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Old October 3, 2010, 12:08 PM
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liverpool relegated next season? fate of leeds & newcastle? who knows...
untill the current owners are there anything can happen ... ...
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Old October 3, 2010, 12:27 PM
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untill the current owners are there anything can happen ... ...
there should not be any excuse. Its pathetic that L'pool fans putting all blame of owners for their failure. L'pool still pay/spend more than atleast 16 premium league clubs. A team with Gerrard, Torres, Kuyt, Reina, J. Cole should have done better. You can accuse owners for not winning or not getting into top 4 but not for placed in 18th position.
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Old October 4, 2010, 09:11 AM
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[QUOTE=Tiger Manc;1206090]lol northampton town!! i thought barnsley a couple of years ago was embarrasing but a LEAGUE TWO club? can liverpool get any lower?[/QUOTE]

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Old October 5, 2010, 08:39 PM
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Liverpool has ownership problem. As long as the current owner is there, Liverpool has not hope.
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Old October 5, 2010, 09:00 PM
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Liverpool is now Fakirapool
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Old October 6, 2010, 12:24 PM
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L'pool to sell to Boston RedSux owner according to chairman's announcement. But current owner i.e. Gillet & Hick opposing the move and going to court. Lets see "jol koto dur porjonto gorai".
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Old October 6, 2010, 06:17 PM
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The Sox are a well managed team. This is only going to help Liverpool...
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How much is this Henry guy worth? If Liverpool are to regain their place among the Top 4 or even Top 6 they must get some reinforcements. I think they should raid City and sign some of their out of favour players such as Adebayor, Barry and Bridge.

These are the areas that they need to improve on and my suggested signings:
Striker - Emmanuel Adebayor
Holding Midfielfer: Gareth Barry
Playmaker/Winger: Roman Pavlyuchenko or Aaron Lennon
Center-half: Ryan Shawcross
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Old October 8, 2010, 11:47 AM
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Liverpool could face points deduction

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Liverpool are likely to face a nine-point deduction if parent company Kop Holdings goes into administration.

League rules say the penalty can be applied if a parent company insolvency is caused by the club's management.

Sources suggest Liverpool will struggle to argue the running of the football club by co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett had not affected Kop Holdings.

Liverpool could enter administration if a sale to New England Sports Ventures is not completed by 15 October.

However, the prospect of the takeover moved a significant step closer as the Premier League gave the go-ahead to NESV, which owns the Boston Red Sox baseball team, to complete its £300m purchase of the Anfield outfit.

But if Hicks and Gillett manage to block the sale, their holding company could be put into administration by the Royal Bank of Scotland as a result of their £280m debts.

And the Premier League board, which comprises chief executive Richard Scudmore, chairman Sir Dave Richards and secretary Mike Foster, would then decide whether to dock points.

Liverpool are already in the bottom three of the Premier League after a dismal start to the season, amassing only six points from their opening seven games.

Initially, it was thought the Reds would avoid a points penalty but the club now faces the very real possibility of a deduction if a sale to NESV is delayed.

Liverpool's fate rests on the outcome of a declaratory judgement in the High Court next week over whether the club can be sold to NESV despite the objection of the club's owners.

An appeal is likely regardless of the High Court ruling, with no outcome likely before the 15 October refinancing deadline set by RBS, the club's major creditor.

RBS will have the choice to waive their demand for repayment until the legal dispute is finalised, or call in the debt and place the parent company into administration.

Portsmouth became the first Premier League club to enter administration earlier this year and automatically received a nine-point reduction, condemning them to relegation.

In a similar case, West Ham avoided a penalty when their holding company went into administration in 2009.

That is because the London club was just one of several interests in the portfolio of Straumur, the Icelandic bank.

However, also in 2009, Southampton were docked 10 points by the Football League after their parent company Southampton Leisure Holdings went into administration, as a League investigation found they were "inextricably linked as one economic entity". That was a decision taken by the Football League rather than the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the Premier League has met the owners and directors of NESV and has confirmed that John W Henry and the other directors have passed the league's new 'owners and directors' test.

The decision means that only the High Court action by Hicks and Gillett stands in the way of the £300m deal going through.

The Premier League statement read: "The Premier League has met with the owners and directors of New England Sports Ventures (NESV) regarding their proposed takeover of Liverpool FC and has received details, in accordance with Premier League rules, of the proposed company and ownership structure as well as the make-up of the new Board.

