Thais in Avramovic’s eyes (21 July 2009)

SINGAPORE – Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic is not letting the hype surrounding the Lions’ high-profile friendly with Liverpool distract his attention from November’s 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifying double-header against Thailand.

"This is a great opportunity for our players to play against a team like Liverpool and for me, I will be looking to try most of the players who will be in the squad for the Asian Cup Qualifiers against Thailand in November,” Avramovic (pictured) told the FAS (Football Association of Singapore) website.

Speaking after announcing his squad for the match against the English Premier League giants, Avramovic stated he was pleased to be able to welcome back Young Lions midfielder Hariss Harun, who became the youngest player ever to represent Singapore at senior level when he made his international debut at 16, and Gombak United striker Fazrul Nawaz, both of who are returning from long-term injuries.

"It is also great that Fazrul and Hariss are available again as they offer more options to the positions that they play in,” continued Avramovic.

“They have always done their part whenever they are in the National Team and it's a bonus that they've returned to action recently."

Singapore entertain Liverpool on July 26, five days after the five-time European champions have played Thailand.

The ASEAN rivals will meet in Asian Cup qualifying on November 14 in Singapore before renewing acquaintances in Bangkok four days later.

With two rounds played, Singapore are currently second in Group E with three points, one adrift of leaders Iran, while the Thais have two points, one more than last-place Jordan.