Liverpool will have their fair share of celebration and ceremony next season to mark their 125th anniversary, but they won't be the only side doing so. In Germany, Hertha Berlin were also founded in 1892 and so will also be celebrating 125 years in existence next season.
To help mark the occasion for both clubs, the two sides are now set to meet in a friendly on July 29th. The game will be sold as a match "Celebrating Football Since 1892" and it will be the fourth time the two clubs have met. So far, all of those meetings have been in friendlies.
Despite the two clubs' 125 years of history apiece, then, there isn't actually a great deal of history between the clubs. They previously met in 1973, 1994, and most recently in 2008. They have, however, established a working relationship over the past year with the loan of Allan Rodrigues de Souza to the Berliners, with the midfielder expected to stay at the club for a second consecutive season on loan.
The match against Hertha will be part of the second phase of the club's pre-season preparations, as following two games in Asia on July 20th and 22nd they head back to Europe with a pair of matches on August 1st and 2nd in Munich against two of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, and AC Milan in the Audi Cup.
Their celebrations with Hertha will help to fill the gap that had existed between their brief Asian tour and Audi Cup commitments. It is set to be played at the Olympiastadion Berlin.