The best of the photos as Liverpool kick off US tour against Dortmund

20 July 2019

Liverpool suffered a close-run 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Friday night in Indiana, as they began their US tour with some clear positives emerging.


The Reds arrived in South Bend ahead of their third pre-season friendly welcomed by torrential rain, but the sticky heat set in as the weekend closed in.

Taking on Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium, Liverpool were provided a stiffer challenge than in previous warmup games against Tranmere and Bradford.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp used the game against his old club to continue fitness work, as many of those to feature heavily in the first two friendlies playing 60 minutes.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Divock Origi before a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Divock Origi was one of those, while his compatriot Simon Mignolet played the full 90 as Dan Atherton and Andy Lonergan watched on from the bench.

It wasn’t long before Mignolet conceded, though through little fault of his own as errors from Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip allowed Paco Alcacer to drill past the ‘keeper to make it 1-0 after three minutes.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Harry Wilson celebrates scoring the first goal during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Harry Wilson celebrates scoring the first goal during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Harry Wilson levelled after great work from Fabinho and Ryan Kent, though, with the Welshman benefited from his fellow winger’s dummy.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Yasser Larouci during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) and Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Yasser Larouci and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were two of the more impressive players in the first hour, but Klopp made 10 changes on the 60-minute mark.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) and Borussia Dortmund's Thorgan Hazard during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This saw a host of familiar faces make their first outings of the summer, with Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gini Wijnaldum and Andy Robertson all returning.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Rhian Brewster prepares to take a penalty during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Another of those to come on, Rhian Brewster, continued his excellent pre-season as he stepped up to take a penalty after Ben Woodburn was fouled.

The 19-year-old showed no lack of confidence as he fired his spot-kick into the top corner for his fourth in 120 minutes.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: The mural Touch Down Jesus looms over the stands during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: A general view during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Propaganda photographer David Rawcliffe produced some stunning bird’s-eye-view photos of the game, with Touchdown Jesus looming over a patchy, problematic pitch.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp waves to the supporters after a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool supporters set off a red smoke bomb during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool supporters during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool supporters during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brewster’s penalty was not followed by another goal, and Klopp and his players were left to salute a vibrant South Bend crowd after a 3-2 loss.

Next up is a meeting with Sevilla at Boston’s Fenway Sport on Sunday night, before rounding off the trip by taking on Sporting CP in New York.

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