Thailand Vs. Liverpool: Match Report and Pictures

July 23, 2009

The Kop Comes to Asia

I was lucky enough to snatch up some tickets before they were all sold-out and attended the match last night.  Liverpool is the most loved club in this part of the world and the seats were filled more than two hours before kick-off.  An hour before the game, the Liverpool squad came out into the middle of the pitch and did the traditional Thai greeting led by Sammy Lee (who got a great reception for putting out cones for training) which sent the crowd into raptures.  However, Peter Reid’s  Thailand (remember him?) were able to fend the reds off, and the scores finished 1-1, leaving Liverpool winless in each of their pre-season games thus far.  On a more significant note, Martin Skrtel looked to pick up a bad hamstring injury and limped off 10 minutes into the second half.  Shortly after, fringe first-teamer Nahib El-Zhar was substituted after injuring his knee attempting a ludicrous bicycle kick from outside the box.  Liverpool looked pretty dull and rusty for the majority of the contest but they surely got a workout as the humidity was high and the conditions unforgiving: after having endured a muggy climate for the majority of the match, the skies opened up 10 minutes from the end, and a rainstorm of epic proportions drenched players and fans alike.

Read on for brief match analysis, more pictures and the highlights.

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