"The Premier League is satisfied, with the information provided, that the individuals NESV intend to put in place in the event they complete their takeover of Liverpool FC meet the criteria set out in our owners' and directors' test.

"The board of the Premier League will continue working with Liverpool FC in regard to this process, however, we are aware that the formal completion of this takeover is yet to be resolved and it is therefore inappropriate for us to offer any further comment at this time. "
if this 9 point deduction happens thats only because of the owners because they dont care about the point deduction, they are only thinking of selling the club and make some profit.
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Old October 8, 2010, 11:54 AM
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Hicks set to fight Liverpool sale to NESV in High Court

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Tom Hicks has vowed to fight the £300m sale of Liverpool in the High Court.

The Reds board agreed the deal with New England Sports Ventures but co-owners Hicks and George Gillett claim to have sacked two directors to halt the sale.

However, club chairman Martin Broughton has stated the American duo do not have the power to alter the board's make-up.

Both parties are now set for a legal dispute after Hicks told BBC Radio 5 live's Brian Alexander he intended to pursue the matter through the courts.

The Liverpool board, consisting of Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre, outvoted Hicks and Gillett in agreeing the sale.

However, in an effort to keep control of the Anfield side, Hicks and Gillett have claimed they have replaced Purslow and Ayre with Hicks' son Mack and Lori Kay McCutcheon, a vice president at Hicks Holdings - giving the co-owners a majority on the board and with it the ability to block any sale.

When asked about the takeover by Alexander, Hicks replied in a e-mail: "We legally reconstituted the board and the board does not approve of this transaction."

Then asked how he and Gillett could block the move, Hicks added: "We have removed Christian Purslow and Ian Ayre."

Hicks and Gillett believe that the deal with NESV, which owns the Boston Red Sox baseball team, undervalues the Merseyside outfit and, if it were to go through, would see them lose about £140m.

However, Broughton, who was brought in to oversee the sale of the club in April, insisted on Wednesday that he and the rest of the board have the authority to push through the deal.

"When I took the role they gave a couple of written undertakings to Royal Bank of Scotland - that I was the only person entitled to change the board and that they would take no action to frustrate any reasonable sale," stated Broughton.

"I think they flagrantly abused both of those written undertakings. I have the casting vote."

The issue is now likely to go to the High Court next week, while the Premier League also has to ratify the deal, though it is thought to be happy with NESV's proposed business plan.

If a ruling goes the way of Hicks and Gillett, the pair will have to negotiate the hurdle of the 15 October deadline set by Royal Bank of Scotland to repay £240m of loans and £40m of fees.

RBS could then place Liverpool into administration, with the possibility of selling the club to NESV remaining .

NESV has said it will remove "all acquisition debt" if it buys the club, prompting Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson to hail the arrival of a group that also owns American baseball team Boston Red Sox.

"It's very positive and of course I'm delighted," he told the Liverpool website. "It's been going on a long time and I know how hard the board have worked to set things up.

"I know it's not easy for them because the owners have other ideas in terms of the sale of the club and what is achievable.

"But I was delighted to hear the news and have it confirmed that it looks like it is going to go through."
cant understand what this man is up to. if he fails to pay the DEBT of RBS, RBS can sell the club at any lower price. so in that case he will lose a more lot. he is now only looking for his good. he is not thinking of the good of the club which he never thought. he always wanted to make profit and still wants.
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liverpool could go into administration and if they do, they will be deducted 9 points meaning they will be on -3 lol! That would be too funny if they ended up on that and bottom of the league after 7 games.
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cant understand what this man is up to. if he fails to pay the DEBT of RBS, RBS can sell the club at any lower price. so in that case he will lose a more lot. he is now only looking for his good. he is not thinking of the good of the club which he never thought. he always wanted to make profit and still wants.
He is a businessman, not nessecarily a fan. He always was, thats the sad thing. The whole game is a business now
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Old October 11, 2010, 07:36 PM
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Liverpool Football Club case set for High Court

The case to decide the future ownership of Liverpool Football Club will be heard in the High Court on Tuesday.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), the club's major creditors, have submitted an application to the court against co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Hicks and Gillett, who bought the Reds in March 2007, owe RBS £240m but are blocking the £300m sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures (NESV).

