The game was rather different from that which Brendan Rodgers might expect to experience on a week-to-week basis in the Premier League, with the Reds' opponents playing in the fifth tier of English football. But it was nonetheless a game to take a few lessons from.
An early goal from Liverpool settled what could have been a nervy opening, but the Reds spurned several more chances to increase their lead.
Luis Suarez's goal looked to have settled the match before a late consolation for Mansfield. But Liverpool were never really out of control of the game and comfortably saw it out.
Here are six things we learned from the game.