Liverpool may have run out 2-0 winners, but David Wagner will have found plenty to encourage him for the Championship season ahead in Huddersfield Town 's display.
The first 45 minutes in particular were fast and furious, and easy on the eye for more than 21,000 spectators.
For a Town side that had faced Guiseley, Rochdale, Accrington Stanley and Oldham Athletic in their previous warm up matches, this was quite the step up in quality and they were far from disgraced.
Both Wagner and counterpart Jurgen Klopp will have been left with plenty to ponder.
What now for Joel Coleman?
It was a mixed evening for the young stopper, signed this summer from Oldham. This was his last game as the defacto no.1 - with Liverpool loanee Danny Ward due to return from holiday in time to join the team in Austria.
Coleman was involved in the horror show that led to Sadio Mane's "goal" that was chalked off due to a foul on the keeper himself.
The 20-year-old then tripped Mane to concede a penalty but redeemed himself with an excellent save from Philippe Coutinho's spot kick.
He commands his area well and looks good with the ball at his feet.
However, Ward hasn't come on loan to warm the bench and Coleman looks set to be the understudy for large portions of this season as he continues to learn his trade.
He has impressed in his summer outings, but must now be ready to step aside for the moment.
Kyle Dempsey catching the eye
With the 12 senior signings this summer, one member of the squad must have been looking around uneasily as the dressing room filled up.
Kyle Dempsey won't be the only player fighting for a regular spot this season - the summer business ensures few are assured of a starting place every week.
But Mr Versatile has found new faces in every position that he could in theory call his own.
He has not shrunk from that and enjoyed an excellent pre-season so far. He was Town's best player in the second half against Liverpool operating from the no.10 role.
But with Jack Payne and Kasey Palmer around, he will struggle to get games there once everyone is fit and available. It's unclear where his long term future lies.
Aaron Mooy looking like a transfer coup
The signing of Aaron Mooy on a year-long loan deal from Manchester City undoubtedly caused a buzz. The Australian had other offers but was looking for a club to suit him and his skill set and Town emerged the victors.
If adding a 25-year-old from a team competing for the Premier League title doesn't create excitement, we should pack up now.
However, his previous recent experience is in the Australian League, which is far from the standard of England's top division, and it was unclear how he would adapt to David Wagner's system.
So far, so good, signing of the summer.
Mooy has looked a class act in each of his outings so far. Playing as the attacking figure in the central pair, he always looks to move forward and influence games from deep.
On this evidence against Klopp's men, there will be more than a few clubs ruing their luck at missing out on him.
Sharpen up at the back
Town were facing the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Danny Ings. They won't come up against that quality every week.
Town have signed almost an entirely new defence who are still learning to coexist as a unit. They have time on their side.
But the passing out from the back has got to get quicker, sharper and better.
Liverpool press high, but so will every team that has a scouting network and is capable of doing it. That high press caused Chris Loewe and Joel Coleman to panic when trying to play out from the back and the result was Sadio Mane pouncing to put the ball in the net (only for Town to be saved by the referee's whistle).
There are still a few knots to be worked through in that area.
Where are you Nahki
Town were very good on Wednesday night, particularly in the first half. The attackers worried a centre back pairing of Lucas and Dejan Lovren, and Joe Lolley in particular came close to scoring before the break and Kyle Dempsey afterwards.
But a lot of the shots were from outside, or just inside, the penalty area with crosses continually being dealt with.
Elias Kachunga worked hard and put in a good shift but the lack of movement normally supplied by Nahki Wells was noticeable.
As well as scoring a hatful, the Bermudian creates space and opportunities in that lone striker role. It's a pity he wasn't fit.
Pre-season continues to throw up unlikely sub plots
Football is meant to be fun. The little things make the sport what it is.
Few people had ever seen play stopped due to a drone before last night, while few would ever have expected to see teenage Academy goalkeeper Shamal George make his Liverpool debut as a striker when Lucas went off injured.
Both those incidents brightened up what was a flat second period - that and the boos when Alberto Moreno refused to let the 18-year-old take a stoppage time penalty.
It's pre-season, results don't matter, so let's enjoy it eh?