Five things we learned from Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Swindon Town

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Liverpool rounded off pre-season with a 2-1 victory away at Swindon Town.

Christian Benteke scored a thumping volley in his first game for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers' side beat League One outfit Swindon Town. The Belgium international striker hit a sublime 20-yard volley to put the Reds 1-0 ahead at the County Ground.

Swindon responded through Jonathan Obika before Sheyi Ojo's late goal gave the Reds a 2-1 win ahead of their first Premier League match of the season.

But, while a victory against lower league opposition is all well and good for Brendan Rodgers, what did we actually learn from the match?

Roberto Firmino is a classy customer

With his first touch in a Liverpool shirt, Roberto Firmino controlled the ball and burst through on goal, only to be felled in the penalty area by a tackle that should he resulted in a foul.

The £29 million Brazilian - signed from Hoffenheim this summer - showed glimpses of his brilliance throughout his involvement and for large spells he was by far the Reds most potent attacking threat. 

Liverpool have clearly signed a very talented footballer in Firmino, and despite not being at his best, he showed plenty of quality.

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'Despite not being at his best' is a phrase that can also be applied to Christian Benteke.

The Belgian international striker did his upmost to get stuck into the action, dropping deep to collect the ball, but he is clearly a long way off the final product, largely due to a lack of game time spent with his new team-mates. 

His goal was something special, but he didn't pose the usual threat that Premier League spectators have grown so accustomed to. 

Lawrence Vigoroux could well replace Wes Foderingham at the County Ground

Following a successful trial period with Swindon, the Liverpool youngster is widely expected to join the North Wiltshire outfit on loan ahead of the new season - as reported by talkSPORT.

However, his man of the match performance versus his parent club will certainly have given Robins fans room for optimism and Brendan Rodgers food for thought.

Following the loss of Wes Foderingham at the beginning of the summer, Mark Cooper will be hoping - if he does move to the County Ground - that the 21-year-old can show the same form throughout the upcoming League One campaign. 

Ryan Kent is one to watch

The 18-year-old may only have featured for the last twenty-minutes, but he look a real threat for the Reds throughout his cameo.

Picking the ball up in the centre of the park, the attacking midfielder appeared full of running and creativity.

On two occasions he slipped a pass through to a team-mate, to fashion a shooting opportunity, while he also came close to getting on the scoresheet himself - he would have done so had it not been for Vigoroux's speed off his line. 

Emre Can should start in midfield against Stoke

Emre Can was brilliant at times on his return to the side after an extended break, bringing tremendous power and all-round quality to the Reds’ midfield.

After a slow start, he grew steadily into the game and provided the surges into the final third that can help him compete for regular game time alongside Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

Deployed in defence for the majority of the previous campaign, Brendan Rodgers would be best served shifting the German youngster into the centre of the park for the upcoming campaign.

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