Guest Match Report from Ian Marsden (thanks again Ian)
Well, it is obvious that any team will miss the mercurial talents of a certain Luis Suarez, but on the evidence of this game, albeit only a pre-season friendly, then Liverpool will be just fine without him. Brendan Rodgers has bought extremely well in the summer and watching this game gave me a huge confidence boost that the reds could challenge again for the title this year.
The game itself was entertaining and the Kop were purring at some of the football being offered as Dortmund were continually ripped apart as Coutinho weaved his magic. Sterling ran his full backs ragged and Lovren added a bit of composure at the back, sadly lacking in years gone by at Anfield.
Sturridge scored the first after an exquisite ball through by Coutinho, and Sturridge will score them all day long! Then within five minutes, Lovren had headed home a second from a Gerrard corner.
Dortmund were disappointing, in fact I’d go as far as to say that they were very disappointing. I know it was only a pre season game, but they had around 2,000 fans in that away end who helped with the tremendous atmosphere the game was played in, but they were let down badly by their team, and I’d expect much better from this much vaunted club.
The second half began in a similar vein to the first half with Liverpool in command and scoring a couple of quick goals that killed the game as a contest. Coutinho was in a whole penalty area of space before placing the ball in the net and then Jordan Henderson got reward for his performance with the 4th goal nicely finished after great work by Sturridge and Sterling!
After that with a raft of substitutions the game was effectively over. It was only a friendly and notihng can be read into it really but can only add confidence to a squad that came so close last year, to go one step bigger this year.
It will be a tough season with champions league football returning and having to juggle Europe with the league, but I trust Brendan Rodgers that he knows what hes doing; he hasn’t made too many mistakes so far in charge of Liverpool!