Liverpool in Melbourne Victory sights
By Football News
Melbourne Victory have launched a bid to lure Liverpool to Australia for an exhibition match this year.
The A-League club, who previously hosted Greek champions Olympiakos and David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy, would most likely entertain Liverpool in July.
Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro said Liverpool sales director Olly Dale had attended the club's blockbuster clash with Sydney FC on Saturday as part of an evaluation of the region.
"We have come together and hopefully we can construct a major deal for something very special to take place this year," he said.
Di Pietro said Liverpool were not in the country to scout players, as had been previously reported.
Lou Sticca, the sports management consultant who negotiated to bring Galaxy to Melbourne, is believed to be involved in the discussions with Liverpool.
Liverpool announced in July that they planned to visit nearby Indonesia in 2013 as part of a sponsorship agreement with airline Garuda Indonesia.
"Indonesia is an ambitious country with a rapidly growing economy which the club has great affiliation with and where we hope to hold next year's pre-season tour," managing director Ian Ayre said at the time.
Adding to speculation, Liverpool this week launched a dedicated Twitter channel for supporters in Australia and New Zealand.
"The Reds have always enjoyed a massive following in Australia and New Zealand," the club said on their website.
"In terms of supporters, Liverpool has more international members from Australia and New Zealand than from any other country in the world."
A match between Melbourne Victory and Liverpool would rival a fixture between an A-League All-Stars side and Manchester United at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on July 20.
The Victorian government, who reportedly baulked at the three million dollars asking price for Manchester United to come to town, would likely provide funding for the Liverpool bid.