Hertha BSC v Liverpool: Pre-season friendly
Recap the story of Liverpool's pre-season victory over Hertha BSC in our match blog from Berlin.
The boss was, as ever, in good form in his post-match press conference.
He reflected on why this evening's game was particularly difficult for his players, Joe Gomez's return to full fitness and Andy Robertson's debut, among other topics.
Hertha BSC 0-3 Liverpool
Another good run-out for the Reds and another pre-season victory.
Dominic Solanke, Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah the scorers as this 125th anniversary match ends in a win for Liverpool
An emphatic chorus of 'We Are Liverpool' breaking out among the Reds supporters.
They've certainly enjoyed the trip to Berlin.
Mexican waves now breaking out at the Olympiastadion.
They think it's all over...
Valentin Stocker sends a free-kick toward goal but Simon Mignolet is on hand to tip it over.
Joel Matip is replaced by Jon Flanagan, who slots in at right-back with Joe Gomez moving into the centre-half position.
Sturridge twists and turns inside the box before unleashing a right-footed effort that is palmed away.
Liverpool want a fourth.
Moments after Firmino goes close with a chipped effort, Klopp opts to make another change.
Kent replaces Coutinho, who leaves to rapturous applause.
Hertha BSC 0-3 Liverpool (Salah)
What a great goal.
Coutinho dinks a perfectly weighted pass over the top for Salah, who sizes up the goalkeeper before lifting the ball over him and into the net.
So many Reds here today. Making their voices heard, too.
Emre Can's first appearance of pre-season is over as he makes way for Ovie Ejaria.
Robertson overlaps down the left-hand side provides a brilliant low cross, but Salah can't turn it home as he attempts a left-footed poke.
Alexander Esswein sends an effort goalward from inside the box but Simon Mignolet easily palms it away.
Strong hands from the Belgian.
Andy Robertson's first two touches as a Liverpool player: 1) A clever take to go past a defender 2) A shot that tests the Hertha Berlin goalkeeper.
Hertha Berlin restart the match.
Five changes for the Reds at the break - here's the team that will restart the game...
Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge.
Click here for an update on Divock Origi's fitness after he was withdrawn from the starting line-up.
Lovely picture of the opener.
Hertha BSC 0-2 Liverpool
The whistle sounds for half-time here at the Olympiastadion and the Reds have a healthy two-goal lead.
Pretty impressive considering this group has been put through two or three training sessions a day of late!
Moreno goes in the book after catching Mathew Leckie late with his shoulder.
It wasn't intentional, but the Hertha man took quite the whack.
Hertha BSC 0-2 Liverpool (Wijnaldum)
Solanke pinches the ball high up the pitch and feeds Mane in the box, who in turn gives it to the late-arriving Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman subsequently makes no mistake with a low finish into the corner. Lovely.
Marvin Plattenhardt lines up a free-kick at the edge of the box but he can only loop it onto the roof of the net.
That doesn't stop thousands of Hertha Berlin fans cheering, with the ripple of the net deceiving them into thinking a goal has been scored.
Hertha go close to equalising as a pull-back is diverted goalward, but Matip gets a leg out to put the ball behind.
Great defending from the big man.
The Reds close to another as a deflected pass drops to Mane but he can only volley his effort over the bar.
Smiles all round after Solanke's opener.
Hertha BSC 0-1 Liverpool (Solanke)
Liverpool ahead as Dominic Solanke nods one in.
Adam Lallana provides the assist, curling a ball into the box that is lobbed over the 'keeper by the Reds' No.29.
The hosts growing into now as Vladimir Darida fires a half volley at Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian is equal to it, though, and holds the ball well to keep Liverpool on terms.
Mitchell Weiser bursts into the Liverpool box and cuts in on his left foot but can only drag a shot well wide of Simon Mignolet's goal.
Not much goalmouth action to speak of yet but Liverpool dominating possession in the early stages.
Liverpool get us under way at the Olympiastadion. Here we go!
A late change to the line-up here in Berlin as Dominic Solanke takes the place of Divock Origi.
Principal owner John W Henry and Linda Pizzuti are at today's game in Berlin - and they joined Jürgen Klopp for a quick pre-match photo earlier...
'You'll Never Walk Alone' is currently ringing around the Olympiastadion, with the sizeable chunk of Reds fans inside the stadium singing along with gusto.
A reminder of today's line-ups...
The Reds arrive...
Celebrating football since 1892
Reds legends Gary McAllister, Patrik Berger and Vladimir Smicer are out on the pitch, answering a few questions from the stadium announcer. Great reception from those who are inside already.
Here's how Hertha line up...
Hello @LFC! Great to have you here 🙌🏻 #BSCLFC #hertha125 #hahohe https://t.co/UPIO9tYrv3— HerthaBSC (Hertha BSC) 29th Jul 14:54
Philippe Coutinho captains Liverpool this afternoon, while Emre Can and Sadio Mane make their first appearances of the summer.
Reds XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Coutinho, Origi.
Subs: Grabara, Robertson, Lovren, Flanagan, Ejaria, Henderson, Firmino, Solanke, Sturridge, Salah, Kent.
Quite the scene at the Olympiastadion...
We'll bring you the confirmed Liverpool line-up at 3.45pm BST.
A truly historic arena awaits the Reds - here's the story of the Olympiastadion...
Reds go rainbow
There is an important event happening back at home today, too...
#LFC supports #LiverpoolPride! https://t.co/g3HWWji0h6— LFC (Liverpool FC) 29th Jul 12:41
Simon Mignolet, meanwhile, made one local fan's day by inviting the 10-year-old onto the training pitch for an impromptu penalty challenge. And he possibly regretted it...!
How are your headers?
The Reds warmed up for the game with a triple bill of training on Friday, including an unusual headers-only contest that is well worth a watch in our free video below...
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Emre Can, Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson are set to be involved against Hertha, for their maiden appearances of the summer.
The boss named a 22-man squad for the game earlier today and intends to use each player across the 90 minutes. See it below in full.
Mignolet, Grabara, Moreno, Klavan, Matip, Gomez, Robertson, Lovren, Flanagan, Ejaria, Henderson, Firmino, Solanke, Sturridge, Salah, Origi, Coutinho, Mane, Kent, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana.
VAR to be used
There'll be an LFC first in this fixture - the use of video assistant referee technology. The system, which has never previously been used in a Reds match, will be utilised at the Olympiastadion.
It's game five of Liverpool's pre-season schedule and the latest venue is Berlin.
Bundesliga side Hertha BSC are the opposition at the Olympiastadion this evening for a match that celebrates both clubs' 125th anniversaries.
Stay right here for the best build-up, live coverage of the game and reaction.