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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.

FPL pre-season: Trossard hits hat-trick from wing-back role 2

1,961 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bambi
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Please.. more people take out Perisic.

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      This!!!! 😆

    2. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Why would we keep someone that isn't playing

      1. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 7 hours ago

        Conte will rotate his wing backs constantly. He has five subs.

        Perisic can very very easily get points off the bench

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

          not clean sheet pts tho

          1. Bambi
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 7 hours ago

            doesn't need to. Can easily get 10 goals and that puts him at such great value even at 5.5

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

              10 goals is a bit optimistic...

              You know how many players got 10 goals last year? 21. The highest in defense was James with 5.

              1. No Salah
                • 5 Years
                3 days, 6 hours ago

                And Gabriel also with 5!

              2. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 days, 6 hours ago

                42 goals and 31 assists in 5 years, evenly distributed, so hardly that optimistic. Plus he doesn’t play defence does he.

          2. Herman Toothrot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            You'd need to be confident that whichever starter you replace him with gets a cleanie.

            Perisic will always come on the pitch whether he starts or not.

            1. banskt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Isn't that the problem? I would happily buy explosive players who either play 60+ mins or doesn't feature. Coming on for 1 pts and blocking the bench points is suboptimal imo.

    3. banskt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Good luck with Perisic. This ain't fifa. He rarely plays 60mins even if starting. Don't want the 1 pointers week in week out.

    4. yakirh
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      GW1 will he start? Get 60m?
      GW2 most likely 2 points
      GW3 amazing fixture
      GW4 amazing fixture
      GW5 rotation risk

      I'm getting 5.0m defender and keeping 0.5 in the bank for GW3

      Trippier -> Perisic most likely

      Problem is, he might go up in price if he hauls GW1

  2. Pedram
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Last Man Standing league code?

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

      thats a great shout, just reminded me

      88xxin found the code

      1. Zambian FPL Addict
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        can I give it a shot?

  3. gooner_112233445566
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Opinions on this please guys....

    Ramsdale (ward)
    Taa, robbo, James, cancelo, r dias
    Martinelli, salah, Bailey, (a perreira), (dasilva)
    Jesus, haaland, (greenwood)

    Keep as it is or downgrade r dias to improve dasilva/get saka instead of martinelli

    1. Bushido
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Why greenwood?

  4. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Stick with Perisic or get Walker and keep 0.5 itb?

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Stick

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

    Pick 1

    Kulu
    Mount
    Madison

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      I’m on Mount

    2. Meechoo115
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      im on Mount too

    3. Bushido
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      What's good about kulu?

  6. Hazardous1983
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    is salah bailey martinielli to weak in the midfield, ive gone big at the back with

    james robbo cancelo perisic taa, and ramsdale in goal

    1. I Must Break You
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Points count the same no matter what position they come from

    2. No Salah
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Lol, mine is even weaker with salah Bailey and Neco! Can’t let go of these bargain mids and big at the back!

  7. banskt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Wilson or Watkins for the first two games?

    (Will switch to Jesus on GW3)

  8. GCM0803
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Who would you get rid of first out of salah, son, Haaland (starting to realise I can’t have all 3)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Haaland - prefer capping mids

    2. Poyser
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      I've gone salah and haaland and tried to cover spurs with kulusevski

    3. banskt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Son

    4. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Keep Salah and use transfers to swap between Kane (weeks 1 & 6) and Haaland (3,4,5) is my plan.

    5. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      I dropped Son because I had Kane over Haaland but having a change of heart on the latter and want some Spurs

  9. Meechoo115
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Best 8.0m mid - first to three votes! (no Diaz as have Robbo, also have Martinelli if that matters)

    A Mount
    B Kulu
    C Saka
    D Foden
    E Mahrez

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

      a since u have martinelli. ive gone c since i dont, i think he's overall the best

    2. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Saka

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

      a
      c

    4. yakirh
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Saka is the best, but Martinelli value is too good

      Mount will tick over nicely, not huge hauls though

  10. Bushido
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Thoughts on my team, thanks:

    Ramsdale (Ward)

    Canelo / Robertson / Tripper (Patterson / N.Williams)

    Son / Bailey / L.Diaz / Bowen / Neto

    Haaland / Jesus (Edouard)

    1. Meechoo115
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      I wouldnt go against Trent tbh...

      take the money out of Bowen or Bailey or Eduoard

      Rest seems fine

      1. Bushido
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Are there any 5 million strikers available?

        1. Meechoo115
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          do you need them to start? not even sure Eduoard will regularly

          Eduoard > 4.5
          Bowen > 8.0m mid (take your pick)
          Robbo > Trent
          Son > Salah

          (but you are moving mega template by doing that!!!)

          1. Bushido
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            I think I'll do the following:

            Eduoard to Greenwood
            Robertson to Trent
            Neto to Martinelli

            I'm going to gamble without salah

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      No Trent and no Salah is a big gamble....

  11. RightMeow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    There are so many squads with

    Arsenal defender(keeper) - Martinelli - Jesus.

