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According to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein, Liverpool are in talks to play a “lucrative” pre-season game in China next year.
We are not even halfway through this current campaign, and yet plans are already being made for the warm-up preparations for next season.
Ornstein wrote: “Liverpool are in talks over holding a lucrative pre-season friendly in China in July.
“Plans are yet to be finalised with negotiations ongoing but a one-off game in China is viewed as more likely than a week-long tour.”
In today’s day and age, it makes sense that the top clubs in Europe travel far and wide to play their matches. With so many fans around the world, and big fees often paid for their appearances in friendly tournaments before the competitive action kicks off, there is the potential for the Reds to make big bucks next year.
Especially with it being in China. We have see with the big-money moves of the likes of Oscar and Carlos Tevez that the Asian country are willing to pay huge money to expand the sport of football on their shores, and they don’t come much bigger than Liverpool. At that point, they could be Premier League champions, and of course they lifted the Champions League last season. Their visit would surely be one of the biggest tickets in town.
However, it is isn’t all positive. With 22 games left, it is very early to start looking ahead to next season, especially with the excitement around the game potentially depending on whether the Anfield outfit do triumph domestically. Whilst it will not be Jurgen Klopp and the playing staff who will be taking part in the organisation of the fixture, they cannot afford to get too far ahead of themselves.
Also, there are complications in travelling so far for just one match. In the past, Liverpool have toured for a considerable length of time in far-flung regions, with them playing in the US before this season. Next year, though Klopp has asked that his team stay in Europe for the main part of the preparations, which is unsurprising with Euro 2020 also taking place next summer.
Jetting to and from the Far East in a short period of time is unlikely to be a good thing for the players as they attempt to reach full fitness so that they can hit the ground running come August.
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There are both pros and cons to such a match. The club’s hierarchy, therefore, must make sure they do not take any decision lightly, as it could have a lasting effect.
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