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Thousands of you are making these TWO schoolboy early-season mistakes

The last thing we want is for you to fall at the first hurdle.

There is never more uncertainty about team selection, tactics and form than at the start of the season.

It’s our job to help you out during this tricky time and right now we’re going to do that by steering you away from two schoolboy errors that A LOT of Dream Team gaffers are currently making.


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Patience

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Patience

Son Heung-min’s attributes are obvious.

The South Korean’s directness, technique and ability to shoot with both feet have made him a Dream Team gem for the last two years.

His unquestionable talent is why he’s the sixth most popular forward at the time of writing.

But here’s the problem… he’s not going to play the first two games of the season.

Son’s crying, cheers

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Son’s crying, cheers

You may remember at the end of 2018/19 he was sent off after losing his head against Bournemouth.

He (and Juan Foyth) have two games left to serve of a three-game suspension meaning he will watch Spurs’ fixtures against Aston Villa and Man City from the stands.

The earliest Son will be eligible for selection is August 25th, so that’s the earliest he should be in your team.

Gold standard

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Gold standard

Sadio Mane is even more popular than Son.

Liverpool’s No10 currently features in 42.6% of teams.

However, many are expecting Jurgen Klopp to give his co-Golden Boot winner a rest at the start of the season.

Mane’s 2018/19 only came to an end last week when his Senegal side lost to Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

With Liverpool going all the way in the Champions League, Mane has arguably had the most hectic schedule of any player in the last four months.

No rest for the wicked

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No rest for the wicked

It’s not yet known if the Senegal speedster will definitely miss Liverpool’s opener against Norwich on August 9th, but the good news is you don’t have to guess.

You can use the scheduling to your advantage for this one as the Canaries’ visit to Anfield is the first game of the Dream Team season.

Therefore, you’ll still be able to make unlimited changes when Klopp announces his starting XI an hour before kick-off.

If Mane is indeed rested then you can swap him out without using up any of your August transfers, as long as you do it before the game gets underway.


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And another thing…

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And another thing…

But wait, there’s more.

Use this scheduling blessing to confirm who will partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of defence — Joel Matip (£3.5m) or Joe Gomez (£3.5m)?

Liverpool’s first-choice midfield is something of a mystery at this stage too.

Wait for the line-up to be confirmed and then juggle the likes of Naby Keita (£2.5m), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£2.5m), James Milner (£2.5m) and Gini Wijnaldum (£3.0m) appropriately.

Go on gaffers, get off to a flyer!