It seems like the dark ages at Anfield are behind us as the New England Sports Ventures (NESV) finalizes its £300 million takeover of the club. Tom Hicks and George Gillett aren’t very happy about this and are trying their best to hold on to the debt ridden club. The trio on the Liverpool board pushing for the sale of the club are Chairman Martin Broughton, managing director Christian Purslow and commercial director Ian Ayre. A hearing on Friday will determine whether or not the sale of the club will go through, but for the time being we can all assume that Liverpool will have new owners and will be making major changes in the near future.
The future owner of the club John W. Henry is exactly what Liverpool needs at the moment as he’s had plenty of experience turning teams around. He helped the baseball franchise Boston Red Sox, a team that was very much in the same position that Liverpool was in, turn around and win its first title in 86 years. Liverpool’s chairman Martin Broughton has made it no secret that the new owners will be backing the club financially and help bring new players to the club. The new owners are also committed to redeveloping Anfield stadium as they have determined that redeveloping it is better than building a new stadium given then tradition of the club.
With new owners it’s no surprise that people are beginning to speculate the transfer of players to Anfield this January. One of the likely transfers is Juan Mata from Valencia for 10 million quid and Ryan Babel, who has failed to impress at the club since arriving to Anfield in the summer of 2007. The arrival of new funds and players will most certainly help Roy Hodgson and make life a little bit easier on Liverpool fans as well.