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FPL Gameweek 8 team news: Alexander-Arnold and Jota expected to be available

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Diogo Jota (£7.6m) are expected to be available for Liverpool’s Gameweek 8 clash with Watford on Saturday.

Alexander-Arnold missed the Reds’ last two competitive fixtures before the October international break due to a groin problem, while Jota withdrew from Portugal’s national team squad on Monday having not kicked a ball for his country over the last week.

But both players are set to rejoin full training with their club colleagues ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road.

“They are all good, they are all in a good way, let me say it like this.

“So it looks really like Trent and Diogo will be fine, they will train with us tomorrow completely normal, that’s the plan.” – Jurgen Klopp, speaking on Wednesday about his side’s fitness

Both Liverpool players have hemorrhaged owners since Gameweek 7, with Alexander-Arnold the most-sold defender ahead of this Saturday’s FPL deadline and Jota fourth for transfers out among midfielders.

The right-back will surely return to the Liverpool starting XI this weekend if fully recovered but with Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) not involved with Brazil over the last fortnight, there is less certainty over whether Jota will be handed his fifth successive league start regardless of fitness.

The Saturday lunchtime contest is likely to come too soon for Thiago Alcantara (£5.3m), who has a calf problem.

“Thiago needs probably a little bit longer, [he] was not in team training yet – that’s always not a good sign for starting the next game.

“And the rest [of the] international [players], some are back, obviously some are not back yet. And we will see.” – Jurgen Klopp

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Harry Maguire (£5.4m) revealed he was “progressing” from a calf issue but had still not been involved in full training with Manchester United, which suggests that the Red Devils are set to be without both first-choice centre-halves for the trip to Leicester City.

The only official pre-match press conference of the day saw Claudio Ranieri on media duties for new employers Watford.

The Hornets earlier confirmed that Joshua King (£5.5m) would be assessed after a return to training but that Francisco Sierralta (£4.3m), Christian Kabasele (£4.4m) and Peter Etebo (£4.5m) remain out with muscle problems.

We should have a minimum of five pre-Gameweek 8 press conferences taking place on Thursday, with the rest following on Friday.

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  1. dshv
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 32 mins ago

    On WC

    1. Azpi
    2. Rudiger
    3. James

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 30 mins ago

      James

    2. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 27 mins ago

      Rudi

    3. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 25 mins ago

      James

      1. dshv
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 22 mins ago

        Does James is fit ??

        1. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 16 mins ago

          Wait for the press conference. Seems like he could be fit. If I was on WC I would get him.

          1. Bam Saka Laca
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 15 mins ago

            Me too

    4. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 23 hours ago

      if you have the money, Azpi is def the safest option and does get attacking returns once in a while.

  2. tommo1989
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 31 mins ago

    Jimenez looks like he’s going to start for Mexico in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Surely he won’t start for Wolves on Saturday? I’m thinking of benching him for Duffy or Livramento?

    1. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 27 mins ago

      Duffy and Livra both good options this week imo.

  3. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 30 mins ago

    Any of these moves worth a -4?

    A. Jota > Son
    B. Dennis > Hwang
    C. G2G

    Sanchez
    TAA, Cancelo, Duffy, Livramento
    Salah, Gray, Benrahma, Jota
    Ronaldo, Antonio

    (4.0, Marcal, Allan, Dennis)

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 26 mins ago

      A

  4. Cruyff's Eleven
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 25 mins ago

    Hwang or Armstrong on a WC?

    1. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 23 mins ago

      Hwang. Move to Toney afterwards.

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 1 min ago

        Dunno, I have Mbuemo, and he has better stats than Toney.

    2. Bam Saka Laca
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 13 mins ago

      Armstrong

  5. Finding Timo
      7 days, 25 mins ago

      With risk over raphinha playing would you still play him or bench him and then play Toney?

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 23 mins ago

        Benching a striker and penalty taker for a team that is playing well, would be a strange decision..

        1. Finding Timo
            7 days, 21 mins ago

            I was thinking benching Toney due to difficult game vchelsea

        2. Weak Become Heros
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 22 mins ago

          I dont think he plays at all. I think you’ll get Toney’s points whatever happens.

