Liverpool downs Hertha Berlin
Berlin, Germany - Jurgen Klopp enjoyed a perfect return to Germany on Saturday, as Liverpool beat Hertha Berlin 3-0 in a pre-season friendly with summer signings Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah both on the scoresheet.
The game also saw Philippe Coutinho, who has been heavily linked with a US$93mn move to Barcelona, handed the captain's armband, and the Liverpool fans gave the Brazilian playmaker a rousing reception.
Liverpool opened the scoring on 15 minutes, as Solanke rose to meet an Adam Lallana cross, sending a header over Rune Jarstein. Solanke was involved again as Liverpool doubled its lead before half time through Georginio Wijnaldum. Salah made it 3-0 just after the hour mark, picking up a through ball from Coutinho to score.
The match was arranged to celebrate the 125th anniversary of both clubs.
Arsenal routs Benfica
London, UK - Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger a timely reminder of his qualities with two goals in Arsenal's 5-2 friendly thrashing of Portuguese champion Benfica as Alexandre Lacazette made his Gunners home debut in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.
In Saturday's other Emirates Cup match, Sevilla beat German League runner-up RB Leipzig 1-0 thanks to Wissam Ben Yedder's 34th-minute penalty.