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Liverpool v Spurs team news: Konate and Diaz start, Matip and Jota benched

The final Premier League match of the day could be a humdinger on Merseyside as it sees Liverpool play host to Tottenham Hotspur.

Kick-off at Anfield is at an unusually late 19:45 BST.

There’s not just the title race affected by the result of this fixture but also the sprint for a UEFA Champions League qualification spot, as a win for Spurs would put serious pressure on Arsenal and even Chelsea ahead of them.

Defeat for either side, however, might all but end their respective hopes.

For us Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, there are opportunities aplenty to kick-start the Gameweek after a fairly awful Saturday for most concerned.

No fewer than five players on show tonight are owned by at least 40% of the top 10k (see below), for example, with a certain Egyptian the most-captained player of the week:

Most of the key FPL targets start this evening but there is a first league benching since November for Joel Matip, who is replaced at centre-half by Ibrahima Konate – perhaps the latter’s extra half yard of pace was a factor considering the form of Son Heung-min.

Jurgen Klopp has made two changes following the Reds’ midweek win over Villarreal in the Champions League, with Jordan Henderson and Luis Diaz starting in place of Naby Keita and Diogo Jota.

Roberto Firmino again misses out despite a return to training.

Antonio Conte’s one change is a predictable one: Dejan Kulusevski is back in the starting XI in place of Lucas Moura after his heroics off the bench last weekend.

GAMEWEEK 36 LINE-UPS

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Thiago, Henderson, Fabinho, Diaz, Mane, Salah.

Spurs XI: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Royal, Sessegnon, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Kulusevski, Son, Kane.

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748 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Razor Ramon
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 hours ago

    TAA & Robertson double-up season keepers next season?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      TAA Robbo Cancelo first in my team

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Yep - barring injuries, that’s a set and forget defence

    2. Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      They will both be 8M though

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      yeah, and cancelo, James

      that's half your budget gone

    4. Qaiss
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Want TAA to be priced at 8.5 or above. Haven’t taken him out my team this season but you never climb rank with his points either, because he’s a lock for everyone. They should price him at £9m+ but they won’t.

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        This

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        8.5 for for trent and 7.5 for robbo so there is a mil to save and a decision to make at the start of the season

        7.5 and 7 it was just an auto pick for Trent

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 hours ago

    decent half from spurs, going to be interesting if it can stay at 0-0 for a while longer

  3. Reinhold
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 hours ago

    Thiago is such a pretentious footballer

    1. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Overrated

    2. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      His technique is outrageous but does he need to move like that?

    3. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Give me Matic anyday

    4. Josh.E
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        some had the nerve to rate him higher than Fabregas

      • Mr Arsenal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        He looks like a lama and moves like he has a broomstick stick up his a***

      • El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        He has the worst characteristics of both Brazilian and Spanish footballers combined. Really irritating stuff.

    5. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Oh come on, Virgil could already score two today...
      Fingers crossed he actually converts the third chance.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        doubt he gets another chance, Spurs will have all the possession 2nd half

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          Press X to Doubt.

    6. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Both teams had better burst their cleansheets in the 2nd half

    7. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      DGWs are so painful…

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Of course they are, it's just double the pain of a single gameweek

      2. Firminoooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Double disappointment

    8. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Horse Racing is for sickos

      1. RedRo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        How’s it considered sport? The ‘riders’ are literally just sat there

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          I'm a neutral now so maybe at half time the horses could ride the jockeys

          1. RedRo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 17 hours ago

            I’m not sure that’s viable mate

            1. mynameisq
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 hours ago

              It would be if the glazers spent money on it!

              1. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 hours ago

                Too slow

            1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 17 hours ago

              Great minds and all that

        2. Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          Just like Formula1?

          1. RedRo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 17 hours ago

            Well, yes

      2. Paulo67
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Why are you bringing wieghorst into it? Burnley played earlier

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          I'm jockeying around my free hit team

    9. Paulo67
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Final score? Takers?

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        1-0 Liverpool

        1. Paulo67
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          It’s cagey so far! Dunno I think a goal could open the floodgates and end up a 2-2

    10. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Which pool treble would you get on FH. I'm on Taa vvd and Salah. Sounds good ?

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        For gw37

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Yes

      3. Live Lad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Yep.

    11. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Quite an interesting game so far

      1. Paulo67
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Very cagey!

        1. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          Yes but that is also interesting. The beauty of the game is not only the electric attacking football... I love to see a team defend like a block like a unit. Tactically Spurs has come a long way I have to say...

