Without question the main attraction of the International Champions Cup is the fact that the greatest, most historic, and ultimate marquee professional clubs from throughout the world will take part in the event. Among those elite teams is Liverpool Football Club, which has existed for 126 years. Liverpool finished fourth out of 20 in the Premier League last season and has a total of 18 League titles.
Borussia Dortmund is one of the top tier teams from the Bundesliga as a legendary German club that is 108 years old. As is the case with Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund is one of the most successful clubs in German history.
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2018 International Champions Cup Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund
Date and Time: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 4:05 p.m. ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund TV Coverage: ESPN
Bank of America Stadium opened in 1996 and was built when the city of Charlotte was awarded an NFL expansion team franchise known as the Carolina Panthers. It has a current seating capacity of 75,523. In addition to being the home of the Panthers since it’s opening, Bank of America Stadium has hosted several international soccer competitions and the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship in 1999 and 2000. It is also host to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship college football game and that sport’s Belk Bowl each December.
Matchup of History and Tradition
Borussia Dortmund is best known for winning the Champions League in 1998. They last won the Bundesliga in 2012 under current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, which was their second consecutive title with him in charge. The club gets incredible support with the highest average attendance in the world at its 81,000 seat Stadium.
Liverpool has won the Champions League a total of five times, the most of any English team. Their last Champions League title was in 2005. Their only recent blemish is not winning the Premier League since it rebranded in 1992.
Liverpool Tactics and Style
There may be no more exciting team in football than Liverpool thanks in large part to the leadership of former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp. Klopp is world renowned for the implementation of a counter press style which produces a powerful level of attacking football. What Klopp asks of his club is that the entire team defends but with the vision of launching a quick counter attack out of defense. In a nod to Liverpool’s past Klopp has also kept the element of its famed possession tactics. This blend makes Liverpool one of the most difficult teams in the world to beat.
Among the aspects of this match that is so interesting is Klopp’s connection to this German club that is the third most successful in that nation’s history. Klopp certainly left his mark with the swift counter attack style that is now a staple of Liverpool. Current manager Peter Stoger has returned the club to Klopp’s blueprint after a brief period under Petr Bosz in which the tactics were revamped into a complete all out attack. All in all, the matchup of Stoger and Klopp, with their similar styles, makes for football that is should be easy on the eyes.
Players to Watch
Liverpool boasts one of the greatest players in the world with Mohamed Salah as he became the first player to score more than 40 goals for the club since Ian Rush did so in 1986-87. Shoring up the defense is center back Virgil van Dijk who is large and imposing.
Without question the marquee man of Borussia Dortmund is Christian Pulisic. Not only is he one of the most complete players in the word but also an intelligent playmaker and the talisman of the club’s counter attack tradition of football.
Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund Free Picks
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wrote the book on counter attack football. With Salah he has the ultimate man that can finish.
Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund Pick: Bet the money line on Liverpool
Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund Score Prediction: Liverpool 2, Borussia Dortmund 1
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