The American duo have opposed the sale as they say it undervalues the club.

The case is one of a number to be heard by Mr Justice Floyd at 1030 BST and revolves around whether chairman Martin Broughton has the authority to sell Liverpool to NESV against the wishes of Hicks and Gillett.

Broughton claims when the owners decided to put the club up for sale in April, RBS requested undertakings from them that only he - as independent chairman - could make changes to the club's board.

That was to prevent the two Americans blocking any sale as the format of the board meant Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre could outvote the Hicks and Gillett three to two.

However, minutes before a meeting last week to discuss the bid by NESV, which will clear all debt but leave the owners with losses of £144m, Hicks tried to sack Purslow and Ayre and install his son, Mack, and Lori McCutcheon, who works for Hicks Holdings.

Broughton rejected the proposal and continued with the meeting, with the England-based board members coming down in favour of the NESV bid.

Hicks, however, has denied there are such undertakings in place, insisting Broughton's actions were illegal and therefore the sale is invalid.

It has been reported that should Broughton's bid to sell against the owners' wishes fail, then RBS would take over, place Liverpool into administration and execute the deal with NESV.

But that would likely result in a nine-point penalty which, it has been suggested, would prompt NESV to walk away from the deal leaving the club and RBS with no potential buyers.

However, the intrigue was added to on Monday when the BBC learned that Singapore business tycoon Peter Lim, who lost out to NESV when bidding to buy Liverpool, is ready to make a higher offer.

A source close to billionaire Lim claimed he had been the club's preferred bidder and was "annoyed and bemused" when it was announced that NESV had won the auction without him getting the chance to submit an improved bid.

The source told BBC Sport: "This is about a level playing field and being able to put forward the best offer.

"We want to table a significantly improved offer that's persuasive to the [Liverpool] board, and makes them change the horse they've backed."
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Liverpool to receive new bid from Singapore billionaire

The bidding contest for Liverpool FC may not be over, the BBC can reveal.

The runner-up in the contest, Peter Lim, a Singapore billionaire, is to approach Liverpool's board with a view to making a higher offer for the club.

According to sources close to Mr Lim, he was the club's preferred bidder in the closing stages of the auction.

He had talks with Liverpool's chairman about how to announce his takeover, such was the apparent confidence that he would win the contest.

'No loans'

Mr Lim learned he was not the victor only a few hours before the club's chairman, Martin Broughton, announced on 6 October that Liverpool would be sold to John Henry's New England Sport Ventures for £300m.

Mr Lim, who is being advised by the British firm of lawyers Macfarlanes and by the Wong Partnership of Singapore, still does not know why Mr Broughton went with New England Sports Ventures, owners of the Boston Red Sox.

He believes that in purely monetary terms, his offer was at least as attractive as Mr Henry's.

Mr Lim, too, was offering to repay all of Royal Bank of Scotland's and Wachovia's £200m of long-term debt, to take on £60m of other debt and to inject £40m of working capital.

What's more - and Mr Lim regards this as crucial - all the money being provided by him would come from his own cash resources. He is not planning to borrow any of it.

I understand he is also offering to provide tens of millions of pounds to Liverpool's manager, Roy Hodgson, to allow him to buy players when the transfer window opens in January.

According to executives close to Mr Lim, he was told by Mr Broughton that his ability to fund the takeover for cash, and the size of his cash resources, meant he was a more attractive owner than New England Sports Ventures.

Mr Lim was told that Liverpool's board was concerned that New England Sports Ventures would have to borrow to finance the takeover - raising questions about whether Liverpool really would break free from the financial shackles perceived to have been imposed by the current owners, George Gillett and Tom Hicks.

In the event, New England Sports Ventures have insisted it will not load up Liverpool FC with debt.

But there are no guarantees that there will not be significant debt further up the corporate ownership structure of New England Sports Ventures - which could limit how much money Mr Henry and his colleagues can inject into Liverpool in the future.

Mr Lim is keeping a close eye on the court case, which starts on Tuesday.

The case is supposed to rule on whether Mr Broughton can sell Liverpool to New England Sports Ventures against the wishes of Mr Hicks and Mr Gillett.

The Singapore billionaire believes the judgement in that case may give him an opportunity to bid again, whatever Mr Broughton may wish.

