Five things learned from Liverpool's win over Bournemouth, including James Milner and Christian Benteke

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Summer signings and Liverpool's defence featured heavily in the Reds' second win of the season.

Liverpool made it two wins from two following a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield, with new signing Christian Benteke getting off the mark with the winning goal, though you can feel hard done by if you're associated with Bournemouth given the new offside rule. 

Still, the facts remain that Liverpool have two wins from two games and six points to show for their efforts, which is crucial for the side as they try and bed in so many new faces and have a crack at righting the wrongs of last season's dismal season.

Even at this early stage of the season there is plenty to take from games and learn about sides, so here are five things we learned about Liverpool's display last night.

James Milner looks like the brains of the operation:

Every little training ground move from a set piece seemed to have Milner's stamp on it. Ahead of the move that led up to the goal, Milner was in a prolonged discussion with Philippe Coutinho about what move they were going to perform which led to the Reds' winner. There were several more which saw Jordan Henderson go close and a rather poor, if somewhat amusing, free-kick towards the end of proceedings. The newly appointed vice-captain is going to have a big role in this Liverpool side this season. 

Christian Benteke proves critics wrong

There was a bit of acrimony among some sections of Liverpool's support that they were signing a target man that did nothing more but win things in the air. In this game he proved that was an asset but there is a lot more to his game. His pace, control and hunger to get beyond the defensive line [which led to his goal] are all assets to his game that suit this Reds side, and as the side continues to gel it feels as though there is a lot more to come from him.

Still work to be done on familiar problem areas

The start of the game Liverpool looked shaky and were fortunate not to go behind. Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren looked vulnerable in the early stages and more like last season's defence and that will be something of a worry ahead of next week's trip to Arsenal. It's still another clean sheet but there are areas that need to be tightened up. Two solid looking full-backs on either flank seem to have helped things significantly thus far. 

The back four is trying to be more compact

This sort of ties in to the point above and something that can be observed easily when you're watching the game from behind the goal, but it seemed that Liverpool's back line was reluctant to stretch out further than the length of the penalty area, and tried to offer goalkeeper Simon Mignolet something of a protective shield. Only two shots on target from the visitors last night would suggest there has been some success there. Instead the onus is on the wider midfield players to protect the flanks when the Reds get men behind the ball.

It could be a while before we see the best of Roberto Firmino

Of course there is an element of excitement surrounding Firmino given the signed for a big fee from Hoffenheim, and he clearly has ability. But during his cameo last night, it's clear he wasn't up to speed and at times looked a little lost off the ball. When on the ball, it's clear there is something about him. Given he joined up with the squad late during pre-season he will need time to adapt to things and get up to speed. So don't expect fireworks from him just yet. 

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