Liverpool were defeated 3-1 by German giants Borussia Dortmund in their first International Champions Cup game last night.
However, despite the disappointing result, there were many positives for Jurgen Klopp to take from the fixture.
A Virgil Van Dijk header gave Liverpool the lead before a Christian Pulisic double and Larsen third handed the German side a hard-earned victory.
The Reds will face stiff competition in their next two games in the tournament in the form the Premier League’s two Manchester clubs; City and United.
Here at The Boot Room, we look at three things we learned from the game.
Liverpool’s superstars shone
Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keita and Fabinho all featured during the game, and all three showed precisely why they are three players who will lead Liverpool towards silverware next season.
Van Dijk grabbed himself a goal and looked every bit the calm and collected defender who came in and fixed Liverpool’s weak defence in January last season.
Naby Keita looked dangerous every time he had the ball at his feet and is showing exactly why Liverpool fought so hard to capture his signature.
Fabinho didn’t put a foot wrong, and in the 45 minutes he played did the teams dirty work, allowing the likes of Adam Lallana to push further forward.
The Reds need another striker to back up Roberto Firmino
It has started to become apparent in Liverpool’s preseason games so far, that they need another striker to back up Roberto Firmino up top.
Despite Daniel Sturridge bagging a few goals and putting in a decent performance in the second half last night, his injury record is a cause for concern.
Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke have done little to prove in preseason they’re worthy and ready to be the man up top for the Reds if they are called upon to do so, and both put in a lacklustre performance against Dortmund.
The Reds have solved pretty much all of their problem positions during this transfer window, but another prolific striker to lift some of the pressure of Roberto Firmino’s shoulders definitely wouldn’t go amiss.
Christian Pulisic is the real deal
The American teenager single-handedly won Dortmund the game last night when he came on for the second half. After winning and converting a penalty for his first, the Dortmund winger then tucked away a brilliant effort after a scintillating counter-attack.
If there were any questions as to whether Pulisic is ready to take his game to the next level, they were answered last night. The American international certainly looked like he had something to prove and he did just that.