The Scotland midfielder came off the bench in the second-half for his first run-out in a Reds shirt following his move from Blackpool.
Manager Kenny Dalglish was buoyed by first-half goals from fringe players Christian Poulsen and David Ngog which ensured the Barclays Premier League side got their Asia tour off on a high note.
Eastern promise: Charlie Adam had his first run-out in a Liverpool shirt
And their was a pleasing cameo from ?35million striker Andy Carroll who scored the fourth on 85 minutes after he provided the third in the second-half for highly-rated academy prospect Connor Coady, helping the Reds survive two late goals from the hosts.
The visitors dominated the early stages, with Ngog seeing his shot blocked by keeper Yu Yongzhe, and theytook the lead in the 19th minute when Joe Cole's deep cross was tucked away by an unmarked Poulsen.
Looking to impress: Joe Cole started for the Reds, playing the ball past Guangdong star Li Jian
Less than three minutes later Liverpool doubled their lead through Ngog, who seized on Jonjo Shelvey'spass before sliding his shot under the keeper.
Dani Pacheco should have made it three but shot past the post from 10 yards out, and Guangdong slowly began to come into the match.
Head boy: Danny Wilson wins aerial battle with Guangdong ace Diakite
Peter Gulacsi just managed to preventMahama Awal's shot going through his legs and into the net, but the Reds keeper was beaten in first half injury time by a powerful header from Ricardo Steer.
Dalglish changed his entire team at half-time, sending on former Blackpool midfielder Adam plus the likes ofCarroll, Dirk Kuyt and Alberto Aquilani.
Slide away: Li Zhihai looks on as Liverpool youngster John Flanagan claims possession
Adam showed off his range of passing but Liverpool found themselves on the back foot for much of the second half and it was against the run of play when 18-year-old Coady drilled in their third in the 72nd minute.
Carroll had set up his young team-mate, and he then got on the scoresheet himself with a deflected finish from Maxi Rodriguez's pass.
Middle man: Andy Carroll takes on two defenders
Guangdong kept battling and got theirreward with Lu Lin's lovely curling finish in the 90th minute, which was swiftly followed by another stylish effort from Yin Hongbo, who comprehensively beat Daniel Agger before firing into the corner, but Liverpool held on.
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