Liverpool are reportedly set to make a huge amount of money from their pre-season tour down under.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Liverpool could make as much as £10million from a summer tour of Australia.
The Reds will play pre-season friendlies against Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United in July, two years on from their last tour down under when they played Melbourne Victory in front of a reported 95,000 supporters.
The report claims Liverpool will add around £3million in gate receipts to an appearance fee in the region of £800,000; and with a considerable amount of merchandise expected to be sold as a result of Liverpool’s presence, a total fee of £10million has been proclaimed.
If true, it demonstrates more than ever why Premier League clubs are moving away from pre-season tours closer to home in favour of money-making tours across the globe.
The English top flight is a huge global passion and the visit of players such as Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling is always going to generate huge interest from supporters who can usually only watch their heroes on television.
But there is one player who will not be on show for Liverpool this time round, with Steven Gerrard having played what turned out to be his last pre-season tour in 2014.