Usually seeing a new £ 40 million man who did not make the matchday squadron two games in the new season would ring alarm bells.
But the outrage was at least on Monday evening with the news. Fabinho was not even considered a place on the bank for Liverpool's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.
Eyebrows raised? Of course. A complete surprise? No.
Through the admission of the player himself and the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, Fabinho takes the time to adapt to the unique requirements of playing in the midfield for this Liverpool side that switched in the summer of Monaco.
It will not be easy. However, the season is long and there will be little worry about the 24-year-old who finds his feet, especially in view of the recent problems with injury and illness.
And Liverpool's recruitment in recent transfer windows should be enough to earn the trust of the fans.
The experience of several new recruits emphasizes the continuous experience of Fabinho is nothing new.
Look at Andy Robertson last season.
After starting two of the first five Premier League-games, he could not be seen in the top flight until December.
After taking the time to adjust, the Scotland international is now Liverpool's first choice left back.
The same gradual approach was offered to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who eventually became a key figure in the Champions League run until his campaign was brutally ended with a serious knee injury in the semi-final first stage against Roma.
Klopp only turns to players when they are ready, regardless of the costs or experience.
In the past, the enormous size of the transfer fee – only teammates Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Naby Keita cost more than Fabinho – maybe forced Liverpool to push him right into the deep, no questions asked.
Klopp does not have to do that, so the depth of the team is at his disposal.
However, there is a larger picture here. And one that every Liverpool supporter – and player – has to get used to.
Fabinho was not the only one who did it in Selhurst Park, with Nathaniel Clyne with Dominic Solanke and Besiktas-bound Loris Karius on the sidelines. Divock Origi was also not involved.
The gravel of the Premier League, with the inevitable injuries and suspensions that this entails, makes an almost fully fit team a welcome but rare headache for Klopp.
But still, there will be plenty of games, and big ones, with a big name not being included in the 18-man matchday squadron at all.
Horses for jobs will be the Klopp mantra. Everyone must be prepared for the call.
To illustrate this, Fabinho took part in the training in Melwood – Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum trained from the main group on Tuesday afternoon – and is considering starting at the weekend against Brighton and Hove Albion in Anfield.
It would not be a surprise if he was mentioned in the first XI. That is Liverpool's way this season.