Liverpool Football Club has announced that it will be visiting Australia as part of its pre-season tour ahead of the 2013/14 season.
The five-time European champions will play a friendly match against A-League team Melbourne Victory in July. This will be the first time that Liverpool has flown to Australia and the team hopes to further increase its large fan base in Australia. Liverpool will play against Melbourne Victory at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of just over 100,000. “We know we have a large fan base in Australia and New Zealand and this visit shows our commitment to bringing the club closer to our fans all over the globe, no matter how far away from Anfield they may live,” said Ian Ayre, Liverpool FC’s managing director. “We are very much looking forward to playing in Melbourne and giving our supporters a chance to see the team up close.” The team will also head to Thailand to play a friendly at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium. Liverpool last visited Thailand in 2009 and since then its Twitter followers from Thailand have reached more than 14 million. The football club has also announced it will be bringing staff from the Liverpool Foundation to Thailand to help out in the community during the team’s visit. “ I've heard a lot about the passion and dedication of the fans in Thailand and we plan to bring them some great football,” added Mr Ayre. "We first went to Thailand in 2001 and this will be our fourth visit to the country, which we feel demonstrates our commitment to our fans in Thailand." Image sources: 123