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FPL Gameweek 1 team news: Live updates from Pep, Klopp, Tuchel and more

We’ve got the live updates from all 12 Premier League pre-match press conferences that take place on Friday as Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) draws ever nearer.

For ease of access, this article will remain live in the ‘featured’ box on the home page even when it is no longer at the top of the site.


KEY UPDATES SO FAR

We heard from eight managers yesterday, with the following dozen up today:

For much more detailed information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed.


LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Alisson is “fine” ahead of the trip to Fulham, although Curtis Jones, Kostas Tsimikas, Ibrahima Konate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota and Caoimhin Kelleher all remain on the injury list.

Naby Keita has been ill but returns to training today.

 “Ali [is] fine.

“We hope with Curtis we caught it in the right moment, that’s just how it is with young players. They have some kind of stress reactions sometimes and then if they go over it because it’s not massive pain, it could lead to something serious. We caught it early but we still have to be careful. That’s it with him, so he is not in.

“Naby is ill, but I think he will be back today the first day. I underestimated it a little bit when I said he will definitely be fine. He came in yesterday and still showed some little symptoms, no COVID but it is not right. I guess he will be back today.

“Then Kostas [was] unlucky in a training situation. I saw him now, he was out on the pitch and he might be – in his opinion, anyway – ready to train next week, which is helpful. Ibou, in a challenge in the game against Strasbourg, what happened there we have to see how long it will take but he is out for a while. Oxlade [is also out], of course.

“[Kelleher] is still a few weeks away. We have too many injuries, that’s true, but in the moment nothing changed. There were a lot of unlucky situations; started with Caoimhin, started with Diogo pretty much. One was injured, the other one got a re-injury, it was not 100 per cent clear.” – Jurgen Klopp

Asked about Darwin Nunez, Klopp said:

“Darwin is ready, that doesn’t mean he has to start. We have obviously still different options and that’s what we’ll use and Darwin needs time to get used to lots of things but he is already a real help.” – Jurgen Klopp

MANCHESTER CITY

There were precisely zero questions asked about the Manchester City team news in the broadcast section of Pep Guardiola’s press conference.

With Gameweek 1 getting underway tonight, we won’t hear any embargoed quotes until well after the deadline has passed.

We do know that Aymeric Laporte (knee) will miss out, at least, with the Spaniard set to be sidelined until September at the earliest.

“I like to work with not many players and have everyone involved.” – Pep Guardiola on having a small squad for 2022/23

Guardiola was asked about the penalty-taking pecking order at City and Erling Haaland‘s potential position within it but effectively told us that there isn’t one.

“Last season we improve. We rise a lot the quality of our penalties in terms of goals, in the past we missed a lot. Last season Riyad [Mahrez] was exceptional under incredible pressure to do it, of course he missed the last one but in general the penalties he took were really good.

“They will decide. As much the taker when you walk up to the penalty, look at the goalkeeper, in your mind: ‘One decision, I’m going to score.’ So much as they think like that, the rest is not important.” – Pep Guardiola

CHELSEA

Thomas Tuchel confirmed on Friday that Marc Cucurella‘s arrival was imminent and discussed the Spaniard’s impact on Ben Chilwell, who is still building up match fitness after a lengthy lay-off.

“It helps Ben [Chilwell] escape the pressure of ‘I have to deliver’ and ‘we absolutely need you now’. We have also in this position Marcos Alonso, Kenedy and Emerson. But, hopefully when things go through, Marc is the option in this position and he can play, I think, very well in the back three. He gives us many options.

“[Chilwell] looks better and better, but at the same time, he needs a little bit more time to adapt to the rhythm and physicality of the match itself, which is absolutely normal.

“It’s a very, very demanding league and we have to take care of him, it’s our responsibilty. We can’t just throw him in.” – Thomas Tuchel

MANCHESTER UNITED

New signings Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez could make their full United debuts this weekend but Anthony Martial will miss out with a minor hamstring injury.

