Soccer mania reached a fever pitch in Singapore when English Premier League golf equipment Liverpool and Crystal Palace got here for the Customary Chartered Singapore Trophy pre-season match in July 2022. Followers packed the resorts and sponsor occasions to catch a glimpse of their soccer heroes, and roared on their groups on the Nationwide Stadium, with the most important crowd attendance at a sports activities occasion because the COVID-19 pandemic.

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JURGEN KLOPP: These journeys are actually a beautiful factor. The one downside is that you must fly 14, 15 hours, and also you practice in fully totally different occasions. Humidity will not be precisely that, however we’re used to it. So it is good and never so good. The most effective factor about it’s we come nearer to our fan base. In order that’s how it’s. So the fan base in Asia, particularly, we all know how large it’s. And we all know how vital it’s to come back. And we actually love doing it.

From a coaching level of view– and at the start, I am a coach. And it isn’t my favourite factor to do as a result of if we are able to go two weeks to Austria and practice twice a day, that may be higher. However an important factor is to come back right here and let the folks see us. And never solely on tv, however life as nicely. Now we have in the present day right here, I heard, about 12,000 folks for the open session, the open coaching session. That is completely spectacular. [LAUGHS] That is actually nice.

Now we have to coach actually intense, arduous so much to get the gamers in the fitting bodily state for the entire season. So pre-season video games are vital. However an important video games are arising in a number of weeks, and that is when we’ve to be prepared.

VIRGIL VAN DIJK: Properly, yeah, now it is a new yr, new possibilities. Everybody begins from scratch from a brand new. And so they’ll give their greatest. The membership reacted with getting Bowen in, clearly an excellent participant, to play for now but additionally for the longer term for the membership, I feel. So we’ll see. You already know, it is solely been 5 periods and 30-minutes sport. So we’ll see what occurs.

FABINHO TAVARES: We hope to play our greatest soccer. However perhaps bodily, we’re not but in our, you realize, greatest form. However we’ll be good to be half in entrance of the 1000’s of our followers, perhaps followers who haven’t got usually the chance to see the play. So after all, we wish to play soccer for the followers right here in Singapore.

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PATRICK VIEIRA: It is no simple sport enjoying towards Liverpool. I feel we’re dealing with a crew that might be there on the high to problem for the title and might be there, I imagine, to problem for profitable the Champions League. So such as you mentioned, this can be a preparation that can give us and provides me as a supervisor a extremely good concept about the place we’re. And I feel that it is a actually good sport preparation for us.

And naturally, we all know how troublesome and challenges that sport might be. However we’re in preparation. And we’ll study so much tomorrow about the place we’re and which a part of the sport that we have to deal with, as a result of the target and the primary focus for us is to be prepared for the primary sport of the season.

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ANDY ROBERTSON: You already know, the fatness is there. It is simply slowly however absolutely getting again, eliminating that wee little bit of the rustiness and issues like that. And yeah, look, you realize, we have clearly obtained, I feel, two or three extra video games earlier than, you realize, the Man Metropolis sport. And, you realize, we’ve to be prepared for that. So I feel now we fly again, you realize, perhaps a break day, after which we ramp up a wee bit extra. After which we go to Austria. And, you realize, I am absolutely anticipating Austria to be powerful. [INAUDIBLE].

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You already know, we stay up for that as a result of we all know we’ll come out higher for it. After which we must be prepared for the season to begin.

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