Dollah to make do with weakened squad

Dollah did not selected many of the players who were part of the side that suffered a humiliating 6-0 loss to Palestine in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and he has since been forced to make numerous changes to the squad after several players withdrew. 

As a result, Dollah only has three regulars – left-back Mohd Zubir Azmi, winger Ahmad Syamim Yahya and midfielder Mohd Nasir Basharudin – in the squad for Friday's match.

In order to strengthen his squad, the 51-year-old called up five foreign reinforcements from the M-League – Liberians Patrick Wleh and Zah Rahan Krangar, Brazilians Chad Souza and Thiago Junior and Cameroon’s Vincent Bikana.

Despite this additions, Dollah knows that his side are in for a tough time of it on Friday.

"We are up against a world-class team," Dollah told reporters. "Obviously we face an uphill battle against Liverpool but our aim is to expose the players to a higher level of competition.

"Liverpool are well prepared after playing a number of matches in Thailand and Australia, but we have strengthened the team with foreign players. I hope we will be able to give them a good fight.

"Our players are looking forward to the match. They showed commitment despite training together for a short time."

Liverpool have been in good form during their pre-season tour, beating the Thailand All-Stars 4-0 before going to beat the Brisbane Roar 2-1 and Adelaide United 2-0. 

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