|Liverpool FC gears up for International Champions Cup|
|Reds take on Borussia Dortmund in Charlotte|
|Published Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:00 pm|
International Champions Cup has another match in Charlotte.
Liverpool of the English Premier League kick off Sunday at 4 p.m. against Borussia Dortmund of Germany’s Bundesliga at Bank of America Stadium in the sixth annual summer tournament.
Dortmund opened ICC play Friday with a 1-0 win against Manchester City in Chicago on a 28th minute penalty conversion by Mario Gotze. Both sides held open training sessions in Charlotte today.
A key component during the offseason stems player transfers, which has led to a financial arms race among clubs. For instance, Liverpool spent $86.7 million on goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
“In order to evolve in the future, and to be able to evolve and develop, we will not be able to stop and prevent this development of spending more and more money,” Dortmund manager Lucien Farve said.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp emphasized that while a good ICC performance against league rivals Manchester United and Manchester City may appear promising, preseason does not determine what happens in May.
“It only means in that moment, we face the strongest [side],” he said. “Tomorrow night Dortmund, then City, then United, as strong as they can line up, like we do it. We have to find a solution for that game, but it will not show the way for the season.”
Said defender Joel Matip: “[The matches] are good preparation to get a good level. We need these games to become in shape, and try to get better and better. It’s a preparation game, but that’s not different for the other team. They’re also at the beginning of preparation. They’ll also not be at their 100 percent, because we’re here to get in shape, work hard, and try maybe some things.”
Liverpool’s first trip to Charlotte in 2014 against A.C. Milan of Seire A drew 69,364 fans. It ended 2-0 Liverpool.
While the Reds finished second in the Premier League in 2014, Liverpool struggled the following season, eventually firing manager Brendan Rodgers. Klopp replaced him, and led the side to the Champions League final this year, which they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid of Spain’s La Liga.
“We really think, not that we’ve reached the target, but we see at least the line, and that’s it,” Klopp said. “We are competitive in the middle of a period of development, and not too far away from doing a few special things.”
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