Arnold excited to ‘bring back the band’ in legends game

Australian Legends coach Graham Arnold has hailed the legends concept and the opportunity it presents to ‘bring back the band"

The Aussie Legends team consists of players spanning across two generations, including the Golden Generation and ‘unlucky generation’, who failed at the last hurdle during unsuccessful World Cup qualification campaigns.

Tony Vidmar, Craig Moore, Ned Zelic, Mark Bosnich, Brett Emerton and Jason Culina are all included in the team to face a Liverpool Legends XI at ANZ Stadium tonight.       

“It’s a good concept,” Arnold said.

“Australia’s a big country so when players retire they all go back to their states and players even live overseas after they finish playing overseas.

“Normally once you finish your international career it’s over. But being able to bring the band back together for a game it’s great.

“To have the opportunity to get everyone back together and have a laugh and reminisce of the old times but also have a couple of different generations getting together to play.”

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Bosnich will be tasked with the challenge of stopping former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, who often got the better of the former Socceroo stopper, especially at Anfield.

“Liverpool was a very difficult place to go,” Bosnich said.

“I can only remember winning once there with Aston Villa, I won there obviously with Manchester United but it’s one of the most intimidating places in the Premier League.

“Fowler used to score against me every time. The way he struck the ball was very peculiar for me and that is where there is the difference between making a sensational save and people saying 'he had no chance anyway'”

Jason Culina played against Liverpool while representing Dutch club PSV, although the former Socceroo midfielder said the experience never ended in a win.

“Liverpool were always one of the greatest teams in Europe,” Culina said.

“When we drew them in our group it was for two years in 2007-08 when I was playing with PSV in the Champions League.

“It was a real pleasure and as a player you want to be playing in the best possible atmospheres, and to play against Liverpool at Anfield was absolutely phenomenal.

“Steve Gerrard was pretty kind when he said we had some good battles. . . .Yeah it was pretty one sided."