Central Coast Mariners Marquee and former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia arrived to a friendly greeting at Sydney Airport this morning and says he may play against the Western Sydney Wanders on Saturday night.
Catalonian-born Garcia was a Champions League medal winner with the Merseyside legends in 2005.
His football journey spanned over 18 years including 400 professional games that saw him play for Powerhouse clubs Barcelona, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.
He earnt 18 caps for Spain including three World Cup appearances in Germany 2006.
Garcia revealed that he was physically ready to take on the Western Sydney Wanderers in Gosford on Saturday night but he would wait on Mariners coach, Tony Walmsley, for instructions first.
“He is the one who decides,” he said.
“If he is thinking that maybe I can play I’ll be up to it. I had to take care of some stuff, don’t get crazy and don’t try to think that I’m 25 years old any more. But I feel very good and I’m confident that I can give something to the team and hopefully on the weekend I can if they coach is all right with that.
“I know they (the Wanderers) have a very good team and we’ll see how we go against them.”
The 37 year old is here in Australia two weeks after scoring two goals in the Liverpool Legends vs Socceroos Legends game.
While he may have impressed with an eye catching performance the Spanish import was keen to point out that playing in that match is not equal to the rigours of playing in the A-League.
“It’s not the same,” he said.
“It’s a friendly game we try to show off a little bit for the people to enjoy. But I’m going to try and do my best and I can’t wait to start training with the coach and let see with the players if we can help and do something for this year.”
Garcia has been retired from football for over a yearand his last competitive game was in the Indian Super League with Atlético de Kolkata on the 14th of December 2014, but the former Spanish International says that he’s still in top shape.
“I take care of myself,” he said.
“We’ve had many many games during the last year with the Liverpool Legends games, it’s not the same, but you have to try to take care of yourself you have to try to train, you fly and go and play, normally you play a lot of minutes so I feel well.”
Garcia also added that any talk of playing on next season was premature.
“I don’t know,” he said.
“Believe me because I wasn’t ready for this. It wasn’t in my mind. I’m here now so who knows? I’m happy to be here and I’m trying to do as much as I can but after that we’ll see how it goes.”comments