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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.

1,961 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Johnjo
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    All those planning Kane/Son to Haaland/KDB in GW2. What you gonna do if Kane/Son hauls big in GW1? Would you still be comfortable getting rid?

    1. SINGH
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      yES

    2. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      All about the future not the past

  2. MyNameIsRedro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Does anyone know if MyNameIsQ and TheBiffas are the same person?

    1. SonnyPikey
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Contrary to earlier reports by various media outlets and the fact I'm new to this site they're clearly brothers, bro.

        1. MyNameIsRedro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          What do you mean mate

          1. SonnyPikey
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              Contrary to earlier reports by various media outlets and the fact I'm new to this site you're clearly the least template player on here bro.

        2. Horace Pike
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Oh man you could not have timed this worse, now he's gonna think I'm 3 people with different FFS tabs open

          1. MyNameIsRedro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            Plot twist. We’re ALL MyNameIsQ

            1. SonnyPikey
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                plot twist. who cares

                1. MyNameIsRedro
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Plot twist

          2. Lingard’s Shin Guards
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            blokes just hopped onto his third account

            1. Horace Pike
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              Now they're gonna think you're me too

              1. SonnyPikey
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Hi My name is Sean. I'm 24 from Dublin, Ireland.
                  I like horses and farting out loud whilst watching Nuns on the run on repeat.

            2. Humperdoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              I think Sonnypikey, MyNameIsIQ, TheBiffas, Redro, laernu, ronh, unreal, Mark are all the same person.

              1. SonnyPikey
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  we are

                • Horace Pike
                  • 8 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Plot twist, I'm everyone on this whole site. It's all a scam

            3. We Go Again
              • 8 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              Man I still can't decide between Haaland and Kane..

              1. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
                • 10 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                Kane - there you go.

              2. OLLY G
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                Haaland so you don't have to debate a transfer for Bournemouth H GW2.

              3. Babit1967
                • 6 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                Go both then like me

            4. SINGH
              • 4 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              James or Trippier?

              if James means I have two 4.5 defenders (both start for their teams) but if I go Trippier then that means I can have Cash and only one 4.5 def.

              1. Aussie Rules
                • 9 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                I like Trippier to start. James a look after GW2 for me, can also see how Cucu fits in.

                1. SINGH
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Thanks I think Cucu will cover LB and James as RB is more secure now. If I start Trips then it's a transfer waiting and I would rather save my free transfers to start with.

            5. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              For one week only:
              A) Perisic (SOU) + 0.5
              B) James (eve)

              1. Manani
                • 10 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                perisic may not start this week, so B

              2. Z
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                Is Perisic nailled? If he is A

              3. agueroooooney
                • 7 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                A

              4. G-Whizz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                B

            6. the dom 1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              sorry repost

              Which Combo would you pick?

              a. KDB & Walker

              b. Mahrez & Cancelo

              c Foden & Cancelo

              Cheers

              1. Stranger Mings
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                That is a tricky one ! Either a or c

                1. the dom 1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  thanks mate - sure is tricky currently on A

              2. Biggsy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                B

                1. the dom 1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  thanks for the reply GL

            7. Manani
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              best 5m defender for first 2?

              1. the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                trippier

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

                Digne or Trippier

              3. Stranger Mings
                • 1 Year
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                Walker

              4. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
                • 10 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                Cash

                1. TheSteel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  5.0

              5. Z
                • 5 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                Walker or Trippier

            8. Weeb Kakashi
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              Im hedging my bets on Son(SOU) and KDB (BOU new) to outscore Salah in the first three GW's.

              1. MamboNumberOne
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Fortune favours the bold.

                • I Member
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Are you leaving 1m ITB to get Salah in GW4?

                • SonnyPikey
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    do u ever watch football bro

                • Z
                  • 5 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Guys, any news about Perisic? Will he start in GW1?

                  Thank you

                  1. Manani
                    • 10 Years
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    the training bib theory suggest that he might not start

                    1. Z
                      • 5 Years
                      12 days, 7 hours ago

                      What is bib? 🙂

                • zensum
                  • 9 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Mount or Saka Guys

                  Have Gabriel Jesus n no Chelsea cover.

                  Thk u

                  1. antis0cial
                    • 6 Years
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    I think If you have Jesus and Martinelli go Mount, if you just have Jesus go Saka

                • KKluigi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Top 3 4.5 mill midfielders? Andreas, Dasilva and...?

                  1. Biggsy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    And you should downgrade elsewhere if you're on 3x4.5m midfielders

                  2. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    Colback

                • Jones Kusi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Final decision.
                  Perisic or not?

                  1. the dom 1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    I'd wait

                  2. Z
                    • 5 Years
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    Same dilema....any news about him?

