Everton legend Peter Reid hoping to shock Liverpool FC (18 July 2009)



PETER REID relished the rough and tumble of a Merseyside derby.

And the pugnacious midfield soldier loved nothing better than rubbing Liverpool’s noses in it

Now boss of the Thai national side, the Everton legend is hoping to get one over on the old enemy once again.

And after squaring up to the Reds at Goodison, Anfield and even Wembley – this time he’s hoping to triumph in unfamiliar territory.

The Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok is some 6,000 miles from Reid’s native Huyton.

But he is quietly confident that his Thai side can claim a shock victory over last year’s Premier League runners-up when they meet on July 22.

Reid, who made 159 appearances and scored eight goals during a trophy-laden time at Goodison, believes his new team are capable of atleast scoring against Liverpool, a feat they achieved when the Reds beat Thailand 3-1 in their previous visit in 2003.

Despite pretty much dominating South East Asian football for decades, Thailand have struggled to make any significant impact at a higher level.

In 35 years of trying, the national side has failed to take part in a single World Cup competition and their attempts at qualifying for next year’s tournament in South Africa proved equally futile as they sank to a bottom place finish in Group 1, managing just one point from six games.

However, since Reid’s appointment as national coach in September 2008, Thailand have captured silverware at the T&T Cup in Vietnam, a three team round robin tournament with hosts Vietnam and North Korea.

The former Sunderland and Leeds United manager, who surmounted some minor early difficulties, such as pronouncing most of the players’ tongue-twisting names (he referred to them by their shirt number), appears to be relishing the prospect of building a Thai side capable of competing for a World Cup place in 2014.

And he anticipates the coming friendly against Liverpool with a degree of quiet confidence. “Liverpool are a strong team with many talented players,” said the ex-England midfielder. “But in football anything can happen, like the US beating Spain in the Confederations Cup.

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