John W. Henry confirmed what most of Merseyside was expecting. Tom Werner, who already holds the chairman role with New England Sports Ventures, will replace Martin Broughton as Liverpool chairman when Broughton steps down at the end of this month. Henry is naturally delighted with the appointment.
He told skysports.com: “I want to pay tribute to Martin Broughton and the magnificent job he has done for Liverpool FC,” ensuring that Broughton’s role in ousting Tom Hicks and George Gillett whilst paving the way for NESV’s takeover would never be forgotten. Werner himself is delighted to be taking on the role: “Our goal is to work tirelessly for our supporters and deliver the best conditions for a winning team and silverware in the trophy room,” he promised.
Aurelio return important.
Unheralded though he may often be, Roy Hodgson has acknowledged the importance of Fabio Aurelio’s return from injury as substitute against West Ham United last weekend. The injury-plagued Brazilian has missed far too much football for his liking over the past two years injured, but will be boosted by Hodgson’s words of optimism.
“It was nice to see him back on the field again and he played with great confidence,” he told skysports.com. Aurelio’s versatility will give Liverpool added options down the left flank which they have lacked this season. “He can definitely play as a left midfielder,” he said. “If he could stay fit then it could be a really good boost to our team.”
Cole and Lucas to return.
The absence of Steven Gerrard in midfield for the trip to White Hart Lane will be slightly tempered by the potential returns of Lucas Leiva and Joe Cole, from suspension and injury respectively, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Lucas sat out of last weekend’s victory over West Ham, whilst Cole has been missing since picking up what initially looked like an innocuous hamstring injury against Bolton in October. That his return has taken somewhat longer than expected will be tempered by the promise of his creativity returning to Liverpool’s starting line-up which has often looked short of that quality this season. Liverpool hope to stop Tottenham from beating them for a third time in a row at White Hart Lane.