          1. Finding Timo
              7 days, 21 mins ago

              Yeh perhaps I should just play Toney to avoid 1 point sub appearance by raphinha

        3. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 25 mins ago

          Have Lukaku and Antonio.

          1. Cruyff's Eleven
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 24 mins ago

            Reply fail

          2. Bam Saka Laca
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 13 mins ago

            I have them too 🙂

        4. HD7
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 23 mins ago

          2 FTs:

          Sarr to Saka is the first Im considering If TAA is back and there arent new injured players.

          Any other bright ideas, mates?

          Ramsdale
          Trent Rudiger Dias Livra
          Salah Raph Gray Sarr
          Ronaldo Lukaku

          Steele Marcal Sissoko Scarlett

        5. baines is god
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 23 mins ago

          Really tempted by Foden.

          4 great fixtures for City before the next international week.

          With Jesus likely to be unavailable, have to imagine Foden will start as the false 9 against Burnley.

          He seems to be in the premier league 'starting' team right now, and whilst there's no certainty with Pep, you'd be surprised to see him not start at least 3 of the next 4 league fixtures.

          He looks so threatening and City can cut loose in any game.

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 21 mins ago

            You think Foden starts over Torres in F9.

          2. Bertonian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            7 days, 13 mins ago

            Wishful thinking

          3. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 11 mins ago

            De Bruyne is the only attacker nailed in that team. Haven't seen anyone on here consider him at all surprisingly.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 5 mins ago

              His price is a major factor unfortunately.

              1. baines is god
                • 9 Years
                7 days, 3 mins ago

                and the fact he never plays in the actual front 3, and is playing deeper and deeper in games

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 days, 11 mins ago

            I'm probably going Torres. Gonna risk it for 3 weeks. The fixtures are too good to go without.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 9 mins ago

              City are playing Burnley so one can only imagine Pep is going ultra roulette for this one.

              I already vision Torres and Mahrez starting.

              1. baines is god
                • 9 Years
                7 days, 3 mins ago

                you're right

            2. baines is god
              • 9 Years
              7 days, 4 mins ago

              why Torres?

              Seems to have fallen out of the Premier League starting team right now?

              1. Podorsky
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                7 days ago

                No Jesus?

          5. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            Rumours from CityXtra that Sterling will get a chance up top soon, wouldn't be too confident he'll start there

          6. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            7 games in 20 days, what
            makes you think Foden will start the four PL games ?

        6. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 22 mins ago

          Any thoughts on the likelihood that Rudiger and Lukaku start?

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 21 mins ago

            I think they’ll be just fine.

        7. Bertonian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 days, 22 mins ago

          Chaps, who would you play this wk

          A Livra
          B Benny

          1. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 days, 21 mins ago

            B.

        8. EL tridente
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 20 mins ago

          Will Foden rise tonight?

          1. Bam Saka Laca
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 18 mins ago

            On 90.4 atm but hard to predict with most teams on WC

        9. kysersosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 16 mins ago

          Thoughts on this WC draft

          Raya/Foster
          Dias/Cancelo/TAA/Chilwell/Liv
          ESR/Salah/Raphina/Mount/Doucoure
          Toney/Rom/Armstrong

          0.1 ITB.

          TIA

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 12 mins ago

            Way too much money on your bench and you are going to have some serious benching headaches.

        10. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 15 mins ago

          I believe many are understimating Brentford GW8. I am happy to go no CHE defence, never mind double CHE defence.

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 days, 13 mins ago

            You know what, I actually agree with you for this one week. I reckon Brentford will score.

            But to not have any Chelsea for NOR new BUR... Yeah that's not gonna fly for me. Will have at least one CFC defender on my WC.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 11 mins ago

              I feel double City defence, Cancelo and Dias will be a much smoother ride which includes Trent of course.

