Liverpool here to win NexLions Cup
Football Association of Singapore
(L-R) Carlos Mane (Captain, Sporting Lisbon), Adam Morgan (Captain, Liverpool) and Raihan Rahman (Captain, Singapore Selection)
Watch out, Singapore. Liverpool are gunning for you.
The illustrious English club’s U19 team have declared they are in town to win the NexLions Cup, made in no uncertain terms by captain Adam Morgan.
“We’ve come to win. You don’t go in wanting to finish second or third. We didn’t fly 14 hours here to just take part.”
Five-time European champions Liverpool face a Singapore youth selection tomorrow for a place in Sunday’s final, boasting four senior-squad players – Samed Yesil, Jerome Sinclair, Ryan McLaughlin and Morgan.
On a personal level, the prolific striker will also not be holding back.
“This tournament is the perfect chance to impress the manager Brendan Rodgers,” he said.
Sitting opposite Morgan at the pre-tournament press conference, incidentally, was Singapore’s version of a first-team player. Skipper Raihan Rahman of the LionsXII hopes that together with other senior players like Delwinder Singh and Safirul Sulaiman, he can “help boost the confidence of the younger boys and help them to improve.”
They are confident of a good showing, especially after Reds technical director Rodolfo Borrell admitted his entourage know nothing about the Singaporeans. Coach Aide Iskandar, however, decided against predicting tomorrow’s outcome.
“It’s about their development and giving them the exposure and platform to showcase.
“You’re talking about Adam who’s playing for their first team and on our side you’re looking at the next generation of national players. When I was 19 I didn’t have the chance to play Liverpool, so I told my boys this is a fantastic opportunity. Plus I’m sure spirits are high after our Suzuki Cup semi-final.”