BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 19, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Borussia Dortmund: Van Dijk leads strong back four

Jurgen Klopp has named his starting lineup for Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Reds kick off their US tour with a clash with Klopp’s former side, and while the manager claims they “want to challenge each other,” as a warmup game it remains “not decisive.”

Klopp expects this to be the last game in which he fields two different XIs, as his preparations for the 2018/19 season take shape.

Marko Grujic, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri are all absent, while Pedro Chirivella and Georginio Wijnaldum are both injured and Danny Ings remained on Merseyside.

But Klopp has still named an interesting side for the first half at the Bank of America Stadium, with Loris Karius due to start between the sticks.

Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Roberson will line up ahead of the German, while Fabinho can be expected to kick off in the No. 6 role.

Alongside the 24-year-old, Adam Lallana and Curtis Jones provide dynamism in midfield, as they support the forward line of Rafa Camacho, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi.

Naby Keita, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge are among Klopp’s options for the second half, as a competitive squad vies for places for the upcoming campaign.

Liverpool: Karius; Clyne, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Lallana, Jones; Camacho, Markovic, Origi

Substitutes: Grabara, Kelleher, Gomez, Klavan, Phillips, Moreno, Keita, Milner, Woodburn, Ojo, Sturridge, Solanke

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