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U2 help pay for Berlin pitch to be relaid ahead of Liverpool friendly

Bono and the lads played the Olympic Stadium last week.

ROCK BAND U2 are paying €90,000 towards the cost of laying a new pitch for Hertha Berlin so next week’s friendly against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can take place.

U2 concert in Berlin - The Joshua Tree Tour U2 played Berlin last week. Source: DPA/PA Images

Since Wednesday, a new pitch has been laid at Berlin’s iconic Olympic Stadium to replace the damaged surface after the Irish rockers recently played a concert in the German capital.

U2 will pay most of the total cost of €130,000, according to German daily Bild, so that Hertha can host Liverpool on Saturday 29 July in a friendly to mark both clubs’ 125th anniversaries.

“Nothing will slip out of position. The grass rolls weigh over a ton, and there will be no edges whatsoever. That’s common practice,” a spokesperson for the Olympiastadion said.

The match will be Klopp’s third return to Germany following his 2015 departure from Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the Bundesliga title in 2011 and 2012.

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