Busy off­sea­son for Reds

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Liver­pool will cover most kilo­me­tres of any Premier League club in pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tion, closely fol­lowed by Manch­ester City, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish media re­ports on Sun­day.

The days of gen­tle friendly matches close to home are long gone for Eng­land’s big­gest clubs, keen to ex­ploit com­mer­cial pos­si­bil­i­ties in mar­kets like Asia, Aus­trala­sia and North Amer­ica.

Bren­dan Rodgers’ (pic­tured) Liver­pool will play in Thai­land, Aus­tralia, Malaysia and Fin­land be­tween July 14 and Au­gust 1.

That means fly­ing more than 39 000km, ac­cord­ing to the Sun on Sun­day news­pa­per, which es­ti­mates Manch­ester City’s two matches in Mel­bourne will take them more than 34 000km.

Cham­pi­ons Chelsea have again cho­sen the United States for a se­ries of matches in July be­fore re­turn­ing home in time for the tra­di­tional Com­mu­nity Shield match at Wem­b­ley against FA Cup win­ners Ar­se­nal on Au­gust 2.

Manch­ester United also visit the U.S., play­ing in Seat­tle, San Jose, Berke­ley and Chicago.

The bi­en­nial Bar­clays Asia Tro­phy start­ing on July 15 takes place in Sin­ga­pore for the first time and fea­tures Ar­se­nal, Ever­ton and Stoke City, plus a Sin­ga­pore XI.

But West Ham United, un­der new man­ager Slaven Bilic, will be the Premier League team with the short­est sum­mer break.

They face a qual­i­fy­ing tie in the Europa League as early as July 2. — Reuters

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