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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. Gunnerssss
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 7 hours ago

    Dunk or lamptey a good pick?

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

      I think Lamptey is a no-go due to

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

        < 60min sub threat. Hopefully lots will be following FFHub's points predictor and getting lots of 1-pointers

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

        i second this

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Dunk is a decent shout.

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

    So I'm the only one left with Perisic then, what happened to one for all and all for one?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Nothing stays forever. No Jesus in my team now!

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

        Wow that's the least template decision I've seen

        Good for you

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

      He has been bibbed

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

      since youre the most template player i know u better get him out of your team

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

        How am I the most template player you know?

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

          Oops, wrong account. 1 sec

    4. JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      I'll stand in solidarity with you

    5. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      I'm sticking with Perisic.

      Invariably if I plan a transfer in the next GW, someone else in my team pulls a hammy or twinges an adductor.

      Besides, he's class. He'll get minutes, he'll deliver something....plus a Villa defender is not what you want.

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

      I'm keeping for attacking potential, even if he gets 30 mins he could bag returns

  3. Hindsight Hazz
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Ward or Sanchez for GW1?

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

        start ward, whatever happens happens

      2. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Sanchez

    • Malacoi
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Please, would you have any league suggestion to join it?

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

      Thoughts?
      A. Cancelo & James
      B. Dias & Robertson

      1. jp99
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          1

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

          Or Cucu and Walker and have £3m to spend elsewhere....

        • nolard
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          A, as I reckon you got TAA?

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

            Aye, I do. Thanks

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

        So , who is going down the Ward + Iversen keepers route?
        Iversen only 2.5% ownership, I was expecting a bit more of a surge.......

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

          People are ignoring the experts and their bad advice

          1. Boss Hogg
            • 12 Years
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            Michael Gove's team should be interesting.

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

              Tony Blair captained steed malbranque

              1. Boss Hogg
                • 12 Years
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                That is a VERY niche reference to Tony Blair on Football Focus 20-odd years ago.
                Hats off to you!

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

                  You got it though man you got it!

                  1. Boss Hogg
                    • 12 Years
                    12 days, 7 hours ago

                    Us oldies have to stick together!

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

        (A) Saka, Dias, Ramsdale

        (B) Martinelli, Robertson, Ederson

        Thanks.

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

          B - but wouldn't necessarily go Ederson over Ramsdale with it

        2. jp99
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            b

          • ZimZalabim
            • 6 Years
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            B

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

          Last dilemma please help
          A) Ramsdale+Trippier+Martineli+Mount
          B) 4.5 keeper+James+Neto +Saka

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

            B

          2. jp99
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              A

          3. Mr_Barbs
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            A) Walker + Aaronson
            B) Perisic + Dewsbury-Hall

            Ramsdale
            TAA, Robbo, James, Trippier, xxx
            KDB, L.Diaz, Bailey
            Jesus, Kane

            Ward, Martinelli, xxx, Archer

            1. jp99
                12 days, 7 hours ago

                a

            2. ZimZalabim
              • 6 Years
              12 days, 7 hours ago

              Best 4.5 m def out of these ?

              A. White
              B. Botman
              C. Dalot
              D. Jonny/RAN

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

                Jonny

              2. jp99
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  C

                • Boss Hogg
                  • 12 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  I'm also looking at this category.
                  I like the look of Botman.
                  Dunk could be a set piece threat.
                  Wolves have decent fixtures.
                  Tricky.

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

                    I think Wolves have the best fixtures so I am leaning that way but Im not sure what shape the team is in tbh.
                    Dont like newcastle or brighton fixtures as much
                    Dalot could be worth the punt over the wolves options

                    But it is tricky as you said.

                • nico05
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  C

                • nolard
                  • 7 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Dunk
                  Dalot
                  Justin
                  Botman

                  lots of them

                • Malacoi
                  • 5 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  a

                • ZimZalabim
                  • 6 Years
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Cheers all

              3. Hindsight Hazz
                  12 days, 7 hours ago

                  Will R.James play in central defender position after GW1?

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

                    no, in fact he wont be cb in gw 1 either

                    1. Hindsight Hazz
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        So Cucurella will play in CB and James stay on WB?

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

                          they play on different sides and dont really affect each others positions at all

                          1. Hindsight Hazz
                              12 days, 7 hours ago

                              Oh I see, my bad.

                        2. Hindsight Hazz
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Or will they compete for same spot?

                        3. Hairy Potter
                          • 7 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          IIRC, Conte played him RCB against Spurs last season to defend against Son.

                          1. Hairy Potter
                            • 7 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Actually looks like I don't remember correctly so ignore this!

                        4. Cruyff's Eleven
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Has Tuchel even decided what formation he'll be playing?

                      • Ballistics
                        • 5 Years
                        12 days, 7 hours ago

                        With Jota out injured is anyone fancying taking a punt on Carvalho? He’ll get minutes would be a decent 4th or 5th midfielder.

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

                          takes up a valuable liverpool spot

                        2. ZimZalabim
                          • 6 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          waste of a liverpool spot imo

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

                          Avoid at the moment, he is Diaz's backup at the moment until jota returns in 2 to 3 weeks

                      • vakaus1979
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Quick question

                          Son or Kane and why?

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

                            Son. Extra points for goals and CS.

