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Liverpool to play in Helsinki for final pre-season game this summer

Liverpool FC will complete their pre-season preparations for 2015-16 with a friendly against Finnish side HJK Helsinki on Saturday 1 August.

HELSINKI, FINLAND - Friday, October 9, 2009: Wales' players during training at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group 4 match against Finland. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Exactly a week before the new Barclays Premier League campaign begins, the Reds will run out at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki for a 5.30pm BST kick-off.

HJK, who have been crowned champions of Finland for the past six years, will ensure a competitive encounter for Brendan Rodgers’ team.

Tickets for the game will be available to purchase from 10am (BST) on Tuesday 16 June: Click here for more information.

Billy Hogan, Liverpool’s chief commercial officer, said: “Pre-season is an important time for the team to prepare and this final game will complete an exciting tour following our games in Asia and Australia.

“LFC has a massive fan base in Scandinavia and of course in Finland because of Sami, and I am sure they will be looking forward to seeing the team play against Finland’s champions in their final tune up for the Barclays Premier League season.”

The Reds and HJK last met in a friendly at the same venue 25 years ago, with Ray Houghton and David Burrows scoring in a 2-0 victory.

In 1982, they clashed over two legs in the European Cup and Liverpool claimed a 5-1 aggregate win at the second round stage.

Aki Riihilahti, HJK’s CEO, said: “HJK want to play the best possible international games in our preparation for Champions League qualification, and this is also a great event for the fans as Liverpool has a special place in Finnish hearts because of Sami Hyypia.”

LFC Pre-Season 2015/16 Confirmed Fixtures

14 July – Bangkok, Thailand – vs. True All Stars
17 July – Brisbane, Australia – vs. Brisbane Roar
20 July – Adelaide, Australia – vs. Adelaide United
24 July – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – vs. Malaysian XI
1 August – Helsinki, Finland – vs. HJK Helsinki

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