As it happened: Liverpool beaten by Dortmund in Indiana
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03:05a year ago


Thanks for joining us for our commentary on this lively friendly. Be sure to stick with VAVEL over the course of the weekend for plenty more pre-season coverage.
03:04a year ago

Positives to take in defeat for Liverpool, who still have plenty of time to iron out the creases before the season starts.

If the key players who returned tonight can play a greater role in the upcoming games against Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon, the squad could yet leave the US with a couple of victories on the board.

03:02a year ago

Full time

That's it. It's a first defeat of pre-season for Liverpool, and for the second year in succession they've been beaten by Dortmund.

It was a close-run, enjoyable contest, but in the end the spell at the beginning of the second half when Dortmund were able to cut through the Reds has proven decisive.

03:00a year ago

The last chance goes begging

90+3' Robertson drags a half-volley wide and that will be that.
02:58a year ago

90+2' Dortmund have a chance for a fourth but Alexander-Arnold blocks a shot which may have been bound for the far corner.
02:57a year ago

We're into three additional minutes. Liverpool have failed to make the most of another corner.
02:57a year ago

90' An excellent challenge from Lovren nips a potentially decisive attack in the bud. 
02:55a year ago

89' A Liverpool corner comes to nothing. Dortmund looking to run down the clock.
02:54a year ago

Mignolet keeps it alive

86' A moment of panic in the Liverpool box ends with Pherai going for goal, but Mignolet reacts rapidly to make the save. His best stop of the night.
02:51a year ago

84' Lewis' latest searching ball forward creates real danger, and as it drops Brewster goes in all guns blazing, only to take the man instead of the ball. Yellow card. 
02:48a year ago

81' Liverpool are cranking-up the pressure on Dortmund. Youngster Adam Lewis, playing in a more advanced role tonight, is really turning the screw.
02:45a year ago

78' Another water break for the two sets of players and a chance for the managers to impart some advice.
02:42a year ago

Goal! Liverpool 2-3 Dortmund

74' Game on as Brewster steps up and emphatically dispatches the penalty into the top-right corner. Four goals in three pre-season matches now. 
02:41a year ago

Penalty to Liverpool

74' Liverpool have a chance to get back into the game after going up a gear the last few minutes. Ben Woodburn is brought down as he bears down on goal and the referee points to the spot.
02:36a year ago

69' Lewis wins the ball back in midfield and it's worked to Brewster, but he can't set Jones through. Liverpool's first opening for a while that.
02:29a year ago

All change

The big guns are on for Liverpool now. Can they inspire a comeback?

Here's how Klopp's side is looking now:

Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lewis; Woodburn, Jones, Brewster.

02:28a year ago

Too much space for Dortmund on the right-hand side of the box yet again and Wolf is able to tee-up Bruun Larsen, who fires past Mignolet.
02:27a year ago

Goal. Liverpool 1-3 Dortmund

58' Liverpool were looking vulnerable and Dortmund smelled blood. This game may be beyond the Reds now.
02:23a year ago

56' Nathaniel Clyne limps to the sidelines momentarily after a painful blow to the foot. He looks to be OK after the brief moments of concern.
02:22a year ago

52' The ball is swung over to an unmarked Thorgan Hazard after the corner is cleared, and they're queuing up in the box for the opportunity. In the end, it's Delaney who applies the easy finish. 
02:20a year ago

GOAL! Liverpool 1-2 Dortmund

52' It's all too easy for Dortmund as they go back in front.
02:19a year ago

Mignolet saves

52' Wolf's strike from outside the box is much more dangerous, and Mignolet has to dive down to his left to palm it out for a corner.
02:16a year ago

50' Schulz with the first attempt in anger of the second period, lashing wide from distance.
02:15a year ago

Dortmund subs in full

On come Reus, Morey, Hazard, Witsel, Wolf, Delaney, Schulz, Bruun Larsen and Balerdi...

In place of Gotze, Reyna, Weigl, Toprak, Guerreiro, Sancho, Brandt, Piszczek and Alcacer.

02:12a year ago

Second half

Dortmund get us going again.
02:11a year ago

No Liverpool changes

As expected, Klopp has delayed his substitutions. Expect fresh faces from the 60th minute onwards.

