New England Sports Ventures hope that they will be able to persuade the Dallas judge who ratified the restraining order on the prospective owners to overturn his decision, thereby making it possible that Liverpool Football Club will be in new hands by the weekend. If he does not agree to do so, the prospective owners will have to rely on Hicks and Gillett going to court by 4pm, by which time it would be too late to push through the quick sale of the club. Should the current owners not even do that, they will be in contempt of court and as such be facing a prison sentence.
The court hearing making the decision will take place at 1pm today, and Martin Broughton is confident that the decision will be made in his favour to enable the sale to go through, The Guardian reports.
No Singaporean investment.
NESV’s hopes have increased given Singaporean businessman Peter Lim’s decision to withdraw his personal bid – thought to be worth £320 million – to buy the club, writes The Guardian.
The decision boosts the chances of New England Sports Ventures finally being able to land the club as Lim’s interest in the club was used by the Texan Courts supporting Hicks and Gillett to argue that NESV’s bid for the club had severely underestimated its value.
The bid having been withdrawn, that particular argument loses a lot of its credence – as a result leading to hopes that the Texan Courts will review their decision to impose NESV with a restraining order at 1pm today. Only if “current events cause circumstances to change,” will his interest in Liverpool be revived, he said.
Torres will face Everton.
Whatever the outcome in the courts this afternoon, one certainty seems to be that Fernando Torres is fit to face Everton in Sunday lunchtime’s Merseyside derby.
As he departed the Anfield scene after 10 minutes of Liverpool’s defeat to Blackpool, Torres cut a miserable figure and fears emanated of a long-term absence. However, Roy Hodgson told The Independent that he and Paul Konchesky were ready to return. “Konchesky has made a good recovery, as has Fernando Torres, so, all being well, we can welcome those two back,” he said. He also assuaged initial fears that Dirk Kuyt could be set for months on the sidelines, saying the Dutchman should be ruled out for one month.