Reds veterans v S'pore peers in Nov

Reds veterans v S'pore peers in Nov
Rush, who netted 346 goals for Liverpool, will lead a squad with stars like Fowler, Litmanen and McManaman.

Liverpool's all-time record scorer Ian Rush will lace up his boots once more to lead the Liverpool Masters team as their player-manager against a Singapore Ex-Internationals side in a football exhibition match at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Nov 15.

Rush, who netted 346 goals for the Reds, will bring a squad brimming with former stars like Robbie Fowler, Jari Litmanen and Steve McManaman.

The 52-year-old's role was announced yesterday by Patrik Berger, another fan favourite of the Reds who is in the squad.

The match is sponsored by real estate company Castlewood Group.

"Ian is one of my footballing heroes and I'm excited to be playing alongside him for the first time ever," said Berger at The Westin Singapore.

Facing them will be former Lions like Aide Iskandar, Aleksandar Duric and S. Subramani.

To ensure that Reds goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek will be tested, the Singapore veterans will unleash the deadly strike force of V. Sundramoorthy and Fandi Ahmad.

The match will also serve as 44-year-old striker Duric's testimonial game as he is set to hang up his boots at the end of this S-League season.

"I feel sad that I won't be playing professionally any more," said Duric. "(But) I am looking forward to closing this chapter of my life and embarking on new adventures."

LIVERPOOL MASTERS: Dudek, Stephane Henchoz, Steve Harkness, Markus Babbel, Phil Babb, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Michael Thomas, Berger, Vladimir Smicer, McManaman, David Thompson, Litmanen, Fowler, Dietmar Hamann, Rush.

SINGAPORE EX-INTERNATIONALS: Rezal Hassan, Shahri Rahim, Lim Tong Hai, Subramani, Malek Awab, Aide, Zulkarnean Zainal, Nazri Nasir, Rafi Ali, Syed Faruk, Nahar Daud, Sundramoorthy, Steven Tan, Dalis Supait, Fandi, Duric.

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