“I think they are fit enough to start” – Erik ten Hag on Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez

“It is always difficult to say with these injuries, but hopefully not too long.” – Erik ten Hag on Anthony Martial

LEICESTER CITY

Brendan Rodgers has said that Ricardo Pereira could be out of action for up to six months after rupturing his Achilles in pre-season.

Harvey Barnes will also be out for a fortnight or so with a knee injury, while Ryan Bertrand (knee) is sidelined for a few more weeks.

WEST HAM UNITED

David Moyes says that he is “not expecting” new striker Gianluca Scamacca to be involved against Manchester City on Sunday due to a lack of pre-season minutes.

Angelo Ogbonna also won’t be called upon as he builds up match sharpness with the under-23s instead.

Aside from that, Moyes added that the Hammers had “quite a lot of concerns” heading into the City game but, true to form, refused to name names.

ASTON VILLA

Emiliano Buendia (quad) and Tyrone Mings (unspecified) had “niggles” ahead of Aston Villa’s Gameweek 1 clash tomorrow but have trained and should be available.

“It’s really positive, we’ve had a positive pre-season. We’ve had a couple of niggles within the last seven days – Tyrone Mings, Emi Buendía to name a couple – but we had a full squad available who trained yesterday. If they get through today’s session, we should have a full squad to pick from. Kortney Hause is still not back with the team, Keinan Davis is back with the team and the plan is for him to get some minutes in the U21 game later on. Outside of those two, we’re fully fit and ready to go.” – Steven Gerrard

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Assessment is continuing on Jonjo Shelvey‘s hamstring injury, with the midfielder heading to London tonight for another opinion.

Jamal Lewis, Federico Fernandez and Javier Manquillo are all nearing a return, with the latter back in training, although all three are peripheral figures in the Newcastle squad now anyway.

“Jonjo is in London tonight for another assessment so we don’t have a clear, defined timeframe for you on his injury. He’s probably the big one to have come out of pre-season.

“We’ve got Jamal Lewis and Fede Fernández who are working their way back to fitness who shouldn’t be too long. (Javier) Manquillo’s back in training with us and looking good, so we’re not too bad, apart from Jonjo.” – Eddie Howe on injuries

“I think he’s ready to play. I’ve seen him during pre-season, as probably you all have, and what a talent he is. I think he’s going to be everything we hoped he would be.

“He’s technically very good, very, very strong physically, very good defensively. But we look at every player individually and try to make the right call for them and the team. What I’ll do with Sven, you’ll find out. But I’ve been so pleased with the signing.” – Eddie Howe on Sven Botman

BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION

Bar long-term absentee Jakub Moder (knee), the whole of Brighton’s squad are fit for Sunday.

Manager Graham Potter confirmed that Alexis Mac Allister has shaken off groin tightness to feature.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Raul Jimenez (knee) and Adama Traore (hamstring) were the two players confirmed as being absent by Bruno Lage this afternoon, although Chiquinho (knee) is also a long-term absentee.

FULHAM

As we expected, Marco Silva has confirmed that Nathaniel Chalobah and Harry Wilson have been ruled out of tomorrow’s match against Liverpool due to injury.

BRENTFORD

Thomas Frank is hopeful that Kristoffer Ajer will return from a hamstring injury towards the end of August. Sergi Canos (hamstring) – who is suspended anyway – is on a similar timeframe but Ethan Pinnock (knee) will be out for longer.

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  1. MoreChipsPlease
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 12 hours ago

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    1. D.r.a.c.o
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      Is the prize a big bag of chips though?

      1. MoreChipsPlease
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 9 hours ago

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  2. Lallana
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    5-3-2 good to go?

    Ward - Sanchez
    Trent - Robertson - Cancelo - James - Perisic
    Salah (C) - Rashford - Martinelli - 4.5 - 4.5
    Kane (v) Jesus - 4.5

    1. MoreChipsPlease
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      Looks good to me.

      1. Lallana
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        thanks!

    2. Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      My exact team (just Raya over Sanchez)

      Feel like it's getting very template. Considering doing the below Liverpool switch

      Robbo, Rash, 4.5
      -->
      Williams, Bailey, Darwin

  3. redplums
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    Thoughts? To weak at the back?

