Soccer-Liverpool warmed by the love and largesse on Asian tour (Reuters)

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, July 23 (Reuters) – Liverpool’s exile from Champions League football has punched a hole in their finances and disappointed fans across the globe, but has not stopped Asia’s diehards from opening their wallets to see their touring Premier League heroes. A crowd of up to 95,000 is expected to flock to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday to see the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez take on local club Melbourne Victory in the Merseyside team’s first visit Down Under. …

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