Liverpool 1-3 Borussia Dortmund: Pulisic scores twice against depleted Reds

Liverpool's Loris Karius

The scoreline was a little harsh on Liverpool as they were the better side for long periods but there was even worse news for Matip as the centre-back limped off midway through the first half after picking up a muscle injury.

The 25-year-old was spared further blushes though as the midfielder's long-range effort went wide.

No Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino but still plenty for Klopp to think about.

And in stoppage time, Karius could only parry a soft shot from Christian Pulisic into the path of Jacob Bruun Larsen for Dortmund's third goal.

Milner nearly doubled the lead in the 56th minute but the midfielder's 25-yard curler narrowly cleared the crossbar.

It was a Dortmund substitute, Christian Pulisic, who restored parity from the penalty spot after the winger had been brought down in the box after 66 minutes.

Matip was speaking confidently about overcoming his injury problems 24 hours before this pre-season friendly but his afternoon lasted only 18 minutes.

"All the players out there [want] to play and get themselves into that starting line-up for the first game of the season against West Ham United, and that's what I'm trying to do and everyone is trying to do".

The Reds' fifth match of pre-season was their most testing yet, as Klopp came up against his former club in the International Champions Cup in Charlotte. If Belgium and Iceland can go to a World Cup then so can the USA. But in this moment he's in a really good club for his development.

Speaking before the game, Matip admitted he had yet to return to full fitness and was hoping it would present another step to recovery.

The German goalkeeper lost a lot of trust when he made two costly errors in the Champions League final.

Better was to follow for the American, a target for Sunday's opponents, as he put the Germans into the lead with a minute to play.

And now, the latest addition to his growing list of mistakes may be one of the last he gets the opportunity to make with new signing Alisson joining up with Liverpool at the start of next week.

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