    Mendy
    TAA-Cash-Dalot
    KDB-Salah-Odegaard-Bailey-Almiron
    Kane-Jesus

    1. KunDogan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Yes imo

    2. theatril
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 9 hours ago

      And Odegaard is likely to get many "hockey-assists". Many options that are better around that price point (Martinelli and Rash comes to mind)

  4. Humperdoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 11 hours ago

    "There were precisely zero questions asked about the Manchester City team news in the broadcast section of Pep Guardiola’s press conference."

    There should be an FPL representative in every conference. Let's start a petition.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Some actual questions about the up coming match would be useful.

    2. SonnyPikey
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        just guess like every week

      • Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        What were the questions about?

        1. Jafooli
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Grealish's calfs...

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            😆

      • MoreChipsPlease
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        12 days, 11 hours ago

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    3. KD83
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 11 hours ago

      Why nobody picks home playing Son (left wing) instead of Salah (Son, Kane pairing) jump start... if Salah fails

      1. SonnyPikey
          12 days, 11 hours ago

          i have both

        • Big Mac 24
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          I have son Kane and Salah

        • Budweiser
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          because Salah is playing Fulham lol, home advantage isn't that big of a deal

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 11 hours ago

        Insightful press conference with Pep.

        Were all the journalists questions about his philosophy, ambitions and motivation rather than players?

        1. SonnyPikey
            12 days, 11 hours ago

            think he mentioned foden but it was a question about the english women's team. easy to mix up.

        2. Colin Govender
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 10 hours ago

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        3. Ynwalfc
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          GTG?
          Mendy
          VVD,Perisic,Trippier,Zinchenko
          Salah(C),Son,Rashford,Bailey
          Kane(VC),Jesus

          Subs-Gazzinaga,N.Williams,Andreas,Greenwood

          Couldn’t pick between Son and Salah so put them both in

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Sounds like Darwin Núñez very much starts from the bench as expected.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Thanks.

          2. 14th Time Lucky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Agreed, but will be be worth it anyway is the big question. He got quite a few chances coming off the bench against City. What could he do to Fulham in half an hour!

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 9 hours ago

              Indeed

              It could end in joy!

              1. 14th Time Lucky
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 9 hours ago

                I'm on him for now, not confident on keeping him though...

        5. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          I bet Pep chooses penalty takers each game depending on who he picks to start.

          Expect it to be one of Mahrez or Haaland.

          1. Forget Special, I am the ON…
            • 11 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Has to be Halaand - he is the main player for City now and they need to give pen duties to him to earn confidence + his left foot is bloody too strong

        6. iL PiStOlErO
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Raya
          Robbo Perisic Walker White
          Salah(C) L.Diaz Kulusevski Mount
          Haaland Jesus

          Ward Greenwood N.Williams Andersen

          Final dilemma:

          A) stick with Robbo+Perisic combo or go TAA+Dier instead?

          B) Leave Mount or rather do Saka or Mahrez?

          Cheers.

        7. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Best option here? Currently on A but not sure about the Sancho punt.

          Ramsdale
          TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, ***
          Salah, ***, ***, ***
          Kane, Jesus

          Ward, Neco, Andreas, Greenwood

          A) Digne, Sancho, Martinelli, Neto
          B) Perisic, Saka, Bailey, Neto
          C) Digne(any 5m def?), Mount, Martinelli, Bailey

          1. amsemp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            B

          2. lazff
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            B

        8. lazff
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          current team,
          Thoughts?
          Mendy/Ward
          Perisic/James/TAA/Trippier/N.Williams

          Diaz/KDB/Rashford/Sancho/Bailey

          Jesus/Haaland/Taylor

          perisic + Baily
          or
          Gabriel+Neto

        9. KUNingas
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Which 4.5 fwd?

          1. lazff
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Taylor

          2. The Knights Template
            • 8 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            The Plange, the Plange

          3. Forget Special, I am the ON…
            • 11 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Try Rondon at 5 from 2nd GW

        10. Thanos
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Any thoughts on this?

          Meslier
          TAA Robbo Tripp Walker (Neco)
          Salah Son Sterling Martinelli Bailey
          Jesus (fodders)

        11. amsemp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Is the members League code not working for anybody else either?

