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Liverpool confirm friendly with Sydney FC

Goal.com logo Goal.com 10-04-2017

Liverpool have confirmed a post-season friendly with A-League premiers Sydney FC, with Jurgen Klopp's side set to feature at ANZ Stadium on May 24.

For the third time in five years, the Reds will make the trip to Australia having previously faced Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United in friendlies, while a Liverpool Legends XI played an exhibition match in Sydney in 2016.

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The match against Sydney will be played just 11 days after Liverpool's Premier League campaign comes to an end against West Ham.

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Liverpool's big fanbase in Australia has tempted the Premier League club back yet again, according to former striker Ian Rush.

The rendition of Liverpool's anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' at the 2013 friendly against Victory in front of 95,000 fans at the MCG caught the attention of football fans around the world.

"We have so many incredible fans in Australia and there is always a brilliant atmosphere when we play over here," he said.

"This is the first time the lads have played in Sydney and they're really looking forward to a great match against one of Australia's best A-League teams."

Sydney, who secured the A-League Premier's Plate late last month as the best team in the regular season, are aiming to become Australian champions for the third time with the domestic finals set to begin on April 21.

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"Liverpool will provide our boys with a world class opposition to test their skills against," Sydney coach Graham Arnold said in a statement.

"It will also be a fabulous opportunity to see how the best in the A-League compare to one of the Premier League's top four clubs."

It will be a big off-season for Sydney, who will also take on Arsenal on July 13 as part of the Gunners' two-game visit to Australia.

Arsenal face Western Sydney Wanderers two days after playing the Sky Blues.

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