Melbourne Victory striker will remain with Australia squad while his club side take on the Reds.
Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson says he is disappointed at missing the chance to play in the friendly against Liverpool.
Victory take on the Premier League giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday night while Thompson prepares for the crucial East Asian Cup clash with Japan on Thursday in Hwaesong.
The 34-year-old was also unable to take part in the A-League All-Star match with Manchester United at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday due to his international commitments and says it was a bitter pill to swallow.
“I am disappointed to be missing the Liverpool game. Manchester United and Liverpool in the space of a week, that would have been brilliant too,” he told the Herald Sun.
“I would pay to watch those teams and I am a pro footballer. It’s the attraction of Manchester United and Liverpool and the chance to see some of those world-class players.
“But saying that, I am part of the national team, and it has its goods and bads.”
Unlike Victory teammates Nathan Coe and Connor Pain, who were lucky enough to be released for the friendly, Thompson will remain in the Socceroos camp and says his focus is now on nailing down a place in the squad for the World Cup in Brazil next year.
“I can only be positive and say I hope to be there (in Brazil). I am trying to use the law of attraction, the universe and the secret that I am going to be there.
“It’s a long 12 months but that’s one prediction I would like to see come true.”