It’s been a very mixed start for Liverpool’s four summer signings so far this season.
The Reds spent around £177 million to bring in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri.
While we’re only four matches into the new Premier League season – with Liverpool winning all four – but it’s been very hit and miss for the new quartet.
Keita impressed in the first three matches but was only a substitute during the 2-1 victory over Leicester.
Meanwhile, Fabinho has only made one squad so far – and has played zero minutes.
Alisson kept three clean sheets in his opening three matches but made a terrible mistake against Leicester last time out.
As for Shaqiri, he’s made just two substitute appearances.
Liverpool fans got the opportunity to watch a bit more of Shaqiri in action on Tuesday night as he played 80 minutes against England at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
Shaqiri impressed for the Swiss during the 1-0 loss – although missed a glorious opportunity to put his side ahead in the first-half.
Ahead of the friendly, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was asked about the signing of Shaqiri.
And the legendary defender insisted that because of the £12 million fee, there’s no way the transfer can fail.
“I think it’s a brilliant buy for Liverpool.” Carragher told Sky Sports. “He’s been around a long time at big clubs and has great experience.
“You look at the price tag, his age as well, he will (make an impact). He made an impact at Leicester when he came on.
“It’s one of those buys where even if it doesn’t work out, there’s no way they’re not going to get their money back. So I think it works for everyone really.
“If Salah comes off, is he ever going to replace him? I don’t think he will replace him as a starter but to bring him off and bring him on.
“He did make a difference when he came on (against Leicester). He plays more centrally for Switzerland, so maybe that’s something going forward for Liverpool also.
“He’ll want to put himself in the limelight because of the huge games coming up for Liverpool in the next month and he will want to be a part of it.”
Carragher is spot on.
Even if Shaqiri fails to have a long and successful Liverpool career, there’s very little doubt that the club will be able to sell the 26-year-old on for probably more than they paid for him.
However, the diminutive midfielder gives Jurgen Klopp’s side some much-needed depth and will no doubt play an important role this season – and in the coming years.