Liverpool draw friendly with Thailand

Updated: 24 July 2009 18:25 IST

Liverpool lost central defender Martin Skrtel to an apparent serious hamstring injury in a 1-1 draw with Thailand in a preseason friendly match at Bangkok.

Liverpool draw friendly with Thailand
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Bangkok, Thailand:

Liverpool lost central defender Martin Skrtel to an apparent serious hamstring injury in a 1-1 draw with Thailand in a preseason friendly match at Bangkok.

The Slovak international came on as a halftime substitute but only lasted 10 minutes before grabbing the top of his right hamstring and walking gingerly off the field.

Fringe first-teamer Nabil El Zhar came off soon after with a medial ligament injury in his right knee after attempting a bicycle kick.

Midfielder Xabi Alonso, subject to intense transfer speculation about a move to Real Madrid, did not make an appearance.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, acting as captain in the absence of Steven Gerrard, who was facing court on affray charges in England, said the players want the transfer saga involving Alonso sorted out soon.

"The feeling within the squad is he's a top player and you don't want to be losing your best players," Carragher said. "Hopefully something is sorted out as quickly as possible. You've got to do what's in the best interests of the club."

Star striker Fernando Torres made his first appearance of the preseason, coming on for the latter stages of the second half.

Liverpool's starting team contained five regular first-team players: Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Ryan Babel and Daniel Agger.

The opening goal came in the sixth minute as Carragher played a long ball into the path of Babel, who outpaced the defense, controlled the ball and slotted past the goalkeeper.

Liverpool looked rusty, struggling to combine effectively in the attacking half. Babel volleyed another long pass wide and had another effort stopped by the goalkeeper.

Thailand's equalizer came in the 72nd minute as substitute Sutee Suksomkit played a neat one-two and calmly placed his shot past onrushing substitute goalkeeper Peter Gulasci.

Liverpool changed 10 players at the break, with new signing Glen Johnson coming on and playing in an unfamiliar left-back position, while Javier Mascherano and Andriy Voronin were among those also given a run in the second period.

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