Liverpool face Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on Sunday night, as the Reds begin their summer tour of America.
Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund
Sunday, July 22, 2018 – 9.05pm (BST)
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Jurgen Klopp and his 29-man squad flew out to America on Saturday morning, as they continue their preparations for the 2018/19 season.
Liverpool have enjoyed a productive time of things so far this summer, with four matches in the north-west of England producing three victories and a draw.
Getting players up to scratch in terms of fitness and match practice is just as important as results, though, and with each game that passes the more cohesive the Reds have looked as a unit.
Now it’s time for the quality of opposition to go up a significant gear, as Klopp takes on his former club Dortmund in North Carolina.
Here’s all you need to know about Liverpool’s first pre-season game of their US tour.
The World Cup has made things slightly disjointed at Anfield, with key squad members returning at different times after their post-tournament breaks.
Klopp may continue to rotate heavily throughout the game, although as pre-season progresses he will no doubt want to field his strongest possible team more regularly.
Goalkeepers: Karius, Grabara, Kelleher
Defenders: Van Dijk, Matip, Gomez, Klavan, Phillips, Robertson, Moreno, Clyne
Midfielders: Keita, Fabinho, Milner, Lallana, Woodburn, Jones, Chirivella
Forwards: Sturridge, Solanke, Origi, Ojo, Markovic, Camacho
Dortmund are a club Klopp knows well, following a legendary seven-year spell that earned back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a DFB-Pokal trophy.
Now managed by former Nice boss Lucien Favre, the German giants are rebuilding after a slightly disappointing 2017/18 campaign that saw them finish fourth in the league behind Bayern Munich, Schalke and Hoffenheim.
Dortmund’s most high-profile summer signings are Abdou Diallo and Thomas Delaney, who have joined from Mainz and Werder Bremen respectively.
Dortmund won their opening game of the International Champions Cup, defeating Man City 1-0 in Chicago on Friday night – Mario Gotze scored the only goal from the penalty spot.
Bank of America Stadium
Where is it? 800 South Mint Street, Charlotte, North Carolina
Watch the manager’s full pre-match press conference here:
TV & Live Blog Info
Kickoff is at 9.05pm.
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