Talks underway: Liverpool close in on big-money May deal - report
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are in talks over a money-spinning end-of-season friendly in Australia next month, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Premier League giants are working on a lucrative deal that would see the team make the long-haul journey Down Under when the domestic programme has ended.
It is said that the idea is for the game to take place in the week after Liverpool’s final league fixture at home to relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on 21 May.
The Sun report that discussions are ongoing but a deal has not yet been agreed.
The players have been told they may be needed beyond the final weekend of the Premier League campaign, even though many will be keen for a breather at the end of the domestic season while also preparing for matches with their countries.
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There is the chance the friendly will be against Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium, which has a capacity of 83,000.
Liverpool have never played in Sydney but their two previous visits to Australia demonstrated the club’s immense support in Australia, which has produced the likes of Harry Kewell and Craig Johnstone for the first team.
Some 95,000 fans swarmed to the iconic MCG to watch Liverpool beat Melbourne Victory in a pre-season friendly in 2013.
Two years later Liverpool played in front of 50,000 fans in Brisbane and 53,000 in Adelaide.
Meanwhile, Klopp’s side are back in Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to 12th-placed Stoke as they aim to bounce back from Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.
Liverpool are third in the league with seven matches of the domestic programme remaining.
In other Liverpool news, a Bundesliga sensation reportedly on Liverpool’s radar has sealed a summer switch.