Reds to play Malaysia in pre-season
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Liverpool will play Malaysia's national team, the current ASEAN champions, in Kuala Lumpur on 16 July, organisers said today.

The announcement means Liverpool will join fellow Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea in touring football-mad Malaysia in July as they warm up for next season.

The three teams will play at the 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil Stadium in the capital city and are expected to draw fans from across the region.

Julian Kam, chief executive officer of Proevents, the organiser of the event, told AFP that the Liverpool team will arrive on 14 July.

The game in Malaysia will be an important part of our preparations for the 2011/12 campaign and it's a chance for all our fans in Malaysia to get up close to their heroes.
Ian Ayre, Liverpool managing director

"The visiting Liverpool team will consist of players who will play in the new season," he said when asked if stars such as Steven Gerrard will be in action in Malaysia.

"We expect fans from neighbouring Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand to flood the Bukit Jalil stadium," he added.

The Liverpool team then leave for China PR after their three-day stay in Malaysia. Kam said fans will be able to watch Liverpool practice and have close-up access to the players.

Managing director Ian Ayre told the club's website: "At Liverpool FC we take these games very seriously. The game in Malaysia will be an important part of our preparations for the 2011/12 campaign and it's a chance for all our fans in Malaysia to get up close to their heroes."