It’s a stay-at-home summer for Reds


April 18, 1970
There will be no close season tour for Liverpool this summer. They have decided against it because they feel it is unfair to go abroad under the name of “Liverpool” with some of their players missing because of England’s World Cup commitment. Secretary Peter Robinson said: “Although we have had several request for tours we have turned them down with regret because we do not consider it fair to play under Liverpool’s name with what could not be a full strength team.”

Last summer Liverpool toured Majorca and the summer before that played matches in Portugal and the Canary Islands. Instead of a summer tour, Liverpool are trying to fix up a short tour to warm-up before next season. They hope to take in matches against Anderlecht of Belgium and a top flight Dutch club, maybe Ajax, in a bid to reach peak form for the start of next season.

Their bid for such a warm-up follows the successful start to this season after they drew with Feyenoord in Rotterdam. Feyenoord have gone on to reach the semi-final of the European Cup.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: April 18, 1970; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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