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Salah and van Dijk injury latest ahead of Gameweek 38

An update on the fitness of Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) somehow failed to materialise from the broadcast section of Jurgen Klopp’s press conference on Monday, to much gnashing of teeth from Fantasy managers.

But the embargoed section delivered the goods later in the evening.

The Reds’ head coach was facing the media ahead of Liverpool’s Gameweek 37 fixture at Southampton, eventually providing news on the Egyptian and Virgil van Dijk (£6.8m).

“No [they won’t play on Tuesday]. Virg definitely not but that was pretty much clear before the [Chelsea] game already that I thought, ‘OK, this is the game now.’ He played really a lot and then Saturday-Tuesday again. It was clear. 

“They are both OK. The target would be for both that they could be involved again on the weekend. Properly involved, bench or whatever, few minutes or start, I don’t know, we will see that, because that would be perfect for the [UCL final]. But if not then we take each day afterwards. But we are very positive, or [have] no doubt about the final. I’m pretty realistic about the Wolves game, but tomorrow rather not.” – Jurgen Klopp on Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk

The Liverpool boss also hinted at plenty of changes for Tuesday’s clash on the south coast, which follows hot on the heels of a physically and mentally gruelling 120 minutes at Wembley.

“We only played the 120 minutes two days ago, so when the boys arrive today, I have to make a lot of decisions. What I can promise, we will line up a team only for one reason – to try to win the game at Southampton. We have to see who is able to help. The 30 extra minutes [in the FA Cup final] made a big difference.

“This is a high-energetic, well-organised team we face. Imagine we go there with ten, eight players who played 120 minutes. It makes no sense. That’s why we have to make changes. I don’t know how many, we will see.” – Jurgen Klopp

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m), Ibrahima Konate (£5.1m), Thiago Alcantara (£5.3m), Jordan Henderson (£4.9m) and Sadio Mane (£11.8m) all lasted the full two hours against Chelsea at the weekend, with Luis Diaz (£8.1m) and a cramping Andrew Robertson (£7.3m) replaced in extra-time.

The only other medical update we got from Klopp concerned Fabinho (£5.4m), who is progressing “very well” but not enough to face Southampton.

The Saints’ manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, gave us his own press conference hours before Klopp, revealing that Stuart Armstrong (£5.8m) and Fraser Forster (£4.4m) were fresh doubts.


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  1. Live Scoutcast questions
    J0E
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    LIVE SCAST 8pm TUES

    Feel free to leave your questions here as we prepare for the final gameweek of the season.

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Find out during the evening (liver game) But...........

      Which attacking asset to buy in GW38 if you have none?

      Who will finish higher Joe , Palace or Brighton 🙂

    2. notlob legin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      If you have TC left who would you use it on?

      1. Cheeky Onion
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Son, Kane or James for me

        1. Kitman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Guess its the same question as "who to captain"?

    3. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Are players like Son, Kane, Vardy worth -4 hits each?

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Can anyone beat 13 hits - 48 points (played FH but it did not apply when game updated) bugger!

    5. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How many hits is it acceptable to take in gameweek 38?

      1. DonaldDrapier
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Zero hits as long there are no fires. Hits are for future prospects

  2. Mozumbus
      1 month, 14 days ago

      On WC.
      Is Chelsea defensive triple up too crazy?
      James Alonso Mendi
      Bottomed

      1. Weak Become Heros
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        See better upside in getting at least one of their attackers mate. Look what Leicester did to Watford.

        1. Mozumbus
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yes, that's the other option. Will most probably keep Mendy and Alonso, so it'll be between Lukaku and James.

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Watford can still score.

          1. Annie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            yeah two optimal as we aren't primarily getting them for CSs, defence has been hopeless recently.

      2. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Pukki the third top scoring striker. Wow. Really need a big Mitro year next year.

        1. Cheeky Onion
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          He's 5th behind CR, Kane, Vardy & Toney; not to mention all the misclassed 'midfielders' that lead the league in scoring.

          1. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Check again... Even after 26pts in 2 GW Vardy is 8th

          2. Wild Card this!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Well he is 3rd in FPL amongst Forwards with 140 points.

            1. Cheeky Onion
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Ahhh yes, I was going with goals scored. Not bad at all for the fella!

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Teemu Pukki baby!

      3. Cheeky Onion
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Which forward should I prioritize to transfer out for GW38:

        A) Vardy (SOU)
        B) Ings (mci)
        C) Richarlison (ars)

        Ings the obvious choice given the fixture, however minutes will be a concern for all of them and none of them have anything to play for if Everton can beat Palace. Might end up being whoever plays a full 90 on Thursday

        1. wulfrunian
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          If Everton wins Palace then i would sell Richarlison.

        2. No Kane No Gain
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Got to be B for many reasons

        3. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 14 days ago

          B

      4. jonnybhoy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Best midfielder for 5.5m for GW38?

        1. wulfrunian
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Martinelli/Harrison for me.

        2. HashAttack
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Eriksen is you can find 5.6m

        3. Hwanging by a Fred
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Christian Nørgaard

      5. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I can't believe that no one at that press conference asked Klopp directly about Salah and VVD.... what are they there for???

