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Liverpool pre season plans still under discussion with Far East a possibility amid Nike partnership

With Liverpool’s pre-season destination for the 2020/21 season still very much up in the air, the decision could become a whole lot clearer amid the club’s imminent lucrative sponsorship deal with kit suppliers Nike.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: The Nike football boots of Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City at Anfield on October 5, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The European champions have previously jetted off to the United States in three of the last four pre-season tours to take part in high-profile friendlies against fellow European giants such as Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan.

However, it has been reported that Klopp would prefer to focus the team’s energy on friendly fixtures closer to home this time around with time-limited due to senior players’ commitments in the upcoming international tournaments including Euro 2020, the Copa America, and the Olympics.

According to the Liverpool ECHO, a return to the Far East is highly possible with the club looking to expand their fanbase in the area with kit manufacturers Nike very prominent in the area.

Unlike their partnership with current suppliers New Balance, Nike are able to attract a global reach with stores across the world as well as high-profile ambassadors such as Drake, LeBron James and Serena Williams.

Liverpool last visited the region in 2017 to take part in the Asia Trophy that included fixtures with fellow Premier League rivals Leicester City and Crystal Palace, but the talk of the trip was dominated by monsoon weather and subsequent problems regarding training.

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However, there have been no plans yet finalised although it is looking increasingly likely that the Reds will venture to that part of the world for some part of their pre-season preparation.

A return to North America hasn’t yet been ruled with the club said to be open to the possibility of coming back to the States.

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 24: Liverpool manager head coach Jurgen Klopp during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Sporting CP and Liverpool at Yankee Stadium on July 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Traditionally, pre-season dictates that the Reds typically play a handful of local-based fixtures before jetting out for the tour that focusses on the club’s globalisation ahead of an intense few days at a European-based training camp.

The ECHO reports that a return to the Far East has been discussed with the Reds potentially heading to Asia as Premier League champions in July.

The decision will have been factored with the consideration that their season could end with the club’s third consecutive Champions League final taking place in Istanbul on Saturday, May 30, nearly two weeks after the climax of domestic action.

Already European and world champions, Klopp and his players are just six wins away from Premier League immortality.

With the European Championships, the Copa America and Olympic Games all dominating the summer schedule,  Klopp may be without many of his top players for a considerable portion of the summer as well a small chunk of the 2020/21 season due to the decision to bring the Africa Cup of Nations tournament forward to 2021.


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