Liverpool FC confirm Asia pre-season tour

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Anfield Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers Premier League 24/10/2010 Liverpool supporters welcome new co-owner Tom Werner and sing along with Gerry Marsden and You'll Never Walk Alone. Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Liverpool will tour the Far East as part of preparations for the 2011/12 season, the club confirmed today.

The tour, of which details and opposition are yet to be finalised, follows the club’s games against Thailand and Singapore in the summer of 2009.

Banking giants Standard Chartered, the club’s new sponsor, will arrange the tour with a big presence across Asia.

A club spokesman confirmed, “The club will tour Asia next summer but the dates and venues for the matches are to be confirmed.

“The last tour there in 2009 worked very well and we have a huge fan base there who will relish the chance to see the team in action.

“We also have a partner in Standard Chartered who have a huge presence across that continent.

“The fact that next summer there is no World Cup or European Championship gives us the opportunity to spend more time further afield.”

The tour gives fans in the Far East the chance to see their heroes and is seen as a good excercise in extending the global brand of the club.

The tour in 2009 came under some criticism, with the humidity and time difference of South East Asia not thought to be the best pre-season plan.

Liverpool went on to open their first fixture of the 2009/10 season away at Spurs, a fixture they face this weekend (28th November).

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