          2. Bam Saka Laca
            • 1 Year
            7 days, 11 mins ago

            Mbeumo is the chosen one

        11. FF Dirtbag
          • 10 Years
          7 days, 14 mins ago

          Got my FT to use. Thoughts on:
          Marcal -> Cancelo?

          Sanchez
          Rudiger James Cancelo
          Salah Jota Greenwood Gray
          Antonio Ronaldo Jiminez

          Steele; Livramento, Williams, Sissoko... 1Ft and 2.2m in the bank.

          1. George James
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 9 mins ago

            Prefer Dias

          2. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            7 days, 3 mins ago

            Yep if that’s your intended move then hard to fault
            I’m going Semedo to Dias

        12. George James
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 10 mins ago

          Predictions on minutes this GW?

          A) Jota

          B) Rudi

          C) Raphina

          D) Jimenez

          1. FF Dirtbag
            • 10 Years
            7 days, 9 mins ago

            90,90,90,0

            1. Riverside Red
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 2 mins ago

              Why 0mins for Jimenez?

            2. George James
              • 6 Years
              7 days ago

              interesting. How come you think Raph will play and Jimenez won’t?

        13. DIMITRIS
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 6 mins ago

          What to do -
          A) Ronaldo and Adama Traore OUT for Hwang and KDB IN
          or
          B) Adama Traore OUT for Ferran Torres IN

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            7 days, 5 mins ago

            Neither of those but I would want Traore out.

            1. DIMITRIS
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 4 mins ago

              Well give me at least some advice whom to get insead of Adama 😀
              p.s. I have 1.0 ITB

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                7 days, 1 min ago

                Mbeumo or Decoure

                1. DIMITRIS
                  • 3 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  Cheers!

              2. waldo666
                • 11 Years
                7 days ago

                I'd be looking at an Everton mid, Saka perhaps, maybe Gallagher.

                Bottom line, you don't want to transfer out someone not nailed for another non-nailed player, imo.

                1. DIMITRIS
                  • 3 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  Fair point. The only reason why I'm even considering Torres is because he's upside is enormous. He should at least start 2 out of next 3. Saka is good also, Gallagher too. Everton on the other hand, will decline inevitably so I'm gonna avoid them.
                  Cheers!

                  1. Dammit_182
                      6 days, 23 hours ago

                      Ronaldo is by no means a bad hold and Traore has been a waste of time for a lot of us….but city could well put 5 past Burnley again so if you are trying to get in on that why not take the risk on a city mid staring? I love the KDB pick but feel ‘punting’ on Torres is more sensible.

          2. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            7 days, 6 mins ago

            Took a week off looking at FPL and FFS, been much price action or pretty quiet?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 4 mins ago

              Quiet.

              1. waldo666
                • 11 Years
                7 days, 2 mins ago

                Cheers.

            2. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              lots of price action and .1 risers and fallers

          3. Kasper the ghost keeper
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 3 mins ago

            A) Barnes -> Saka
            B) Ronaldo -> Lukaku
            C) Hold

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 1 min ago

              C

            2. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              7 days ago

              You still have Barnes. C.

            3. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              A

          4. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            Semedo to Dias with one FT
            Jota to city mid with other free or roll it to get Raphinha next week?

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              Dias and roll

          5. Dthinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 23 hours ago

            2FT and 0.4 ITB

            Here's my current team. I'm not really in a rush to ditch Ronaldo or Bruno yet. What are your thoughts on how to use one or both transfers?

            Sanchez
            TAA White Duffy
            Salah Bruno ESR Sarr
            Ronaldo Jimenez Pukki

            Steele Livra Williams Gimour

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              Bruno to Kdb a great differential and place holder for son in a few weeks.
              I’d play Livra and roll the other transfer

              1. Dammit_182
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  I like that. KDB In for Bruno.

                • Dthinger
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 17 hours ago

                  Leicester have conceded 12 goals. Why am I selling Bruno for a player who might not even play?

                  1. HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    6 days, 15 hours ago

                    All good. Think the question is why do you still own Bruno?

              2. waldo666
                • 11 Years
                6 days, 23 hours ago

                I know they have decent fixtures coming up in a couple of weeks but think I would look to move Pukki on. Could be a week early but Toney could slot in there nicely.

