Liverpool, the English giants of the Premier League landed in Hong Kong on Monday ahead of their six-day pre-season tour of Hong Kong, where they will face Crystal Palace and either West Brom or Leicester at Hong Kong Stadium.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has brought a 25-man squad to the Far East including new signing Mohamed Salah, but Sadio Mane, Lazar Markovic and Mamadou Sakho have been left at home.
It’s been twenty years since Liverpool last touched down in Hong Kong, yet hundreds of dedicated fan mobbed the players as they landed at the airport on Monday morning.
Other fans had made their way to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in West Kowloon where the squad will stay during their week-long visit.
The team were in a good mood after their 13-hour flight from Manchester, stopping to sign dozens of autographs and posed for numerous photos.
Chairman of the Hong Kong Reds David Oh said excitement for had reached fever pitch of the City’s latest arrival.
“There’s a real buzz in the city,” he told the ECHO.
“People are travelling from all across Asia, Australia and New Zealand to be here.
“All the tickets for the two matchdays sold out very quickly. For many fans here, it’s been 10 years since they’ve seen Liverpool so it’s a big deal to have them on Hong Kong soil. It’s well overdue.
“It’s a great time to be a Liverpool supporter as this is an opportunity to feel close to the club.
“Liverpool have got massive support across Asia and especially in Hong Kong. The fans are very passionate about the club and they’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.”
From Hong Kong, Klopp will take his men to a training camp in Germany, with clashes scheduled against Hertha Berlin, Bayern Munich and one of Napoli and Atletico Madrid.