Before this season, the Reds had never won seven games in a row to kick off a campaign, but with expectations high Jurgen Klopp‘s side have managed it.
Favourites to challenge for the Premier League title, and hotly tipped in Europe, they can hope to satisfy supporters’ long-standing desires this time out.
Though a routine win at Anfield, Saturday’s performance was one littered with positives, chiefly in those coming into the side, with Shaqiri and Joel Matip among those to impress.
But what did journalists and statisticians make of this latest win?
With Shaqiri (7.8) playing a key role in two goals and Salah (7.7) ending his supposed drought with the third of the afternoon, the two standouts are clear.
The Mirror‘s Mark Jones described the No. 23’s performance on his full debut as “about as eventful a 45-minute cameo as you can possibly have without scoring a goal.”
Matip (7.5) was also deserving of a high rating, on his first start of the season after a difficult time with injury, capping this with a powerful header to double the Reds’ lead.
Salah is the only player to have been given a rating of nine out of 10 by any publication, though whether he was Man of the Match is certainly questionable.
On a statistical front, Matip dwarfed the rest of the squad, as the centre-back become the fourth Reds player to complete over 100 passes in a game this season, with 112.
The Cameroonian also made more interceptions than any other Liverpool player (three) and won the most aerial duels of any player on the pitch (six).
While Salah also stood out in terms of numbers, Shaqiri was deemed less impressive by WhoScored—though this is largely due to his half-time substitution.
Despite Klopp opting to withdraw Shaqiri at the break as he “wanted to control the game,” he remained one of only four Liverpool players to create a chance on Saturday.