Liverpool & Hull City strike damning blows in pre-season friendlies

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It is believed that pre-season friendlies mean nothing in the run into the new campaign, but that doesn't mean that managers aren't bothered by the results.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Armin Veh won't be pleased with how their final warm up matches concluded as both Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart suffered respective defeats to English clubs. 

The black and yellow army travelled to Liverpool for their final summer instalment, which they lost 4-0, whereas Stuttgart were beaten 2-1 by Hull City.

Dortmund travel to Merseyside

Despite the Reds losing their talismanic striker Luis Suarez, after he completed a move to FC Barcelona earlier this summer, the Premier League runners up dominated the match and romped home to a deserving victory. 

Young Brazilian Philippe Coutinho orchestrated the play and helped set up Daniel Sturridge for the first goal before scoring an effort of his own as he made a strong bounce back from being overlooked for the World Cup. 

Before this game, Dortmund hadn't lost a pre-season match, but this was their first stern test of the summer and it could prove to be a damning wake up call. 

In front of a sold out Anfield crowd the travelling fans unfortunately witnessed a timid performance from an experimental 11 that was without their new captain and well fancied centre back, Mats Hummels and the injured Marco Reus. The team found it difficult to cope with the high pressure imposed by Brendan Rodger's side and were slow to react to their quick flowing play.

In particular the fourth they conceded was passed into the net after the ball pinged between the red shirts from the halfway line to the goal. 

Klopp will be bitterly disappointed with how this game has gone considering that this is their final game before the Super Cup clash against Bayern Munich on August 13. 

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Stuttgart beaten by the Tigers:

Back in Germany, Armin Veh's side were lucky to have not lost by a similar margin to their Bundesliga counterparts, after they were dominated by another team who have had an unbeaten pre-season. 

Vedad Ibisevic, who recently signed a new contract with the club, put his name on to the score sheet a few minutes before half time but this turned out to be a consolation as the Swabians were unable to recover from two early goals. 

After winning the league with the club in 2007, there is a lot of optimism and pressure on Armin Veh to bring the good times back to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in his second coming after years of agony.

Veh returned to the club in May and he has outlined that he wants push the team back into Europe this season.

He told "The first reason I came back to Stuttgart is because I would like to build something here and I wanted the chance of European football.

"There is a reason why Stuttgart have finished 12th and 15th in the past two seasons, but I've not come here to finish only 12th again.

"We do have to be a bit humble after last season, and it is something which could happen, but it is not my objective."

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