Liverpool have rock band U2 to thank for a friendly with Hertha Berlin going ahead as planned next week.

A new pitch has been laid at Berlin's Olympic Stadium to replace the damaged surface after the Irish band performed a concert there on July 12.

And a spokesperson for the stadium has confirmed to BBC Sport that U2 have paid about 90,000 euros (£80,000) towards the total cost of 130,000 euros (£116,000).

Hertha host Liverpool on Saturday, July 29 in a friendly to mark both clubs' 125th anniversaries.

"The pitch will be in perfect condition for the game," Olympic Stadium spokesperson Christoph Meyer said.

"We've done this a lot of times, sometimes even one day before a match."

The match will be Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's third in Germany following his departure from Borussia Dortmund in 2015.

The Reds drew 0-0 with Augsburg in the Europa League in February 2016 before losing 4-0 to Mainz in a pre-season friendly later that year.

Source: BBC

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