          1. Paulo67
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 hours ago

            Yes they definitely have. Love to see how docherty would’ve got on there tonight. Their xgc over the last 6 game weeks in the top four. They’ve big time improved

      2. fplgaruda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Indeed

    12. Live Lad
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      Alisson or Ederson on FH?

      Def: Cash, Cancelo, TAA, Mycolenko

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Ed

        1. Paulo67
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          Not sure city keep a cleanie against West Ham not that they’re out of Europe

          1. Paulo67
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 hours ago

            *now

            1. Live Lad
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 17 hours ago

              Guess facing Southampton is easier on paper than West Ham?

        2. Live Lad
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          Thanks. Want Pickford plus VVD or Dias for goal threat but can't afford.

    13. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 hours ago

      A question for anyone who played FPL in its early days. Who were the go-to captains each week? Obviously the likes of Lampard but I'm curious to know who else. Thanks

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Aguero was a must!

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          He was my captain most weeks along with Alexis Sanchez when I discovered FPL!

      2. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        First permacap I remember was a certain young chap named C. Ronaldo

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          I think I started playing about a year after Henry stopped being absolutely essential

          1. ZEZIMA
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 hours ago

            Ah yes, Henry! How did he slip my mind

      3. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Drogba, RVP

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          Drogba, what a player!

      4. Razor Ramon
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        RVP

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          RVP would've been a points machine

      5. RedRo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Bobby Charlton was essential for a while

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Haha!

      6. Hulk Smash
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        When Van Persie was at Man Utd I captained him nearly every week and had one of my best seasons.

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          That doesn't surprise me. He must've had some monster points totals

      7. Live Lad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Henry for sure. Cost like 14 m if I'm not wrong. Going for him makes the rest of the team weak but he was worth it.

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          14m wow. Certainly worth it though!

      8. tangtastic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Thierry Henry was the original MVP

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Definitely a perma-captain!!

      9. CoopsNZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Ronaldo. For one season at least. Shearer, Henry...lots...unsure when this game moved online, but I was playing it in the 90s...transfers by post!! Yes I am old.

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Wow I did not realise that's how FPL used to operate. Wow!!

      10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Ronaldo, aguero, bale, Drogba, Demba ba/cisse

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Wish I was playing the game during these times! Great memories of watching all these players

      11. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Does anyone remember Paul Warhurst … the defender who played most of the season as a striker … was that before FPL?

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          I do not haha

      12. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Dempsey

        1. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Amazing. What a player

      13. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        https://www.fplanalytics.com/ just found this, which has historical data from previous seasons

        1. Make Arrows Green Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Interesting, thanks

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          OMG thanks!

        3. ZEZIMA
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Thanks mate I appreciate you finding this. I will check it out

      14. NorCal Villan
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Nobby Stiles

          1. ZEZIMA
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            Lol!!

        • Patio Kev
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Yaya bloody Toure - kept ruining me refusing to own him

        • BeaversWithAttitude
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Suarez, Hazard, Bale

      15. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        Absolute bloodbath season over… Alonso Matip and Mount :((( and now Salah Son TAA

        1. Paulo67
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 hours ago

          Early days yet dude another game to play and this is only kicking off now in the second half they both need to win!

      16. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 hours ago

        I wonder how those 100 point + predictions are holding up so far this gw?

        1. Paulo67
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          I think the game week average for 36 will still be around 80! Very early days!

        2. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Probably adding a decimal point.

      17. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        FH37, not that easy to improve from the current team 🙁

      18. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        How is that not a yellow for Henderson

      19. nolard
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        shut it kane

      20. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Son has the worse corner deliveries I have seen

      21. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        YC Davies

      22. Live Lad
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Please help me with my FH team.

        Alisson
        Cash, Cancelo, TAA, Mycolenko
        Zaha, Salah, Buendia, Son
        Richarlison (c), Watkins

        Bench: Gordon first sub

        Any suggestion welcome. Thanks.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          I think it's too early to give final thoughts on a FH team. Too many games to go.

          Just get in the players you might want/will rise for now & refine it after mroe games have taken place.

          1. Live Lad
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            Thanks.

      23. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        OMG son

      24. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Son goal

      25. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 13 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Wohoo!

      26. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        NO

      27. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        FFS Son scored.

      28. Thanos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        SONYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

      29. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Kane pain

      30. asr
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Son(c) you beauty!!!!

      31. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Son you beauty

      32. Do I Not Like Orange
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        I HATE THAT MAN