Liverpool’s US tour started with a defeat on Sunday as they lost 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund.
Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring in the 25th minute with a powerful header, but late goals from Christian Pulisic (2) and Jacob-Bruun Larsen saw Dortmund emerge victorious.
Jurgen Klopp made nine changes at half-time and he claims it wasn’t easy organising his team with so many players involved.
“We’ve said it a few times, football is a results game,” said the German. “We lost, Dortmund scored three and we scored one so that’s then a fair result.
“For both teams it was obviously very tough circumstances, the humidity and all that. I think a few players thought after five minutes: ‘Wow, where are we here?’
“So that was the football we played in the first half. It’s quite difficult in the moment – Dortmund have exactly the same problems – with these mixed line-ups to get kind of an organisation.
“We saw this in the first half. Fabinho position-wise should be the guy who organises but with Adam Lallana around him, Curtis Jones and the two wingers it was not easy.”
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One player who stood out for Liverpool was Andy Robertson, who was once again solid at the back and provided the cross for Van Dijk’s header.
He posted a video of the goal on Instagram (see below), though he probably wasn’t expecting to be trolled for it by his own teammates.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has commented on the post by mocking Robertson’s crossing and sarcastically congratulating him for finally getting one off the ground.
Classic Oxlade-Chamberlain. He may be injured and out for most of next season with knee ligament damage, but clearly the Englishman is in high spirits.
And so he should be. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s debut season at Liverpool was very promising and it’s clear that he has a huge future, which he can pick back up when he returns.