Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp warned the United States about putting “too much pressure” on Christian Pulisic after watching the Borussia Dortmund forward score twice against Liverpool on Sunday.
Pulisic’s second half play sparked a spirited comeback that saw Dortmund rally to beat Liverpool 3-1 in the International Champions Cup fixture.
“I didn’t see anything new, just that he’s a bit older and has new tattoos!” Klopp said of Pulisic (h/t ESPN FC). “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.”
The Pennsylvania-born Pulisic said he was enjoying the preseason preparations in the United States.
“It was great to come out here and see the support for both teams. Two good opponents here, it was a really good game and I’m happy I could go and help the team,” Pulisic said.
“[The U.S. crowd to watch European teams] doesn’t surprise me anymore. I know we have great fans and the sport only continues to grow so it’s great to see everyone out here.
“I think we’re definitely looking strong as a team right now, personally I feel good as well, so I think we’re looking good. We’ve still got some time but I hope we’re 100% ready to go into the season.”