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It could be an all-red clash in 2015

From the 8,000-capacity Jalan Besar Stadium to the magnificent 55,000-capacity National Stadium - that's the aim of Masters Football Asia chief executive officer Steve Black for next year.

To further whet the appetite of Singapore's football fans, the organisers of Saturday's Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters match are looking to secure an even bigger serving here in 2015.

Speaking on the sidelines of a press conference yesterday at The Westin, Black said: "We're at a very advanced stage with our sponsor, the Castlewood Group, to bring the Liverpool legends back next year, perhaps to play against a Manchester United team of former players.

"Our main aim is to feed the demand of the local community and the icing on the cake would be to hold such a match at the new National Stadium for 55,000 fans."

With the Singapore population dominated by Man United and Liverpool fans, the first 11-a-side game between the two biggest rivals in English football will surely attract huge interest.

The Singapore Masters' clash with the Liverpool Masters on Saturday will be played at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

SingTel will broadcast it "live" here, while Sky Sports - they have had an exclusive deal for all Masters' matches since 2000 - will do the same in the United Kingdom.

"The last two occasions when we organised Masters Football Legends tournaments in Singapore in 2012 and 2013, they were both six-a-side affairs, played in the Indoor Stadium," said Black.

"But we realise there's a huge demand from the public to see these players in a proper football match. So we approached the former Liverpool players, and we've had a fantastic response.

"Not just from the public, but also the players themselves who, like Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman, were excited about it.

"Actually, our biggest problem was deciding on who not to pick."