An entertaining match but in the end a disappointing result for the Reds in this preseason match against a strong Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool were looking to continue their impressive preseason form against German giants Borussia Dortmund in their first match of their American tour. Following a 0-6 win over League One side Tranmere Rovers and a 1-3 win in an outing against League Two outfit Bradford City, Liverpool traveled to Indiana to kickoff a three game tour of the United States.
Youngsters Yasser Larouci, Harry Wilson, and Ryan Kent looked to impress as they started this match. Larouci, who has performed well for the U-18’s in past seasons, put on a skillful show against Tranmere Rovers and would try to emulate his performance in this match. Under Gerrard at Rangers, Kent has improved drastically. Wilson enjoyed a great spell at Derby County, racking up 18 goals and 6 assists (via Tranfermarkt).
After a strong couple of minutes to start the match, the Reds started a sloppy run of play. Off of a throw-in for Dortmund, Julian Brandt dinked the ball into Gio Reyna, who was tackled by Nathaniel Clyne. Clyne’s tackle fell right to BVB talisman Paco Alcácer, who easily put Dortmund up 0-1 in the third minute.
Liverpool quickly responded, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making a run up the right and putting in a good ball through to the oncoming Divock Origi. The cross was just out of the reach of Origi, but it fell to Kent, who struck straight at the goalkeeper Hitz. The ball went out for a corner quickly after and Mats Hummels was controversially booked for dissent.
The Reds had been launching several dangerous attacks, but looked extremely poor at the back. While Joe Gomez made quite a few errors, he also made several good recoveries after his mistakes. Matip was not as shaky as his English teammate, but did not look totally solid either. Dortmund had many long spells of possession in the first half, with Liverpool’s pressing well below their standard.
In the last fifteen minutes of the first half, Liverpool began improving their fluidity of play and made even more good attacks. Ryan Kent, running down the left flank, put a perfect ball close into Dortmund’s goal, but again Origi was just behind it.
Ox had made a short run on the right, feeding the ball back to Fabinho just outside the middle of the box. Fabinho threaded a low pass into Wilson, with Kent making space for him with a brilliant dummy. Wilson tucked the ball low into the far post and leveled the score to 1-1 in the 35th minute.
Origi was wrongly called offside in the 41st minute. Klopp looked furious as the replay on the Notre Dame Stadium’s big screen clearly showed Toprak was playing him onside. The half ended after a short stoppage of play for an injury to Toprak.
Hummels was the only Dortmund player to remain on the pitch for the second half. After a better start to the second half than the first, Liverpool looked more settled in at the back. But in the 53rd minute, their poor defending came back to bite them, after a weak pass saw Liverpool defenders ball watching as well as Delaney tapping it in to put Dortmund 1-2 up.
In a battle for the ball, Nico Schulz clashed his knee against the back of Clyne’s, resulting in an injury scare for Clyne. Although he looked in severe pain, he was alright shortly after. Liverpool quickly conceded another after more poor defending and another tap in from Larsen off a pass from Wolf, making it 1-3.
Just after Borussia Dortmund’s third goal, every Liverpool player was substituted off with the exception of Simon Mignolet. Huge roars went across the stadium when our Champions League heroes Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, and Gini Wijnaldum came on. U-23’s midfielder Adam Lewis also came on and quickly put a magnificent ball in the box, which was cleared only as far as Brewster. Brewster played it short to Woodburn, who drew a penalty from Dortmund’s Morey.
Rhian Brewster stepped up to take the spot kick and buried it into the top right corner, giving Liverpool a sliver of hope for a comeback. In the end, Liverpool’s poor defending on the night cost them the match in the 2-3. However, there were also some positives to take from the match, such as a very bright look into the future with starlets like Lewis, Brewster, and Wilson making waves.