Liverpool beat perennial bogey team Crystal Palace in Hong Kong to make it to the Premier League Asia Trophy final, and fantasy football managers will have been taking note.
Goals from Dominic Solanke – his first for the club – and Divock Origi in the second half clinched a 2-0 win for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
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But what did we learn with a view to Dream Team this season?
Here are five talking points…
1 Mohamed Salah is ready to make a real impression
It took them a while to get the deal over the line, but Liverpool’s patience in wrapping up the signing of Salah this summer already looks vindicated.
The pacy winger was the best player on the pitch in his 50-minute cameo, terrorising defenders and making the right decision at the right time.
What will Liverpool new boy Salah bring to Dream Team?
- 15 goals and 11 assists in Serie A for Roma last season
- Had a higher rating (7.48) than Paulo Dybala (7.46) in Italy last season
- Quick, nippy winger with a point to prove after failed spell at Chelsea
- Get him in your Dream Team now
At £4m on the Dream Team game he looks like a snip, particularly when you consider his 15 goals and 11 assists for Roma last season.
2 Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino all flatter to deceive
Salah’s arrival means more competition for places and with Sadio Mane still to return from injury, Klopp has an embarrassment of riches in attacking positions at his disposal.
So the onus was on the likes of Lallana (£4.5m), Sturridge (£3m) and Firmino (£5.5m) to prove their worth – but the trio all wasted their chances.
All three were guilty of either errant or tame efforts in the first half when Liverpool carved open the Palace defence time and time again.
It might be worth holding fire on selecting any of them for your Dream Team as none are guaranteed starters.
3 Dominic Solanke could be a wildcard option
Klopp waxed lyrical about his new striker from Chelsea in his post-match interview and it’s easy to see why after a bristling display.
Solanke (£1m) is direct, pacy and took his goal emphatically to lay down a marker to his new boss.
Has he now moved ahead of the likes of Origi and Danny Ings in the pecking order and can we expect to see him more than expected this season?
4 Palace’s wide men their man outlet
The Eagles were well in the game until halftime and the majority of their joy came in wide positions from Wilfried Zaha (£3m) and Andros Townsend (£4m).
Both looked threatening when getting the ball to feet and will be crucial in terms of providing Christian Benteke with the right kind of service.
Both wingers are guaranteed starters under Ronald de Boer and might be more left-field options for your Dream Team.
5 Jordan Henderson shows what Liverpool missed last season
Henderson (£3.5m) is a curious case because he remains the Reds captain but was largely forgotten about in the second half of last season due to his lingering injury problems.
The England midfielder barely featured after January but proved what he still has to offer with a commanding display in Hong Kong.
Henderson has been accused in the past of mimicking Steven Gerrard but some of his delightful crossfield passes, particularly to Salah, were reminiscent of the Liverpool great.
His desire to get on the ball and passing accuracy means he’s a sure thing for regular 7+ ratings on Dream Team this season if – and it’s a big if – he can stay fit.
The setup for Dream Team is rather simple – as a manger you get a budget of £50m to spend on your team of 11 players.
Game Weeks will run from Friday to Thursday this season and you’ll be allowed to transfer out players who have already played in that Game Week.
Each manager gets a maximum of three transfers a month – so it’s important to pay attention to upcoming fixtures.
And if the incentive of beating your mates in our Mini-League system isn’t enough, there’s a whopping £750,000 prizepot at stake too.
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