Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will go up against former team Borussia Dortmund in one of three pre-season friendlies the Reds have announced in the United States.

The Reds will face Dortmund, who Klopp guided to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final during his seven years at the club, in a high-profile fixture at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana on July 19.

Liverpool will also take on Sevilla at Fenway Park on July 21, before concluding their Stateside tour with a game against Sporting CP at Yankee Stadium three days later.

Klopp's side are chasing their first top-flight title since 1990 and sit two points above second-placed Manchester City, who play their game in hand away at neighbours Manchester United on Wednesday.

Klopp's men have three Premier League games remaining and meet Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final next Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund kept pace with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich by comfortably defeating Freiburg 4-0 at Schwarzwald-Stadion on Sunday.

Marco Reus set up Jadon Sancho for the opening goal before adding one of his own with a cool finish after the restart.

The duo combined to assist Mario Gotze and his replacement Paco Alcacer rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot in the 87th minute after Pascal Stenzel was penalised for handball.

Just a second away win in six top-flight outings for Dortmund again reduced the gap to Bayern, who edged Werder Bremen 1-0 on Saturday, to one point.

It took just 12 minutes for BVB to open the scoring. Reus played a one-two with Raphael Guerreiro before picking out Sancho to sweep home his 11th Bundesliga goal of the season at the back post.

Guerreiro and Reus combined again nine minutes after the restart, the Portugal international sending a delightful pass behind Dominique Heintz that Reus dispatched in confident fashion.

Marius Wolf tried to play on after appearing to hurt his ankle but had to be replaced by Omer Toprak in the 56th minute, giving Favre cause for concern ahead of the Revierderby against Schalke on Saturday.

Dortmund faced minimal pressure at the back and they added to their tally when Sancho led a break down the left and fed the overlapping Reus, who squared for Gotze to tuck home in the 79th minute.

Gotze was immediately replaced by Alcacer and the Spaniard drilled home from 12 yards after Stenzel used his arm when attempting to clear an effort from Reus that was pushed onto the woodwork by Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow.

Borussia Dortmund moved back to the Bundesliga summit after two goals from Jadon Sancho secured a 2-1 win over Mainz on Saturday.

Bayern Munich took control of the title race with a thumping 5-0 win over Lucien Favre's side last weekend, but Dortmund returned to winning ways to leapfrog Niko Kovac's men ahead of their game with Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday.

England international Sancho was in scintillating form from the outset, scoring twice from close range inside the opening 24 minutes.

Mainz responded well to those early setbacks, twice hitting the post through Karim Onisiwo, and set up a tense finale when Robin Quaison prodded home seven minutes from time. Dortmund held on, though, to crank up the pressure on Bayern.

Jacob Bruun Larsen was denied early on by a smart stop from Florian Muller before Sancho scored his first in the 17th minute, the 19-year-old steering home Mario Gotze's cross with a controlled half-volley from eight yards.

He then took his league tally for the season to 10 seven minutes later when his low effort from Thomas Delaney's cross crashed off Moussa Niakhate and past the helpless Muller.

The hosts did not have it all their own way in the first half, however. Onisiwo went close to pulling a goal back but his improvised flick clipped the outside of the post.

The visitors did most of the pressing during the second period and Onisiwo was again denied by the upright shortly after the hour-mark.

Substitute Quaison pulled one back in the 83rd minute from close range and they could have even snatched a dramatic point if not for some remarkable goalkeeping from Roman Burki, who denied Anthony Ujah three times in quick succession.

Borussia Dortmund have been handed a boost for the Bundesliga run-in after Christian Pulisic, Paco Alcacer and Raphael Guerreiro all returned to training.

The trio missed last weekend's 5-0 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich, a result that damaged Dortmund’s hopes of dethroning their opponents as Bundesliga champions.

Pulisic has not played since sustaining a thigh injury on international duty with the United States at the end of March, while arm and hamstring issues respectively ruled Alcacer and Guerreiro out of the heavy defeat at the Allianz Arena.

Lucien Favre's side are one point behind leaders Bayern in the table with six games remaining. Dortmund are next in action on Saturday, as they host Mainz.

Thorgan Hazard has told Borussia Monchengladbach he wants to leave the club and will not sign a contract extension.

Glabach sporting director Max Eberl confirmed on Monday the 26-year-old Belgium international has voiced a desire to purse a new challenge.

A report in German publication Kicker claims Borussia Dortmund are leading the race to sign the attacking midfielder, while Atletico Madrid and Liverpool have also been linked.

