Liverpool fans tuned in to watch their friendly against Napoli on Saturday with the excitement of watching Alisson Becker for the first time.
The £67 million goalkeeper was making his first appearance and he kept a clean sheet as the Reds ran out 5-0 winners.
But Alisson didn’t have a great deal to do. And with Liverpool winning by such a hefty scoreline, it was the players at the other end of the pitch who made their mark.
Mohamed Salah scored and Daniel Sturridge looked in great form after arriving as a substitute in the 62nd minute.
The 28-year-old, whose role this season is yet to be defined, scored and provided an assist, reminding Jurgen Klopp just what he’s capable of.
The Liverpool boss will have taken great confidence from the performance.
Klopp has taken some stick for failing to win any of his three finals in charge of Liverpool but there’s no doubt he has improved the quality of his players.
LIVERPOOL FANS PRAISE SHAQIRI’S EFFORT
And Liverpool supporters are already beginning to notice a change in Xherdan Shaqiri.
The attacker arrived from Stoke in a £13 million deal with a reputation for being a player with immense talent, but who was quite lazy.
Well, that’s what Gary Neville thought, anyway.
“He could be there for three matches, do nothing and just amble and waddle around,” Neville said during the World Cup.
“To be honest with you with him, players like that I can’t have to be honest with you, I struggle with it.”
But Shaqiri was full of running against Napoli, pressing defenders high up the pitch, running into space and creating chances.
Check out his highlights from the match.
— Mo Shabeer Sheik (@SK3BZ_09) August 4, 2018
Well, watching Shaqiri so far makes me realise Gary Neville is no better a judge of players now, than he was during his hilarious run as Valenica manager!
— Dermot Sheehan LFC (@The5thRace) August 4, 2018
Dam that Shaqiri guy is real lazy huh he just don't care his attitude stinks @GNev2 13m ? Hmm 🙄Gary Neville talks like every player at United is perfect but any excuse to have a go at our players I can't wait to listen to him all season..should be fun.🙄😴 https://t.co/nnzk1ouGga
— ❤️Liver_Bird96 ❤️ (@irish_kop96) August 5, 2018
Correct me if I’m wrong but how can the Neville brothers and Adam say all this Shaqiri? He’s not stopped running.
— Liverpool Limited (@LMTLiverpool) August 4, 2018
Look at Shaqiri here. The lazy fat bastard. What does he think he’s doing with his running at players, pressing high up, running in to space, creating chances. The likes of @GNev2 and @Charlie26Adam were obviously right! pic.twitter.com/OJmgk1AiTe
— LFC Stanley House (@LFCStanleyHouse) August 5, 2018
— Mark Thompson (@mjtomo1977) August 5, 2018
Shaqiri only played in the second half against Napoli but his energy levels were impressive.
Klopp requires his players to work hard and press from the front and by the looks of things, Shaqiri is ready to buy into that approach.
He’s unlikely to be a starter, too, so Klopp can expect nothing less than 100 per cent effort when he does take to the field.