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Liverpool commercial chief Ayre would love Asian star signed

Liverpool commercial chief Ian Ayre admits he'd love to see the club sign an Asian star.

Ayre says Liverpool are focused on building the club's profile across the Far East.

Asked about signing an Asian star to help the process, he told liverpoolfc.tv: "That'd be great, wouldn't it? Unfortunately, or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it, I don't get to choose who we buy. There's a myth around simply signing an Asian star and saying it would transform our business commercially. It can definitely have an impact but it's all about the quality of the player.

"I think Manchester United have the best example in Ji-Sung Park and I know that has transformed their business in Korea, but the key there is the quality of the player. He plays for them regularly in the league and the Champions League, he's an international player, so it's about finding the right player.

"That falls into the playing side of the business. I don't think anyone at Liverpool Football Club wants to see us sign a player for any token reason. If we find that kind of opportunity it would be something we'd be interested in, but it'd always fall to the playing side."

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