Ian Ayre hints at Steven Gerrard reunion as Liverpool plan summer tour of the USA

Liverpool FC are considering the possibility of arranging a friendly with Steven Gerrard's LA Galaxy in the summer, as they prepare for another pre-season tour of the USA.

The club's Chief Executive Officer Ian Ayre has confirmed that the Reds will be back in America, admitting that they could face up against their former skipper - though nothing is yet concrete.

The Merseyside outfit, who last visited the States in 2014 for the International Champions Cup, are a popular attraction across the Atlantic and are keen to make a return.

Ayre admitted that Liverpool could potentially schedule a fixture against Gerrard, who was recently linked with a surprise return to Anfield after the end of his first season with the Galaxy.

And though they are still very much in negotiations, Ayre revealed that they are looking to play on the West coast - after predominantly playing across the East in recent visits.

Speaking with BBC Sport on the idea of a friendly between the two teams, Ayre insisted that it is something Liverpool have on their "radar of ideas."

He added that they will catch up with Gerrard and "see what he thinks" about the idea, with the 35-year-old back in his hometown - having most recently been present for Jürgen Klopp's side's 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace

Ayre described it as "brilliant" to have Gerrard "in the US market" with the veteran midfielder having been "such a great servant to Liverpool."

He said that he hopes the Reds' former No.8 is "telling people how great the club is" which he believes would "only be good" for the club as they continue to try and enhance themselves as a global brand.

Reds relishing return to America, says CEO Ayre 

The Reds visited Boston, New York, Chicago, Charlotte and Miami when they last travelled through North America, something which has become a regular occurence since Boston-based owners Fenway Sports Group took over in 2010, then named New England Sports Ventures. 

And with the abundance of high-quality stadia and the appeal of the club across the pond, Ayre believes Liverpool should look to see more of the country this time around.

He said they will "for certain" travel to America next summer, though declared that they "don't have any information of where" at the moment.

Ayre added that Liverpool are "trying to look" at venturing over to the West coast, as well as visiting a "little bit" of the East - having done the latter in recent years.

But he insisted that they are "still negotiating" with "various people" on the facts of "who and where" the club will play.

He called it an exciting process and explained that they "always try" to visit America in "tournament years" when they have internationals at the European Championships or World Cup, due to the fact it is less travel for the players who "come back a little bit later."

Ayre said that it is important they balance pre-season, which he called a "very important time" for both players and the manager, with "not travelling too far", "great communication" and "great transport links" - saying the Reds have "done it before" and "always" got a "great reception" and will "look forward" to revisiting the country.

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