Despite it being exhibition stuff, this stage of preparations usually offers a strong hint of how a team will look once the real action begins. Some extra spice is added to this match by Liverpool's pursuit of star Dortmund forward Marco Reus.
Before a preview of the game, here's all of the relevant schedule information:
|Date||Start Time||Venue||TV||Live Stream|
|Sunday, August 10||12.15 p.m. BST / 7.15 a.m. ET||Anfield||LFCTV / NBCSN||LFCTV GO / NBC Sports Live Extra|
Steve Hunter of LiverpoolFC.com and Samrin Hasib of LiveSoccerTV.com
Liverpool Defence Must Contain Dortmund's Quick Attack
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers know he needs defensive improvement. He said as much during a recent interview with Sky Sports News:
The Anfield boss will get a pretty good indication of how much his defence has improved once he's seen them against Dortmund. The Bundesliga side boasts an attack brimming with quick and intelligent players.
Borussia rely on sudden and intelligent movement between quick-witted forwards constantly rotating positions. A key man to watch is attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian ace has been identified as a danger man by Liverpool Echo writer Joe Rimmer:
Mkhitaryan famously turned down a move to Merseyside last summer when leaving Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine for Germany. The Armenian international became Dortmund's club record signing as Jurgen Klopp shelled out £23.5m for his services.
Tall and elegant, Mkhitaryan plays just behind the front men, scoring and setting up goals with his pace and intelligence. He likes to play incisive passes in and around the box and use his dribbling skills to beat players.
Mkhitaryan has that great knack for always seeming to hover in dangerous positions. It's a quality that makes him a consistent menace to defenders, who can't ignore him even for a second.
But Mkhitaryan isn't the only Dortmund attacker the Reds should worry about. His movement creates plenty of space for others to exploit.
Forwards Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are each quick enough to get behind any defence. The former particularly likes to loiter in the grey area between onside and off. One lapse of concentration is all it takes to let Immobile in.
This pair have also been identified by Echo writers Rimmer and Kristian Walsh as players to watch and potentially fear.
Does Rodgers need to sign another new centre-back this summer?
It will be up to new centre-back Dejan Lovren to maintain an organised line at the back to deal with Dortmund's pace and fluidity.
If Lovren and company can't cope, Rodgers will know he still hasn't done enough to fix this area of his team.
Reus Rumours Are Sure to Resurface
Whatever happens at Anfield and no matter what either club says before or after, rumours of Liverpool wanting to snatch Reus from Dortmund are bound to resurface.
The latest developments on this proposed transfer see Liverpool being warned off by Borussia sporting director Michael Zorc in an interview with Sport1, per Daily Express reporter Anthony Chapman.
However, the mere sight of Dortmund officials at Anfield is bound to create fresh speculation. Expect both Kop boss Rodgers and Dortmund chief Jurgen Klopp to be asked about the player's future.
Landing Reus would certainly be a coup for Rodgers. However, that possibility is beginning to look increasingly remote. For now, each team's focus should be on getting fresh and sharp for the start of a new competitive campaign.
Considering Liverpool are welcoming a return to the UEFA Champions League, a match against the competition's finalist in 2013 will be a good acid test of Rodgers' squad.