Video: Philippe Coutinho scores for Liverpool on first pre-season start

Philippe Coutinho doubled Liverpool’s lead against HJK Helsinki with a deflected shot from inside the area.

Video: Goals HDQ (YouTube)

Making his first start of pre-season for the Reds, the Brazilian looked lively all afternoon, but Liverpool struggled to find a way to goal until Divock Origi‘s 73rd minute opener.

Coutinho then linked up well with James Milner to run into space in the area, before his shot took a deflection to net Liverpool’s second of the game.

After a slow first half, Liverpool pressed well in the second and Brendan Rodgers will be happy with a comfortable fitness exercise.

The Reds now go to Swindon Town on Sunday afternoon (4pm kick-off) for their final pre-season friendly of the summer before the Premier League gets underway next weekend.