              3. HMC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                6 days, 23 hours ago

                To have no city player vs BUR could be ugly + bha CRY to follow
                I think you need either an attacker or could go Bruno to Son Williams to Cancelo/Dias if funds allow

            2. ZakyJ
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              1FT & 0.4m ITB

              Sanchez
              Alonson Shaw White Livra (Amartey)
              Salah Jota Raph Benrhama (Brownhill)
              CR7 Lukaku (Toney)

              2FT 2m IT

              Any changes needed?

            3. Cheeto__Bandito
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              Mendy + Dias
              or
              Sanchez + TAA

              Best option?

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 23 hours ago

                Sanchez & TAA

            4. Roy Rovers
              • 7 Years
              6 days, 23 hours ago

              Which defender to bring in??

              A - Azpil
              B - Alonso
              C - Rudiger
              D - Dias

              Ramsdale (Foster)
              TAA Cancelo ??? (Livramento and Omobamidele)
              Salah Greenwood Saka Sarr (Brownhill)
              Ronaldo Antonio Toney

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 23 hours ago

                D

                1. Roy Rovers
                  • 7 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  Interesting!

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    Having double City defence, Cancelo and Dias is better than having to scratch your eyes out when Pep has too many toys in attack.

                    Pretty much the same situation with Tuchel and the CHE defence, too many toys to play with.

                    At least you know you will get regular points with Cancelo and Dias 😉

                    1. Dammit_182
                        6 days, 23 hours ago

                        What a great way of putting it. City too many toys up front, Chelsea in defence.

              2. Ronanm
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  On a wildcard with 2.1 ITB. Good to go or some changes needed.

                  Sanchez, Ramsdale
                  White, Rudgier, Cancelo, Marcal, TAA
                  Salah, ESR, Townsend, Benrhama Raphina
                  Lukaku Antonio Hwang

                  1. Kiwivillan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    I can understand keeping Antonio with some tough fixtures as "fixture proof". Benrahma not so much. 1 goal 0 assists last 5. High on my sell list

                  2. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    Benrahama to Foden or Grealish

                  3. Bertonian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    Would echo Benny has peaked, possibly even Townsend + would look at getting Toney or Mbeumo

                • dshv
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  Would you play

                  1. Mbeumo
                  2. Livra or duffy

                • Kiwivillan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  Thinking of holding off using WC and give Bruno and Jota another week. Want to punt on Torres

                  Alonso+Benrahma>Chilwell+Torres

                  Good punt?

                  1. In Like Flynn.
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    As good as any I reckon.

                  2. dunas_dog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    Risky- I think 50/50 between Chilwell and Alonso starting. And no guarantees Torres starts. I would just keep Alonso and Benrahma ( and am doing)

                  3. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 21 hours ago

                    Ya takes ya chances. Best of luck.

                • dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  Raphinha owners- are you playing Raphinha in case jets in to Southampton and starts or benching and playing ( in my case Livramento). I guess worry is that he is not able to start but Bielsa brings him on late in game

                • SuperG
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  All those saying Raph has a chance.. what you smokin’ dudes? No EPL footballer would play two games in consecutive days if they were at the same ground. So doing it with about 15h of travelling… not a chance he’ll play.

                  1. The Units
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    there are a lot as he is about to get a price rise.

                  2. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    many a player has been popped on a private jet to get them back … if fit he starts

                    1. Sharkytect
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      6 days, 15 hours ago

                      I reckon that would be the big teller. More so than the press conference.

                      Private jet = he plays (probably starts)

                      Standard commercial flights = doesn't start, possibly not even on the bench

                • FOO FIGHTER
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  Going to be very annoying if Bissouma drops! It just fecks around with my planned moves for GW9.

                • FantasyHero
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 23 hours ago

                  Pick 1:

                  1. Play Livremento
                  2. Play DIas (-4)

                  1. dunas_dog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 23 hours ago

                    1. Dias probably gets 6 (-4) points- chance Livramento gets attacking return