Rodgers: Aussie tour will galvanise Reds

The Reds beat a Thai Premier League XI on Tuesday before they traveled to Australia, where they will take on Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Upon leaving Queensland, the Merseysiders will travel to South Australia, where they face Adelaide United at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.

Then they will leave Australia and head back to Southeast Asia, where they will take on a Malaysia All Stars XI in Kuala Lumpur.

While the hectic traveling schedule may take its toll on the players, Rodgers believes the tour will do far more good for his squad than harm.

"When you work for Liverpool it means you are a member of one of the iconic football clubs in the world, so you don't just have supporters in England, you have supporters right throughout the world and it's our duty when we come to these countries to thank and play in front of our supporters globally," he told reporters in Bangkok before leaving for Australia.

"Brisbane – that's another different experience but a great experience. In Melbourne a few years ago we played in front of nearly 100,000 people.

"There's not too many clubs that have that pull and that support, so for us of course it is a demanding pre-season with lots of travel but we are looking to maximise what we can out of each country, each training session and each game, and come the beginning of the season we'll be in a really good footballing condition to start the season.

"There's always positives and negatives when you travel so far. I think for us we really focus on the positives. It's two weeks away, it's a long time together and you really get to know one another on the field and off the field during this tour, so we are really focused on that.

"Like I say it's not a chore to travel to – Australia – these are countries that really support us on a global stage and we are very honoured to travel to these countries."

One player who has no doubts about the importance of the trips is French defender Mamadou Sakho, who scored one of the goals in the side's 4-0 win on Tuesday.

"This is part of our preparation for the season and we are looking forward to going to Australia and going to Brisbane and Adelaide," he said.

"I hope we can carry on with our good work we have done so far during the pre-season and get the same result in our next game."

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