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Liverpool boss Benitez satisfied after Hertha Berlin stalemate

Liverpool played in front of over 50,000 fans last night in their friendly against Hertha Berlin.

Andriy Voronin had a second-half penalty saved but Liverpool maintained their unbeaten record so far in pre-season with a draw against Hertha.

The visitors should have scored after 49 minutes after Andriy Voronin was pulled down in the box by Kaka, who was tugging his shirt, but the Ukrainian striker saw his spot-kick saved by Christian Fiedler.

Cicero saw a downward header saved well by Diego Cavalieri, who was then replaced by David Martin, with Jack Hobbs, Dirk Kuyt, Jay Spearing and Yossi Benayoun all getting second-half run-outs.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez told "I thought the game was played at a high tempo and both teams were working hard. We had chances and they did too, so a draw was probably a fair result.

"The work-rate of the players was really good. We made some mistakes but that is normal for pre-season. We also did some really good things.

"When you have four of five players who normally play not available it's not always easy to play at your highest level, but the young players have done well. The players have worked hard in the training camp and that is positive for us."

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