Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner backs overseas game

November 8, 2010

Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner is keen on exploring the concept of playing a competitive Premier League game abroad.

A similar idea was discussed before, for a ’39th game’ abroad, but stalled after meeting opposition from clubs, fans and world governing body Fifa.

The Premier League has confirmed that there is no current plan to look at reviving the proposal.

“Pre-season matches are great but why not have an actual match in season?” Werner told BBC Sport.

Playing a competitive match abroad could help clubs cash in on television markets in overseas territories where the Premier League is popular, like Asia and the United States.

“I think first of all the Premier League is the strongest league in the world and its reach is global,” added the 60-year-old American.

“It’s been very impressive to me, the number of people globally who watch, and we hope to expand that imprint. I think the more important the game the more excitement.”