Liverpool news – Reds in for Mata, Rush – Ownership not to blame for poor start, Threat of administration to deter buyers?

Threat of administration to deter buyers?

In spite of concluding a deal in principle with Chairman Martin Broughton to buy Liverpool, The Guardian reports that New England Sports Ventures may be persuaded to change its position should Liverpool fall into administration and subsequently be docked nine points.

It had previously been thought that a nine-point deduction would not follow administration because it would be the holding company in default, not the club. Since then, Richard Scudamore has taken a hard line stance on the club’s perilous situation, declaring that Hicks and Gillett’s financial situation cannot be separated from the club.

The penalty could be sanctioned as soon as next Friday, leaving Liverpool facing their next Premier League fixture bottom of the league on minus three points. It is thought that being marooned to the bottom of the league would cause New England Sports Ventures serious doubts about their investment.

Rush – Ownership not to blame for poor start.

Ian Rush has dismissed notions that the furore surrounding Liverpool’s search for new owners is at fault for their poor start to the 2010/11 season.

With a £300 million deal agreed in principle for New England Sports Ventures to buy the club seeming close to bringing off field issues to a merciful conclusion, Rush argued, “It’s easy to use that as an excuse, but when I played we just got on with the game.” Nevertheless, he had words of encouragement for a squad he believes will eventually find form. “People say we are in the bottom three,” he told The Independent. “The way I see it we are five points from the Champions League {places}. Two wins and you never know how things might change.”

Reds in for Mata.

The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool scouts are tracking Valencia forward Juan Mata in the hope of making a bid for the schemer in January. Although Joe Cole signed on a free transfer during the summer, Hodgson’s Liverpool have still often looked blunt in attack, devoid of the creativity necessary to break down the massed ranks of Premier League defences. Mata is thought to be the solution to such problems. The deal, the Mirror reports, is subject to the takeover being completed.

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