It didn’t take long for Alisson Becker to make an impact on his first start for Liverpool.
The Brazilian, a £67 million signing from Roma, played a stunning pass to Mohamed Salah that resulted in James Milner opening the scoring against Napoli.
Liverpool fans who have spent the past few weeks watching Alisson compilation videos will already know that his distribution is mightily impressive.
And it took him less that three minutes to showcase his skills by picking Salah out in style.
Alisson’s signing will strengthen the goalkeeper position following Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius’ disappointing reigns between the sticks.
But he’s not just a more reliable option than Mignolet and Karius; he can be a threat for Liverpool in attack, too.
And Alisson’s teammates already realise just how important he can be in this department.
Van Dijk's reaction
It was more than 30 seconds after Alisson’s pass when Milner smashed the ball into the back of the net.
First, that pass.
And Virgil Van Dijk made sure to show his appreciation to Alisson for starting off the move.
Liverpool fans are loving the centre-back’s gesture.
'Good leadership from Van Dijk'
It’s in defence where the greatest strides have needed to be taken at Anfield.
Van Dijk already looks like a star and Alisson will help to shore up the position.
The pair cost a combined £142m - that’s the cost of turning a fragile defence into a solid one.
But nobody will care about their respective fees if they help Liverpool win major trophies.
The minutes Alisson got against Napoli were vitally important, and he’s expected to play against Torino on Tuesday.
Klopp knows that the 25-year-old needs to learn to play with his new teammates as quickly as possible.
“Each player in the world needs training and time to adapt to his mates,” Klopp said before the Napoli fixture.
“We have two games to do that before we start so it’s really good.
“He obviously has a real presence, he’s smart, he’s very nice and it’s good to have him around.”
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