LIVERPOOL FC, the newly-crowned champions of Europe, are to play a pre-season friendly at BT Murrayfield at the end of next month. The English club, who won their sixth European Cup/Champions League title by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 last Saturday, will play SSC Napoli on Sunday 28 July as part of their eight-match preparation for the new football season.
Tickets for the match will go on sale next Wednesday, 12 June. With interest in Jurgen Klopp’s side at a high, Murrayfield could well be at its 67,000 capacity for the game. Last October’s Betfred Cup semi-final between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic attracted a crowd of 61, 161 to the national stadium.
Having already announced a three-match trip to the USA as the start of their warm-up programme, Liverpool today added five more games to their schedule, with the match in Edinburgh coming in the middle of that block. It will be preceded by games away to Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City, then followed by a match against Lyon in Geneva and Schalke at Anfield.
“This will be the first time we’ve ever played at BT Murrayfield – Scotland is inextricably linked to our heritage as a club and is somewhere we’ve wanted to play for a while,” Liverpool managing director Billy Hogan said on the Scottish Rugby website. “Playing in front of our Scottish fans in a world-class venue like BT Murrayfield will be an incredible occasion and we’re really excited to sample the atmosphere we’ve heard so much about.”
Dominic McKay, the SRU’s chief operating officer, added: “We are delighted to be able to host this world-class match. It is a massive coup to secure Liverpool and SSC Napoli and shows the fantastic reputation BT Murrayfield has on the international sporting stage.
“Supporters who come to BT Murrayfield have a great experience, whether that be Hearts who played four games here in 2017 or the spectators at our Guinness Six Nations and Autumn Test matches. This match is a unique opportunity to see international club football in Scotland this summer, a treat for any sports fans. The Edinburgh International Festival begins a few days after this fixture so this will add to an already exciting time in the capital city.
“Scottish Rugby has enjoyed 14 sell-out matches in a row at BT Murrayfield and we are confident our venue is one of the premium stadium venues in the UK, and this fixture just reaffirms it.”