The last thing a new arrival wants after signing for a club is to suffer an injury that disrupts his bedding in period, but that is exactly what happened to Adam Lallana after he moved to Liverpool from Southampton this summer.
However, this week Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been praising his side's most expensive summer signing, claiming he is approaching the form he displayed for Southampton last year.
“His fitness is growing all the time,” Rodgers told a press conference ahead of the game with QPR. “I see him in training and he's showing real signs of getting back to the top of his game.
"He's going to be an exceptional player for us and he will get better as the season goes on."
The former Saints captain has been eased into his Liverpool career, mainly on account of the knee injury that saw his competitive debut delayed while also hindering his pre season work with his new side.
However, in the last few weeks the classy midfielder has shown glimpses of real talent both for the Merseyside club and for England, and netted his first goal for the Reds as he scored the opener against West Brom before the international break.
An impressive performance for the Three Lions against San Marino last week also saw the 25-year-old promoted to Roy Hodgson's starting lineup, and it is no surprise to see Rodgers praising a player with as much skill and intelligence as the £25 million recruit.
As the Northern Irishman says, Liverpool fans are only going to see better and better performances from their number 20 as the season progresses.