Dortmund, on the other hand, have made eight alterations.

02:09a year ago

Harry Wilson was the most impressive performer of a patchy first half for Liverpool. His finish was as cool as you like and he's also created a couple of opportunities. Exactly what Klopp would have wanted to see.
02:02a year ago

Worth noting that the nature of the pitch is having a significant bearing on the game. It's very slow and the bounce of the ball is minimal. 

No sprinklers at half-time, just a groundsman with a hose.

01:56a year ago


The referee calls an end to a pretty eventful half. On balance, the scoreline is probably fair. 
01:54a year ago

Mignolet denies Gotze

45+1' Hummels' ball over the top to Gotze is inch-perfect, but Mignolet is on hand to push the shot away. 
01:53a year ago

Two added minutes at the end of the half.
01:51a year ago

Chance for Liverpool to go ahead

42' Wilson this time sets Kent through, and after perhaps a touch too many he reaches the byline. The cut-back finds Origi, but Toprak produces an excellent block to keep his side on terms. 
01:50a year ago

41' Wilson's incisive ball finds Origi in-behind the defence but the flag goes up. Replays show he was in fact in line. 
01:45a year ago

37' Liverpool are straight back onto the front foot as they look to complete the turnaround before halftime. 
01:43a year ago

GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Dortmund

35' And there's Liverpool equaliser. Fabinho's through ball is dummied by Kent and Wilson is able to take a touch before calmly slotting it past Hitz.

Great composure. 

01:42a year ago

34' A promising opening for Liverpool but Kent loses the ball as he tries to dribble inside.
01:41a year ago

The action resumes. Will that short stoppage do Liverpool good?
01:39a year ago

A needed water break for the players on the half-hour mark. Klopp will take the opportunity to voice some of his frustrations.
01:36a year ago

Dortmund chance

Liverpool a touch fortunate not to go two behind as Reyna is found in plenty of space deep into the box. Mignolet gratefully claims his header back across goal.
01:34a year ago

27' Origi has a go from outside the box but doesn't get much power on it and Hitz comfortably gathers down to his left.
01:32a year ago

25' Liverpool's attacking play has been very direct so far, plenty of speculative passes are being aimed at the front three from around halfway. 
01:31a year ago

23' Better defending from Liverpool to halt a rapid Dortmund attack led by Brandt.
01:28a year ago

20' Oxlade-Chamberlain the latest to play it straight to a yellow shirt, prompting some groans. Klopp won't be impressed. 
01:26a year ago

18' A fluffed touch from Sancho lets Liverpool off the hook after Gomez clumsily gives the ball away in midfield. One or two passes going astray. 
01:25a year ago

Liverpool denied again

17' Good chance for Harry Wilson to open his pre-season account as Milner picks him out with a lofted through ball, but Hitz is there to smother. 
01:22a year ago

14' A dazzling piece of skill from Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is looking very sharp.

Liverpool have upped the intensity and are growing in confidence.

01:19a year ago

Should be 1-1

10' Liverpool launch a rapid counterattack after a dangerous Dortmund move.

Oxlade-Chamberlain charges up the pitch and teases one across the box, it comes to Kent at the back post, but Hitz gets down to deny him. 

The winger will feel he should have done better from close range.

01:15a year ago

Liverpool chance

6' Liverpool are after a swift equaliser and they have a corner after Fabinho's shot was deflected wide...

And it's a good chance to level for Matip, but he heads it wide.

01:12a year ago

GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Dortmund

Really poor goal for Liverpool to concede. The defence switches off, and with Clyne and Matip failing to clear, Alcacer gobbles up the chance. A very early lead for Dortmund.
01:08a year ago


Liverpool get us underway in Indiana. 
01:06a year ago

And here's You'll Never Walk Alone. A special moment for these American supporters who may not have experienced it at Anfield or indeed elsewhere.
01:04a year ago

The teams observe the United States national anthem.

I suspect the volume will go up a notch for their shared anthem in a moment.

01:02a year ago

The teams are out

We're set to start slightly later than billed here, but kick-off is almost upon us.

Milner and Piszczek lead out the respective sides. 

