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Klopp hails Dortmund star Pulisic after Liverpool loss

12:31 AM GMT 23/07/2018
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The Reds manager was full of praise for the American teenager, who scored twice in Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 win on Sunday

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised rumoured target Christian Pulisic after the Borussia Dortmund sensation struck twice to sink the Reds in the International Champions Cup.

United States international Pulisic scored a brace as Dortmund came from behind to beat Liverpool 3-1 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday.

Klopp opened the door on a possible transfer for the 19-year-old during his pre-game news conference, admitting his admiration for the Dortmund star.

Speaking to reporters after Pulisic's display, Klopp said: "I didn't see anything new, just that he's a bit older and has new tattoos!

"He's a fantastic skilled boy, and it's not a surprise to see. He's a smart player, and unfortunately the USA needs more of these players. He alone cannot do it all.

"Don't put too much pressure on the boy, hopefully you can have a few more of them and then play very successful soccer in the future. If Belgium and Iceland can go to a World Cup then so can the USA. I think he'll be fine."

Liverpool appeared set to open their ICC campaign with victory thanks to Virjil van Dijk's 25th-minute opener, until Pulisic inspired Dortmund's comeback after the hour.

Pulisic converted a 66th-minute penalty before putting Dortmund ahead with a minute of regulation time remaining, while Jacob Bruun Larsen sealed the win in the 93rd minute.

"We have said it a few times that football is a results game, and we lost. Dortmund scored three, we scored one, that's how it is. That's the fair result," said Klopp.