The former EPL star, who is in town for the upcoming EPL Masters Cup along with Paul Parker, mingled with the media and some lucky fans at an exclusive event by Chevrolet
|By En Lim
Held at Chevrolet’s showroom at Ubi Close on Friday night, Parker and Henchoz were candid and open during the press conference as they shared their past experiences playing for Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, as well as how they viewed their former teams’ progress in the ongoing English Premier League season.
When asked to name key players to watch this coming season, former Manchester United right-back Parker named Tom Cleverley as a possible player to come good this season for the Red Devils.
“He is going to be a top player for England,” Parker said.
The former defender however cautioned that fans should not be expecting Cleverley to be another Scholes; instead, he sees Cleverley bringing something different to the United team with “his good energy and pace”.
Henchoz, on the other hand, named youngster Raheem Sterling as the player to watch this season for Liverpool as “he has done very well so far” and stated that he has come a long way to be in the first team at the moment.
Following the press conference, Henchoz shared his thoughts exclusively with Goal.com Singapore on how he thinks this season is a transitional one for Liverpool.
“This season has been disappointing so far, but I am still optimistic for the rest of the season,” he opined.
The former defensive stalwart was however realistic about where his former team will finish this season, saying that “a top four finish might be too much, but top six is possible.”
Explaining his views, Henchoz said that the club needs some time to rebuild and fans need to be patient.
“This is a transition season. The squad at the moment is not good enough. Hopefully the club can bring in another three to four players in January,” he shared.
Commenting on the state of Liverpool’s forward line at the moment, the big Swiss centreback was of the view that his former club needs another two proven strikers to provide cover and support for Luis Suarez.
He also added that part of his optimism on how Liverpool will fare is down to the new manager at the helm, Brendan Rodgers.
“He is the right person for the club; he has changed the style of play, which is good, and [he] will take Liverpool forward,” Henchoz said.
For fans who missed the opportunity to get up close and personal with these former stars, Henchoz and Parker will both feature in the upcoming EPL Masters Football Singapore Cup on October 14 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Other former superstars expected to be in action includes Robbie Fowler, Andy Cole and Chris Sutton.
Tickets are now available at SISTIC at www.sistic.com.sg