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Liverpool heading to Dublin for Rovers friendly

LIVERPOOL are coming to the Aviva Stadium in May, with official confirmation of a friendly meeting with Shamrock Rovers expected within the next 48 hours,

Brendan Rodgers' title-chasers will visit Dublin after finalising a tri-party agreement with the Hoops and the FAI, who have sanctioned the game and will benefit from the lucrative friendly.

The League of Ireland side have been working on trying to get the glamour fixture across the line for a number of months.

Their cause was helped by the fact that the two clubs share a kit sponsor in the form of Warrior Sports.

Liverpool have a range of options for the end of the season but it's understood that their football department strongly supported a short-haul trip to Dublin on May 13 or 14.

They have also been linked with a subsequent jaunt to Mauritius for a clash with West Ham on May 18, but the Irish excursion will be announced this week once the final date is hammered down.

It will mark their second trip to these shores in the space a year after last August's Aviva clash with Celtic, which sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale. The commercial success of that encounter increased the appetite to return to Ireland.

They will take a cut from ticket sales and will also reserve a portion of the tickets which will specifically go on sale to their fans. The fixture will take place on either the Tuesday or Wednesday after the end of the Premier League campaign, and the Anfield side could have a trophy to parade.

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