Jurgen Klopp has made some surprise team selections for Liverpool’s Premier League clash against West Ham on Sunday.
Roberto Firmino, who set the Reds on their way to a win over Tottenham with the opening goal, drops to the bench while there’s no place in the squad for Sadio Mane.
Mane also scored in the 3-1 win in north London on Thursday night but it’s understood the Senegal forward is out with a muscle injury.
But it seems teammate Andy Robertson saw this coming.
The Liverpool ECHO reports that eagle-eyed fans noticed Robertson transferred Mane out of his Fantasy Premier League team, which ironically is named ‘Show Me the Mane’, for this weekend’s fixtures.
It’s understood Robertson did a similar thing during gameweek ten of the season as Mane was swapped for Kevin De Bruyne. Mane was benched for Liverpool’s clash at Brighton that weekend.
Robertson swapped Mane for Tottenham’s Heung-min Son this weekend, while he also brought in Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Leeds striker Patrick Bamford. It’s something the Scot will regret given the Toffees forward’s blank against Newcastle and Bamford’s goal and two assists in a 3-1 win at Leicester.
The report adds that Robertson’s fantasy team has 1,115 points so far in Fantasy Football, placing Show Me the Mane at 1,656,552 in the world, out of the 7,919,731 players.
As for West Ham, they’re unchanged from their 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
David Moyes has also named the same nine substitutes that were on the Selhurst Park bench. Below you can see how both sides line up.
West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio
Subs: Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Noble, Diop, Fredericks, Martin, Johnson, Odubeko
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Henderson, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner, Shaqiri, Origi, Salah
Subs: Firmino, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Rhys Williams, Kelleher, Neco Williams