Five things we learned about Liverpool from their draw with Arsenal, including Coutinho and Benteke

Liverpool put in an impressive performance against Arsenal but were unable to come away with the win.

It was another huge test for Liverpool last night. With their first away game of the season seeing them visit the place where they were humiliated 6-1 by Stoke City, the trip to the Emirates Stadium was a return to where they were beaten 4-1 in April. In a way this was another huge test of character passed by Brendan Rodgers's side. 

So far it's two wins from three, three clean sheets from three and plenty for Liverpool to be positive about as they seem to be putting the end of season horror show from April and May behind them and are trying to kick on this season.

Here are five things we may have learned from the Reds' display at the Emirates Stadium:

Coutinho and Benteke's combination shows signs of flourishing

It was encouraging for Liverpool fans to see just how much the Brazilian and the Belgian linked together but whenever they were facing their opponents goal they looked a real threat. Given that Benteke is still finding his feet at Liverpool, the signs are very encouraging.

Once the goals flow Liverpool could be a force

If you had one criticism to level at Liverpool for their performance, it was probably that it wasn't clinical enough, though Petr Cech had a huge hand[s] in that. Several attempts on goal, but no goals, though once the side really starts to find their groove, they could score a fair few. This is something they hope will develop over the course of the season.

Their start on the road doesn't look so hazardous now

When everybody looked at Liverpool's first eight away games, there were some wondering whether they would get any points. So far, two games played and four points and they haven't been second best in either of them. Of course, there is the argument that the toughest are to come with trips to Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all to come before the end of November, but if they perform like they did last night they would fancy their chances of translating their two points per game on the road so far into a reality over the course of those fixtures, which wouldn't be a bad return.

They're better off keeping hold of their midfield options

Lucas Leiva got his first start of the season despite persistent rumours suggesting he could leaving Anfield this summer but if they do lose the Brazilian, he will be a big miss for games like this where he did an effective job in the middle of the park. Other players showed their worth in the middle of the park as well, including a pretty composed cameo from Jordan Rossiter, while the signing of James Milner seems to look better with each passing game. 

Getting summer business done early seems to be paying dividends

Considering that five summer signings started the game at the Emirates, it's remarkable that Liverpool look like such an effective unit after just three games. Benteke and Roberto Firmino are the only two that looks as if they're still learning the ropes in one way or the other, but they were either signed or reported to pre-season training pretty late, while other new members have been able to integrate. It makes Liverpool's transfer business all the more impressive, especially when one of the stand-out performers so far has been 18-year-old Joe Gomez

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