Liverpool says it's going to open academies in India in an initial bid to reach out to fans in Asia and ultimately beyond.

The first academy in India will be set up in New Delhi this October with former England and Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon as the chief coach.

Liverpool's International Football Academy chief Steve Turner says the club is aiming to set up similar academies in China next, and explore possibilities in North America, South America and Southeast Asia.

Turner said on Wednesday the club planned to have ''footprints in every continent in the next three years.''