Liverpool were treated to a pleasant surprise when they took to the field against Melbourne Victory in the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

With the Reds on their first ever tour to Australia, excitement was high in the build-up to the game and Melbourne's streets were a sea of red with pubs and restaurants filled with Liverpool supporters.

The Merseyside club's fan base was clear to see with Melbourne swarming with red-clad local fans and thousands paying $15 to simply watch their team train at the MCG on Tuesday.

The club's managing director Ian Ayre was beaming at the support for his club on this side of the planet but revealed he was not surprised.

"I don't think we were surprised. We've always known that with some of the activity we've seen, in the online retailing business, Australia's the second-largest market for us after the UK home domestic market, which is staggering really given the size of the population," Ayre told Reuters in Melbourne.

"The number of people that come to our website online and our social media platforms is huge. Obviously the speed of the sale of the tickets, we knew there would be a huge buy-in from our foundation in this part of the world."

But the real show of support was yet to arrive from a packed out MCG with an official turnout of 95446 when the whole stadium started singing Liverpool's anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone".

In spite of playing against the local team, Liverpool's players were cheered and given a thunderous welcome while the Melbourne Victory players were subjected to boos.

Australian native Brad Jones was offered a start by Rodgers in his homeland ahead of new No. 1, Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool emerged victorious at the end of the match via goals from their captain fantastic Steven Gerrard and new signing Iago Aspas. 

 

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