Our prediction for this match:
All eyes will be on Stadion Tivoli NEU when Hertha and Liverpool take on each other in a pre-season friendly. The Reds aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mainz where Jurgen Klopp used different line-ups for each half. The good news for the fans is that key defender Virgil van Dijk is set to make his return from injury on Thursday. Fellow defender Joe Gomez, though, is unlikely to feature in the midweek friendly.
Hertha, on the other hand, aim to remain undefeated in pre-season, but they will have a big fish to fry in Thursday’s clash. Considering that the Bundesliga have been impressive in front of goal in warm-up games, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. New signing Steven Jovetic is unlikely to feature for the German outfit, while Cunha, Tousart, and Torunarigha are all representing their countries at the Olympic Games.
Highlighted Player (Alexander Schwolow):
One of the key cogs in Freiburg’s push for Bundesliga survival in 2017/18, Alexander Schwolow remains remembered for his impressive displays against some of league’s biggest sides which proved decisive in his team’s relegation battle.
A product of Freiburg academy, Alexander Schwolow was forced to work for his place under the spotlight and it wasn’t until his loan spell in the Third Division with Armenia Bielefeld in 2014 that Schwolow earned his place between the sticks at his parent club. His stock went through a rapid rise in 2016/17 campaign when Alexander Schwolow played a great part in his team’s seventh-place finish and a place in the UEFA Europa league qualification.
Schwolow’s impressive goalkeeping exploits got his name written in the notebook of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and it is fair to say we could see his move abroad in foreseeable future. Alexander Schwolow represented Germany in U18, U19 and U20 categories but has yet to earn a senior cap.
Highlighted Team (Liverpool):
Founded back in 1892, Liverpool are one of England’s and world’s most famous clubs. The Reds hold a high-profile rivalry with Everton and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the Merseyside derby.
The Reds welcome their opponents at Anfield and it has to be noted that they have already won 18 first division trophies. Liverpool were on the verge of lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, but Steven Gerrard slipped in the decider against Chelsea and left the Reds without a title.
Liverpool won one of their last Champions League trophy's in 2005, with the team coming from three goals behind to beat Milan in a historic clash in Istanbul. The Reds have clinched six European Cups and it is no surprise they are regarded as one of the greatest European clubs.
The likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Paul Ince, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Sami Hyypia and Luis Suarez are some of the most notable footballers to have represented the club over the years. The club’s anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone and their shirt colour is red.