Liverpool to visit the United States again: “Pre-season tour is an important time of year”
24 April 2019
Liverpool will face Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla FC and Sporting CP on their 2019-2020 pre-season tour.
Managing director Billy Hogan is happy they’re off to the US again.
As part of their 2019-2020 pre-season preparations, Liverpool will cross the Atlantic to play three matches in the US.
The Reds will face manager Jurgen Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund on Friday July 2019 at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. They faced the same team as part of a pre-season tournament last year, when they lost 3-1.
Liverpool will also play Sevilla in Boston, at Fenway Park – the home of the Boston Red Sox who are, like Liverpool, owned by Fenway Sports Group. The club finish their tour in New York where the Yankee Stadium will host a match against Sporting CP.
Billy Hogan, Liverpool’s managing director and chief commercial officer, said:
“The pre-season tour is an important time of the year for our first team to prepare for the upcoming season, while also providing the opportunity to bring the first team to our fans around the world.”
Great support in the US
Hogan is happy to return to the US.
“We’re heading to three incredible locations this year. This trip to the US will be very special and we’re really looking forward to having as many of our supporters with us along the way.”
And Liverpool do seem to have a great fan base in the US. For last year’s pre-season trip, the club’s chief executive Peter Moore said on the Sports with Friends podcast:
“The United States or North America as a whole has been, and will continue to be, a major market for us. We’re a club that has several hundred million fans around the world. But if you listen to some third-party research, as many as 771 million fans have put their hands up and said, ‘I follow Liverpool Football Club’.”
Liverpool beat archrivals Manchester United 4-1 last year in front of 100,000 people in Michigan Stadium, which shows the great support for European football in the US.