Liverpool fell to their first defeat after winning the European Champions League with a low standard pitch on Friday night.
Dortmund inflicted defeat on their former manager for the second summer in succession in the United States, winning 3-2 at Notre Dame University to go with the 3-1 victory they chalked up in Charlotte 12 months ago.
And the Red boss blamed it to the pitch; ”It’s a brilliant stadium, the whole facility is brilliant,’ said Klopp, who have been based in South Bend since Tuesday.
”The pitch was difficult because it’s not a soccer pitch; they put grass on it and everybody tries their best but at the end you saw, these two teams can play much better football.
”But it’s difficult when the ball is not rolling because it’s an important part of the game that the ball rolls. Apart from that, it’s an incredible place. Whoever didn’t know it, come to Notre Dame – it’s brilliant.’
The key point in the match came when Liverpool conceded two goals in three minutes shortly after half-time but Klopp knew the reason; the mistakes his team made stemmed from fatigue as he gave the players who started 60 minutes compared to 45.
”It was a very, very important to give players minutes,’ said Klopp, who was without Adam Lallana (dead leg). ‘It was tough for both teams– wow, it was really warm. So immediately when we had to come out again for 15 minutes with the same line-up from the first half.
”Dortmund could change and bring fresh legs, that was the decider, I would say. There were a lot of good moments of football, it’s sure that you see they are a step further in the pre-season than we are. But we had to fight, we had to defend these situations, a lot of times good.
”I saw a lot of good things. But the goals [conceded], of course… the first a throw-in, the second a second ball after a corner, not too cool, the third goal I don’t know exactly how it happened. We scored our two goals, which was absolutely nice, especially the first one. We had chances.’
”’We changed [the players] and it was a very, very important session for all of us; 60 minutes for one team was maybe a bit too much but they had to go through this, and the 30 minutes for the other team was exactly right.
”That’s the situation we face in the moment, that’s pre-season, early pre-season. We have to do it like this, we have to use it as the main sessions in our pre-season,he added.