Three-time A-League champions Brisbane Roar will host English Premier League powerhouse Liverpool in a one off, friendly pre-season fixture at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
While again unable to win a trophy, Liverpool contested a typically competitive 2014/15 season and have added key signings to their roster ahead of their pre-season tour of Australia, while the Roar will take a lot of confidence from this match if they are at all competitive.
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The Roar became the most successful club in A-League history when beating the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2013/14 Grand Final; adding a third Premiership to a fast-growing trophy cabinet.
Unable to account for the loss of key striker Besart Berisha, however, the Roar didn’t make much of a consistent or competitive impact on the A-League in 2014/15; making the finals only after the Perth Glory were stripped of competition points before immediately having their campaign ended at the hands of Adelaide United.
This match will figure as new Manager John Aloisi’s first competitive fixture at the helm of the club and the former Melbourne Heart man will be keen to begin his tenure in the best way possible.
Further to Aloisi, the Roar are set to blood several new signings in Friday’s match with Liverpool but will be missing the likes of Matt McKay, Luke Devere and gloveman Michael Theo.
If any chance whatsoever, the likes of Jade North, Shane Stefanutto and rising star Devante Clut will have to produce monumental performances in key positions.
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One of the world’s most famous and supported teams, Liverpool have travelled with a near-full strength contingent to Australia.
Boasting a rock-solid defence, slick midfield and potent attack, the Reds have started life without club legend Steven Gerrard positively and will be full of confidence ahead of their match with Brisbane Roar after delivering a Thai All-stars team a 4-0 defeat in Bangkok last week.
Liverpool will be without the services of key attacker Daniel Sturridge for the clash who has remained in England with injury, while fan favourite Raheem Sterling has also been removed from the squad list after completing a big money move to Premier League rivals Manchester City mid-week.
Liverpool’s depth is unbelievable and they will look to control the ball from kick-off, and will probably do just that.
The Reds are offered a multi-dimensional attack that extends further than just a forward line led by the likes of Ricky Lambert and Divock Origi, with tour captain Jordan Henderson sure to try his luck from distance.
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Brisbane Roar and Liverpool have never met in a competitive fixture, adding even greater excitement to Friday night’s spectacle at a sold-out Suncorp Stadium.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is spoiled for choice with his talent-rich touring squad and will likely use this match to trial new combinations and give young players key moments in the first team.
Without arguably their two most important players in Matt McKay and Michael Theo, the Roar probably don’t stand much chance against Liverpool on Friday night, barring some form of miracle.