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Mr Lim is also prepared to buy Liverpool, should it ultimately collapse into administration under UK insolvency procedures.

According to sources close to him, he feels that he may have been shut out because New England made an offer to Royal Bank of Scotland to pay some of the £40m penalty fees the banks have demanded.

If that is the case, he believes Royal Bank may have done a poor deal, because he would be prepared to pay RBS and Wachovia more than the £10m or so which New England Sports Ventures is said to have put on the table.

"He never had a chance to negotiate directly with Royal Bank [of Scotland]," said a source. "He was expecting to do so, after agreeing the takeover with the board."

Mr Lim has an estimated net worth of $1.6bn (£1bn), according to Forbes Magazine.

He made his fortune in fashion, logistics and agri-business.

His interest in English football stems from his ownership of several Manchester United themed bars in Asia - which have persuaded him that there is huge global potential for making money from top-flight English football.

Meanwhile, Royal Bank of Scotland announced on Monday afternoon that it had obtained an injuction to prevent Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett from sacking Martin Broughton or any other of the club's board members ahead of Tuesday's court case.
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"I understand he is also offering to provide tens of millions of pounds to Liverpool's manager, Roy Hodgson, to allow him to buy players when the transfer window opens in January."

As much as anything, they need this the most Go with this Lim guy, like isnt it obvious ?

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Liverpool takeover completed by US company NESV

US company New England Sports Ventures, owner of the Boston Red Sox, has completed its takeover of Liverpool FC.

The move comes after former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett removed the temporary restraining order blocking the £300m sale on Friday morning.

"I am proud and humbled," said NESV head John W Henry. "I can't tell you how happy I am. We're here to win."

Hicks and Gillett may now take legal action in England to secure damages after dropping a claim lodged in Texas.

The claim in the Dallas court was for £1bn in damages, with the American pair claiming the deal was "illegal" and an "extraordinary swindle".

"We believe that once the English court finally has a chance to hear all the facts, a very different picture will be painted," said a statement from law firm Fish & Richardson attorney Tom Melsheimer.

"We are committed first and foremost to winning. We have a history of winning, and we want Liverpool supporters to know that this approach is what we intend to bring to this great club."

Chairman Martin Broughton - who revealed he would fulfill "a transitional role while John works out how to run the club" in the foreseeable future - added in a statement: "I am delighted that we have been able to successfully conclude the sale process which has been thorough and extensive.

"The board decided to accept NESV's offer on the basis that it best met the criteria we set out originally for a new owner. NESV is buying Liverpool in order to put it on an excellent financial footing and continue to develop it internationally.

"This is a good deal which comprehensively resolves the pressing issue of the club's debt and should give staff, players and fans great confidence regarding the future of Liverpool FC."

Former owners Hicks and Gillett had earlier lifted the restraining order blocking the club's sale earlier on Friday, but not so that the current board could complete a deal with NESV.

Hicks was believed to be negotiating the sale of his shares with US hedge fund Mill Financial, who already own Gillett's shares after he defaulted on a £75m loan from the Royal Bank of Scotland in August.

But the Premier League rejected Mill's requests to undergo a fit and proper person test on Thursday, saying it could only negotiate with the Liverpool board.

The board - comprising Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre as well as Hicks and Gillett - had already accepted a bid from NESV by three votes to two for them to become the club's new owners.

Hicks and Gillett, who gave up hope of holding on to Liverpool at a court in Dallas on Friday, could now bring their legal fight to the High Court in London.

Steve Stodghill, the Texas lawyer representing Hicks and Gillett, added: "This outcome not only devalues the club but it also will result in long-term uncertainty for the fans, players and everyone who loves this sport because all legal recourses will be pursued.

"Mr Hicks and Mr Gillett pledged to pay the debt to RBS so that the club could avoid administration that was threatened by RBS. That offer was rejected.

"It is a tragic development that others will claim as a victory. This means it won't be resolved the way it should be resolved.

"My clients worked tirelessly to resolve these issues but RBS would not listen to any reasonable solution and the directors acted selfishly and illegally. Mr Hicks and Mr Gillett wanted to position this club for the future, but others have a different agenda.

"In truth, there is nothing positive from these events for Liverpool Football Club. That is exactly the opposite of what my clients wanted to achieve."

The Royal Bank of Scotland, however, vowed to "vigorously oppose" any attempts made to sue, saying in a statement: "RBS is pleased the sale of LFC to NESV has been completed.