Hazard's contract runs until the end of next season and does not include a release clause, meaning potential suitors may have to stump up a hefty fee to convince Gladbach to sell.

"We made our intentions to extend Thorgan's contract clear a while back now, but he hasn't reciprocated that interest," Eberl said.

"He has now told us that he doesn't want to extend his contract and instead wants to take the next step in his career by leaving the club.

"However, he still has a contract with us until 2020 and there is no release clause.

"Interested parties have to offer us a transfer fee that recognises his worth as an exceptional Bundesliga forward and a regular feature in one of the best national teams in the world.

"If it ends up being the case that Thorgan leaves us, then we will do what we've done well in the last few years - we will take the money we make from the transfer and use it to buy more exciting players for our team."

Hazard, the younger brother of Chelsea star Eden, has scored nine Bundesliga goals and assisted as many this season after netting 10 times and laying on five in 2017-18.

He was part of the Belgium squad that reached the semi-finals of last year's World Cup, appearing in wins over England and Panama.

Marco Reus insists Borussia Dortmund cannot talk about winning the Bundesliga title after going down to a humiliating 5-0 defeat against rivals Bayern Munich.

Lucien Favre's side are now a point behind champions Bayern at the summit after a nightmare outing where they were 4-0 down by half-time.

Six matches remain in the top flight this season and, although Reus acknowledges there could be further twists to come, the Germany forward maintains Dortmund must focus only on a grim post-mortem of an abject outing.

"We played catastrophic, we defended catastrophic," he told reporters. "I don't have an explanation for that. We [applied] zero pressure. Bayern were much better, we have to admit that.

"Nevertheless, we have to analyse this loss, we mustn't play like that against any opponent.

"It was once again a lesson for us, because we just did not play as a team. The only positive is that we are only one point behind and Bayern also have two or three hard opponents in the next weeks.

"But we do not have to talk about the championship if we play like that."

Favre selected Reus in a central attacking role against Bayern, something the 29-year-old feels does not play to his strengths.

"Everyone knows that this is not my favourite position and that I do not want to play there," he added.

"But that should not be an excuse. The coach has to decide that."

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre conceded his side were too focused on the Bundesliga title following their demoralising 5-0 Der Klassiker rout to rivals Bayern Munich.

Bayern scored four first-half goals as they humiliated Dortmund 5-0 on Saturday to go a point clear in the race for the Bundesliga trophy.

Dortmund were two points clear prior to kick-off at Allianz Arena, however, Favre's team were put to the sword in the 100th league edition of Der Klassiker – Robert Lewandowski's brace inspiring Bayern.

Afterwards, Favre told reporters: "The 5-0 is difficult to understand but it is well-deserved. Congratulations to my colleague.

"You clearly have to say that this was a lesson for us. We had the chance to score the first goal which could have changed the game.

"Bayern kept dominating the game with more speed and better movements. They played on a higher level. It was a lesson and after 4-0 it's tough to come back in the second half."

"We have to focus on the next game," Favre added. "Today we were probably too concentrated and we were thinking too much about the title.

"We are still facing six difficult games, it was always tight until now, also the last game against Wolfsburg or in Berlin. We have to focus on the next game, we cannot change it now.

"We have to give our best but only think about the next game. And don't think about constellations."

Niko Kovac insisted the Bundesliga title race is not over despite Bayern Munich storming to the summit with a 5-0 hammering of Borussia Dortmund.

Robert Lewandowski's brace and one apiece from Mats Hummels, Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry earned the Bavarians a resounding Klassiker triumph on Saturday and sent them hurtling back into top spot with six games to go.

Bayern were brilliant in a four-goal first half at Allianz Arena that blew away the visitors and set up a 14th win in 16 league matches.

Kovac applauded his side's sparkling showing in what could prove a decisive result in the club's bid to be crowned champions for the seventh straight season.

"I think we turned in a top performance, a great performance over 90 minutes," Kovac said.

"The first half in particular was sensationally good in every respect. The way we played was very impressive.

"I'm glad, and I'd like to congratulate my team on it. The margin of victory was completely deserved.

"We still have six matches to go, and you have seen how fast it can change in the league. Very, very difficult matches are awaiting both Dortmund and us, so we won't say everything's decided."

Bayern captain Manuel Neuer was barely troubled in his first match back from a calf injury as Dortmund mustered a lone shot on target.

The goalkeeper labelled the victory a breakthrough moment in a campaign that has taken time to get going.

"We were very dominant," Neuer said. "It was a good team display, and I'm very, very glad about it.

