Video: Hertha Berlin 0 – 3 Liverpool [International Friendlies] Highlights
Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho was involved and Sadio Mane returned as Liverpool turned in a classy 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin.
Philippe Coutinho captained Liverpool despite continued reports he is nearing a move to Barcelona and Sadio Mane made his return from injury as the Reds outclassed Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Saturday.
Reports in Spain have suggested that Brazil star Coutinho is on Barca’s radar should his international team-mate Neymar complete a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, the skilful playmaker travelled to Berlin to wear the captain’s armband in a match that celebrated the 125th anniversaries of both clubs and was influential in Liverpool’s third goal that completed a well-deserved win.
Coutinho played a sublime ball to Mohamed Salah, who provided an equally exquisite finish for his third pre-season goal since joining from Roma.
Liverpool were already 2-0 up at half-time as close-season signing Dominic Solanke, whose inclusion was a late one due to hamstring tightness for Divock Origi, headed home before Georginio Wijnaldum stroked in the second.
In another boost for Jurgen Klopp, Mane – who set up Wijnaldum’s goal – came through 45 minutes in his first outing since undergoing knee surgery in April, while Andrew Robertson made his debut after joining from Hull City in the second half
Hertha threatened early with Mitchell Weiser scuffing wide after skinning Alberto Moreno, while Vladimir Darida stung Simon Mignolet’s palms from distance.
But Liverpool settled and had the lead in the 15th minute. Adam Lallana dinked a lovely ball into the area and Solanke peeled off his marker to loop his header over Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.
Mane showed great persistence to charge down two challenges before blazing a volley over and the Senegal winger had legitimate claims for a penalty turned down when tripped by Karim Rekik.