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Liverpool confirmed for Asia Trophy

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The eighth edition of the Premier League Asia Trophy (previously Barclays Asia Trophy) will take place at the Hong Kong Stadium on Wednesday 19 and Saturday 22 July.

The biennial tournament will see the Reds make their second appearance, competing against Premier League club’s Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion. Liverpool FC played in the tournament back in 2007 which saw the team lose out to Portsmouth in a thrilling penalty shoot-out. LFC will be hoping to claim victory this year at the famous Hong Kong Stadium.

The Premier League Asia Trophy is part of the League’s ongoing commitment to fans in Asia, and to supporting the development of football at all levels in Hong Kong and across the region. A full programme of coaching and community initiatives, including another Premier Skills coaching programme run in partnership with the Hong Kong Football Association, will run alongside the tournament.

Ticketing information for fans will be announced in early June. Tickets will be sold per match day (19 July, 22 July) with each ticket allowing access to both matches on that day.

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool FC Manager said: “We’re really looking forward to playing in the Premier League Asia Trophy this summer. It’s important that the Club takes part in competitions like this as it gives local fans the opportunity to get closer to the action.

“The Club has a huge fanbase in Hong Kong and we hope to put on a good performance for our fans.”

Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore added: “We are very excited to be returning to Hong Kong this summer for the Premier League Asia Trophy. We know from previous visits that fans in Hong Kong, and across the region, are passionate supporters of our clubs.

“In Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Liverpool FC and West Bromwich Albion we have a group of excellent clubs, players and managers who will give local fans a fantastic Premier League experience.”

Mark Sutcliffe, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Football Association said: ““The Hong Kong Football Association is delighted and honoured to host four Premier League Clubs in July for the Premier League Asia Trophy 2017. The passion and enthusiasm for the Premier League in Hong Kong has never been higher and the opportunity to see world class players in the flesh will be met with great anticipation.

“As co-organisers of the event, the Hong Kong Football Association will do everything it can to ensure that it is the best Asia Trophy ever. With two match days and a wide range of community engagement activities, there is a lot to look forward to and personally, I can’t wait”.

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