Liverpool News and Transfer Talk: USA Tour, Club Legends, Grabara

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Liverpool Football Club will be at Notre Dame Stadium to face Borussia Dortmund Friday night kicking-off the club’s three stop pre-season exhibition tour of the United States. On Thursday, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will address the media in South Bend, Indiana and at the University of Notre Dame, ahead of the friendly versus his former club.

The LFC tour also includes stops at Fenway Park in Boston (versus Sevilla on Sunday) and Yankee Stadium in New York (versus Sporting Lisbon next Wednesday). Here are some of the news and notes circulating in the LFC online community as the start of the USA tour draws near.

As we covered in the last edition of LFC news and notes, back-up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is set to extend his stay with the club. Another shot-stopper, further down on the depth chart, Kamil Grabara, is also going to extend his time with the club.

He’s signed a new Liverpool contract, and he’ll now join Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan.

-While Liverpool are out on their USA tour, players, coaches, personnel and club legends will participate in a series of community activities and public appearances; in addition to the standard issue training sessions.

On Wednesday morning, Liverpool FC legends Ian Rush (go here for our exclusive), Vladimir Smicer (go here for our exclusive) Patrick Berger and Jason McAteer will all appear at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend.

On Wednesday night, Liverpool CEO Peter Moore will appear at A.J. Hudson’s in Chicago, the pub that serves as the main headquarters for the most prominent groups of LFC supporters in America’s third largest city.

For our final item, we cover the good works that will be put in by the LFC Foundation while on tour. Said Matt Parish, the Director of the initiatives:

“Being on tour and visiting our international LFC family is incredible. People in the cities we’re visiting experience need the same as at those at home, so while we’re out here, it’s definitely the right thing to do to help where we can.”

At Notre Dame, LFC Foundation coaches will work with Michiana Echo, which supports the development of children through football, as well as the Logan Centre which supports people with disabilities. There will be coaching clinics and meet and greets with both LFC Women and LFC’s men’s teams.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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