Winners and Losers: Liverpool 2, Borussia Dortmund 3

Harry Wilson 35′; Rhian Brewster 75′ (P) // Paco Alcacer 3′; Thomas Delaney 53′, Jacob Bruun Larsen 58′

Liverpool kicked off their US preseason tour in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame on Friday night as they squared off against German side Borussia Dortmund. After Friday night’s loss, Liverpool now heads to Boston to face off against Spanish side Sevilla. Here’s the Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) with the Winners and Losers from the loss.

Winner

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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 The Englishman has had a wonderful start to the preseason and it continued against Dortmund. Although the touch in the final third was a little off tonight, his tenacious energy and brilliant skills saw the new number 15 leaving defenders on the floor. This test against a rather strong Dortmund side further proves that Oxlade-Chamberlain is up for the task next season. Dare I say it, but who needs Coutinho when you have a fully fit Ox?

Loser 

Nathaniel Clyne

The Liverpool right-back struggled on the right side all night. The Englishman fell asleep early on in the Liverpool penalty area, which saw Pablo Alcacer power home the first goal for Dortmund. Going forward, Clyne struggled with connecting passes and lost possession way too easily. If anything, Clyne is solidifying our back up right back position this preseason.

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Winner

Liverpool Youngsters

All of the Liverpool youngsters that Jurgen Klopp sent out onto the pitched held their own against a strong Dortmund side. Ryan Kent, Harry Wilson, and Rhian Brewster were among the most noticeable youngsters.

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Kent and Wilson linked up extremely well in the final third throughout the first half. Kent had the crucial dummy that lead to Wilson slotting a left footed shot past the Dortmund keeper. More of that kind of play from the two young guns could prove very pivotal in seeing them get some first team action this season.

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Rhian Brewster stepped up and buried the penalty into the top right corner. Although he did score the penalty, the Englishman was very noticeable in and around the box as he usually is. If Brewster continues his very fine goalscoring form, he will most certainly earn a spot on the first team.

Loser 

All Football Fans

The stifling heat and dry pitch created very slow and predictable football from both sides. These two teams who are used to playing very up-tempo and prolific football could not string together passes or complete the long dashing runs as mother nature’s elements had other ideas. I think I can say for all fans that it was unfortunate to see the Mexican wave once again. Well played, South Bend

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Winner

Dortmund Newcomers

Dortmund’s new signings definitely impressed when called upon. Returner, Mats Hummels, was solid as ever in the back and Julian Brandt was a key influencer going forward for the German side.

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Gio Reyna was also heavily involved in the attack as he picked up an assist on the first goal. Thorgan Hazard, a former rumored Liverpool transfer target, caused so troubles for the Liverpool defence in the second half and with further bolster Dortmund’s attack in the coming season. The upcoming season looks bright for the German side as they try to rival Bayern Munich for the title.

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