Liverpool to play four friendlies across the north of England

Liverpool confirmed earlier this week that they will be playing in a big friendly game against Barcelona in August at Wembley and today added four more dates to the pre-season calendar for games that are certainly not going to be quite as high profile.

 

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With construction work continuing on the rebuilt Main Stand there is no chance of the club playing any home friendlies this summer.

The four UK matches are to be held across the north of England, starting very locally across the water at Tranmere Rovers on 8th July. Five days later they head north to the seaside town of Fleetwood before a game around twenty miles from Anfield against former Premier League side Wigan Athletic who have just secured promotion to the Championship after a season in League One.

The final game announced today takes place in Yorkshire, the Reds playing Huddersfield Town on July 20th.

The full fixture list is:

 

  • Tranmere Rovers v LFC, Friday 8 July, Kick-off 7pm BST
  • Fleetwood Town v LFC, Wednesday 13 July, Kick-off 7pm BST
  • Wigan Athletic v LFC, Sunday 17 July, Kick-off 4pm BST
  • Huddersfield Town v LFC, Wednesday 20 July, Kick-off 7.45pm BST

The club will then continue their pre-season preparations Stateside with two International Champions Cup games on the West Coast of the US against Chelsea (July 28th) and AC Milan (July 31st), before rounding it all off with that game against Barcelona in London on August 6th.

The new Premier League season begins a week later.

The club say that tickets for the pre-season friendlies in the UK will soon be on sale and asks fans to keep checking www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets/tickets-availability for latest news.

 

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Liverpool to play friendly in Helsinki

The Reds will round off their pre-season preparations by travelling to the country that gave us Sami Hyypia and Jari Litmanen.

WITH no way of playing any pre-season games at Anfield this summer – in fact the club have asked if they can avoid opening the league season with a home match – Liverpool will have to travel for all their pre-season games. Today the club added Helsinki in Finland to a summer schedule that also includes a long-haul trip for a tour of Australia and Asia.

The Finland friendly will be against HJK Helsinki – arguably the country’s biggest team and certainly the most successful in recent seasons – on Saturday 1 August, a week before the Premier League campaign kicks off. The game is set for the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki with 5.30pm kick off (UK time).

The Reds will be up against the side who have won the Finnish league six years in a row.

Liverpool’s Billy Hogan, the chief commercial officer, said of the game: “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.”

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HJK’s CEO, Aki Riihilahti, 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.”

It’s a quarter of a century since the last friendly between the two sides at this venue, a 2-0 Reds win courtesy of goals from Ray Houghton and David Burrows.

Before that the two sides met in the European Cup, Bob Paisley’s 1982 side heading into the third round thanks to a 5-1 aggregate win.