Liverpool to follow Manchester City by buying an Australian football club - report

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The Reds may buy Melbourne Victory, soon after Manchester City bought Melbourne Hart.

Liverpool are set to buy Australian A-League side Melbourne Victory according to reports in Australia.

The Reds played Melbourne Victory in a pre-season friendly at the MCG in July, a game that Liverpool won 2-0.

Liverpool would become the second Premier League club to buy a side from the A-League with Manchester City purchasing Melbourne Hart for 12 million Australian Dollars [£6.73m]. It is believed Liverpool will have to pay closer to 20 million Australian Dollars [£10.96m] to complete the takeover the club.

Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro reportedly met the Liverpool hierarchy after the 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Though initially, many fans would have thought of the costs involved in purchasing another football club, it seems to be less than the amount Liverpool paid for Daniel Sturridge last year.

Potentially, Liverpool could form a partnership with their respective academies – i.e. if any promising players came through the Melbourne Victory academy, then the chances are Liverpool could secure the services of any promising player relatively easily.

Also, with Financial Fairplay Rules taking effect, the Reds may try to use the club as another revenue stream to help balance the books and strengthen their spending power in the transfer market – with reluctance to splash the cash on certain transfer targets in recent years.

The A-league has recently welcomed interest from outside Australia in their clubs, with their head Damien de Bohun saying: 'It has become very apparent to us that there is a large amount of interest from overseas parties, including football clubs, that are looking to invest in Hyundai A-League clubs.

'We will continue to work with any club that considers to receive overseas investment as long as it is mutually beneficial.'

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