        12. Big Mac 24
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Is there a last man standing?

          1. 14th Time Lucky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            xx88in

            (I think)

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Or she,

          3. AC/DC AFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Yep.

        13. Claudio555
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          1. Ederson+Bailey

          or

          2. Ramsdale+Neto

          1. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            1

          2. Veni Vidi Vialli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Ramsdale and Bailey.

        14. Scots Gooner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Perisic + .5m buffer or James?

          1. Andrew
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            James

          2. Forget Special, I am the ON…
            • 11 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            ^ This

        15. balint84
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          A) Bailey+4.0 def on bench
          B) Dalot or White + Cafu on bench

          What is better for gw1-4?

        16. AudereESTFacere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Morning all,

          Not sure which one to go with?

          A.
          Sanchez (Ward)
          TAA Walker Trippier Perisic (Neco)
          Salah Grealish Rash (Bailey Andreas)
          Kane Darwin Jesus

          B.
          Grealish, Rash, Darwin> KDB, Marti, Greenwood

          Thanks all

        17. SADIO SANÉ
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Konate injury list!? Matip bargain confirmed

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 7 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            bargain might be a bit strong but still, nice

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 9 hours ago

              Matip a brilliant option

              1. Jafooli
                • 10 Years
                12 days, 9 hours ago

                Boasting again AC/DC?

            2. Athletic Nasherbo
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 9 hours ago

              Good option at 6.0m. Wish he was 5.5

          2. @FPL__Engineer
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Nonsense....Alisson has same goal threat.

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 7 Years
              12 days, 9 hours ago

              pardon

              1. @FPL__Engineer
                • 2 Years
                12 days, 9 hours ago

                Just get Ali for 0.5 less and receive the same points

        18. arkom
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Guys.. Team A or B?

          Premiums A - Ward*
          TAA / Robertson / Walker* / Dalot*
          Salah / Martinelli / Bailey
          Kane / Jesus / Haaland*

          Solid B - Ederson*
          TAA / Robertson / Cancelo* / James*
          Salah / Martinelli / Bailey / Rashford*
          Kane / Jesus

          1. Forget Special, I am the ON…
            • 11 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            B

          2. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            B

        19. PartyTime
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          0.5m in my bank for absolutely nothing

          1. PartyTime
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            £0.5m to be specific 🙂

          2. Jafooli
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Same, not sure what to do with it..

          3. Siva Mohan
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            It's Party Time

        20. FPLBRAH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Current Team:

          Ramsdale
          TAA, Robertson, Cancelo, Trippier, Perisic
          Salah, Mount, Bailey
          Jesus, Haaland
          Subs: Ward, Andreas, Plange

          Thoughts on Perisic & Andreas --> Martinelli + 4M Def? and play 442

          Cheers!

          1. Teomi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            I would start with the martinelli and neco one. Exact my team atm 🙂

            Thinking that a starting 4.0 wingback is good for the bench and a 4-4-2 is more flexible

        21. DagheMunegu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          A Walker Rash
          B Perisic/Dias Neto

          Thank you guys

        22. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          Rashford, ramsdale
          Or
          Sancho, Leicester gk

        23. Herman Toothrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 9 hours ago

          “I like to work with not many players and have everyone involved.”

          The Topman manakin just hates rotation at heart.

        24. rivo4england
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            Does Martial's injury make Rashford a must-have? 6.5 midfielder playing as a striker. Or do we think CR7 will eat into his minutes?

            1. BobbyDoesNotLook
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              12 days, 9 hours ago

              Utd player before season has started must have

          • CoracAld2831
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 9 hours ago

            0.5 in the Bank, who should i spend it on?

            A: Sanchez to Ramsdale
            B: Bailey to Neto
            C: Walker to Perisic
            D: Bank it/Save it
            E: Other, what?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 9 hours ago

              A or C