In front of nearly 15,000 spectators gathered at the Tivoli Stadium (Austria), the Liverpool Reds and Hertha Berlin continued their summer preparation in a friendly match. A match marked by the long-awaited return to the English group of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, injured during last season. In a meeting without stakes but very open, it was Pál Dárdai’s men who took the best (4-3). After the opening goal of Santiago Ascacibar (1-0, 21st), the midfielder of Hertha Berlin Suat Serdar illustrated with a magnificent strike from a narrow angle (2-0, 31st).
Despite the reduction in the score of Jurgen Klopp’s men through Sadio Mané (2-1, 37 ‘) and a more conquering face at the end of the first period, leading to the equalizer of the wisp Takumi Minamino (2-2 , 42nd), the teammates of Harvey Elliott, again aligned in a three-way environment, gave in twice in the second act. New recruit of the German club, Stevan Jovetic signed a double (66th, 80th) and the goal at the very end of the match of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, replacing at the kick-off, did not change anything at the end of this encounter. Final score: 4-3. A first pre-season defeat for Liverpool but without a doubt the best collective performance. With the feedback from Van Dijk and Gomez, the evening was ultimately very positive. Next meeting in Evian in the south of France to challenge Bologna next Thursday.