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  • Dominic Solanke (15')
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (38')
  • Mohamed Salah (61')

Dominic Solanke stars in Liverpool's victory at Hertha Berlin

Dominic Solanke was on target for Liverpool on Saturday. Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

BERLIN -- Liverpool kicked off the German leg of their preseason tour with a dominant 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin, which featured an excellent first-half performance from Dominic Solanke.

Solanke netted the opener at the Olympiastadion on Saturday evening and crucially won back the ball in the build-up to Georginio Wijnaldum's 38th-minute goal.

The 19-year-old has now scored twice for Liverpool this preseason after joining in July from Chelsea following the expiration of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool added a third just after the hour mark when Philippe Coutinho brilliantly played Mohamed Salah through on goal to finish.

Sadio Mane also made a 45-minute return after recovering from knee surgery, which he underwent in April after injuring himself during the Merseyside derby.

Jurgen Klopp's players underwent three training sessions the day prior to the game and it showed as they started off slowly.

But the Reds found themselves ahead in the 16th minute when Solanke looped a header over Rune Jarstein off Adam Lallana's cross.

Solanke was only meant to start on the bench, but was included in the starting XI when Divock Origi was withdrawn as a precaution during the warm-up.

The England youth international's work-rate and determination then led to Liverpool's second goal after he dispossessed Fabian Lustenberger near the touchline to play in Mane, who teed up Wijnaldum to finish.

In the second half, Coutinho, now playing in a central-midfield role, found Salah with a perfectly executed long-range through ball.

The pacey Egyptian winger burst through the Hertha backline and then lofted the ball over the onrushing keeper to make it 3-0 with 62 minutes on the clock.

Liverpool will return to their base in Rottach-Egern before travelling to Munich to compete in the Audi Cup along with Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Napoli on Aug. 1 and 2.

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