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

    Don't ask me how my team has got to this stage but can anyone give me any logic at all why Bruno (a CDM) is predicted to consistently outscore ASM (a winger)?

    Look back on his five goals last season and it's just riding his luck to the (saint-)maximum. I'd like to save the 0.5mil sure but there seems to be no logic behind this just vibes.

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

      i stopped reading at saint (maximum)

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

        Absolutely fair enough

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      he normally played a fairly attacking boxtobox CM role and is also really good, but without Shelvey he might have to be the CDM

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

    Let's face, Perisic could start 2 out of the first 3 gameweeks and be the highest scoring defender by gameweek four.

    His fitness is being built up and what better way to do it than against a tired Southampton.

    I mentioned earlier, his class on the left wing too can easily see him come on for Son.

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

      Bib theory suggests he’s benched tomorrrow though

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

        4 mins in

        https://youtu.be/Oy0EbGEGoA8

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

          Aye that's what I mean. Doherty and Perisic both out.

          That doesn't mean they won't get minutes.

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

            I wanna be on the Perisic ride as much as anyone, but think you can wait it out until GW3

        2. Lilac Breasted Roller
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Kane and Son are also wearing a bib?

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

            The correct coloured bib yes

          2. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 6 hours ago

            The training picture from the day before has Kane, Son, Doc and Perisic all wearing a bib

            1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              12 days, 6 hours ago

              and some random blonde bloke who i cant even name. dont think hes starting

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

        Bib theory assumes Conte lets the whole world see his starting XI.

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

    is there a reason not to pick kulu?

    1. LLoris
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Richy

    2. Boz
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Early sub. Better 8.0 mids

    3. mvtaylor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      Nothing like the value he was last season.

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

    Tbh I think Lamptey is a no-go due to

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

      *Members only content*

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

        Hahaha

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

        Like. Subscribe. All that good stuff.

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

      i'm on the edge of my seat bro

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

    Bottomed
    I know its template, but is their anything I've missed or can change?
    Im so torn wheather I should change James and Diaz to Robbo and Mount

    Ward
    TAA, Cancelo, James, Gabriel
    Salah, Diaz, Martinelli, Neto
    Haaland, Jesus

    Bench: Sanchez, Andreas, Neco, Archer
    1M ITB

  6. 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.

    1. LLoris
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Ward more likely to start

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

      No one is going to be wasting transfers on a 4.0m GK in the first few weeks.

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

    Best 5 m def?
    A Doherty
    B Tripps
    C cash
    D Ake
    E Walker
    D else?

    1. LLoris
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      A if he starts then B

    2. Boz
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Walker or Gabriel

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

      A not ready, so E

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

      D, Digne

    5. ZimZalabim
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 6 hours ago

      cash/digne imo

  8. Hindsight Hazz
      12 days, 7 hours ago

      Golden rule of FPL: Don't change your squad in last 24 hours before the season starts. You will only make stupid decisions.

      1. Forget Special, I am the ON…
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        ^ +100

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

        If we can't trust Ganjalf who can we trust

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

        Exactly why I am keeping my Jota, DCL and Chilwell picks

        1. Tomerick
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          They said 24 hours not 24 days.

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

      Saliba or White?

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

        Saliva is 6 foot 4 - set piece threat

      2. Hindsight Hazz
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          White will probably stay in the first squad after Tomiyasu returns.

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

          I genuinely think once Tomiyasu is back Saliba benches White rather than vice-versa.

        • nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          White long term

      3. 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.

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

          Rams

        2. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Mendy

        3. Il Capitano
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Ramsdale

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

        Is Ramsdale worth the extra cash over either Sanchez/Ward or Iverson/Ward?

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

          Look above, I think so

      5. Boz
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Rashford or Martinelli?

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

          Mart

        2. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Rashford

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

          Both offer great potential value. Martinelli assuming only other arsenal attacker is Jesus.

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

            Yep

      6. Please Help I Don't Kn…
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Hi guys I would appreciate your input 🙂

        Mendy
        James-TAA-Walker-Dalot-Perisic
        Saka-Salah-Mount
        Jesus-Kane (C)

        Ward-Bailey-Greenwood-Andreas

        Thanks guys, appreciate any help.

      7. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        *
        TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - *
        Salah - Mount - Martinelli - Bailey
        Kane - Jesus

        Ward - Neco Andreas Archer

        A) Ramsdale + 5m def
        B) Iversen + James

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

          a

          1. Il Capitano
            • 1 Year
            12 days, 6 hours ago

            Ta

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

        Do you guys think Salah is worth the extra £1m over Son?

        1. LLoris
          • 3 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          yup

        2. Please Help I Don't Kn…
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          I think so, just barely. If you think that you can get an extra 30-40 points with that 1 mil, then go for it.

