BT Sport has announced that it’s to broadcast Liverpool’s upcoming pre-season friendlies against Celtic and Valerenga as well as Steven Gerrard’s testimonial game.
The Gerrard testimonial against Olympiacos will kick off on Saturday, August 3 at 12.45PM and the Valerenga friendly will take place on the previous Wednesday, August 7. The match against Celtic takes place on Saturday August 10, a week before the 2013/14 season begins.
Simon Green, director of BT Sport, said: “We’ve got a superb schedule of live Liverpool games in August, building from Steven Gerrard’s testimonial to the opening game of the Barclays Premier League season against Stoke, with two terrific friendlies in between.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to BT Sport“Fans of both clubs will be eager to enjoy Celtic versus Liverpool, which pitches two of the great European Cup holding teams together. These two clubs have not met for almost a decade, and it will be an emotional afternoon when it brings together the two teams. They played a memorial match in April 1989 to commemorate the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough that month, and a deep mutual respect has developed ever since.”
Matthew Baxter, chief media officer at Liverpool FC, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with BT Sport for these pre-season fixtures. Through BT Sport we can reach those fans that couldn’t get to the sell out fixtures bringing them live coverage so they don’t miss a minute”.
Revealed on the day that BT’s long-awaited sports channels launch on BT Vision, BT YouView, Sky TV and online, the friendlies are yet another feather in the cap for the new service which promises 38 Premier League matches for the 2013/14 season alongside Rio Ferdiand’s testimonial at Old Trafford.