The Reds were largely unconvincing for most of their pre-season matches but nonetheless managed to come away unbeaten, winning five of six friendlies.
Their last two matches were slender victories over HJK Helsinki (2-0) and Swindon Town (2-1) and featured many first-team regulars. Below are three things we learnt from both matches:
The Belgian took a while to spring into life but he blew Swindon away in the second-half with a fantastic goal and another that was ruled offside.
Benteke is a completely different player but his strength is matched by few in world football. Added with an underrated technical presence he could give Brendan Rodgers' side the unpredictable nature they so badly needed.
Rodgers' has fluctuated between using a 4-2-3-1 formation and 4-3-3 in the pre-season friendlies. What has also been a constant is how uncreative the midfield looks in those systems.
James Milner and Jordan Henderson both played against Helsinki and were their usual industrious selves but rarely did anything of note with the ball. Instead, attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho was forced out of his position to come deep and collect the ball. The Brazilian was then tasked with dribbling back to the position he should have been occupying which left the other attackers isolated.
The same problem existed against Swindon where the Reds deployed a three-man midfield. Between Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Emre Can, only the German came out with any credit as he attempted to dribble his way through opponents and executed his long-range of passes.
Throughout Rodgers' three-year tenure he has suffered embarrassing losses repeatedly against Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, West Brom and West Ham - in other words counter-attacking teams.
With the aforementioned names Rodgers' has in the midfield, images of Yannick Bolasie rampaging down the wing unchecked will be a thing of the past, but it appears to be at the cost of creativity.
With the previous point in mind, key to Liverpool's chances of success this season will be the attacking three, which looks to be any five from Philippe Coutinho, Firmino, Adam Lallana, Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge when he returns from injury.
In recent years only Steven Gerrard provided regular goals from midfield and that was largely from set-pieces. By and large in a team set-up by Rodgers the idea is to have the attackers pick up the ball and conjure up magic between themselves.
In this sense it is telling the aforementioned forward five all have distinct skills and are expected to hurt the opposition defence in different ways. Furthermore, of the 13 goals Liverpool scored in pre-season, only three came from non-forwards (Sakho and Milner who scored two).