        3. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Salah has pen duties as compare to Son hence may be an extra 1 is worth it.

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

          Almost. But there are other factors that make it less worth it. E.g. other Liverpool options.

      9. Lilac Breasted Roller
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Kulu or Perisic as only spurs cover?

        Fitting both in would likely entail downgrading Ederson to Ramsdale, Bailey to Pereira.

      10. Jar Jar Winks
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Kdb and Kane or son and Haaland

        1. Please Help I Don't Kn…
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Son + Haaland, though Son and Kane isn't ridiculous either.

      11. Dat Guy Welbz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Here is the GW1 team of the 2022/23 FPL World Champion

        Ward;
        TAA, Robbo, Cancelo, James, Digne;
        Salah, Kulusevski, Neto;
        Haaland, Jesus;
        SUBS: Iversen, Andreas, Lavia, Dervisoglu

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

          try again next yr pal

      12. Cal1umz
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Grealish or Rashford?

        1. Tomerick
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Grealish

        2. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Rashford

        3. laGan1n1
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          both

      13. FPL Egregious
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        So according to what Klopp said is Darwin starting vs Fulham or will come in as sub?

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

          sub

        2. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Most likely sub however the way he played in CS, he may actually only need 30 mins to score one past

      14. Tomerick
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Gabriel or Trippier?

        1. laGan1n1
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Gab

        2. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Trippier

        3. Captain Hindsight
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Trips

        4. nolard
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          G

      15. The Wheeler Dealer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Nearly there with draft:

        Ramsdale
        TAA-Robbo-Cancelo-Perisic
        Salah-Kulu-Martinelli-Bailey
        Haaland-Wilson
        Ward-Neco-Andreas-Archer

        A) Perisic Wilson
        B) Perisic Watkins
        C) Digne Jesus

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

        Hold team ward Iverson!!

        Don't fold to the pressure on the misinformed!

        We will be vindicated soon!

        1. Captain Hindsight
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          This

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

          What's the misinformation? Asking sincerely.

          1. MYNAMEISBigtopmark.sman
            • 5 Years
            12 days, 6 hours ago

            Leicster defence is better than given credit for. Players back from injury laden season.

            Ward is better than given credit for. I expect 140 points plus. Surely wins the value argument if he gets that.

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

              Ah just people's opinions on points. That's cool, thanks

      17. Captain Hindsight
        • 11 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Best 5.0 defender?

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

          Gabriel or Cash for me
          Trippier is the popular choice.

          1. Forget Special, I am the ON…
            • 11 Years
            12 days, 7 hours ago

            Trippier - attacking threat and with pope between the sticks , more chances of CS now

        2. Please Help I Don't Kn…
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Trips or Walker

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

          Tough call. I think Trippier, in general, is the best value. But with those fixtures, it's probably Gabriel or Digne/Cash (or it could easily end up being Zinchenko). But I'm going for Trippier and benching him for touch fixtures. Not convinced by it, but I want him in my XI first couple of GWs at least. Could sell GW5

        4. Speedu
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          Doherty but too much risk

          Im torn between Ake/ Walker/ Trippier/ Cash

      18. nolard
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        GTG?
        0.5 ITB

        Sanchez
        TAA, James, Cancelo, Justin
        Salah, Mount, Martinelli, Bailey
        Vardy, Kane

        Steele - Neco, Andreas, fodder
        Kane could be Haaland when he settles a bit. Vardy could be Nunez.

      19. PatrickK123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Can someone convince me on Perisic? I feel like I'm not missing out on something; I see an asset that firstly might not even start and even if he does, likely isn't going longer than 60 mins due to his lack of fitness + spurs' plethora of full back options. Seems to me like the smarter move is Trippier/Cash/Digne and then use the 0.5 to improve your GK or maybe go Bailey to Neto or Neto to Martinelli...

        1. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          GET HIM - he is too explosive and could even take some set pieces from Son

        2. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          And require two transfers to get him in.

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

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

        1. The Wheeler Dealer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          Neither, but B

      21. hazza44
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Hey guys,
        This is my final decision:
        A) Robbo, Walker/Trippier & Mount
        B) James, Perisic & Diaz/Mount

        Thanks legends

        1. The Wheeler Dealer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 7 hours ago

          A

        2. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          A with Trippier

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

          a

      22. Legohair
        • 6 Years
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Which one
        A. Martinelli
        B. Rashford

        1. Forget Special, I am the ON…
          • 11 Years
          12 days, 6 hours ago

          B

      23. Dat Guy Welbz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 7 hours ago

        Haven’t used the FFScout members area throughout all pre-season tbh.