Liverpool defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez made their returns from long-term injuries in a 4-3 defeat to Hertha Berlin on Thursday.
has been out since last October with an ACL injury, and days later
was also sidelined for almost a year when he underwent to fix a knee injury he picked up while training for England back in November.
welcomed back Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the final 20 minutes of the Reds’ final pre-season game in Austria againstHertha Berlin
Van Dijk wrote on Twitter after the game:
“285 days ago, I started on a journey back towards playing. It’s hard to express how I am feeling, but it’s important to me that I say I feel blessed to have had the support of so many incredible people.”
There were also first pre-season outings for Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota, with the likes of Salah, Mane, and Trent Alexander-Arnold playing 60 minutes for the first time this summer.
before Thursday's clash, Klopp confirmed that Liverpool will take on Bologna in two hour-long friendlies at a training camp in France.
"It’s now the last game in Austria, then we go to France, we have two 60-minute games against Bologna there,"
"Then we get home – finally, Anfield is calling! We’re getting closer. The season is not too far away anymore, so we should be better prepared."