    Are you so confident tripling-up Arsenal players? After all, it's not Liverpool or City we're talking about here. I know there was whole lotta buzz over Arselap pre-season and Jesus's arrival.. but still

    1. hullcityfan
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Agreed, double is enough

    2. Meechoo115
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      its their bargain price (relatively speaking).....

      Jesus is probably most viable forward after Kane/Haaland

      Martinelli for me (by far) best pick under £8.0m

      Ramsdale managed alot of points last year....White is a playing Top 6 defender

      personally not sold on the keeper/defender

    3. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      £17m for the triple up for a side who should be pushing hard for 3rd at a price which barely covers a double up of similarly important players at Liverpool or City

      1. Meechoo115
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        How did you get £17m? £18.5m or £19.0m surely

      2. RightMeow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        "...should be pushing hard for 3rd..."
        That's where all these expectations come from. Where in reality they'll be fighting for the 4th spot tops. And sure I do get that based on all pre-season predictions Arsenal players look promising. But still, is it promising nuff to triple em?

        I'm presonally ready to double on em. But tripling - is basically putting all ur eggs in one basket.

    4. No Need
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Probably start with just J and M and see how defence looks for a few. Easy downgrade of big at the back

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

    walker or perisic?

    1. yakirh
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      I've gone Trippier

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

      I'm on Walker reluctantly.

      That said I have x3 5.0m defenders atm.

      1. yakirh
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        What is your current lineup?

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

          Threemium, baby!

          1. yakirh
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Could work! Lots of great cheap players to fill in the gaps.

            Good luck!

  13. Lee8686
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    A) Rashford and Neco (sub)
    Or
    B) R James and Pereira (Sub)

  14. Meechoo115
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    A. James + Bailey
    B. Perisic + Neto
    C. Trippier + Neto + 0.5

  15. aree036
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    A. Cancelo + Dalot/Jonny + 0.5m
    vs.
    B. Dias + James

  16. Hairy Potter
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Imagine at the end of last season saying Martinelli, Neto, Bailey and Andreas would be template midfield picks this season.

  17. Steirish
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Ramsdale & tripper
    Or
    Ward & James?

    1. Dags
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        1

    2. balint84
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Manutd or arsenal defender?

      1. Dags
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Arsenal easy

      2. OptimusBlack
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Last Question plz
        A- Ward (Iversen)
        Neto play 3-4-3
        B- Sanchez (Ward)
        5 M defender 4-3-3

        1. yakirh
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          B for me, lots of great 5m defenders to choose from

        2. Dags
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            B for me

          • OptimusBlack
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Cheers

        3. Kezzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Seeing nearly every team with Kane/Haaland up top, paired with Jesus... Making me panicky about only having Jesus as a forward, but pairing Son and Salah as my two premiums. Am I mad having Son instead of Kane or Haaland?!

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

            No you're not. Stick to your guns.

            But be aware that City play GW2 vs BOU. I'm telling you, that fixture looks like it could be double digits for City. Bournemouth have had an awful pre-season.

          2. yakirh
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Its not mad, you can go for KDB instead of Halaand when you need a city attacker, but I think I much prefer Kane/Halaand, even if they were 12.5

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

          A) James + White
          B) Digne + Trippier + 0.5m (so I can buy Perisic or upgrade Bailey > 5.5m mid)

          1. ZimZalabim
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            whats the rest of ur team ?

          2. LLoris
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            B

        5. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          A. Kane alongside Haaland and Jesus

          B. Son alongside Haaland and Jesus keeping the option open of Son > KDB for GW2

        6. ZiZou10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Good to go?

          Ederson
          TAA, Cancelo, Robbo, James, Perisic
          Salah (c), Martinelli, Bailey
          Jesus, Haaland

          Subs - Steel, Andreas, Colback, Archer

          1. ZiZou10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            £0.5m ITB

          2. Gomolon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Peresic a doubt

        7. The Frenchie
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Best 4.5 GK? And also:

          A) Mount / Gabriel
          B) Mount / Aaronson
          C) Barnes / Rashford

          4.5
          TAA / Robertson / Dias / James / ?
          Salah / Martinelli / ?
          Haaland / Jesus

          Cheers 😉

          1. Brewstercat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            A! Defs not Barnes

        8. boc610
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          would be pretty funny if Almiron one of the most transferred in for GW2 but could see it happening. I now its only pre season form but maybe the penny has finally dropped in terms of end product.

        9. Millie7
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          RMT

          Iverson
          James TAA Cancelo Walker
          Dias Salah Grealish Martinelli
          Jesus Kane

          Ward Neco Andreas Archer

        10. KujaliaFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Calling all Saffers. Are there any good free SuperBru pools with prizes?

        11. Ronnie
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Which one:

          A) Peresic / Bailey

          B) N.Williams / Rashford

        12. Daddy
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Thoughts on my team?

          Ward
          TAA Cancelo Zinchenko James
          Diaz Rashford KDB Coutinho
          Jesus Kane

          Sanchez - Andreas Neco Taylor

        13. Hutchiniho
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          A). KDB and Jesus

          OR

          B). Saka and Haaland?

          1. Daddy
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            A easy