Two-goal Pulisic inspires comeback as Dortmund see off Liverpool

Lawrence Kim
July 23, 2018

The German was between the posts as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund in a pre-season friendly at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Van Dijk's header was the only shot Liverpool registered before the break, as they probed without breaking through against a young Dortmund side, who named Jadon Sancho in attack, as well as fellow Englishman Denzil Boadu in midfield.

US worldwide Christian Pulisic came off the bench to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in their global Champions Cup match at the Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina this evening.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is a keen admirer of Christian Pulisic but says that it is unlikely that Liverpool FC will be able to sign him from Borussia Dortmund.

But against Dortmund, Klopp's first-choice back-up Joel Matip lasted just 17 minutes before walking off with a suspected thigh injury.

Virgil van Dijk put Liverpool ahead in the first half before Christian Pulisic, previously a Klopp target, levelled in the 66th minute with a controversial penalty.

The impressive Curtis Jones was among eight Liverpool withdrawals at the break, with Naby Keita introduced, while Dortmund also made wholesale changes for the second half.

A quiet start to the match saw the best chance of the opening stages come from 45 yards out when Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was nearly guilty of another error, coming off his line to sweep up the danger but giving the ball straight to Maximilian Philipp. But then Dortmund scored a second and then a third.

Deep into stoppage time, the US global beat his defender in the box and Loris Karius parried his shot into the path of Jacob Bruun Larsen, who finished into an empty net.

Rafael Camacho took a short corner to Robertson and he delivered a flawless left-wing cross, allowing Van Dijk to rise unmarked and thump home a powerful header from eight yards out.

Liverpool came close to doubling their lead but Sheyi Ojo was denied by the crossbar.

Lazar Markovic - 5: You have to feel sorry for Markovic who has been at the club since 2014 but played just 19 competitive games - the last in 2015, the Serbian had one or two chances but could not find the assist or room to shoot, killing time till his next loan spell.

Every Liverpool fan, neutral, pundit and journalist may have given up on Daniel Sturridge's Anfield career but the man himself clearly hasn't.

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