Liverpool FC heading back to Malaysia
LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB have confirmed that they will return to Malaysia this summer as part of their 2015 pre-season tour. Brendan Rodgers’ side are set to play a game in Kuala Lumpur for the first time since their 2011 pre-season visit.
The Reds will play the Kuala Lumpur fixture on Friday 24th July against a Malaysian XI at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are organising the event.
The game itself is just one aspect of what Liverpool are doing to boost their relationship with Malaysian fans, part of “a programme of activity that the Club is delivering in 2015 to bring Malaysian fans closer to the team they support,” the club says.
LFC CEO Ian Ayre says: “We visited Kuala Lumpur as part of our 2011 pre-season tour and the support we received was incredible, not only from the 80,000 fans that turned out to watch us play at Bukit Jalil, but all our fans in Malaysia throughout our visit.
“Pre-season is an important time for the team as they prepare for the upcoming season and the match against the Malaysian XI is an exciting part of that preparation. The tour gives our supporters a chance to see the team up close, no matter how far away from Anfield they might live.”
The FAM general-secretary Dato’ Hamidin Haji Mohd Amin said “The national football governing body is truly honoured to host Liverpool once again and are excited by the upcoming fixture.
“It’s not that we often get to see English Premier League stars. We watch them in awe in our television sets as they take on their opponents, mesmerising them with their gifted football skills.
“Watching our Malaysian XI play Liverpool is going to be an enthralling experience for all fans.”
In addition to the first team squad the club are sending coaching staff from LFC’s charity, the Liverpool FC Foundation, to do work in the community over the course of the visit and to take official supporters’ clubs events.