00:28a year ago

Just over half an hour to go until kick-off now, and Liverpool's starters have emerged to begin their preparations. 
00:27a year ago

60 minutes for starting side

Klopp has confirmed in his pre-match interview that he'll be delaying his raft of substitutions until the hour mark.

"The boys who are longer in and who will start can hopefully go for 60 minutes, that would be cool," he said.

"Hendo, Virg, Gini, Robbo and the other guys can go 30 minutes plus the others. We have two good sides of course, we try to mix it up."

00:21a year ago

Intense heat

The Liverpool 'keepers are the first out to warm-up. This will be a serious fitness test for both sides: it may be nearing 20.00 local time, but temperatures remain well above 30 degrees. 
00:04a year ago

Dortmund starting XI

Sancho is the headline starter for the Bundesliga outfit.

New signing Brandt also plays from the off.

Starting XI: Hitz; Guerrero, Hummels, Toprak, Piszczek; Weigl, Brandt, Reyna, Sancho, Gotze; Alcacer.

Substitutes: Balerdi, Delaney, Morey, Reus, Wolf, Schulz, Pherai, Raschl, Philipp, Hazard, Witsel, Bruun Larsen.

23:58a year ago


Adam Lallana and Bobby Duncan miss out on the matchday squad.

Both are sidelined as a precaution. The former has a dead leg, while the latter has picked up a foot injury.

23:57a year ago

Liverpool starting XI

None of Liverpool's most recent returnees start the game.

Instead Klopp has selected: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Gomez, Larouci; Fabinho, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Wilson, Kent, Origi.

In the previous two matches, the manager has introduced an entirely different team for the second half. Today he can call upon Lonergan, Atherton, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Henderson, Brewster, Robertson, Lewis, Phillips, Jones, Hoever, Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold.

16:12a year ago

Previous meetings

Inevitably, the meeting between these two sides that springs to mind is the 2016 Europa League epic, but this is in fact their third pre-season clash in five years.

Dortmund, dealt a 4-0 beating at Anfield in August 2014, ran out 3-1 victors when the teams faced one another in the 2018 International Champions Cup in North Carolina.

This fixture of course holds a special significance for Klopp, beloved by both sets of supporters, but his focus will be less on the result than on his team’s overall performance.

16:12a year ago

Dortmund team news

Die Schwarzgelben are at virtually full strength for this encounter. Among the big names who are likely to get minutes are Sancho, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze.

New arrivals Mats Hummels, Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard will play alongside their new team-mates once again.

16:10a year ago

Liverpool team news

Four key players – Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and skipper Jordan Henderson, could make their first starts of the summer after returning to training shortly before the squad jetted off. 

The Reds remain without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Alisson owing to their post-season international commitments.

Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have not travelled due to injury, while new signing Sepp van den Berg continues to await international clearance.

Klopp will likely continue to field plenty of young talent, including the likes of Brewster, Harry Wilson and Ki-Jana Hoever.

16:09a year ago

The Notre Dame Stadium

Jurgen Klopp joked in his pre-match press conference that everything was better stateside except the stadium, but that’s not to say it isn't an impressive venue. Traditionally the home of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, it seats a whopping 80,000. Both clubs will hope it’s at capacity.
16:07a year ago

What about Dortmund?

Dortmund have already been in action in the US, having beaten Seattle Sounders 3-1 on Thursday, with Marius Wolf, Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho on target.

After they play Liverpool, it’s a week of training before their next friendly match against Udinese in Austria.

16:07a year ago

The plan for the US tour

It’s two games in quick succession for the Reds, who will meet Sevilla in Boston on Sunday at 23.00 UK time. They then head to New York to face Sporting Libson on Thursday before returning to the UK for a game against Napoli in Edinburgh.
16:06a year ago

Liverpool's pre-season so far

The European champions' preparations for the new season have begun successfully. A 6-0 thumping of Tranmere on July 11 was followed by a 3-1 victory at Bradford City on Sunday.

James Milner, who looks in fine fettle, scored twice before Rhian Brewster’s third strike in two games settled the contest.

16:04a year ago

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK’s coverage of the first match of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States against Borussia Dortmund. Kick-off at the Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana is at 01.00 BST. Follow along with VAVEL until then for all the build-up to this high-quality friendly.