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Two of Melbourne Victory's star players will be back with their team-mates for the glamour friendly against Liverpool after being released by the national team

Melbourne Victory duo Nathan Coe and Connor Pain have been released from Socceroos duty to play in the club's marquee friendly against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck granted the pair permission to leave the camp in Seoul, South Korea, where Australia are competing at the East Asian Cup.

Neither Coe nor Pain played as Australia held on for a 0-0 draw against the hosts in their opening game on Saturday night thanks to a man-of-the-match performance from Eugene Galekovic.

Despite Osieck suggesting there had been no contact about releasing Victory players, the pair have been allowed to leave.

They will return to Korea on Thursday, but will be unavailable for Australia's clash against Japan on the same day.

Coe and Pain could play in the Socceroos' final group game of the tournament against China on July 28.

The duo's return provides Victory coach Ange Postecoglou with a boost ahead of the friendly against the English giants.

Victory are without Archie Thompson, Mark Milligan and Mitch Nichols – who are all away on international duty –with Coe and Pain both likely to start in front of a sell-out crowd at the MCG.

Liverpool will be close to full strength as they continue preparations for the upcoming English Premier League season.

Brendan Rodgers' men defeated an Indonesian XI 2-0 in Jakarta on Saturday night, and will be boosted by want-away forward Luis Suarez's arrival.

The Uruguayan, who has said he would like to move, arrived in Melbourne on Sunday, and Liverpool are keen to keep their star goalscorer.

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