The 53-year-old former Reds midfielder says this is a “cup final” to the A-League side.
Liverpool legend Craig Johnston admits he will be rooting for Melbourne Victory when they lock horns with his former club on Wednesday.
The Premier League giants take on their Australian hosts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in front a sell-out 95,000 strong crowd and will mark their first match Down Under as they continue their pre-season tour of Asia.
But they won’t have the support of former midfield star Johnston, who played 190 games for the Reds between 1981 and 1988 during which he wrote his name into Merseyside folklore with a goal in 3-1 victory over rivals Everton in the 1986 FA Cup final.
The 53-year-old revealed the he decided to pledge his allegiances to Victory as he feels this is more than just a friendly for manager Ange Postecoglou and his players.
“For the first time in my life I want Liverpool to get beat,” Johnston said in an interview with Sportal.
“Merely because it is not a league game, it is a pre-season friendly and this is their (Victory’s) Cup final.”
Liverpool make the trip to Melbourne having beaten an Indonesian XI 2-0 in Jakarta last weekend after starting their summer schedule with a 4-0 victory over Preston North End earlier this month.