Malaysia’s captain Safiq Rahim will have more than a reason to steer his side to victory when they take on English Premier League giants Liverpool Football Club at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on July 16.
A diehard Manchester United supporter since his childhood days, Safiq is relishing the thought of giving Red Devil’s arch-nemesis a torrid time despite the host’s tag as the underdogs.
“It may be an exhibition match but the team, me in particular, is going to take the match very seriously. It is important for us to win any match we play in actually, but going head to head against Liverpool will spur to push the limit as I bleed the red of United.
“I’m a local boy but I still share the passion of Man Utd’s most hardcore fans. I’ve been following the team for as long as I can remember. So, I’m all fired up for Saturday’s game against the Scousers,” said the national team skipper.
Malaysia had suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat against another EPL bigwig, Arsenal Football Club yesterday. Although it was a painful and demoralising defeat for him and his peers, Safiq said the group are ready to make amends against Liverpool.
“We really got hit yesterday. For all of us, the score line may have been flattering for Arsenal but we don’t think it truly reflected on the game. All four goals were simple schoolboy stuff, which makes it an even harder pill to swallow.
“But that’s what happens when you play top, top teams, you get punished. We could have committed the same sort of mistakes against any normal team and got away with it. However, against these team, you can expect to pay for errors. And that’s basically what happened. But in the end of the day, it was a lesson learnt,” Safiq added.
Safiq promised the fans of a much-improved Malaysian side, saying that they would use and capitalise on the experience gained against the Gunners.
“Fans can definitely expect an improvement in our next game. It was a disappointing first match but that wasn’t the real Malaysian team which was on the pitch yesterday. On Saturday, the Tigers will show its stripes!” he exclaimed.
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