Photos: Liverpool train at Notre Dame Stadium ahead of Dortmund friendly

18 July 2019

Liverpool underwent an open training session at the Notre Dame Stadium on Thursday in preparation for the first big test of pre-season, a friendly against Borussia Dortmund.


Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson were involved in press conference duties before the training session, which was somewhat delayed due to weather.

Once it cleared up, though, the Reds got down to business in a spectacular setting, one of the most noteworthy sporting arenas in the United States.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp speaks to his squad before a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp and his coaches led the players through a short meeting, before the usual warm-up drills began.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (C) speaks to his squad before a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While most of the players on tour have been in place for the entirety of pre-season, five players only returned at the weekend.

For Dutch duo Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, English pair Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson, and Scottish captain Andy Robertson, Friday night’s game against Dortmund will represent a first run-out of the summer.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson after a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There might have been rainfall before the session, but it was clear that conditions remained extremely warm and the players were feeling the heat.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) pours cold water down the back of Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' after a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After the warm-up routines, players started to show their talents to both the coaches in attendance and the watching fans, who were suitably impressed at times.

Simon Mignolet‘s footwork caught the eye—and as the only senior ‘keeper on tour, his handling will get the chance to do the same against the German side.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's Rhian Brewster and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A few of the seniors who played the domestic friendlies will by now looking to step up their intensity and rhythm, staking their claim for a place in the team once the season gets underway.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's Joel Matip during a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There remain opportunities for youngsters to step up, though, meaning the likes of Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Ben Woodburn, Curtis Jones and Rhian Brewster all need to show that they are at the same level as their senior team-mates.

That goes for both training sessions and the matches ahead, against seasoned European opponents in Dortmund, followed by Sevilla and Sporting.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (R) tackles Ryan Kent during a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool's Welsh duo Ben Woodburn (L) and Harry Wilson pose for a photograph after a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

An intense session 24 hours before a fixture is of course not normal practice, but the heavy training exercises plus games will help get the players ready for the non-stop nature once the season starts.

The game against Dortmund takes place at 1am BST—that’s Friday night/Saturday morning—and we’ll have live coverage and reaction of the game here on This Is Anfield.


Liverpool squad on US tour

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Thursday, July 18, 2019: Liverpool players during a training session ahead of the friendly match against Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day three of the club's pre-season tour of America. Bobby Duncan, Adam Lewis, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, captain Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Rhian Brewster. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Atherton, Ojrzynski

Defenders: Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Van den Berg, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Hoever, Clyne, Lewis, Larouci

Midfielders: Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Lallana, Jones, Woodburn

Forwards: Origi, Brewster, Wilson, Kent, Duncan

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