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Jonas Hector & Mario Gotze on target as Germany thrash Italy 4-1

Two of Liverpool’s rumoured summer transfer targets, Jonas Hector and Mario Gotze, starred in Germany’s 4-1 win at home to Italy on Tuesday evening.

Germany’s Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Italy at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

The home fans were expecting a response, following their capitulation against England on Saturday, and Joachim Low’s side duly obliged at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Toni Kroos, who found the net against the Three Lions, coolly slotted Germany in front midway through the first-half, and it set them on their way to a very comprehensive triumph.

Gotze doubled the lead, which no doubt delighted many Liverpool supporters, following strong rumours of him moving to Anfield in the summer.

The 23-year-old finished clinically from Thomas Muller’s cross to double the lead, and he wheeled away in delight having scored his 17th international goal.

Having played so little football for Bayern this season, it will just be a huge relief for Gotze to get some playing time under his belt. He certainly wouldn’t lack that if he were to become a Liverpool player.

Hector, another rumoured Reds target, then did his reputation no harm, as the left-back found the net after good work from Gotze and Julian Draxler.

It was a sterling performance from the 25-year-old, who was voted WhoScored‘s Man of the Match after a very dominant showing.

He no doubt had a better evening than Holland’s Jetro Willems – another reported left-back target for Liverpool – who struggled to impress, despite his side beating England 2-1 at Wembley.

Back in Munich, Mesut Ozil scored a penalty to make it 4-0 to Low’s men, before Stephan El Shaarawy scored a meaningless late consolation.

This victory steadied the ship for Germany, after their shock defeat at the weekend, and for Liverpool fans, it was exciting to see both Gotze and Hector shining at international level.

Emre Can started the game on the substitutes’ bench, and was introduced in place of Muller after 69 minutes.

The German’s will take some beating at Euro 2016, and the Reds may even have a couple of newly signed European Champions in their midst come the start of next season.

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