Liverpool go the extra mile


The days of gentle friendly matches close to home are long gone for England’s biggest clubs, keen to exploit commercial possibilities in markets like Asia, Australasia and North America.

Liverpool will play in Thailand, Australia, Malaysia and Finland between July 14 and August 1.

That means flying more than 38 624km, according to the Sun on Sunday newspaper, which estimates Manchester City’s two matches in Melbourne will take them more than 33 796km.

Champions Chelsea have again chosen the US for a series of matches in July before returning home in time for the traditional Community Shield match at Wembley on August 2 against FA Cup winners Arsenal.

Manchester United also visit the US, playing in Seattle, San Jose, Berkeley and Chicago.

The biennial Barclays Asia Trophy starting on July 15 takes place in Singapore for the first time and features Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City, plus a Singapore XI.

But West Ham United, under new manager Slaven Bilic, will be the Premier League team with the shortest summer break.

They face a qualifying tie in the Europa League as early as July 2, the draw for which will be made on Monday. – Reuters

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