Jack Hallows rates the players’ performances during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin to kick off their pre-season tour of Germany. 

Liverpool’s third stage of their pre-season preparations kicked off on Saturday afternoon with a match against German side Hertha Berlin.

Goals from Dominic Solanke, Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah saw the Reds run out comfortable 3-0 winners in a game that really, they had very little problems in.

Here’s how the lads got on.

First Half XI: 4-3-3

Simon Mignolet: 6.5 – Didn’t have huge amounts of saves to make and was proactively off his line more often than not when crosses and corners came into his area. Looked to get out and prevent one on ones whenever the Berlin attackers threatened to get in behind.

Joe Gomez: 7 – Started at right back before moving central upon Jon Flanagan’s arrival. Looked assured for the most part and was equally at home in both positions he played which will be encouraging for Klopp in terms of squad depth. Could still do more with the ball when he’s got it but did link well with Lallana.

Jöel Matip: 6.5 – Did everything with his usual cool demeanour – including blocking a smart goal bound effort from a Hertha attacker with his heel – but didn’t look as solid as he has done throughout the rest of pre-season. Still kept a clean sheet, though.

Ragnar Klavan: 7.5 – One moment saw him sprawling on the ground trying to recover from being beaten all ends up by Weiser but overall the Estonian impressed against a side he’ll be very familiar with from his time in the Bundesliga. Kept it simple and made a number of smart tackles and blocks.

Alberto Moreno: 5 – Booked in a pre-season game, oh Alby. Was given the run around by Berlin’s right winger Weiser far too often and generally didn’t look up to speed for much of his time on the field. Did make one great run forward and sent in a good ball that really, someone should’ve been trying to get on the end of.

Emre Can: 7 – Fielded in the ‘6’ role and kept things tidy in the middle of the park. Looked to saunter forward whenever he could – one run saw him take on practically the entire Berlin defence – but never shirked his defensive responsibilities. Moved further forward for 10 minutes in the second half to accommodate Henderson.

Gini Wijnaldum: 7 – Fielded back in the roaming 8 position after a brief stint as the ‘6’ in recent fixtures and put in a typical shift. Got himself on the score sheet with a well-taken strike from the edge of the box.

Adam Lallana: 7 – Like Wijnaldum it was a standard shift from Lallana full of running and industry. Spot on cross for Solanke’s opener and kept things ticking over in the midfield.

Sadio Mané: 6.5 – First touch understandably looked a little rusty but it was just good to see the Senegalese back on the pitch. Had a couple of chances to get on the score sheet and probably should have had a penalty when a clumsy challenge saw a Berlin defender stamp on his heel. Did register the assist for Wijnaldum’s goal, however.

Dominic Solanke: 8 – It looks like Jürgen Klopp has an absolute gem on his hands. His movement and intelligence are incredibly mature for his age and he exhibited both with an absolute beauty of a headed goal to put the Reds 1-0 up.

Heavily involved in the second goal too as he hunted the ball down by the byline, squaring for Mané to set up Wijnaldum. Fantastic stuff from the young lad.

Philippe Coutinho: 7.5 – Handed the captain’s armband and started in an impressive front three. Was bullied a little on the left-hand side of the attack in the first half but came into his own dropping back into midfield for the second.

One absolutely gorgeous pass over the top saw him and Salah combine to make it 3-0 around the hour mark and further proved a growing connection between the two.

Second Half Substitutions: 433/4231

Andrew Robertson (45′): 7 – Involved right from the off on his debut showing with a half volleyed effort and then a superb overlap and cross just 5 minutes later that almost saw Salah make it three.

A successful first run out for his new club, defending fairly solidly and looking very impressive going forward. Nice to actually have a left back who knows how to overlap effectively.

Jordan Henderson (45′): 7 – Classic Hendo today really. Kept it very simple, moved the ball quickly and looked to just sit in front of the centre backs and help break up attacks.

Mohamed Salah (45′): 8 – Showcased that lightning pace and smart positioning to once again steal in behind a pre-season opponent’s defensive line and this time lob the stranded Hertha Berlin keeper. Looks to have been a seriously smart signing from Klopp with 3 goals in 4 pre-season games and will only get better as he continues to settle.

Daniel Sturridge (45′): 7 – Struggled to get involved early on in the second period but grew into the game and looked impressively sharp as the half went on. Linked up well with Salah, Firmino and later Ryan Kent and had one or two solid efforts himself including one jinking dribble that was reminiscent of the player who helped Luis Suarez devastate the Premier League four years ago.

Roberto Firmino (45′) 7 – Heavily involved during the second period after coming on but spurned a couple of good chances to get himself on the score sheet. His defensive contribution was impressive once again and the way he, Sturridge and Salah dovetailed their movement was once again a nightmare for the opposition defence to cope with.

Ovie Ejaria (58′): 6.5 – Sat in a deeper role almost alongside Henderson for much of his time on the field as Klopp adopted more of a 4-2-3-1/4-5-1 approach. Kept it just as simple as the Liverpool skipper, keeping possession ticking over and linking defence and attack well.

Ryan Kent (65′) 6.5 – Didn’t manage to get massively involved as the game died down in the final twenty minutes but will be happy to have been afforded another runout.

Jon Flanagan (74′): 6 – First involvement was to clumsily send a Berlin attacker flying which was amusing to say the least. Looked far more comfortable once he’d settled and will have been thankful for the runout.

Let us know who your man of the match was in the comments below!

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  1. Robertson already our best fullback at the club. Clyne is solid at defending but like a robot going forward. Robertson can attack & defend. £8m looks a steal!

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