"We are confident this will provide the foundation for the club and its fans to enjoy renewed success on and off the pitch.

"RBS is aware of reports that Mr Hicks and Mr Gillett may intend to pursue further litigation in relation... the English courts have described claims made to date as "not realistic and abusive". Any further claims against RBS will be vigorously opposed."

Hicks and Gillett have continuously sought to prevent the purchase of the club they bought in 2007 for £174m, holding the view that Liverpool is worth much more than the £300m NESV offered.

It looked as though the prospect of it going down to a final day on Friday might be avoided after the latest High Court ruling on Thursday when Mr Justice Floyd issued an anti-suit injunction that rendered Hicks and Gillett's temporary restraining order, which they put in place to try and prevent a sale taking place, ineffective.

But Hicks and Gillett eventually withdrew their restraining order on Friday morning as it became clear Mill Financial would not be able to become Liverpool's new owners.

Liverpool, who face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, are in the bottom three in the Premier League table after picking up only six points from their opening seven games.
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Ex-Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks angry after losing club

Liverpool's former co-owner Tom Hicks says he is devastated after claiming the club was wrestled from him in an "epic swindle".

Hicks and co-owner George Gillett lost the Anfield outfit to New England Sports Ventures (NESV) on Friday after a lengthy takeover saga.

"There are better owners of Liverpool than the owners of Boston Red Sox [NESV]," Hicks told Sky Sports.

"I'm shocked, devastated and frustrated. I'm very disappointed."

He added: "It has hurt my family tremendously. This is a very valuable asset that was swindled away from me in an epic swindle."

Hicks, who took over the Anfield outfit with fellow American Gillett in 2007, felt the pair had been victims of an "organised conspiracy over many months".

The duo lost the club in a £300m takeover deal by American John W Henry, owner of NESV.

"Martin Broughton [Liverpool chairman] wanted a good PR event in his life and wanted to be seen as the guy that got rid of those Americans - he sold to another group of Americans," stated 64-year-old Hicks.

He claimed that he and Gillett had the funds to pay off Royal Bank of Scotland, the club's major creditors who were owed £237m, but were prevented from doing so by the bank, Broughton and employees of the club.

Hicks also stated he had identified a buyer who he believed would have been better for Liverpool than NESV, but people inside the club undermined his attempts to reach a deal.

"The interested buyers that we knew would be the right type of buyers for the club - look what's happened to Manchester City now with their new ownership - that's the kind of buyer we were trying to find for Liverpool," he commented.

However, potential buyers were scared off by "distress chatter" and an "organised internet terrorism campaign", he added.

Admitting that the club had "a little too much debt, no question", Hicks - who became a hate figure among some Liverpool supporters - accepted that "something went wrong with my ability to communicate with the fans. I am saddened by it."

But the Texan businessman added: "We spent £300m on players - £150m net on players. You never hear about that in the media."

Hicks also said he hoped Liverpool's planned new stadium at Stanley Park would be built. Work has yet to start on the 60,000-seater venue because of funding difficulties.

"We had the chance to build a world-class stadium in Liverpool and I hope the group that took the club today builds that stadium", he stated.

And Hicks hit out at former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, who left the club by mutual consent in June after six years.

"Rafa never wanted to take accountability for his own results. He would blame the owners. Alex Ferguson doesn't do that at Manchester United," he commented.

Hicks and Gillett dropped a claim for £1bn damages in a US court but could take legal action in England to get compensation.

"This isn't over," said Hicks.
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New owner John W Henry determined to revive Liverpool

Liverpool's new owner John W Henry has pledged to tackle the club's problems both on and off the field "head on".

NESV, which Henry heads, completed its takeover of Liverpool on Friday after a bitter battle in the UK and US courts.

Henry said he was "proud and humbled" and "here to win" but added: "We're going to have to work very hard.

"There's a lot of work to be done to get this club to where it needs to be in the grand scheme of things but we're going to be attacking this head-on."

NESV finally wrested control of Liverpool from previous owner Tom Hicks and US hedge fund Mill Financial on Friday with a £300m takeover which also drastically reduced its debts.

Hicks is threatening legal action over the sale, which he claims massively undervalued the club, but for now Henry is more concerned with reviving Liverpool's fortunes on the pitch and addressing it's pressing need for a new stadium or major development of Anfield.

