This is a pretty good lineup -- assuming you don't think you need Mohamed Salah to make a lineup good.
There are 4 players in the 9.0 range: Leroy Sane, Sadio Mane, Jamie Vardy, and Roberto Firmino. Three players in the back are in the 6.0 range: David De Gea, Marcos Alonso, and Virgil van Dijk. There is strength throughout this squad.
And this picture doesn't even include the bench: James Tomkins, Brighton's Bernardo, and Will Hughes.
This is the kind of strength you can have without Mo Salah (or Harry Kane, but this post can't be about everything).
The Question of the FPL Season:
The burning question of the new FPL season is whether or not you need Mo Salah (at 13.0) to succeed. Will he score so many points that you cannot win without him? Or can you spend that money elsewhere to get more points overall?
I wish I knew the answer. The team above is pretty good. However, the risk of not owning Salah is great. And what if he starts the season as hot as his preseason form has been? Getting to him fast means selling two guys in the 9.0 range for Salah and some guy at 5.0.
A Lineup with Salah:
So let's flip this script and start the season with Mo Salah. Can you find enough quality at a lower price to make this possible? Here is how that looks:
David De Gea is swapped for Jordan Pickford, who is going to start for an improved Everton squad.
Harry Maguire and Paul Dummett replace Alonso and VVD. Tomkins is a capable starter at defender, so Dummett sits on the first bench position.
Salah replaces Mane. Now, you just hope that LFC's points go through Mo.
If you transfer out both 9.0 forwards -- Vardy and Firmino -- you can bring in Harry Kane and Josh King, everyone's "it" discount forward to start the new season.
Which One Is Better?
If I knew the answer to that, I would do that one. The beauty of FPL to start this season is that none of us know until the matches begin. How your season starts will be based on which one is right.
We can hardly wait.