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Liverpool: Three players with a point to prove at Euro 2016

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Euro 2016 is almost upon us, which means it’s almost time for you to pick your first DraftKings lineup of the month long feast of football.

Jurgen Klopp might not be playing the fantasy football (as far as we know), but he'll be watching on just as keenly, as three of his Liverpool players have a point to prove this summer.

The Reds boss has already made a handful of signings, but his players can use the Euros to show him he doesn't need to make many more.

We look at three Liverpool men who are worth picking this week as they look to send out a statement to Klopp.

Jordan Henderson (England)

Henderson hasn't been able to stay fit since Klopp's arrival, but he made the England squad nonetheless.

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He only got 2 goals last season, but he offers a lot more than that because he still attempted 28 shots on goal in just 19 appearances. If he shows that sort of confidence in England's opener against Russia, he can pick up points for shots (+1pts), with an extra point if they are on target.

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The former Sunderland man also created 17 chances for his team-mates, and if one of them turns out to be an assist, he'll earn +6 points.

Some England fans have expressed doubts about his inclusion, but if he can avoid injury, he can be a lynchpin in the Three Lions' midfield at the tournament, just as he can for Liverpool next season.

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Christian Benteke (Belgium) 

Many Liverpool fans will have been unsurprised by Christian Benteke's recent horror miss for Belgium against Finland.

However, the bolshy forward shouldn't be written off on the basis of missing a sitter, or even dismissed because of one below-par season at Liverpool. He may have only scored 9 goals, but he only made 29 appearances.

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The one major concern will be that he tends to concede a fair few fouls and that will hit your line-up hard, as each is worth -0.5 points. All the same, his physical presence means he can make a huge impact on any game he plays in.

The key to a strong DraftKings line-up is ownership. Kevin de Bruyne might seem the obvious pick for Belgium, but that means a lot of people will be revelling in any points he earns. Benteke can bully defences, so he can either shore up Chelsea's reported interest in him or convince Klopp he's worth persevering with next season.

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Joe Allen (Wales) 

Keen observers of Joe Allen last season will know not to be put off by his poor fantasy points per game (FPPG) of 3.5.

What's more telling is that the Welshman's DraftKings salary went up in value towards the end of the season, because that's when he really came into his own at Liverpool.

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Prior to that, it seemed like he didn't have a future at the club. Yet, 2 goals (each worth +10), and a string of impressive performances towards the tail-end of the season suggest he is in the kind of form that could see him be the difference for Wales.

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Steven Gerrard
Euro 2016
England Football
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Liverpool
Jordan Henderson
Christian Benteke

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