"It was the first big-point match we've won. We had to wait for it for a long time.

"We played well in every position, up front, at the back, and most importantly we worked together."

Robert Lewandowski's 200th Bundesliga goal underlines the Bayern Munich striker's status as one of the modern era's most prolific scorers.

The Poland international reached the milestone with the first of his brace in Saturday's crushing 5-0 victory over former club Borussia Dortmund, a result that sent the champions hurtling back to the top of the table.

No overseas player has scored as many Bundesliga goals as Lewandowski, who is on track to win the league's top goalscorer prize for the fourth time.

To mark his 200th strike across spells for Bayern and Dortmund, Omnisport picks out five of Lewandowski's most memorable Bundesliga goals.

 

5. Hannover 0-3 Borussia Dortmund, March 22 2014

Although undoubtedly a complete striker, Lewandowski has arguably earned himself a reputation for instinctive finishes more than goals which have seen him do all the leg work, but this effort proves what he is capable of. After picking up possession on the left, he darted into box, squeezed between a pair of defenders and then rifled home to make it 2-0 to Dortmund.

4. Bayern Munich 6-0 Borussia Dortmund, March 31 2018

Since leaving Dortmund for Bayern in 2014, it is fair to say Lewandowski has made a habit of scoring against his former employers. Last season's crushing 6-0 win saw the Poland international lead the assault, scoring three times, and his first was brilliantly mischievous. With just five minutes played, Lewandowski peeled away from his marker to race on to Thomas Muller's throughball and he fooled Roman Burki with an excellent feint, before rifling into the roof of the net with the goalkeeper still reeling from the trickery.

3. Bayern Munich 6-0 Werder Bremen, August 26 2016

Lewandowski started the 2016-17 season with a bang, scoring a hat-trick in a demolition of Werder Bremen. The best of his three goals had an air of simplicity about it, but it left the visitors' defence bamboozled. The striker nipped in front of his marker at the last second to reach a low cross from the right at the near post, delicately meeting the delivery with a back-heeled effort which found the net.

2. Bayern Munich 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt, April 11 2015

It is difficult to separate Lewandowski's two best goals, but this one was just edged out due to the nature and context of the other. After controlling the ball on his chest just outside the area, he subsequently flicked the ball over his head and a defender, before then unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top-left corner as it dropped down perfectly for him, showcasing his technical ability, control and power.

1. Bayern Munich 5-1 Wolfsburg, September 22 2015

A remarkable match remembered for an incredible scoring feat by Lewandowski, who scored all five of Bayern's goals in the space of nine minutes just after coming off the bench. The pick of the bunch, however, was undoubtedly his final strike, as he met a cross from the right with a stunning scissor-kick on the edge of the area. The ball cannoned off his right foot and into the top-left corner, leaving Pep Guardiola – his coach at the time – looking astonished.

Robert Lewandowski scored his 200th and 201st Bundesliga goals as Bayern Munich roared back to the top of the Bundesliga with a 5-0 mauling of Borussia Dortmund.

Lucien Favre's side arrived at Allianz Arena with a two-point lead at the top of the table but the momentum behind their title bid was ripped away in a devastating first half in the 100th league edition of Der Klassiker.

Mats Hummels made the first incision with a commanding header and Lewandowski, a fellow former Dortmund star, reached his scoring milestone with a superb solo effort seven minutes later.

Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry assured Bayern's ascendancy to top spot by adding two more in almost as many minutes late in the opening period and Poland international Lewandowski fittingly completed the rout in the 89th minute as the champions took a big step towards retaining their crown.

 

Bayern Munich's chances of ripping the momentum away from Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga title race were massively enhanced with a stunning four-goal first-half blitz in Saturday's crunch Der Klassiker.

The champions started the match two points behind Lucien Favre's men but ran roughshod in a dazzling opening 45 minutes at the Allianz Arena.

Mats Hummels nodded the hosts into a precious early lead before a fellow former Dortmund player, Robert Lewandowski, doubled the advantage, punishing Dan-Axel Zagadou's error in the 17th minute as he clinically tucked away his 200th Bundesliga goal.

Bayern were relentless going forward and their dominance was further rewarded late in the half as Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry added two more in just over two minutes to send Niko Kovac's men marching towards a pivotal three points.

Robert Lewandowski has scored the 200th Bundesliga goal of his career, fittingly saving it for a potentially season-defining Der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund.