"We really, through all the work we've done over the last two months, saw the challenges and problems which exist and we've got to work to address those," said Henry, who also owns baseball's Boston Red Sox.

"There is a great nucleus here off the field and on the field and we think we can build from that, but it's not going to be easy.

"We've got real challenges but we've got a very strong organisation, financially and otherwise, we have some terrific strategic thinkers."

Henry said the dilemma over whether to build a new stadium or upgrade Anfield's current 45,000 capacity was similar to the one confronting NESV when they acquired the Red Sox and their Fenway Park home in 2002.

"The stadium issue was a big issue in Boston. We went in there not knowing what we should do - build a new ballpark or refurbish, and we have the same issue here," he told Liverpool's website.

Liverpool have long been planning to build a 60,000-seater stadium at Stanley Park, near their current Anfield home, but work has yet to begin because of problems with funding.

Henry added: "We have to listen, learn, talk to the community, talk to the council, talk with the supporters. But the biggest issue of all is really what makes the most sense for Liverpool, long term."

Liverpool play Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday and their manager David Moyes said on Friday he would be interested if the opportunity arose for a groundshare with the Reds.

That may be one option Henry looks at as he sets about the "real challenges" in trying to restore Liverpool to former glories, as he did with the Reds Sox.

The Red Sox have won the World Series twice since Henry bought the club, having not previously been winners since 1918, while Liverpool may be are English football's most decorated club but have not won a league title since 1990.

Henry admitted, though, that there were times this week when he thought his acquisition of the Merseyside giants, with 18 league titles and five European Cup wins to their name, was going to be thwarted.

"There were many days where I was wondering whether or not we would be going home," said Henry, who surprisingly turned up when Liverpool held a board meeting on Wednesday evening in London.

"In fact, even on Friday I wasn't a 100% confident. There were days where I was confident but there were a lot of twists and turns here. I'm just happy it ended successfully."
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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson reveals relief at takeover

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has welcomed the takeover of the club by New England Sports Ventures.

NESV will take control at Anfield after American duo Tom Hicks and George Gillett were defeated in their legal fight to prevent the buy-out.

"It's a very good day for the club," Hodgson said just before the deal was confirmed. "It's a relief...it's been a very difficult couple of weeks.

"There's no doubt a cloud has been lifted from the football club today."

On Friday, Hicks and Gillett removed the restraining order blocking any sale of the club, thus enabling NESV - the preferred buyer of the club's board - to complete their £300m purchase.

Although Hicks and Gillett say they intend to pursue £1bn damages over what they perceive as an "illegal" deal, it finally provides Hodgson with cause for optimism, after a two-and-a-half-month reign at the club dominated by uncertainty.

"For this long drawn-out court battle to take place and Liverpool's name to be on the television screens and in the newspapers every day for anything other than positive reasons has been a bad time," admitted Hodgson.

"We've had to live through that bad time but hopefully now, if NESV are going to take over, that would be very good news for us going into the important match at the weekend."

Hodgson revealed that he had spoken to John W Henry, the head of NESV, who also own the Boston Red Sox baseball team, but said there had been no discussion about his position at the club or what potential transfer funds may be available to spend.

"There hasn't been any talk about my position at the club," stated Hodson.

He called me and his message was that he was hoping the deal would go through, he was very much looking forward to becoming the new owner and he was looking forward to working with me and the people who were here but we didn't talk about investment."

Hodgson did say he was optimistic NESV could bring a more stable environment to Anfield than that of Hicks and Gillett, who have faced discontent from supporters over their regime, in particular the level of debt they incurred in purchasing the club for £174m in 2007.

"All people and clubs need stability, all managers and players need stability and it is becoming a very hard thing to find," added Hodgson.

"We live in a world where you are either on top or at the bottom and the middle line is not appreciated by the mass media.

"I am hoping the new owners coming in will stabilise the situation and give us a chance to concentrate on the football and, most importantly of all, will wipe out debts.

"That will mean in future we can invest in players in a different way to what has happened in the last transfer window when money was in short supply and we weren't even certain there would be any money to spend or even if the club would be there.

"The mere fact the club will be taken over and the debts wiped off immediately puts us into a different financial position to the one we have been in."

