Marco Reus was pleased to see Borussia Dortmund hold on and pass the Liverpool test following a 3-2 victory on Friday.
Reus was part of the nine changes Dortmund coach Lucien Favre made to his line-up for the second-half after entering the break tied at 1-1.
Paco Alcacer had put BVB ahead in the opening 45 minutes at the sweltering hot Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana, USA, before Harry Wilson equalised for Liverpool.
But Favre’s decision to introduce Reus along with the likes of Axel Witsel, Thomas Delaney, Thorgan Hazard and Jacob Bruun Larsen changed the tide of the game in Dortmund’s favour.
Hazard set things in motion by beating the offside trap to cross the ball into Delaney’s path to tap-in a 53rd-minute goal, and restore the club’s lead. Bruun Larsen then fired the ball into the bottom right-hand corner to put Dortmund into a two-goal lead.
Despite Rhian Brewster scoring a penalty for Liverpool, Favre’s side held on for a 3-2 win.
“That was a test today because of the time difference, the flights we had,” Dortmund captain Reus told Sport1.
“That is a character thing, because it takes willpower to do so, but we have passed the task with flying colours.”
Although Dortmund could have had a small advantage over Liverpool as they already played Seattle Sounders in America two days before their meeting.
But Reus argues that wasn’t the case as the team didn’t have much time to recover given the constant media appearances.
“It’s difficult, for the coaching team and for the players,” said the Germany international.
“You need the time to regenerate, which you have not had due to the many press appointments.”
Reus and Dortmund will be back in action next Saturday against Italian side Udinese for another friendly in Austria.