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

                              Agreed.

                          2. nico05
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Kane-will play full 90 week in week out

                          3. Johnjo
                            • 4 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Kane IMO because you can pair him with a playing 5.0 - 6.0 midfielder. (Bailey, Neto, Martinelli etc)

                            Son is a great player but no real good cheap striker options to pair him with.

                        • Thanos
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Thoughts on Sterling?

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

                            i dont like how he runs

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

                              Don't mind that if he's scoring 😛

                            2. Boss Hogg
                              • 12 Years
                              12 days, 7 hours ago

                              Like a marionette?

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

                            Would be great if he could finish

                          3. MYNAMEISBigtopmark.sman
                            • 5 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Bit of a numpty

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

                            Better than euro

                          5. Hairy Potter
                            • 7 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Can't work out if he's an underpriced premium, an overpriced mid value mid or priced just right.

                            Feels like a wait and see.

                        • Olof Mellberg
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          A - Walker / Doherty / Son

                          B - Cancelo / Robbo / Kulusevski

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

                            b

                        • Oggle22
                          • 5 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          G2G
                          Raya
                          TAA Cancelo James Dalot
                          Salah Mount Martinelli Rashford
                          Jesus Kane

                          Ward Bailey Andreas Archer

                          Cheers

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

                          A. Ward & James (532 with Dasilva on the bench)
                          B. Ederson & Neto (442 with neco on the bench)

                        • striiiker
                          • 3 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Ward
                          Cancelo, TAA, Trippier
                          Salah, Son, Neto, Diaz, Aaronson
                          Watkins, Jesus

                          Iversen, Jonny, Neco, Greenwood - 0 ITB

                          No Kane or Haaland, is that going to prove to be a big mistake? I really want to get both Salah and Son in the team.

                          Thanks.

                        • tryf88
                          • 1 Year
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          A: Kulu, Rashford (or martinelli)
                          B: Mount (or Diaz), Guimaraes?

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

                          Last three players

                          One

                          442- Ramsdale, (Ward), TAA, Robbo Trippier (neco),
                          Martinelli, Mount, Salah, Bailey (Andreas),
                          Kane, Jesus (archer)

                          B 3-5-2 Ramsdale, (Ward), TAA, Robbo Trippier Perisic,
                          Martinelli, Salah, Bailey (Andreas), (Neto)
                          Kane, Jesus (archer)

                        • myteamissheeeeeeeet
                          • 12 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Apologies for this but need a bit of reassurance ha!
                          Thoughts on this squad and any tweaks needed please?

                          Ward
                          TAA Robbo Cancelo Dalot/Jonny
                          Salah Rash Mahrez Martinelli
                          Kane Jesus

                          Iversen Neco Andreas Greenwood

                        • Lindelol
                          • 4 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          1. Ramsdale + Foden + Jesus
                          2. Raya + Bailey + Haaland

                          Playing with only one Forward.

                        • cmj23
                          • 9 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Need help deciding

                          Current team 

                          Team A

                          Ward - Henderson 

                          Trent - Walker - zinchenko- dalot - Williams 
Martenelli- salah- baily- pereria- Bruno.g
Kane- Haaland- Jesus 



                          Thinking to change to

                          

Team B

                          Ward - Henderson 

                          Trent - Jansson - white - dalot - Williams 
Saka- salah- baily- pereria- son

                          Taylor - Haaland- Jesus



                          Which team you guys thinks the best ?

                          1. Shark
                            • 2 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            A - similar strategy to mine. Utilising the value available at the back.

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

                          A) Son, Bailey, Dalot
                          B) Mount, Robertson, Walker

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

                            B

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

                          Maddison likely safe...
                          https://twitter.com/AbsoluteChelsea/status/1555524630743552002

                          Probably means Fofana is off to us (and by God are we overpaying but still.)

                        • Cal1umz
                          • 7 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Please choose

                          A
                          ————————Ward———————
                          TAA-Robertson-James-Perisic-Cancelo
                          Salah———Grealish———Martinelli
                          ————Kane—————Jesus———
                          4m 4.5 4.5 4.5

                          B for bench depth
                          ———————Ramsdale——————
                          TAA-Robertson-James-Perisic-Cancelo
                          ——Salah——Bailey——Martinelli——
                          ————Haaland———Jesus———-
                          4.0 Neto 4.5 4.5

                          Thank you

                        • Manani
                          • 10 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          bench order
                          A) Neco
                          B) Andreas
                          C) Archer

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

                            bac

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

                              Bac

                        • Pep Roulette
                          • 4 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Hey fam! GTG?

                          Ward
                          TAA Cancelo Dalot White
                          Salah(C) KDB Martinelli Bailey
                          Kane Jesus

                          Iversen Pereira Neco Archer

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

                            Nice. Not tempted to drop Cancelo to Dias or Walker to upgrade Dalot/White/Bailey?

                          2. nico05
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            12 days, 7 hours ago

                            Looks good mate!
                            I like the Dalot pick, he looks nailed!

                        • Atimis
                          • 5 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Thoughts on getting Iversen over Ward for bench? Afraid that Ward won't start and drop in price.

                        • Berge20
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          12 days, 7 hours ago

                          Ward, Iverson, and Martinelli
                          or
                          Ward, Ramsdale, and Bailey