The news was also met with relief by James McKenna, of the Spirit of Shankly supporters group that had campaigned against the previous owners.

Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, he said: "Many supporters have battled to get to this point and we've now achieved our goal of getting rid of them.

"There is outright jubilation that they have gone, but a bit of caution about what these new owners NESV are like... I think supporters are feeling a lot more optimistic about this football club than they were 12 hours ago."

"It's important we do get back to talking about football and hopefully as supporters that's what we can do.

"I'll be enjoying a celebratory drink or two this evening."

And Dr Rogan Taylor, a University of Liverpool academic who founded Share Liverpool FC to raise cash for a fan-led buyout at Anfield, was also cautiously optimistic, saying: "Incoming owners always make noises about how they're going to be nice to the fans and work alongside them, but it's all in the doing and not in the speaking.

"I have no doubt that they'll be aware that there is a couple of "bad Americans" leaving - but they're new Americans, and they are going to need some sort of clear way of indicating that they are not the old Americans.

"I've only seen John Henry briefly, but it seems he has a sense of humour so I'm delighted about that."

Liverpool will be hoping that stability in the boardroom will bring an upturn in fortunes on the pitch.

The team are currently in the relegation zone, having taken only six points from seven Premier League matches.

On Sunday they face a trip to local rivals Everton, who are one place above them in the table courtesy only of a better goal difference.

Everton boss David Moyes has refused to comment on the takeover at Liverpool but voiced his belief that clubs must take greater responsibility for their finances.

"If you look at our debt, it is probably roughly somewhere between £60-£70m," said Moyes. "I think it is well documented what Liverpool's debt is.

"I think debt is maybe going to become quite unfashionable. I think the media have pushed people to spend a lot of money and I think that is now changing."

However, Moyes does not believe the issues that have dominated the build-up to Sunday's game will have much of an impact on the action on the pitch and is targeting the encounter as one to kick-start his side's climb up the table.

"What other matters have the players had to concern themselves with? I think you just get on with the game," said Moyes. "Football players are professional, you go onto the pitch and it is 11 v 11.

"I don't think anyone would expect Liverpool to be in this position come the end of the season, just like I don't think anyone expects Everton to be in this position.

"We are because we have not played well enough and not won the opening games. We have to try to do better."
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Everton boss Moyes interested in Liverpool groundshare

Everton manager David Moyes has said the club would be "very interested" if the opportunity arose to share a ground with rivals Liverpool.

Both clubs have struggled to build new homes but the takeover of Liverpool by New England Sports Ventures could kickstart the Reds' project.

"I wouldn't say we'd be definitely for it but we'd be very interested if we got an opportunity," said Moyes.

"I don't know if that's how Liverpool would view it."

A move to a new stadium could help put Everton and Liverpool on closer terms with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal and Moyes said his club needs new forms of investment.

"It's [a groundshare with Liverpool] probably something that if you ask people up here no one would really want it," stated Moyes, who took over at Goodison Park in 2002.

"Who really wants to share a ground with their neighbours?

"But from our point of view we need something new to get some more investment in.

"There is a limit to what we can get at Goodison. It can only take in a certain amount of money."

Everton's plan to move to a 50,000-seater stadium in Kirkby was scuppered in 2009 when the government rejected the proposals.

Liverpool have long-planned to build a 60,000-seater ground on Stanley Park, near their Anfield home, but work has never started because of a lack of funding.

Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish gave guarded backing to a groundshare between the two Merseyside clubs in September, and Everton chairman Bill Kenwright hinted later he was willing to discuss the matter.

Everton announced plans in August to build a £9m retail and office complex at Goodison Park. However, Kenwright insisted the proposals did not mean that the club had ruled out a move to a new stadium.

The Toffees, who are fourth from bottom of the Premier League, host third-bottom Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.
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LOL Liverpool........New owner o kaj holo na.......already 2 down against Everton on the 50th mins
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LOL Liverpool........New owner o kaj holo na.......already 2 down against Everton on the 50th mins
he he, new owner jodi ek din ei ekta team e change korte parto, taile team gulo player na kine khali owner change korto
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Whats happening to EPL giants? L'pool already down. And the way MU is going they will find themselves in danger soon. Too much debt for a soccer club.
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liverpool 2 - 0 chelsea at half time

torres with both the goals so far
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torres with a double strike.... impressive.... what a way to redeem himself....
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