CHARLOTTE — Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp warned america about placing “an excessive amount of stress” on Christian Pulisic after he watched the Borussia Dortmund ahead rating twice in opposition to his facet on Sunday. Pulisic’s introduction at half-time sparked a second-half comeback from Dortmund to beat Liverpool 3-1 within the Worldwide Champions Cup fixture because the 19-year-old, taking part in in his residence nation, netted a penalty, coolly completed off a counter-attack for an 89th-minute winner after which arrange Jacob Bruun Larsen’s late strike. Previewing the assembly along with his former membership, Klopp admitted he was a giant fan of Pulisic, whom he tried to signal for Liverpool in August 2016, and the coach was equally impressed after the match. “I did not see something new, simply that he is a bit older and has new tattoos!” Klopp mentioned of the 19-year-old postmatch on Sunday. “He is a improbable expert boy, and it isn’t a shock to see. “He is a wise participant, and sadly the USA wants extra of those gamers. He alone can’t do all of it. “Do not put an excessive amount of stress on the boy, hopefully you possibly can have just a few extra of them after which play very profitable soccer sooner or later. If Belgium and Iceland can go to a World Cup then so can the USA. I feel he’ll be fantastic.” AP Photograph/Chuck BurtonPennsylvania-born Pulisic joined Dortmund in February 2015, simply three months earlier than Klopp ended seven-year keep as supervisor on the Bundesliga facet. Pulisic, who may have an opportunity to play in his residence state on Wednesday as Dortmund face Benfica in Pittsburgh, mentioned he was having fun with his preseason preparations within the U.S. “It was nice to return out right here and see the assist for each groups. Two good opponents right here, it was a extremely good recreation and I am completely happy I may go and assist the crew,” Pulisic mentioned. “[The U.S. crowd to watch European teams] would not shock me anymore. I do know we’ve got nice followers and the game solely continues to develop so it is nice to see everybody out right here. “I feel we’re undoubtedly wanting robust as a crew proper now, personally I really feel good as properly, so I feel we’re wanting good. We have nonetheless acquired a while however I hope we’re 100% prepared to enter the season.”
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