Luis Garcia
Garcia (centre) claims that there are no shortage of Liverpool fans in IndiaReuters

Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia has urged the Reds to come to India on a pre-season friendly tour.

The 36-year-old Spaniard, who won the inaugural season of the Hero Indian Super League with Atletico de Kolkata, was overwhelmed to see so many football fans in India despite cricket being the dominating sport in the country.

And now the former Spain midfielder is confident that Liverpool will also receive a lot of support if they decide to come to the subcontinent.

"I think it would be very good for Liverpool to play in India," Garcia told Sky Sports. "The players already know that across Asia there is a big family of Reds but I would love to see them play in India."

Although many former Liverpool players including club legend have paid a visit to India, Garcia insists that it would be nice to see the whole squad in the subcontinent.

"We have already seen Ian Rush and other players make an appearance but it would be very nice for the team to actually come out so that they can see and feel how much the people care."

Rush, who recently was in India, working as a summariser during the final stages of the inaugural edition of Indian Super League, also echoed Garcia's thoughts, insisting that there are no shortage of Liverpool fans in India.

"We've got loads of supporters in India," Rush told Sky Sports News. "I've visited the supporters' clubs and they are fantastic. They love their football in India. They really get behind the team and they sing all the way throughout the game."

"Football is going from strength-to-strength in India and if everything was right I'd love to see the club play in India."

Neil Chheda – the branch secretary of the official Liverpool Mumbai Supporters Club – also insists there are die hard Liverpool fans in India who support the club through thick and thin.

"Liverpool is a family club and we sing throughout the 90 minutes even if we are losing," Chheda told Sky Sports News. "We are as loud as anyone. Liverpool fans are known for their passion and it is the same here in India as well."