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Newcastle v Liverpool team news: Salah and Alexander-Arnold benched

The day’s Premier League action gets underway at St James’ Park this lunchtime as title-chasing Liverpool attempt to keep up the pressure on league leaders Manchester City.

Kick-off on Tyneside is at 12:30 BST.

There hasn’t been a ball kicked yet but Gameweek 35 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) has got off to a deflating start for many of us, as Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold – the two most-owned players in the top 10k – both find themselves among the substitutes for the visitors.

Salah is the most-captained player of Gameweek 35 both overall and within the top 10,000, with over 40% of the leading managers handing him the armband:

The premium pair are among five players who drop out of Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI from the Champions League win over Villarreal in midweek.

Also making way are Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Ibrahima Konate, with James Milner, Naby Keita, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota and Joel Matip taking their places.

There are three changes for Newcastle from the side that beat Norwich 3-0 last time out.

First-team regulars Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almirón, who were all rested off the back of a three-game week, come back into the starting XI.

Sean Longstaff, Jamaal Lascelles and Jacob Murphy drop to the bench.

Chris Wood also has to content himself with a substitute’s role once again, with Eddie Howe presumably tasking one of Joelinton or Allan Saint-Maximin with leading the line against the Reds.

GAMEWEEK 35 LINE-UPS

Newcastle United XI: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Bruno Guimaraes, Shelvey, Willock, Almiron, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.

Subs: Dummett, Lascelles, Ritchie, Manquillo, Wood, Murphy, Darlow, Gayle, Longstaff.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Gomez, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Keita, Jota, Mane, Diaz.

Subs: Fabinho, Konate, Thiago, Salah, Jones, Tsimikas, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott.

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  1. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Thoughts?
    Kane, Cucho, Thomas > Watkins, Richarlison, Laporte (-8)

    1. SonnyPikey
        3 months, 18 days ago

        selling kane? no

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Rough double hasn't he

          1. SonnyPikey
              3 months, 18 days ago

              pool away he has scored in the past. great record v arsenal

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Thoughts on this ? Son, Lamptey and Johnson to Foden, Laporte and Alonso-8?

        1. SonnyPikey
            3 months, 18 days ago

            selling son before a dgw is silly

            1. Arteta
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Look at the other three upgrades. The second trio is so much stronger.

              1. Arteta
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                two*

              2. SonnyPikey
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  nah

              3. Dynamic Duos
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Fund it by doing Mount to Gordon instead?

          • Arteta
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I had a feeling rotation could screw me up this gameweek and that's why I took a hit to strenghten the team in midfield and defence. I thought it'd be Chelsea, not Liverpool players though.

            1. Pukki Party
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Could be both, but i expect Chelsea not to rotate as much as many expecting

              1. Baron Saturday
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I actually hope you're wrong. Havertz could have had a few against United. I expect him to not feature, or not feature much, this match. I sold him based on the rotation talk. I hope he doesn't play and find his scoring boots this week...

                1. Bubbles1985
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Agree with this.

                  Havertz to Saka for me this week.

                  And pray!

                  1. Baron Saturday
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    That move makes sense, though. Saka likely to play more minutes over the next few, you'd expect.

                    Good luck

                2. Arteta
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  I hope so too. It would be nice if Mount went on a goalscoring run again.

            2. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Imagine Havertz plays and does well / Coutinho blanks. It’s the way these popular moves often go

              1. Baron Saturday
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                You're right it's often the case. I personally don't often cave in, but it feels like now's the time to throw caution. Though I didn't bring in Coutinho

              2. BERGKOP
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                It is how it feels sometimes.

                Coutinho has done nothing for over a month.

              3. Arteta
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I know and it was far from no brainer. I still believe he could get attacking returns against Norwich and find form at exactly the right time.

              4. Permanently bannedⓄⓃⒺ…
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                It feels like every week I'm telling myself I'd have been better off had I just done nothing

                1. DF
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Exactly that, mate

          • GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            We're there rumours of salah being rested pre deadline. The one week I wasn't about at deadline for early news on Saturday lunchtime kick off?

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              We didn't get anything before deadline no

            2. BERGKOP
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              No

          • PocketZola
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Wilock special coming

          • Arteta
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Do you think Mo and Trent will come on in the second half?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Mo yes Trent no

            2. OptimusBlack
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              YAY for Mo

            3. BERGKOP
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Mo yes

            4. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Neither will come on

            5. Ruinenlust
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Hopefully

          • PocketZola
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            How is that not a yellow? Keita took out wilock

            1. Ruinenlust
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              LiVARpool

              1. BERGKOP
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Zzzz

          • KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Come on Schar, slam it in!!

            1. NateDog
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Wrong site mate

          • Kodap
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Mo warming up

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Been warming up all match to be fair

          • tokara
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Take Diaz off

          • tokara
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Milner the weakest link

          • SonnyPikey
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Gomez yc

            • SonnyPikey
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Salah on soon

              • DAZZ
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Salah and Fabinho coming on soon

              • Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                40 mins of Salah hungry to prove a point is the best captain this week

                1. tokara
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  U said it A POINT

                2. jason_ni
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Non capper, I'm hoping for a 10min 1 pointer please.

                  1. tokara
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Same that would hurt

              • jezstatham
                • 13 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Oh tits
                Salah C
                Taa VC

                1. SonnyPikey
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    lolz

                2. BERGKOP
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Cry more Newcastle.

                3. NateDog
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Mariner is having an awful game IMO

                  1. BERGKOP
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    He hasn't managed it well.

                  2. Permanently bannedⓄⓃⒺ…
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Has he gotten anything wrong?

                    1. SonnyPikey
                        3 months, 18 days ago

                        no

                      • NateDog
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 18 days ago

                        Obvious head injury to Milner and took about 10 seconds to stop play, lot of small coming togethers given as frees instead of just letting the game go even when the balls gone out of play. Small things but just not managing it well

                  3. jackruet
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Salah warming up for ucl 2nd leg

                  4. tokara
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Bring on Mo

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Fabinho & Salah have just sat back down (for now).

                      Could just mean they're getting stripped soon.

                      1. tokara
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 18 days ago

                        Praying for that

                        Mo chasing golden boot too

                  5. jason_ni
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Is it me, or quite quiet on here today?

                    Refreshing not having pages whiz by every 2 mins.

                    1. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Early kickoff & two highest owned are benched.

                    2. tokara
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Labour day holiday, everyone on vacation

                      1. AC/DC AFC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 18 days ago

                        May day.

                        They'll be revolting in Barcelona and on the streets of Paris!

                  6. Muscout
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Salah look like he’s going to come on at all?

                  7. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Stay on the bench Mo and TAA! Unless you run riots last 15 mins 😎

                  8. Shultan
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Liverpool & City just on another planet compared to all other
                    teams
                    People thought this game would be tricky for Liverpool but can't see them losing it...even if newcastle score Liverpool just go & score again

                  9. DavidBW
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Sounds like everyone warming up but Trent. Gomez yellow might be a factor though

                    1. SonnyPikey
                        3 months, 18 days ago

                        he won't come on

                    2. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Schar 2 points locked in via gingerly walk

                    3. tokara
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Schar cs locked

                    4. DycheDycheBaby
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      3rd save for Dubravka wooooop

                    5. Big_Andy_GAWA
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Schär gets 2 points??

                      1. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 18 days ago

                        Yep, just about.

                    6. Jon Snow
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      Good guy schar taking a min to limp off so we get that extra point