                  3. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    no bib = no play

                    1. Z
                      • 5 Years
                      12 days, 7 hours ago

                      What is BIB? 🙂

                      1. SonnyPikey
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          bib = bodies in butter

                        • Stranger Mings
                          • 1 Year
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          I need to see some bibs on Doherty & perisic

                        • Lingard’s Shin Guards
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          it's this thing that football players wear during training

                          sometimes they get pictured in training videos without one while the blokes that are better at football are

                          1. Stranger Mings
                            • 1 Year
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Yes

                  4. SonnyPikey
                      12 days, 7 hours ago

                      question: is cereal still a soup

                    • Pegilagi
                      • 4 Years
                      12 days, 7 hours ago

                      Good to go?

                      Ramsdale (Ward)

                      TAA - Robbo - Walker - Cancelo (Neco)

                      Salah - Bailey - Martinelli - Mount (Pereira)

                      Kane - Jesus (Archer)

                    • balint84
                      • 6 Years
                      12 days, 7 hours ago

                      Trippier, Dalot, White, Cash

                      Who to drop?

                      1. the dom 1
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Dalot

                      2. SonnyPikey
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          white

                      3. antis0cial
                        • 6 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Pages flying, last spots:

                        A) James Saka Neto Sanchez
                        B) James Mount Martinelli Iverson

                        Ward
                        TAA Robbo Cancelo *
                        Salah * * Bailey
                        Kane Jesus

                        Sanchez Neco Andreas Archer

                        1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          B

                      4. Defaid Daniel
                        • 9 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Sanchez
                        Cancelo Trent Robbo Perisic
                        Salah Mount Martinelli Bailey
                        Kane Jesus
                        Ward/Neco/andreas/archer
                        Ready to go?

                      5. Powers106
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Locked!

                        Iversen (Ward)
                        TAA - Tripper - Cash (Patterson - Neco)
                        Salah c - Son - KDB - Neto - Bailey
                        Jesus - Mbeumo (Archer)

                        0.5 itb to boost GK once it’s certain what goes down at LEI

                      6. Dotherightthing
                        • 6 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Ward,
                        Trent, trippier, James, cancelo
                        Momo, diaz, martinelli, Rushford,
                        Haaland, Jesus

                        Sanchez, neco, andres, archer
                        G2G?

                      7. zigooloo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        A: Ward & Iversen + L. Diaz

                        OR

                        B: Ward & Sanchez rotation + Sancho?

                      8. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Ramsdale or Mendy?

                        No other Arsenal or Chelsea defense

                      9. Aussie Rules
                        • 9 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        What City mid do people like the most for the first few weeks?

                        1. hullcityfan
                          • 7 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          KDB

                      10. as33
                        • 7 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Mahrez or Foden?

                        1. TheSteel
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Foden

                      11. gaurava1216
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Last picks need some advice pls

                        A or B or C pls for the last 3 spots 16M to spend?

                        A) Ramsdale + Perisic + Neto
                        B) Sanchez + Trippier + Rashford
                        C) Ward + Perisic + Rashford (

                        XXX (Ward/Iverson)
                        TAA James Cancelo XXX (Williams)
                        Salah Diaz XXX Martinelli (Andreas)
                        Kane Jesus (Archer)

                        1. The Big Fella
                          • 5 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          I like B more however normally I would say Sanchez as your keeper, because I have him, but Brighton have just offloaded Duffy and Cucurela is going to Chelsea. That new look back line may mean more save points or more goals conceded.

                        2. agueroooooney
                          • 7 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          A

                      12. The Big Fella
                        • 5 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        Any Everton (or Chelsea) fans know anything about their pursuit of Bats to replace DCL? There is nothing if I google it and Sky doesn’t mention anything either. I may get in Rondon……

                        1. CHIBBY1990
                          • 1 Year
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Rondon is suspended I believe but unsure when until.

                          1. The Big Fella
                            • 5 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            First game only

                        2. Pep's Money Laundry
                          • 7 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Rondon is suspended

                          1. The Big Fella
                            • 5 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            For one game, then he is the only striker option at Everton until DCL is back

                        3. MamboNumberOne
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Rumour is Bats might be off to Wolves instead and Broja to Everton.

                            1. The Big Fella
                              • 5 Years
                              12 days, 7 hours ago

                              Where have you seen this mate?

                        4. SonnyPikey
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            question: is mynameisq a bot

                          • Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 13 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Cucurella looks like he'll be great value.

                          • Zoostation
                            • 8 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Bottomed...

                            Do we know what Leicester keeper to pick to rotate with Sanchez?

                            1. Stranger Mings
                              • 1 Year
                              12 days, 7 hours ago

                              Ward

                            2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              12 days, 7 hours ago

                              Word on grapevine looks like Ward

                          • cobyhectic
                            • 1 Year
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Baily + 4.5 Mill Keeper
                            or
                            Neto + Double Leicester Keepers?

                            1. Pep's Money Laundry
                              • 7 Years
                              12 days, 7 hours ago

                              Why not Bailey and the Leicester combo

                              1. cobyhectic
                                • 1 Year
                                12 days, 7 hours ago

                                Fair Q. Leaves half a million in the bank to pivot away from the Leicester combo if that sharts the bed.

                          • pauloc677
                              12 days, 7 hours ago

                              Saka and Luis Diaz, or Neto and Haaland?