Liverpool FC will face a severely weakened Malaysian Selection side at Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Friday after a row erupted over the release of players. Malaysian Super League clubs are unhappy with the timing of the exhibition game in the middle of their domestic season. There have also been complaints about who will benefit financially from the lucrative showdown with Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Selangor refused to allow their players to accept call-ups from national team boss Dollah Salleh. The trio of Aussie Robert Cornthwaite, Afiq Azmi and Ahmad Hazwan Bakri were named in a 20-man squad for a training camp but they all failed to show up. Pahang have also stood firm against releasing Nigerian striker Dickson Nwakaeme, while Police FA’s Ali Ashfaq and Super League top scorer Dramane Traore have withdrawn citing injury and lack of fitness.