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Liverpool Roberto Firmino hits hat-trick in Melwood friendly against TNS

Published 10/08/2015

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (left) battles for the ball with Stoke City's Marc Muniesa during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (left) battles for the ball with Stoke City's Marc Muniesa during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (front, centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Stoke City's Ibrahim Afellay (left) and Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne (right) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (third left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (front, centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Liverpool has signed Brazil international Roberto Firmino. Image: Twitter/@LCF

Liverpool's summer signing Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Welsh club TNS at the club's training ground on Monday.

The Brazil international is some weeks behind most of his team-mates in terms of fitness having joined pre-season late because of his participation in the Copa America.

Firmino was given his competitive debut with a 12-minute outing in Sunday's 1-0 Premier League win at Stoke - but manager Brendan Rodgers felt the 23-year-old, signed from Hoffenheim for an initial £22million with a potential £7million of add-ons, and other players short on match practice needed extra work.

Those included Liverpool's other goalscorers in a 5-1 win - Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic.

Emre Can, who also returned to Melwood later after playing in the European Under-21 Championships but played for 27 minutes at the Britannia Stadium, also featured along with Adam Bogdan, Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Divock Origi, Jordan Rossiter, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure.

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