Liverpool a welcome distraction for Aloisi's Roar

When Liverpool arrive in Queensland this week they will bring with them a squad bursting with elite talent, not to mention the prospect of 49 million pounds turning up in their bank account when the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City is finalised.

Talk about the haves and the have-nots.

Compare that to the lot of their first opponents in Australia. The staff and players of Brisbane Roar, who lifted their third Hyundai A-League title as recently as May 2014, received last month's pay several weeks late, are without a major sponsor and have been put up for sale by their financially troubled Indonesian owners.

Into the maelstrom has walked John Aloisi, seeking to rejuvenate his career after his first job as a head coach with Melbourne Heart ended in December 2013. 

The former Australia international could scarcely have picked a tougher challenge. But despite the uncertainty surrounding the club, Aloisi has no intention of missing this opportunity.

"It's never an ideal situation when things are not exactly stable," he told Goal Australia.

"All I can do - and I've already told the players - is make sure we focus on what job we've got. My job is to make sure I create a great environment for the players. And get them to play the way we see our football being played. 

"That's what we're doing and focusing on. What happens in the background will get sorted out. The players are confident that sooner or later the club will get sorted and there'll be stability back in the club."

John Aloisi

Envy may be the dominant emotion when the men in orange line up against their glamorous visitors at a packed Suncorp Stadium.

Liverpool, according to Forbes, is worth US$982 million, making it the eighth richest football club in the world.

Rather than bringing their own strained circumstances into sharp focus, Aloisi is hopeful the challenge of going up against the Merseyside giants will afford the Roar players and supporters an opportunity to put their concerns about the club's long-term future aside, at least for 90 minutes. 

"It's always exciting for a player and also for fans to see your team (play) against one of the best teams in the world. And Liverpool are certainly one of the biggest, most successful clubs in the world. We know it's going to be a great atmosphere.

"For the players it's been great. They've got something to really look forward to and focus on.

"We know and the players know what the big picture is. We're getting prepared for the A-League season coming up. There's still a lot we're working on, we're trying to cram in as much as we can in a short period just to get ready for the Liverpool game."

Robbie Fowler

The match could also serve as a learning opportunity for Aloisi, who spent last season as a television analyst before joining Melbourne Victory as a youth development coach.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has a new-look backroom staff following the recruitment of Sean O'Driscoll as assistant coach and Gary McAllister as first-team coach, all of whom could have valuable insight to impart.

"Hopefully when they arrive I can go catch up with them," Aloisi said.

"There's a lot that I can learn off of someone like Brendan Rodgers. Kevin Muscat and Ange [Postecoglou] also told me that when Liverpool were over a couple of years ago and they played against [Melbourne] Victory that they were very open. They had a couple of meetings so I'll be looking hopefully to do the same with them."

After the final whistle on Thursday, the nervous wait for news on the Roar's future will inevitably resume. 

But whatever the eventual outcome, Aloisi insists the club will not be allowed to go under.

"I know how important Brisbane Roar is to the league," he said.

"That's why I'm confident that no matter what happens – if it's the FFA, if it's the Bakrie Group injecting more cash in or if it's new owners, this club will be around and will be a strong club. 

"It has been in the past and they will be in the future. As long as I create a good culture around the football side of things, whoever steps in will make sure that it's going to be run well."