        1. lilmessipran
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          As an fpl manager don't understand the fuss around it..we have already made our decisions for 37 and can't do anything about it. ..we will have another presser before 38 and maybe even leaked lineups

      6. Pepeye
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        SPORTbible poll 28,600 - Mosted hated team in PL
        Liverpool 41.6% Man Utd 35.1% Chelsea 14.3% Arsenal 9.0%
        Flags at half mast in BBC Sport Media City home of anything Red

        1. RedRo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Utd are hated, adored but never ignored.

          1. DavidBW
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            They've been ignoring success for the last 10 years.

          2. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            This isnt a dig but genuinely becoming less interested every season.

            Arsenal, liverpool and utd used to be the first fixtures I looked for when they were announced. Now its city, chelsea and west ham ahead of them too.

        2. DavidBW
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Man Utd way more hated IMO

          1. RedRo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            It’s mad though. I understand why everyone hates the other 3 but there’s literally no reason to hate Utd unless just jealous of their success. Not a fan btw

            1. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              You are kidding or creating clickbait.....lots of people admire Ferguson but dislike United....

        3. TN
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          As a city fan I now hate Liverpool:Man United on a 60:40 ratio, used to be united I hate more but they aren't even a competitor anymore...

        4. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Arsenal 4th. Nice.

        5. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Sportbible poll, most hated team in PL! Voted on mostly by people who very little about football, many of them sitting in their bedrooms on the other side of the world referring to Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City as 'we' behind their keyboards and get upset on YouTube if anyone criticises 'their' club. Real fabs go to games.

      7. STONEROSES
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not xpecting much from any of them but which is best pick for GW 38?

        A. Dewsbury-Hall SOT
        B. Schar bur
        C. Weghorst NEW

        1. TN
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          B

          Burnley don't score much

        2. mrelpea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          A

        3. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          B

        4. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Newcastle could keep a clean sheet and Schar probably has more or less the same attacking threat than these two, so I think you should pick him.

      8. TN
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        In a bit of trouble here...

        Gone from being 110 points to 52 points ahead in my ML. I'm currently on 25 points, 2nd place is on 70 points and he FH so lots more doublers than me.

        Schmeichel
        Cash Trent Matip Cancelo Williams
        Son KDB Saka Mount Kulu
        Richarlison Broja Mateta

        2.2m itb, 1 ft

        My decision to not do Kulu -> Maddison has killed me, put off by the thought of a -12...I never learn

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Relax and enjoy kulu hattrick v norwich.

        2. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          52 point lead is plenty with 1 GW left. Try going right up to Sunday deadl8ne before making any changes, lineups prob not as steady as other GWs, might have good team news by then.

          1. TN
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Thanks guys. I wish we put money on in my league we are next season hopefully I'll win then as well...

      9. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ben Foster "leaving" Watford? Dont know if he means already played last game.

        Not playing might actually make him a better option for the weekend. 🙂

        Thanks for the bench boost Ben.

        1. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Be a good option for a club even as backup keeper. His pod's worth a listen too.

      10. Arteta
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        "Willock own goal and red card in the first half" clause activated.

      11. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        For anyone thinking they are too far behind in their ML, I've blown a 100 point lead in under a week. You can do it!

        I'm going to find a dark corner to cry in now.

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I know I can blow a 100 point lead. It's making up a 50 point deficit that's my problem!

        2. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I'm getting reeled in as well. Lead down to 14 points and it will be less if rich continues to outscore Ings this week. All set up for a final GW heartbreak after leading for most of the season. Haven't beaten the guy in 15 years either

          1. Jambot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Ouch! The 15 years makes it more painful. Hope you pull it off and win

        3. Arteta
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          It's insane what a few different players and captain's haul can do.

      12. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Any priority moves here? I guess salah to KDB or son if he's out. Not sure anythings worth a hit

        Ederson
        Matip, alonso, Cancelo
        Havertz, mount, saka, Salah, kulu
        Kane, nketiah

        Dubravka, Schar, Taylor, broja

        0.8m ITB, 1 FT

        1. DelPiero10
            1 month, 14 days ago

            If Salah is fit I'd be looking at Havertz to Maddison or Jota/Diaz.

            1. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Good shout, thanks mate. Would be a bit wary of no son but not easy to get to him without getting rid of Salah

              1. DelPiero10
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  It comes down to Salah's fitness either way I suppose. Kane is also a great pick this week.

          • putana
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            score prediction for today's game?

            ill go 3-0 arsenal. nketiah, saka, and ramsdale to score

            1. Indpush
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              2-1 For Arsenals opponent. Who are they playing?

              1. TN
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Newcastle
                The Toon
                The Black and White Army

                One of them

            2. TN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Ramsdale to score?!

              Hope not but would love to see a Saka hatty and nketiah red card

            3. HashAttack
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I want the score to be the other way around ... Wilson hatrick would be excellent

            4. Stram Dunk
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Schar goal, assist and a cleanie

          • Pepeye
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Foden banket to play v Villa Worth a risk

          • Pepeye
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            KDB also nailed on v Villa

          • Cheeto__Bandito
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Tsimikas will start meaning Trent will also start as Klopp said he cant bench both fullbacks at the same time after Newcastle.
            Or Robertson and Gomez but doubt it

            1. Arteta
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              The best possible scenario would be that TAA and Robbo both start, get attacking returns and are subbed off in 61th minute with clean sheet still intact.

