Dollah Salleh hinted that he has no qualms about dropping the Harimau Malaya’s more established stars in favour of hungrier players.
Speaking after Malaysia XI's 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Friday, the Harimau Malaya head coach believes the result sent a warning to the senior national players.
“I want to congratulate our players, who did very well [against Liverpool],” said Dollah in a post-match press conference.
“All the local players gave their 100% and I didn’t expect us to play as well as we did for 90 minutes because we only had four days to train."
For the exhibition match, Dollah assembled five foreign players and a mix of local youngsters and fringe national players.
“It was a good result and the youngsters learned a lot from this match.
“Tonight we showed that it actually means a lot to represent the national team, and the senior players will have to fight for their places.”
Dollah will next take charge of the Harimau Malaya’s friendly match against Bangladesh in August before taking on United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.