Jurgen Klopp reckons he saw “a lot of good things” from Liverpool despite suffering a 3-2 friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool fell to their first pre-season loss in Indiana, USA, after clearly struggling to match Dortmund throughout the match.
The Reds made a costly error in the third minute by failing to clear the ball in the area to allow Paco Alcacer to put Dortmund ahead. Although Harry Wilson’s equaliser enabled both teams to head into the break level.
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre then made some big changes to his line-up for the second-half, which appeared to put them firmly in control.
However, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was able to keep the scoreline level after denying Marius Wolf superbly.
But even the Belgian was powerless to deny Dortmund in the end, with Thorgan Hazard beating the offside trap to cross the ball into Thomas Delaney’s path to tap-in a 53rd-minute goal for the German giants.
Klopp’s shaky defence was again exposed when Wolf easily beat Yasser Larouci to reach the end of the Liverpool goal before cutting the ball back to Jacob Bruun Larsen to fire it into the bottom right-hand corner.
Following this setback, Klopp brought on the likes of Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in a bid to turn things around.
While they couldn’t spare Liverpool of defeat, though, the young Rhian Brewster smashed home a late penalty to give them a consolation goal.
“Immediately when we had to come out again for 15 minutes with the same line-up from the first half and Dortmund could change and bring fresh legs, that was the decider, I would say,” Klopp told the club’s website.
“There were a lot of good moments of football, it’s sure that you see they are a step further in the pre-season than we are. But we had to fight, we had to defend these situations, a lot of times good.
“I saw a lot of good things. But the goals [conceded], of course… the first a throw-in, the second a second ball after a corner, not too cool, the third goal I don’t know exactly how it happened.
“We scored our two goals, which was absolutely nice, especially the first one. We had chances.
“We changed [the players] and it was a very, very important session for all of us; 60 minutes for one team was maybe a bit too much but they had to go through this, and the 30 minutes for the other team was exactly right.”
Klopp added: “How we conceded the goals was due to the lack of organisation around the situations. When you change a lot in the team then it’s quite difficult to have a perfect organisation.
“That will be better later in the pre-season and in the season of course, it has to and it will be. Apart from that, all good.”
Liverpool will next take on Sevilla on Monday in Boston.