The very best Dream Team gaffers look at a problem and see an opportunity.
Take the current state of Liverpool defenders as a pressing example.
Few fans would have had the Reds down for two points after two fixtures against Fulham and Crystal Palace at the start of the season.
Goals from Mohamed Salah (£7.6m), Darwin Nunez (£5.3m) and Luis Diaz (£4.9m) have kept their attack-minded assets ticking over but the exploits of Aleksandar Mitrovic (£3.8m) and Wilfried Zaha (£4.5m) have denied Jurgen Klopp’s side clean sheets in the first two Game Weeks.
Liverpool defenders saw their prices drop after conceding twice at Craven Cottage and they can expect something similar tomorrow (Friday) when the latest adjustments come into effect.
While that’s obviously not ideal for Dream Team managers currently backing the players in question, it presents others with an intriguing strategic option.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£6.3m), Andy Robertson (£5.3m) and Virgil van Dijk (£5.8m) will all be considerably more affordable once the second wave of price changes wash over them.
Where before gaffers may have deemed these premium defenders too costly to include in a well-balanced XI, it may now be possible to squeeze them in without critical downgrades elsewhere.
As they say on Wall Street: Buy low, sell high!
In 2021/22, Liverpool players made up four of the top five defenders at the end of the campaign in terms of overall points with Joel Matip (£4.8m) joining the three aforementioned individuals – Joao Cancelo (£6.6m) was the gate-crasher.
As a result, the top performers were all given high starting prices ahead of the new term but after a rocky start they could be snapped up for decent value.
Realistically, Liverpool’s results are highly likely to improve and it probably won’t be long before Alexander-Arnold, Robertson and Van Dijk are providing the plentiful returns we’ve come to expect from them.
Klopp’s side face Man United, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Everton and Wolves in their next five games – surely there are some clean sheets to be had in the coming weeks?
Ahead of Game Week 3, the holy trinity of Van Dijk and the two tried-and-tested full-backs have zero points between them.
If you think Liverpool’s unconvincing start will continue a little longer then by all means hold off but if you think they’ll kickstart their campaign at Old Trafford on Monday night – a reminder that Erik ten Hag’s side were 4-0 down to Brentford in 35 minutes last weekend – then tomorrow could be the perfect time to recruit some Anfield assets.