The Bayern Munich striker punished a Dan-Axel Zagadou error in the 17th minute to double his side's early lead against his former employers at Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Lewandowski pounced on a turnover, strode through on goal, brilliantly dinked the ball over Roman Burki and stroked home into the unguarded net to reach the mark in style.

The 30-year-old's milestone strike fittingly arrived against the side at which he established himself as one of the most exciting strikers in European football, having joined Bayern from Dortmund in 2014.

It was at the Signal Iduna Park where he really rose to prominence, scoring 74 Bundesliga goals in 131 appearances, a remarkable record considering he managed just eight in 33 games during his first campaign.

Despite his exceptional form at Dortmund, the club did not manage to get a transfer fee for him, as he departed on a free transfer to Bayern.

Since then, he has gone on to score 126 times in the Bundesliga for Bayern.

He has taken just 153 appearances to reach that figure for the German champions, while he hit the 200 milestone in 284 top-flight outings.

Of the 200, 187 were scored inside the penalty area, while 22 of a possible 25 came from the penalty spot.

Unsurprisingly he has been most prominent with his right foot, which has provided 131  goals, and his favourite opposition is Wolfsburg, whom he has scored against 20 times in 17 games.

Lewandowski is the Bundesliga's all-time leading foreign scorer and is on course to top the division's scoring charts for a fourth time this season. Only Gerd Muller (seven) has done so more times.

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke insists "nobody has contacted" the club to ask about the availability of teenage forward Jadon Sancho.

A number of European football's biggest names have been tipped to make a move for the England international, who has scored eight Bundesliga goals this season and set up a league-high 13.

Sancho, who left Manchester City in 2017, is rumoured to be high on Manchester United's list of targets ahead of the reopening of the transfer window.

Watzke has claimed numerous times the 19-year-old is not for sale at any price, however, which has seemingly put rival clubs off making an approach.

Asked about the growing interest in Dortmund's prized asset, Watzke told Goal and DAZN: “I don't care about that. Everybody knows that Jadon will play for us next year. 

“That's a fact and we don't have a price tag for him. And because everybody in Europe knows that nobody has contacted us.”

As well as earning links to an array of top sides, Sancho was also capped for the first time by England last October and has gone on to make three more appearances, most recently catching the eye in last month's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

City are among those said to be in the running to re-sign their former player, who left without making a senior appearance under Pep Guardiola.

But asked if City have a buy-back clause or first refusal should Sancho become available, Watzke added: “We never give information about contract details but City has no co-determination right at all.”

Regardless of Sancho's future, Dortmund are expected to strengthen their squad at the end of the season and they have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels.

Watzke does not expect the experienced centre-back to return to North Rhine-Westphalia, though, adding: “I don't think so. Mats had an outstandingly successful time here and I still have a good relationship with him. But he decided to go back to Bayern three years ago.”

Dortmund lead Bayern by two points at the top of the Bundesliga table ahead of Saturday's Der Klassiker.

Former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld believes Lucien Favre's men have crucial "momentum" going into this weekend's Klassiker.

Dortmund travel to Munich with a two-point advantage over their title rivals after Bayern surprisingly dropped points against Freiburg last time out.

With only six rounds of games remaining after Saturday's match at the Allianz Arena, a win would be a huge boost for either side.

Hitzfeld – who coached Dortmund between 1991 and 1997 before two spells in charge of Bayern – expects a fierce battle, but believes the current pacesetters have an advantage given the last-gasp nature of their win against Wolfsburg last weekend.

They appeared to be heading for a disappointing draw before two stoppage-time goals from Paco Alcacer handed them all three points.

"The momentum is in Dortmund's favour because they just had a sense of achievement in their last match," Hitzfeld told Omnisport.

"In the last few minutes they score two goals. This, of course, brings self-confidence and that brings a special mood. And you have seen that too. They even released pictures from the dressing room as the players celebrated. This is something really special.

"And Bayern suffered a setback in Freiburg, although in my view Bayern did not play badly. They were clearly superior and had many chances, but they did not score."

Bayern scraped past second-tier Heidenheim 5-4 in Wednesday's DFB-Pokal quarter-final, albeit having played much of the game with 10 men, leading to coach Niko Kovac warning his players that they need to show defensive "discipline and responsibility" against Dortmund.

That is an assessment Hitzfeld agrees with and the 70-year-old believes Bayern could be in a for a difficult game if they do not tighten up at the back.

"The deciding factor will be for Bayern to get back their stability," he added.

"It will be a special challenge for Bayern’s defence. They need to perform as a team, not just the defence but also the midfield and the attack. All 11 players need to work well.

