TITLE chasing South China lost valuable ground in the Hong Kong First Division race when they were held to a dramatic 1-1 draw by struggling Frankwell in a bad tempered match at Mongkok Stadium last night. Both sides had a player sent off as South China found themselves trailing leaders Instant-Dict by two points, which could prove decisive in the first phrase of this J.League-style competition. The Caroliners, who are chasing their first league title in four seasons, had Brazilian defender Aurelio dismissed in the 31st minute after a second bookable offence. He had earlier been booked for a similar offence on Frankwell striker Murray Jones. South China had to make do with 10 players for the rest of the game but more problems were created for them when their second central defender skipper Ku Kam-fai was taken off on a stretcher for a head wound and was replaced by Yau Kin-wai, who himself is struggling with injury. Frankwell had defender John Maher sent off in the 62nd minute when he deliberately handled the ball under pressure when goalkeeper Yam Wai-hung was left on the ground with an injured back. South China midfielder Wu Qunli slammed home the penalty to give his side a 1-0 lead. But Frankwell equalised in the 78th minute when Murray's shot from Oleg Alexeenko's cross went in off a post. Meanwhile, Merseyside giants Liverpool could make their first appearance in the territory in 12 years if Hong Kong club Mansion can successfully lure the English Premier League side here as part of an ambitious Southeast Asian tour. Carrianna Sports Performance chairman Seto Yin-wah said yesterday he was arranging a Southeast Asian tour for Liverpool next March and hopes to bring one of the most famous English sides here. 'We would like to arrange for Liverpool to play in Hong Kong as their first stop of the tour,' said Seto who is also chairman of newly-promoted First Division side Mansion. Liverpool last played in the territory back in June, 1983 when they took on now-defunct local club Bulova. The famous Reds then fielded a first class line-up which included such notables as goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, Phil Neal, Alan Kennedy, Mark Lawrenson and Ian Rush. The only notable absentee was Kenny Dalglish. If Liverpool do play here they would not be the only world-famous side to do so this season as Brazilians Flamengo are being lined up for a return visit. Mansion successfully arranged a match between Hong Kong club South China and the Brazilian giants in Guangzhou last August. Flamengo, who included World Cup hero Romario, won that match 2-1. Now they have been confirmed to play on January 21 at the Hong Kong Stadium. Flamengo have guaranteed the appearance of Brazilian national team strikers Edmundo and Savio, who were missing from the Guangzhou game. Liverpool are currently fifth in the English Premier League after their emphatic 3-1 win over Southampton and are one of England's most attractive sides. Liverpool include exciting players such as 20-year-old forward Robbie Fowler and the country's most expensive striker Stan Collymore. Liverpool won last season's League Cup which entitled them to compete in this season's UEFA Cup. They are seeking their first European silverware since 1984 when they beat Roma on penalties to win the European Cup. Uhlsport-Rangers left the territory yesterday for Yokohama and the second-leg, second-round match against Japanese side Yokohama Flugels in the Asian Cup Winners' Championship - but without maverick Russian midfielder Sergei Volkov. Volkov, who just completed a three-month break enforced by a four-match ban imposed late last season, could not get his travelling papers in order to leave with the team, who face a 3-1 deficit and an early exit from the tournament.