Aloisi hails 'special' Ronaldo as world stars land in Oz

John Aloisi has hailed a landmark off-season of glamour friendlies in Australia as his Brisbane Roar FC team prepare to play Liverpool on Friday night at a sold-out Suncorp Stadium.

The three-time Hyundai A-League champions host the Premier League giants in front of over 50,000 fans, with Adelaide United next in line to tackle the Merseyside outfit at the Adelaide Oval on Monday night in front of a similar gallery. 

The Roar's focus is firmly on their meeting with Brendan Rodgers' men this week, but the visit of the Reds isn't the only big attraction.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Roma are set to draw huge crowds when they contest the International Champions Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

And while some observers have questioned the merits of state governments paying sizeable appearance fees to lure heavyweight football clubs Down Under, former Socceroo Aloisi has no such doubts.

"It's so good for our game," the former La Liga striker told Goal Australia.

"At the end of last season we had Chelsea, Tottenham [Hotspur] and Villarreal come out and play. 

"And now pre-season is at another level altogether because teams are really preparing for the year [ahead]. To have the likes of Real Madrid come out here, Liverpool, Man City and Roma – it just shows where we're headed. To get the public to see what football at the highest level is all about. 

"To have someone like Cristiano Ronaldo on our shores is something special."

Liverpool began their tour of Asia and Australia with a 4-0 win over a Thai Premier League All Stars XI in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Rodgers will have been happy to see his players cruise to victory, given the start of the new Premier League campaign is just a month away. 

Season 11 of the Hyundai A-League though isn't due to kick-off until October and that means the Roar, who only began pre-season training two weeks ago, could have a tough time keeping up with their big-name opponents. 

"The boys have worked hard, especially the first 10 days," Aloisi said.

"We've tried to taper off a bit so they're not too heavy [legged]. They're still going to be heavy and not 100 percent for the Liverpool game, but we've tried to make it so they get both fitness and our way of playing, our patterns in place.

"That works hand in hand anyway, because most of our sessions are with the ball."

Brisbane will miss the experience of club captain Matt Mckay, who made a delayed start to pre-season after being granted an extended break following his Asian Cup-winning exploits with Australia.

"He needed a break physically and mentally after the long season that he had," the head coach said.

"That gives an opportunity for some other midfielders."

International marquee Thomas Broich will be fit to face Liverpool, although goalkeeper Michael Theo and centre-back Luke DeVere have also been ruled out.