Photos: Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli already best pals at Liverpool training

New signing Christian Benteke is making friends at Liverpool.

Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship at Liverpool?

While most of the first team are in Singapore on the third leg of the club's pre-season tour of Asia, there are a few notable faces back at Melwood.

New signing Christian Benteke trained with the club for the very first time since his transfer from Aston Villa, and already he appears to be making friends.

Benteke and Mario Balotelli, who was left at home, looked like they had been pals for years as they joked around in the session.

Balotelli faces an uncertain future, but building up a close rapport with Benteke could help his case to stay, and the big Belgian's ability to hold the ball up may just help Liverpool get the best out of the controversial Italian.

They were not the only ones involved, with new signing Roberto Firmino present along with international colleague Philippe Coutinho after their Copa America campaign for Brazil. 

Emre Can, who took part in the European under-21 Championship for Germany, was also back, and when you consider these five players will add to the squad currently on tour, Liverpool's strength in depth suggests the club should be confident of a strong season ahead.

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