Malaysia’s national team will host the visit of Liverpool on the 16th July for a pre-season match, fifa.com reports. The current Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) champions will host the Merseysiders in the 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil Stadium.
Julian Kam, chief executive of the organiser of the event Proevents, told AFP that the Reds would arrive in Malaysia on the 14th July. Kam stated: ‘The visiting Liverpool team will consist of players who will play in the new season. We expect fans to flood the Bukit Jilal stadium’.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre told the club’s official website: ‘At Liverpool, we take these games very seriously. The game in Malaysia will be an important part of our preparations for the 2011/2012 campaign and it’s a chance for all our fans in Malaysia to get up close to their heroes’.
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Reds have Coentrao chance.
Benfica have dismissed reports that left-back Fabio Coentrao has sealed his move to Real Madrid, which gives Liverpool a chance of signing the Portuguese international.
A statement posted on the club’s official website, slbenfica.pt, read: ‘Fabio Coentrao is a player of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Unlike the news that came out in some media, fuelled as always by sources with no name and no face, there is no kind of agreement with Real Madrid’.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has prioritised a new left back at Anfield, but would have to pay Benfica’s asking price of 30 million Euros to prize the 23 year old away from Lisbon. Other interests in that position for Liverpool include Newcastle player Jose Enrique and Arsenal’s left back Gael Clichy, but Coentrao is considered to be the main target for the Reds.
Wilson in Rangers link.
Liverpool defender Danny Wilson looks set to return to his former club Rangers just one season after his move down south from Ibrox, Click Liverpool reports.
Wilson arrived at Anfield last summer in a deal worth up to £5 million, but injuries have limited the Scottish defender to only six appearances in a Liverpool shirt. Reports in Scotland believe that Wilson will join the Scottish champions on a season long loan deal to bolster the Rangers defence, in case of the impending departure of Madjid Bougherra.
The move will not be made permanent, as Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish holds high hopes for the 19 year old’s future at Anfield. Wilson will be able to gain some more vital first team experience with his former side and then return to Liverpool prepared to fight for a first team place.