record,but it would totally throw their preseason plans out of the window.
Well it seems that money has spoken over European glory as Liverpool will reject the chance to qualify for Europe preferring instead to go on a lucrative pre-season tour of the Southern Hemisphere.
If Liverpool had qualified for the Europa League they would have been faced with playing their first qualifying game in the first week of July, with the second qualifying round on July 18 and July 25, which is when Liverpool will be in Indonesia and Australia.
The tour is set up to be a massive financial success for Liverpool. The game in Melbourne on July 24 will be played at the iconic MCG against Melbourne Victory is already a 90,000 sell-out.
After that, Brendan Rodgers’ side have a money spinning game on July 29 against Thailand.
Rodgers is anxious for Liverpool to compete domestically and in Europe but he would rather do it in the conventional way.
‘We want to get into it with our performance level and it’s highly unlikely we’d get that route’ sad Rodgers.
‘If we have a year where we are not in it, it’s going to give us an opportunity to push on,’ he said.
‘There’s also a pride thing. You want to get in it by performing and through (your league) positions.’
Rodgers’ first foray into Europe as a manager ended in the Europa League’s round of 32 this year, when Liverpool were beaten by Zenit St Petersburg on away goals, but they played 12 games in the tournament, the first of which was in Belarus on August 2.
‘It was a long journey this year and — don’t get me wrong — we enjoyed it and we were disappointed when we came out of it, but I think down the Fair Play route it (the qualifying rounds) starts even earlier,’ said Rodgers.
‘I’d prefer to be in it by qualifying through the league or winning a trophy. If it’s not that way then we are better suited to re-aligning our focus to domestic cups and the league.’
What do you think of Rodger’s and Liverpool’s decision to put money over competing in Europe?