Liverpool will return to Thailand to start their preseason tour of Australia and the Far East. Liverpool FC’s 2015 pre-season tour will begin in Thailand this summer after it was announced today that the Reds will return to Bangkok. The Reds will meet the True Thai Premier League All Stars at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok on July 14. Two years on from a successful visit to the capital city, Brendan Rodgers’ side will again run out at the Rajamangala Stadium in front of thousands of passionate local fans.
Liverpool last visited the country in 2013, when they beat Thailand 3-0 with goals from Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard. It will be the club’s sixth visit to the Thai capital and begins a tour of Asia and Australia which also includes Brisbane, Adelaide and Kuala Lumpur. Joe Allen says it was an eye-opener to somebody new to the club.
Allen said: “I’m very excited. I obviously had the pleasure of going there in 2013 and it was a real eye-opener for me. I’d heard about the fantastic support but to get out there and experience it first-hand was special. I’d been told about it so I thought I was prepared for it.”
The club have pledged to take a full first-team squad as they make what will be their sixth visit to Bangkok, with former Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush also travelling out to meet fans. They will be joined by coaching staff from the Liverpool FC Foundation charity to carry out community work and take part in official supports club events.
“With so many Liverpool fans in Thailand, the opportunity to play in the country is fantastic and the team are really looking forward to it,” said midfielder Joe Allen. “The reception the club received during the 2013 visit was unbelievable and I am looking forward to experiencing that passion and delivering some great football.”
“You can see how much the club means to them, so it’s great for us to get out there and see them in person. I’m thrilled to be returning.”
The second visit to Thailand could be the first time Liverpool fans see Milner in action. It is reported that the Reds are willing to pay him £150,000-a-week to sign. Liverpool can afford to pay the bumper wages as Milner is available on a free, although he will command a big signing-on fee. Former Kop defender Jamie Carragher believes Milner could even be made captain.