Football

Ex-Reds to take on S'pore legends in 11-a-side match

Call it a reunion of sorts.

Robbie Fowler and other former Liverpool stars such as Steve McManaman, Stephane Henchoz, Vladimir Smicer and Patrik Berger will line up together for the first time in an 11-a-side exhibition match in The Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Nov 15.

While some of the ex-Reds play together in five-a-side indoor Masters' tournaments, this is the team's debut on a full-sized pitch.

They will face a team of local legends, spearheaded by an attack comprising Fandi Ahmad, V Sundramoorthy and Aleksandar Duric.

Sundram fired the first salvo two weeks ago, cheekily saying the Singapore team intend to unapologetically "cheat" by making use of Duric's fitness against the Liverpool veterans.

Former Lion Duric, 43, is still playing professionally in the S.League with Tampines Rovers and is the league's all-time top scorer.

Fowler, however, believed his side had enough in their tanks to see off Singapore's challenge.

"This is the first time we'll be playing an 11-a-side game and it's a privilege to do it in Singapore," said the 39-year-old with a chuckle.

"We're not worried at all (about a fit Duric and the Singapore team).

"We might not be as quick as before, but we'll play with as much pride and passion as we always have. That's why we were Premier League players."

Fowler, who is the sixth-highest EPL scorer (163) and boasts the record for the league's fastest hat-trick (4 minutes and 23 seconds, against Arsenal in 1995), said he was looking forward to seeing the Liverpool fans here.

"I've been to Singapore many, many times. The stadiums are always full, the fans are always passionate and the support for Liverpool, in particular, is phenomenal.

"My message to Liverpool fans is: Get out there and get a ticket, and support us again because we always look forward to seeing you."