Football: Liverpool, United & Valencia youth teams coming for JSSL Professional Academy 7s in April

SINGAPORE - Liverpool's youth footballers will feature in the JSSL Professional Academy 7s at the Padang in April.

They join teams from Manchester United, Valencia, Fulham and Urawa Reds for the event, which will take place over the final weekend of that month alongside the JSSL International 7s.

Both events, which are supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, will see an estimated 350 teams from across the region participating.

In a press statement on Wednesday (Feb 7), Liverpool's academy director Alex Inglethorpe said: "It is a real honour for us to be invited to a tournament which has so many top-class football teams participating. We are really looking forward to taking part in the 2018 JSSL Professional Academy 7s event in Singapore."

Harvey Davis, JSSL Singapore's managing director, hailed Liverpool's presence as a "football treat" for fans in Singapore.

"Liverpool, Manchester United, Valencia, Urawa Reds and Fulham are all names which football fans recognise, and to have them in Singapore in action will be a football treat like no other. The players who play at the Padang will surely become the stars of tomorrow," he added.

This is the second year that the JSSL Professional Academy 7s have been added to the annual sevens tournament. Last year, Fulham, Bangkok United, Sporting, Penang FC and Perth Glory were among the teams which took part in the event, with Portuguese side Sporting emerging as champions.