"They must try to keep the danger away from their goal and need to attack early so that Dortmund have trouble getting into their rhythm.

"Continuity and confidence are missing as they’re not used to being the ones chasing. That has left marks on them. You can tell as they find it difficult to have a relaxed approach to matches."

The Bundesliga title will not be decided at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, but both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund can take giant steps towards besting their rivals.

Dortmund lead the way with a two-point advantage from Bayern, who slipped up at Freiburg last weekend, but Lucien Favre's men have looked nervy at times in recent weeks.

Bayern, of course, have made a habit of plucking away Dortmund's leading lights in the last few years and, assuming he recovers from illness, Robert Lewandowski will lead the line.

The Poland striker is one away from scoring his 200th Bundesliga goal and is a mandatory pick in our combined XI for Der Klassiker, but who else makes the cut?

 

GOALKEEPER: Roman Burki

It has been a difficult season for Manuel Neuer, whose long-held status as Germany's number one has come under threat after some erratic displays. Roman Burki is therefore selected almost by default, but eight clean sheets and 72 per cent of the shots he has faced being saved earns his place.

RIGHT-BACK: Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich's haul of 10 assists in the Bundesliga this season is remarkable and it is no wonder he has strongly suggested he wants to play in midfield rather than at the back. Kimmich's 1,993 passes in the Bundesliga this season is more than any other player.

CENTRE-BACK: Niklas Sule

Sule is not far behind Kimmich, recording 1,913 passes, and the centre-back has become a key part of the Bayern back line, taking Jerome Boateng's regular place. A rare sour note in his breakthrough Bayern campaign was the first red card of his career, collected against Heidenheim in the DFB-Pokal this week.

CENTRE-BACK: Manuel Akanji

Injury issues have marred Akanji's season but he has arguably been Dortmund's star defender despite being restricted to 18 Bundesliga appearances. His passing accuracy is among Dortmund's highest in the Bundesliga so far this term, while he has won 61.3 per cent of his duels.

LEFT-BACK: Achraf Hakimi

Dortmund's loan deal for full-back Hakimi has been a roaring success, but he will be absent on Saturday due to injury. A broken metatarsal means the Real Madrid defender is unlikely to play again this season, but Dortmund will still be keen to seal a permanent deal for the 20-year-old, who has been tracked at 35.1km/h this season, making him BVB's fastest player.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD: Leon Goretzka

Bayern's sole midfield representative is Goretzka, who won January's Bundesliga player of the month award in recognition of his fine form at the start of the year. With six goals and four assists in the league this season, the former Schalke star has shone for Niko Kovac's side. He is a major threat in the air that Dortmund will have to defend against.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD: Axel Witsel

Few signings in Europe's top five leagues this season can claim to have Witsel's impact, the Belgium midfielder proving the key piece in the puzzle for Favre after joining from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. He has started 25 Bundesliga games, scoring three times, while his accurate passing – comparable to Akanji's – has been key for BVB.

ATTACKING MIDFIELD: Marco Reus

Dortmund captain Reus has been remarkably consistent this term and the birth of his child before the game means he is free to lead his side against Bayern. Only Paco Alcacer has scored more than Reus' 15 Bundesliga goals for Dortmund this season, while a further six assists is a mark of the creativity he provides. Reus is a big-game player, too, having hit a brace in the reverse fixture. He has scored 10 goals in 24 appearances against Bayern.

RIGHT WING: Jadon Sancho

Sancho has been nothing short of a revelation for Dortmund this season, with the England international linked with a £100million move back to the Premier League. He has produced a combined 21 goals and assists for Dortmund, level with Reus, and it is frightening to think how good the 19-year-old could become. Sancho's 13 assists in the Bundesliga is easily the most in the league this term and his skills dazzle defenders on a regular basis.

STRIKER: Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski was too ill to start in the DFB-Pokal this week, but came off the bench at half-time to score twice and provide an assist for Thomas Muller, with his late penalty sealing a 5-4 victory and semi-final spot. He is the league's top goalscorer on 19 this season and a further seven assists show he is unselfish too. No player has fired more than Lewandowski's 107 shots in the Bundesliga this season, while he has haunted his old club regularly, having scored eight times in his last four Bundesliga appearances against Dortmund.

LEFT WING: Serge Gnabry

With Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben approaching the end of their glittering careers, Bayern have needed young talent to break through in wide positions and Gnabry has done just that, becoming a key player for both club and country. The former Arsenal attacker has scored seven Bundesliga goals, but has never tasted victory in the league in his four appearances against BVB.

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