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Liverpool to return to Asia for pre-season for the first time in five years

Jurgen Klopp’s side expected to take on Manchester United and Palace

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Photo of Anfield Main Stand as taken from Anfield Road

Photo of Anfield Main Stand as taken from Anfield Road

Liverpool, who last flew to Asia to take on Leicester City and Crystal Palace in the Premier League Asia Trophy in 2017 in Hong Kong, are set to return to the continent this July, according to The Athletic.

 

Plans are afoot that will see Liverpool jet off to Thailand and Singapore and take on arch-rivals Manchester United in Bangkok on July 12. 

 

Patrick Vieira’s Palace side are also said to be featuring, with the Reds expected to line up against the London club three days after their game against United.

Liverpool boast of a huge fanbase in Asia but the pandemic restrictions meant the Merseyside club’s recent pre-season preparations have largely been based in Europe. Klopp’s side last travelled out of Europe for pre-season in June 2019 to take on Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP in the United States.

 

The pre-season tours are a lucrative opportunity for Premier League clubs, thanks to the league’s wide and ever-growing popularity across the planet. Premier League giants like Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal enjoy significantly more following and support in Asia than the rest of the league, but the trip will present an opportunity for clubs like Crystal Palace to enhance their global presence. 

 

Talks are ongoing and an announcement is expected next month after the remaining details are finalised.

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