Liverpool not expected to return to Asia preseason

Don't expect to see English Premier League club Liverpool touring Asia in the next pre-season. Anfield chief executive Rick Parry has "vowed that Liverpool won't put Steven Gerrard or his fellow internationals at risk from burn-out by chasing the dollar", Scott Wilson reported in the New Paper (Singapore). He wrote that Parry has said that Gerrard & Co must rest after the World Cup finals in June which means that Liverpool won't embark on pre-season tournaments to the USA or Asia in July and August.

"All of our preparation games will be Europe based and it will not be a long build-up - that's for sure," he quoted Parry. "The possibility of another long pre-season journey never came into our thoughts this time round. There will be no Far East or trans-Atlantic marathons - even though there will be no shortage of offers. We are planning a training camp in Switzerland and will have some games there. The players have been involved in an energy-sapping season and it is crucial the lads get the right preparation after giving everything throughout this season's long haul."