John W. Henry felt personally moved to send The Guardian an email regarding questions about New England Sports Ventures takeover of Liverpool.
In that letter, he outlined that the only current debt remaining is £37 million owed to the Royal Bank of Scotland for development work on the proposed new stadium – a situation which the new owners are currently reviewing. The £200 million debt leveraged onto the club by Liverpool’s previous owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, has been totally cleared.
However, Henry would not disclose the exact methods of payment which went into buying Liverpool Football Club, nor whether any of that money was borrowed. “I have certain obligations to my partners regarding confidentiality of a private company and in not disclosing our financials publicly,” he said. Most importantly was his promise, even though not a written agreement, not to borrow money from the club to pay for his own takeover.
Cole in Chelsea return?
Initial fears about Joe Cole’s hamstring injury were a prognosis of two to three weeks on the sidelines. Roy Hodgson is slightly more optimistic and believes that his playmaker cannot be discounted from playing this weekend against his former club, Chelsea. “With Cole it’s not as bad as feared. It shouldn’t keep him out for that long,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “I would say it’s a week to 10-day injury.”
Should his progress of recovery be quick enough, Cole will be considered for the Chelsea game, offering Liverpool a surprise boost as they look to make it three wins on the spin.
Blues play down Torres interest.
Fernando Torres’ future has been the cause of much ado in Liverpool throughout the 2010/11 season and has perhaps hindered his attempt to find form and fitness following a disappointing personal World Cup. Some stability and reassurance about his long term future is what is needed, and – even though his form has been poor – Liverpool fans will be relieved to hear that Chelsea have dropped their interest in the striker, according to skysports.com. Carlo Ancelotti claims he is happy with his squad and focused on bringing through young players.
Liverpool will hope that the news will settle Torres down and that the reassurance of staying at Anfield for the foreseeable future will lead to an improvement in form.