              1. Cheeto__Bandito
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                the cramp sub for robertson and fact that Tsimikas played well recently makes me doubt it

              2. Arteta
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Of course this ain't gonna happen. My guess is Trent and Kostas after everything I've read/seen.

          • Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            If chasing, how does Rudiger Zaha out for Matip and Mount sound?

            1. lilmessipran
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Don't like either of those moves to be honest..both Zaha and Rudiger could do really well in 38

            2. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I wouldn’t get rid of Rudiger, but agree that if chasing Mount is a great shout. I kept him on until GW36 and after those heroics decided to FH in GW37 va 38, as originally planned, so that I could have him for GW38

            3. pingissimus
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              The chasing move would be to do the reverse surely.

              Zaha an okay pick next week in a game likely to be a bit of a festival. Very good chance though that Palace field a couple of youngsters so that may even it up 😉

              Diaz/Sessegnon feels a possible combination in around that price bracket.

          • Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Is it crazy that I've already kinda sorta thought of all the players I'll fit in my team next season other than the goalkeepers. Going on expected prices of everyone of course

            1. TN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              yep give it a rest mate your making me feel unprepared!

              tbh I now I'll ditch Salah for Luis Diaz, and I know I'll have KDB Son and Haaland as my main premiums plus Robertson perhaps

              1. Zim0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I'm only gonna have Haaland as my premium. (Maybe Son as well depending on price) I'm also ditching Salah for Diaz 🙂

                1. TN
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  The problem is there's going to be too many premium options next season:

                  BrunoF
                  Son
                  KDB
                  Kane
                  Lukaku
                  Haaland
                  Sterling
                  Mane
                  Trent
                  Robertson/James (can see them being 6.5 or 7.0 to start)

                  It might be beneficial to stick with one premium and have a more balance team because lots of people will go for the 3/4 premium option and neglect good options in the 6/7/8 mil park (for midfielders)

                  1. Scholes Out For Summer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    I was leaning the opposite way, making sure which 2/3 premiums you have at one time will be key

                2. bench boost for every gamew…
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Thats a lot to have on your bench though. I bet he is injured for most of the season. Look at his injury record at Dortmund last 18month.

                  1. Zim0
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Why would he be on my bench if he's injured?

            2. Arteta
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              How's she looking?

            3. Cheeky Onion
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I though I was jumping the gun trying to plan my GW38 transfer

            4. HashAttack
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              After Sheffield and Leeds, do we trust Brentford players for their second season

              Should Luton players be priced at 3.5m

            5. Indpush
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Not at all. It's fun. I begin doing that five weeks ago hahaha. I have certain players down that at this time I think I must have and then in the slots not decided on, two and in some cases seven choices to keep in mind.

          • Echoes
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Pukki:

            2019/20 - 11 goals 3 assists
            2021/22 - 11 goals 3 assists, albeit with one game still to go

            1. DelPiero10
                1 month, 14 days ago

                The fact he's third of all forwards so far is outlandish.

                1. Echoes
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Goes to show the state of forwards this year

                2. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Shows I should have stuck with my gut at the very start of the season with Kane and Pukki upfront in a 3-5-2!

            2. simong1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Best midfielder from the below to bring in next week (can only choose one)?

              A) Mane
              B) Diaz
              C) Mount
              D) Maddison
              E) Bowen

              1. Scholes Out For Summer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Mane, but obviously more expensive assets are better

            3. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Realised I've doubled up on Watford, Newcastle, Southampton and Villa attack in DGWs this season.

              King and Dennis: 3 points (5 with King (c))
              JWP and Adams: 8 points
              ASM and Wood: 8 points (12 with Wood (c))
              Ings and Coutinho: 4 points (so far, but not holding my breath)

              Think there's a lesson here somewhere...

            4. Dave2008
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Team 0 ITB and 1FT

              Schmeichel Foster
              TAA Alonso Dias Matip Cancelo
              Salah Saka Son Mount KDH
              Nketiah Watkins Pukki
              My mini league lead has basically gone and I expect the second placed team to make up the 17 points remaining with his differentials of Maddison Vardy C and Mykolenko vs my Dias Matip and Ings.

              A Salah and Watkins for Dias (Liverpool) and Kane -4 (He has Kane)
              B Salah and Dias (City) for Maddison and James -4 (He has James)
              C Salah, Dias and Watkins for Maddison James and Kane -8

              Obviously it will depend what his lead is as then I would have to maybe go more differential. His triple C D is a concern and I blocked that with Dias but then he went and got injured!
              His team is

              Ederson Steele
              Silva Robbo James Laporte Cancelo
              Salah(?) Mount Kulusevski KDH Gordon
              Kane Richarlison Wood

              Any thoughts much appreciated