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Nightclub ban for 'serious' Liverpool

The coach says his team is serious about winning the pre-season Asia Trophy at the renowned party capital Hong Kong.

sports Updated: Jul 25, 2007 17:31 IST
Nightclub ban for 'serious' Liverpool

Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez on Monday said he would impose a strict nightclub ban on his players during their visit to renowned party capital Hong Kong.

Benitez said his team were deadly serious about winning the pre-season Asia Trophy, also featuring Portsmouth, Fulham and South China, ruling out any visits to the city's pulsating bar districts.

"We are a serious team. We want to prepare for the games properly. We were training this morning and we want to be ready for the matches," said Benitez.

"We take every game seriously. After the final we will go and have a dinner and everything. This town is fantastic but really we are here to win."

The approach contrasts with visits from other teams, whose players including Real Madrid's David Beckham have been spotted in Hong Kong's more upmarket venues.

Liverpool's players were nicknamed the "Spice Boys" in the late 1990s for their love of the high life.

Benitez's team take on South China in their opening match on Tuesday.