AMERICAN fans will come out in support of Liverpool this summer after it emerged the Reds’ ticket allocation for a game in Boston has sold out.
Any fear that Brendan Rodgers’ men would receive a half hearted welcome in the US next month have been quashed with the news that the 37,000-capacity Fenway Park will be packed with Liverpool supporters on July 25.
Managing director Ian Ayre confirmed that all of the club’s tickets have been snapped up for the friendly game against Roma to help mark the 100th anniversary of the Boston Red Sox’s home ground.
Liverpool kick-off their North America tour with a game against Toronto FC on July 21 before finishing their stay with a fixture against Tottenham Hotspur in Baltimore, a week later.
Although Ayre expects the Reds’ welcome to be less manic than the one they received in the Far East last summer, he says the club’s American fanbase is strong.
“I’m sure it will be different but equally there is a huge fan base out there,” said Ayre.
“There are two or three opportunities in a two week period for the fans to come and see the team up close and personal. They will see the team in a mix of different games in terms of opposition and venue.
“I think we will see great support for Liverpool out there. I have been talking to our colleagues at Fenway Sports Management who are managing the ticket sales around the Boston game. Like for a traditional game, the tickets have been segregated between Liverpool and Roma fans. There has been a great run on the Liverpool tickets and they have sold out. That just shows how big a fan base the club has over there.
“I believe the tour will be far more organised than it was in the Far East but that doesn’t mean to say there will be any less fever.”
Liverpool are due to return to Merseyside on July 30 and with their opening Europa League qualifying match just three days later, it could put a strain on the squad ahead of Rodgers’ first competitive game in charge.
However Ayre says the players will benefit from state of the art facilities at their Harvard University base in Boston.
The squad return to Melwood at the beginning of next week where Rodgers and his team will asses fitness levels.
Liverpool have had several players involved at the European Championships this summer and though some featured significantly more than others in Poland and Ukraine, they will all be monitored ahead of the US tour.
Ayre says the priority of any pre-season is to ready the squad for the new season and insists there is no obligation for their star names to feature in the games, if they are not fully fit.
The Reds’ Olympic representatives, which looks like being Craig Bellamy, Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez, are likely to miss the trip.
“Pre-season tours are a combination of two things,” said Ayre.
“Preparing the players for the season ahead is the most important thing and the second part is meeting the fans and sponsors. We can’t guarantee that any player will be at pre-season but we will always put out the best team we can and take as many players as we can out there.
“We have had players who have played in long tournaments this summer so until everybody is back at the club this week, and we have spoken to each of them, then we can’t make any decisions as to who will travel.
“But we recognise the unique opportunity and always do our best.”