Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have a few things in in common after today’s fixtures - both are top of their domestic league, both are 100% this season and both won by the odd goal today.
But the two clubs had something else in common this summer - an interest in one player.
Liverpool conquered Manchester United in the early afternoon Premier League match today - with Daniel Sturridge’s early header proving the decider.
But later in the day Borussia Dortmund continued their impressive start to the season by winning 2-1 away from home against last season’s high-flyers Eintracht Frankfurt - and it was the player the two clubs had shared interest in who proved the difference.
Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Shakhtar Donetsk reportedly had a straight choice between either Liverpool or Dortmund this summer - and he went to Dortmund.
He was snapped up for his release fee of £23.6 million at the start of July - leaving Liverpool to pursue other options.
He had an excellent pre-season but then picked up an ankle injury which threatened to ruin his start to the season.
He has however played in three of the clubs four Bundesliga games this season, with the double against Frankfurt today his first competitive goals for the club.
"I feel very comfortable in Dortmund and I am very pleased that I have now achieved my first goal all the more beautiful it is, of course, that I will also have a second shoot. Overall it was today.. a tough game for us, but we have done well. However, we can certainly do better."
But while Liverpool would love to have snapped up the 24-year-old it appears no harm has been done, and at the end of the day both teams have come out of the transfer saga shining - the only question is, can they keep up their early season form.
Here are the goals…
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