Liverpool have handed marquee signings Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino their debuts in a friendly against Swindon Town this afternoon.
The pair are the two most expensive purchases of Liverpool’s 10 summer recruits, with Benteke costing £32.5m from Aston Villa and Firmino £29m from Hoffenheim.
They did not join up with their new teammates in the Far East and Australia, and so are wearing the famous red shirt for the first time today, although not with their official squad numbers.
Kolo Toure captains a strong Liverpool side which also comprises of squad players such as Emre Can, Joe Allen, Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno, Mamadou Sakho, Lucas Leiva and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.
But Brendan Rodgers, who has flown back from Helsinki, where his side played another pre-season friendly yesterday, to be in the dugout this afternoon, finds room to blood one youngster.
Today’s confirmed #LFC starting line-up and subs in full on our matchday graphic pic.twitter.com/f1k0OBUPpJ
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 2, 2015
Teenage defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, captain of new Liverpool first-team coach Pepijn Lijnders’ Under-16 team before being promoted to Under-18 skipper last term, plays at right-back.
Swindon’s side includes Liverpool youngsters Lawrence Vigouroux, Jordan Williams and Kevin Stewart, the latter two of which are on loan at the League One club, and Rodgers’s son Anton on the bench.
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