Liverpool Football Club have today announced that the club will take its annual pre-season tour to Australia this summer with matches set in July in both Adelaide and Brisbane, which is the Reds’ very first visits to each of these cities.
It will be the first chance to see what is likely to be a new-look Liverpool team with captain Steven Gerrard having left the club by that point, as well as several new faces likely to be included in Brendan Rodgers’ pre-season plans.
Liverpool visited Australia two years ago for a pre-season tour and Liverpool’s chief executive officer, Ian Ayre spoke of the positive vibe created by the first tour and how it paved the way for this summer’s excursion, “We visited Australia for the first time two years ago and the support we received from our Australian fans was incredible”.
Liverpool have officially announced two dates for fixtures in July including a clash with Brisbane Roar in Queensland at the Suncorp Stadium on July 17th, followed by a meeting with Adelaide United at the Adelaide Oval on July 20th.
The match against Brisbane Roar in Queensland will be a part of the high profile ‘It’s Live! in Queensland’ campaign which is running at the same time.
Liverpool spent the pre-season of 2014 in the United States with the club taking part in the Guinness International Champions Cup. The Merseysiders managed to reach the final of the competition, playing some excellent football before they were beaten by fierce rivals Manchester United in the final.
With the International Champions Cup being spread across both America and Australia this summer there has been increased speculation that Liverpool would take part in the tournament, however today’s announcement of an individual tour to Australia makes that unlikely.
There are three scheduled dates for fixtures in the Asian leg of the International Champions Cup, with all three fixtures set to be played at the MCG in Melbourne. Two of these fixtures occur on July 18th and July 21st which makes Liverpool’s participation simply not possible.
Liverpool estimate to have up to 600,000 supporters in Australia and ticket sales for the games in Queensland and Adelaide are set to be impressive with the club hoping to kick-start the 2015-16 season in the right manner, especially after the club’s disappointing performance in this season’s UEFA Champions League.
As per the club’s official announcement, tickets will be supplied as a priority to those whom are both LFC Official Members and attended the last fixture Liverpool had in Australia at the MCG.
With Manchester City, AS Roma and Real Madrid all set to be in Australia at the same time as Liverpool it is not yet confirmed if Liverpool will meet one of those clubs in a one-off friendly match in Australia, with details of any such fixtures likely to be released closer to the time.
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