LIVERPOOL will be cheered on in their US tour by a standing singing Kop!
The Reds flew out of JLA yesterday for a three-match tour of the United States, where they will face Toronto, Roma and Spurs.
But before they jetted out managing director Ian Ayre explained how the club’s American owners were hoping to recreate the Anfield matchgoing experience Stateside.
“For fans, for people who have never been fortunate enough to come to Anfield, what better than the next best thing, which is to come and watch the players up close and personal at Fenway Park or in Toronto or in Baltimore?” said Ayre.
“I was talking to some of the guys at Fenway Sports Group and we’ve allocated certain sections of the crowd to be the Liverpool home end, so hopefully some of those fans will get the opportunity to experience what it’s like to stand and sing.
“As always, which is great, we’ll have a travelling band of Scousers no doubt and other Liverpool fans who are used to making the journey because that’s what they do.
“That adds to it as well because having Liverpool fans from Merseyside on tour with the team is always a big part of the fun and it adds to the atmosphere.”
Both Fenway Park, where Liverpool play Roma, and the Toronto Blue Jays’ Rogers Centre where the Reds open their tour at the weekend against Toronto FC, have standing sections.
Manager Brendan Rodgers, who named a 34-man squad for the tour with several players swelling the travelling party next week, admitted he was relishing his first tour as Reds boss.
“We’ve had a real good couple of weeks work at home and obviously when you travel abroad, especially to great countries like America and Canada, you find out different things about the group,” he explained.
“It’s a great pre-season for me because I get to look at the younger players and the senior players, so they all feel there’s hope right through the club.
“I’ve also got some of the staff from the Academy coming with me. I feel it’s important that they understand how I work, on and off the field, because when we come back, it all becomes really, really busy and you’re getting into your focus for the games.
“So it’s a great integration for the players and the staff and we will enjoy it and work hard which is important.”
Liverpool will set up base at Harvard Univeristy when they arrive in the states.
The university boasts fine training facilities including full-size indoor running tracks and three Olympic pools.
“I think Harvard University is one of the most renowned and historic universities in the world,” explained Rodgers.
“So for us it’s a real privilege to go there and do our work. But the most important thing is our mentality.
“First and foremost, the objective is to go and work and work hard.
“And secondly it’s to bring the great name of Liverpool to other supporters over in that part of the world. Most importantly, we’re there to work and work hard.”