The two goals they scored will keep us on our toes and defensively aware. It was a squad not blessed with an abundance of depth at the start of the campaign.
And the Egyptian was handed the perfect opportunity when he was slipped through in the early exchanges but chipped the ball wide of Jack Butland's goal.
Rested on Saturday, Alessandro Florenzi will play down the right of the defence, with Aleksandr Kolarov on the left, while Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio will pair up at the heart.
Another poor outing from Gomez, whose struggles post injury continued once again. Juan Jesus couldn't handle the movement of Salah, and the midfield was run ragged as Liverpool dominated.
Real: They did well to grind out a win when they were second best on the night. "That was the best Erik has played under me".
If this year ultimately proves to be Stoke's last hurrah in the Premier League, they will not find many mourners within the Anfield faithful.
"It's not just an issue for Rome".
However, Liverpool FC are in third place in the Premier League table and three points behind Manchester United, who occupy runners up spot. Hendo obviously twisted his ankle but could carry on, so that's rather good than a bad sign.
Liverpool finally showed some urgency but it was after 60 minutes when Stoke decided to sit back and let the home team have the entire attacking share.
Of course Salah gets his fair share of abuse on the pitch.
There were few opportunities after the restart, until a frantic ending. This service will available at Piazzale delle Canestre from 3.00 p.m and public buses will be available.
And ahead of a Champions League group game earlier this season, Chelsea fans were attacked in an Irish pub by thugs wielding metal bars near Rome's iconic Coliseum.
If he'd taken them all, he'd be on 52 league goals!
His goal-scoring form remains irrepressible but even Liverpool's current master marksman is capable of having rare off-days.
In normal circumstances a point for Stoke - who have never won a top-flight game at Anfield - is a great result. "It looked a clear penalty", said Liverpool captain Henderson. 'It has nothing to do with how you play.
Zero quality on offer.
"Out on the pitch we are friends, not just teammates".
"But everyone focuses on one game at a time and the manager reiterates 'This is simple and the next game is the most important one'".