Arsenal’s Pires, Parlour to face Liverpool in this year’s Singapore Masters
In the latest edition of Masters Football Asia, former members of the English Premier League giants will square off at the National Stadium on Saturday, November 11.
England World Cup goalkeeper David James and Champions League winners Garcia and Steve McManaman, who all played in Liverpool's victory over the Manchester United Masters two years ago, will be part of the Reds' side once more.
We're used to winning. We'll come here to try to win. We joke around and have fun, but when the game starts you want to kill everybody
For the Gunners, Pires, Ray Parlour, Gilberto, Nigel Winterburn and Mikael Silvestre – who were all part of successful sides under long-serving manager Arsene Wenger – were the initial names announced at The Exchange at Singapore's Asia Square on Wednesday.
Silvestre, who spent a decade at Old Trafford with United before shifting to London, said the match will be competitive between the two teams.
"I think the boys that come will want to beat Liverpool. That's the way it goes," Silvestre told Wednesday's press event. "There's no friendly games, no charity games, no favours. They still want to beat them.
"We miss playing together and it's also nice to play with players from different generations."
Riise, who still looks extremely fit, enjoyed taking part in some pre-match banter with Silvestre.
"We're used to winning. We'll come here to try to win. We can joke around and have fun, but when the game starts you want to kill everybody," he said.
"We're all still competitive. I think it'll be a good game to watch and I love it here in Singapore. This place is amazing."
Last year, teams from England and Germany faced off at the National Stadium, when James in particular played a starring role between the posts.
The organisers are optimistic they can tap into the big following both Liverpool and Arsenal enjoy throughout Southeast Asia.
“We are delighted to stage another Masters game involving two of the biggest names in English football,” said Masters Football Asia chief executive Steve Black.
“The support for both teams is tremendous in Singapore and given where the teams finished in the league this season (Liverpool in fourth and Arsenal fifth), we thought it would be appropriate for the former players of both teams to take to the pitch here in Singapore and settle old scores.”