Liverpool will play Borussia Dortmund in their final pre-season friendly of the summer at Anfield on Sunday, 10th August.
The German side will come to Anfield for the first time since 2001 when Gerard Houllier’s Liverpool beat them 2-0 thanks to goals from Valdimir Smicer and Stephen Wright.
The fixture had been expected with rumours abound last month that it would be announced as the Reds’ final warm-up game to the 2014/15 Premier League season.
It will also see the return of midfielder Nuri Sahin to Anfield, who returned to Dortmund after a brief spell under Brendan Rodgers in 2012/13.
Both sides are renowned for their passionate support and the 12.15pm kick-off is being hyped by Liverpool’s chief commercial director Billy Hogan.
He told the club’s official website, “It has been over a decade since Borussia Dortmund played at Anfield so we are looking forward to welcoming them back.
“This fixture promises an electric atmosphere as both teams get ready for the upcoming season and the possibility of meeting again in the Champions League.”
Much has been made of the similarities in how Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund are run, creating stable foundations for success on the pitch on a sound business model off it.
This article from last July by Si Steers looks at Dortmund as an inspiration and blueprint for successt Anfield.
The announcement on Friday of the game against Dortmund completes Liverpool’s pre-season schedule, which kicks off at Preston on Saturday, 19th July.
Full Pre-Season Dates
- Saturday 19 July – Preston vs Liverpool – Kick-off 3pm BST at Deepdale
- Wednesday 23 July – Liverpool v AS Roma – Kick-off 5pm CST at Fenway Park, Boston
- Sunday 27 July – Liverpool v Olympiacos – Kick-off 5pm CST at Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago
- Wednesday 30 July – Manchester City v Liverpool – Kick-off 7pm EST at Yankee Stadium, New York
- Saturday 2 August – Liverpool v AC Milan – Kick-off 6:30pm EST at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
- Sunday 10 August – Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund – Kick-off 12.15pm BST at Anfield