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            I expect Arsenal to bounce back, and they were not that bad today anyway, apart from trying to play it out from the back which Liverpool did brilliantly to close them down.

  10. griffzinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Chances of Foden starting??? Pep surely won't risk him for an easy home game?

    1. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Hope he plays. Hwang 2 points my only option from the bench...

      But, you're right, if he's had a knock, unlikely he's risked.

    2. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Chelsea AND Liverpool winning would mean he will start him if cleared by the medical team.

    3. F4L
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I imagine he'll be involved with KDB/Grealish out

      1. griffzinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Sterling in perhaps. Scouts predicted lineup looks strong. Pep will want Mahrez and Sterling firing for busy period. We will see. Never know with Pep as De Bryune said.

        1. F4L
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          who have you got first on the bench 😉

          Maybe, just have to wait and see 🙂

          1. griffzinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Ha.. busted.:). ASM on bench first, then Rudige 2nd, 91st in overall ranking. Feel if Foden is out I'll get top 50 OR.

            1. Bennerman
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Absolutely cracking season so far then, nice one

              1. griffzinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Thanks. Off work for medical reasons long term so putting lots of time into FPL. First season not being a semi casual 🙂 Hoping I can keep it up. Guess keeping template, with 1-3 differentials is strategy going forward. Have Bench Boosted so my rank should be lower.

            2. F4L
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              wow, great going! As a fellow Foden owner with Mbeumo first on bench I'll just say hopefully Foden hauls anyway (although yeah it would be better if Foden missed out for you)

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Livra's 1 pointer comes on if he doesn't play. I think he will start.

  11. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    White or Rudiger to TAA? Have Chilwell, TAA will become my 4th premium defender if White been sold

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      White

  12. Jaws
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Welcome double Palace. Gallagher & Big Ben for Mbeumo & Toney with 2 FT’s.

  13. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Anyone see the west ham game?

    What are Benrahma and antonio owners doing?

    1. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Benrahma is gone for me (don’t know who yet) but I’ll keep Antonio

    2. DARE TO BISCAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'm thinking of turning Ant into James & spare cash

  14. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I have exact funds for Mbeumo to Gallagher-

    A Make move now
    B Keep Mbeumo and make move later in week with Havertz to Gallagher

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Any reason for keeping Mbeumo apart from wanting to take out Havertz?

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        No- actually just realised if I wait can probably do Havertz Mbeumo to Jota Gallagher for -4 which is probably hit worth taking

        1. ZeBestee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Do Havertz to Gallagher now then Mbeumo to Jota later on to catch the rises.

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Thanks

  15. Jafooli
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    BREAKING: Just sacked myself and all my players, the useless bunch of chocolate logs.

    FPL team deleted

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Just give your password to Zidane - he'll sort your team out.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      See you in an hour

  16. HD7
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    So Cornet and Wood score today but Gallagher gets bonus because of his assist? Or maybe because he is mainstream and somebody on top has him... conspiracy 😀

    Having said that am glad I got Cornet. Thinking out of the box here and there.

    1. Qaiss
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Gallagher isn’t getting bonus it says?

  17. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo James Chilwell
    Salah Son Foden Raphinha
    Jimenez Antonio

    Foster Mbeumo Livramento Davis

    1FT, 0.4itb

    Early thoughts as 1. will need to be done now to avoid being priced out:

    1. Mbeumo >> Gallagher (possibly play over Antonio who has Man City)
    2. Mbeumo Jimenez >> Jota Hwang (-4)
    3. Something else?

    Thanks guys

  18. Bertonian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Foden & Mbeumo to Jota & Cornet for free?

  19. The Royal Robin
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    A) Gray > Gallagher
    B) Livramento > James (Already own Rudiger and Chilwell...)

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A. Bring in James though, he will hurt you if you don't own.

  20. tangtastic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Score check. How are you guys getting on?

    I'm currently on 56pts with (C)ancelo and Foden to go.

    Red arrow for me atm.

    1. No Need
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      69 but as usual not satisfied as I benched Chilwell

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      57 with 2 to go

    3. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      75 with 2 to go.

    4. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      48 with 6 left. Hopefully foden plays, I’ve got cancelo Dias foden reguilon raphinha Kane left

    5. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      One point above that on 57 was flying until TAA punished me again. Fixed it now and got him in with my two FT. Knowing my luck he will get injured now.

  21. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Kostas Tsimikas:

    - 7 starts.
    - 7 clean sheets.
    - 7 wins.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Maybe he is the antidote.

    2. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      You couldn’t transfer him to United by any chance?

  22. Firmino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Would you do Raphinha, Toney and Christensen to Jota, Davis and Chilwell for a hit? Would leave me with:

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo James Chilwell
    Salah Son Foden Jota
    Antonio Jimenez

    Foster; Livramento, Brownhill, Davis

  23. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    58 points and a red arrow, hoping for a Dias haul and Kane and Son blank tomorrow…

  24. Finding Timo
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Blimey can’t decide between Jimi and benteke ? Any ideas?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not a dilemma you could have predicted in august.

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Haha never thought I would be seriously considering benteke

    2. Lord of Ings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Benteke

      1. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thanks hard to ignore at 6.2

  25. Lord of Ings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Would you sell:-
    A)Livramento
    B)White
    Not planning on starting either for a few gameweeks now but due to the odd benching they’re likely to be my first or second sub at max most weeks..

    1. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Maybe A due to the fixtures

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'm happy to keep both to be honest.

  26. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Early thoughts as 1. will need to be done now to avoid being priced out:

    1. Mbeumo >> Gallagher (possibly play over Antonio who has Man City)
    2. Mbeumo Jimenez >> Jota Hwang (-4)
    3. Save FT

    Cheers

    1. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      1

  27. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Made early transfers in order not to lose time tinkering all week:

    Sanchez
    TAA | Chilwell | Rudiger | Cancelo
    Salah | Jota | Raphinha | ESR | Foden
    Vardy

    Good luck to everyone!

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Top team. GL to you too.

    2. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Great team

    3. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A thing of beauty.

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Splendid team

  28. Thinkering like a Boss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Benrahma, Ronaldo > Jota, Vardy -4

    Yay or Nay? Still have a wildcard btw

    My current team

    Sanchez, Foster
    James, Chilwell, TAA, Livramento, Manquillo
    Salah, Son, Raphinha, Benrahma, Gallagher
    Ronaldo, Toney, 4.5

    1. DA Minnion (Former great)
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I wouldn't get vardy. They were awful today and Watford not that bad.

      1. Thinkering like a Boss
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I could Benrahma > Cornet 1 FT

  29. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Sanchez
    Trent Dias James White
    Salah Gray Raphinha Smith-Rowe
    Kane Toney

    Steele Havertz Livramento Scarlett
    1.9m 1ft

    Looks like it’s time to board the Jota bandwagon

    A) havertz to Jota
    A) havertz and white to Jota and cancelo -4

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Just A and get cancelo next gw. White could get clean sheet against Newcastle

  30. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Benteke in for Toney might be my transfer this week

    1. ZeBestee
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Benteke has been unlucky in the previous games, especially that against Newcastle where he was brilliant. Really like him as an option.