Record transfer fees, huge spending and promising superstars from abroad lit up the imagination of many Liverpool fans this summer. Less so was the deal for Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Swiss international had enjoyed an impressive campaign for Stoke City in 2017/18 despite their relegation but was seen as little more than a squad option.
Already early on in the campaign, he is outshining his new team-mates who are taking their time to adapt to the Premier League.
The likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho have found themselves on the bench for key fixtures such as recent trips to London to face Tottenham and then Chelsea, whilst Shaqiri is making an impact.
After an impressive first start against Southampton, Shaqiri has already been involved in some key moments, such as Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser at Stamford Bridge.
His pace and quality both bursting down the flank and breaking through the middle offer an alternative from the bench which was non-existent for the Reds last season.
Alongside Alisson Becker in between the sticks, Xherdan Shaqiri could be the one signing who turns Liverpool into genuine Premier League title contenders.