Liverpool FC set to host Saudi royal family at Anfield as part of New Balance investment

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Members of the Saudi Arabia royal family will attend Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal on Saturday, as they prepare to invest in kit provider New Balance.

Al-Nassr Football Club announced on Friday afternoon that their president, HRH Faisal bin Turki, was set to “sign a new investment agreement in the UK,” with a press conference to come at Anfield.

And according to the Liverpool Echo, this will see the 43-year-old and other members of the Saudi royal family take to Merseyside on Saturday to watch the Reds.

But this is not believed to be in relation to any direct investment into the club, but instead a deal with New Balance.

The agreement could see Liverpool play a friendly with Al-Nassr in the summer, however, as the Saudi Professional League club bid farewell to long-serving left-back Hussein Abdulghani.

There have been further suggestions that this would be followed by further friendlies in each year of the deal.

This is yet to be confirmed, but would add a potential money-spinning home clash to Liverpool’s summer schedule, which is already set to include another tour of the Far East.

MAINZ, GERMANY - Sunday, August 7, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp watches his side warm-up as he returns to former club FSV Mainz 05 for a pre-season friendly match at the Opel Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This will take in two outings in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong and Shanghai, though they are not set to visit Australia unlike in 2013 and 2015.

Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin are also reportedly seeking a pair of clashes with the Reds to mark both clubs’ 125-year anniversary.

And Liverpool will also likely to play a series of domestic friendlies, as they did last summer, with low-key visits to other northwest clubs expected.

Fenway Sports Group have previously conceded they would be willing to part ways with a minor stake in the club, but there is no indication that this would come from Saudi Arabia.

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