Christian Benteke: Liverpool striker scores in Swindon friendly

Christian Benteke (right)
Christian Benteke scored 49 goals in 101 games for Aston Villa after signing from Genk for £7m in 2012

Christian Benteke scored on his first Liverpool appearance since joining the club from Aston Villa for £32.5m.

The Belgium striker hit a sublime 20-yard volley to put the Reds 1-0 ahead in a friendly away to Swindon Town.

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 away to Stoke City on 9 August.

"Christian's goal was incredible," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

"It was wonderful technique from the big guy."

Liverpool also included another summer signing, forward Roberto Firmino.

The 23-year-old Brazil international started alongside Benteke, with both players substituted after 67 minutes.

Midfielder Joe Allen went off early in the game with a hamstring problem which will require a scan on Monday.

"I think Joe was his hamstring, unfortunately, so that doesn't look so good for us," added Rodgers.

Striker Christian Benteke (right)
Christian Benteke became the Reds' second most expensive signing, on what the club described as a "long-term contract"
Liverpool forward Christian Benteke
Benteke scored 15 times to help Aston Villa stay in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final last season

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