And, uncharacteristically, he explained the substitution to Shaqiri in a brilliant gesture.
"He had already before the PSG game kind of a bruised rib, which is very uncomfortable, and today he got another hit there", he said.
"It should not be too serious".
"It was not easy, to be honest".
"The boys are really smart, they know we need Mo in a good moment - it is a really good group, they want to support each other if they can", said the Liverpool manager. The start was good for the team and also him as well.
"As a new player, usually you struggle most but he didn't - he tried everything". Great offensively, needs a little work defensively'.
"Sure, it was quite a long time with the injury but now I'm fit and in a good way". He said: 'I couldn't shout anymore, ' so that's obviously 60 percent less of his level.
Though it wasn't as electric of a performance as past ones, it still resulted in three points as Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah scored, while Jurgen Klopp's team actually got the winning goal via an own goal 10 minutes in. "But then we won game number eight 5-0, very cool", he said.
"It's a surprise because of course you can not expect it, but all performances we showed so far were at least good enough to win the games", he said.
It is the first time in Liverpool's history that they have begun a campaign with seven successive wins in all competitions, following Tuesday's late Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain.
"That's good, but the next one is coming!"
Van Dijk will likely sit out of Wednesday's League Cup clash with Chelsea, with a view to being fit and fresh for the trip to Stamford Bridge next Saturday evening. It will be tough, but for all of us, so that's absolutely OK.
The second half was rather a non-event, with Salah's disallowed finish after James Milner's shot was cleared off the line the closest Liverpool came to adding gloss to the scoreline.