Even the most optimistic Liverpool fan didn't anticipate the success Mohamed Salah would enjoy at the club.
There was major questions asked about the Egyptian when he made his return to the Premier League, with many citing his performances with Chelsea as a bad omen.
Within a matter of months, though, Salah had raised two fingers to the critics and had even thrust himself into the Ballon d'Or conversation by the time the season was finished.
There can be no questioning the fact that Salah's 2017-18 campaign was simply historic, producing no less than 44 goals in 55 appearances on his way to the Premier League Golden Boot.
And although his latest performances haven't quite compared to those dizzying heights of last season, he's still proving himself as one of Europe's most revered forwards.
Salah's Liverpool success
All of this because Liverpool decided Salah's form with AS Roma was deserving of their transfer record.
Looking back at his final season in Italy and the early signs of success were certainly present, with Salah finding the net on 19 occasions across 42 outings.
It was the clear indicator that the 26-year-old could provide consistent goals along with the raw ability he showed in brief flashes at Stamford Bridge.
'The match that made Liverpool buy Salah'
And although we'll never know the exact moment that Jurgen Klopp desired a move for Salah, one football fan has given it his best shot with a brilliant YouTube video this week.
User 'FCHD Football' has compiled Salah's individual highlights from what they considered to be 'the match that made Liverpool buy Mohamed Salah.'
It comes from one of Salah's final games for AS Roma, a convincing 5-2 win over Chievo that saw him bag a brace. Not only that, but it was an immaculate all-round performance from the Egyptian.
Enjoy Salah at the top of his game in the video down below:
Was it the reason Klopp commissioned the transfer? It's impossible to tell, but such an incredible performance certainly will have encouraged him.
It also shows that Salah was already beginning to show the type of quality and final product that would see him become an instant hero at Anfield.
His undeniable pace and quick feet saw him become a constant danger on the right flank, providing a number of opportunities for Edin Dzeko in the penalty area.
And when he wasn't turning provider, he was scoring goals of his own and the second proved a trademark left-footed strike at the near post.
Interestingly, too, there a few moments where Salah struggled and the improvements he's made at Liverpool are equally apparent.
Over the weeks and months that have followed his ambitious transfer, Salah has used the promise at AS Roma as a launchpad for his success at Liverpool and the number speaks for themselves.
How many goals do you think Salah will score this season? Have your say in the comments section down below.