Football: Former Reds star Robbie Fowler believes Liverpool can still aim for top four

Former Liverpool great Robbie Fowler believes the Reds are capable of challenging for a top-four spot this season, despite the recent sacking of manager Brendan Rodgers.
Former Liverpool great Robbie Fowler believes the Reds are capable of challenging for a top-four spot this season, despite the recent sacking of manager Brendan Rodgers. PHOTO: LIVERPOOL FC

SINGAPORE - Despite the recent sacking of manager Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes not all is doom and gloom at his old club.

The former Reds captain referred to the club's league position - Liverpool are 10th in the table after eight games, three points from a top four spot - and said: "We're not that far off the top. Certainly the players are capable of more. Realistically we won't be challenging for the title but we must aim for a top four spot."

The former Kop favourite was speaking on Tuesday at the Castlewood Group Battle of the Reds press conference, held at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel.

On Nov 14, he and former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe will suit up alongside other former Man United and Liverpool players for an 80-minute, 11-a-side match at the National Stadium, a re-enactment of one of English football's greatest rivalries.

The Liverpool side will be managed by Ian Rush, while the Manchester United side will be led by Paul Parker.

Fowler promised a great show for fans. He said: "The competitive spirit never leaves you. Whenever you turn up, you're desperate to win, and hopefully it'd be an absolute classic."

Among those who are pencilled in to play are former Red Devils Andrew Cole and Louis Saha, as well as former Kop favourites Luis Garcia and Steve McManaman.

Castlewood Group chief executive office Chris Comer said: "Singapore is continuing to establish itself on the global stage as a sporting hub. We are excited to be able to bring one of football's oldest rivalries to our shores in what will without a doubt be one of the sporting highlights for the 50th anniversary of our island home."

Tickets for the clash start from $19, and can be purchased at www.sportshubtix.sg.

Line-up - Liverpool Masters: Jerzy Dudek, Stephane Henchoz, Steve Harkness, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Luis Garcia, Dietmar Hamann, Patrik Berger, Vladimir Smicer, Phil Babb, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Ian Rush, Jan Kromkamp, David Thompson, Michael Thomas, Jari Litmanen.

Manchester United Masters: Nick Culkin, Russell Beardsmore, Lee Martin, Paul Parker, Ronny Johnsen, Bojan Djordjic, Lee Sharpe, Keith Gillespie, Jesper Blomqvist, Ben Thornley, Clayton Blackmore, Quinton Fortune, Karel Poborsky, Louis Saha, Andrew Cole.