Liverpool duo return in seven-draw thriller in opposition to Hertha Berlin
Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez returned to stream on Thursday night as Liverpool had been crushed 4-3 by German aspect Hertha Berlin.
Liverpool skipper Van Dijk and fellow defender Gomez both stepped off the bench for the final 20 minutes in Innsbruck the build Jurgen Klopp’s aspect played their 2nd corpulent 90-minute match of their mini-tour.
Van Dijk and Gomez had been absent for heaps of of ultimate season as a result of knee accidents as Liverpool misplaced their Premier League crown to Manchester City.
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Holland global Van Dijk had surgical treatment in November after antagonistic an anterior cruciate ligament in Liverpool’s 2-2 Premier League design at Merseyside rivals Everton in October.
Gomez has furthermore recovered from knee surgical treatment, to repair a tendon, which he broken whereas coaching for England sooner than their pleasant in opposition to the Republic of Ireland in November.
Bundesliga aspect Hertha led 2-0 after 31 minutes through Argentina midfielder Santiago Ascacibar and Suat Serdar’s lovely attain sooner than Liverpool hit motivate to restore parity at half-time.
Kostas Tsimikas crossed for Sadio Mane to convert from shut range and Takumi Minamino brilliantly motivate-heeled the equaliser after factual work from Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita.
Liverpool replace, 16-year-passe Kaide Gordon, twice went shut for the Reds sooner than Hertha regained the lead through Stevan Jovetic.
Jovetic ran distinct to high-tail dwelling Hertha’s fourth draw and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 88th-minute volley made it 4-3.
The defeat turned into once Liverpool’s first in pre-season following two 1-1 attracts in mini-suits in opposition to Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart and final Friday’s 1-0 elevate in opposition to Mainz.