Henry didn’t know about Liverpool

Liverpool owner John W Henry has admitted that before buying the Merseyside team, he knew very little about the club or football in England.

Henry is the principle owner of Fenway Sports Group, who acquired the Anfield side a year ago, and is a huge baseball fan; FSG own the Boston Red Sox amongst other North American sports teams.

Despite now backing Kenny Dalglish financially, Henry has stated that he was unaware of the scale of support or global following of the club.

“We knew virtually nothing about Liverpool Football Club nor EPL (the Barclays Premier League),” he told The Guardian.

Meanwhile, chairman Tom Werner also has stated that he did not feel the proposal to buy the team was serious.

“I wasn’t paying too much attention. Frankly I was on my BlackBerry, dealing with more pressing issues. I thought there was no way John was going to drag us into that one.

“I had been in sports so I was aware of the EPL and its strength globally. But I didn’t know the inner workings of it. I certainly knew about Manchester United,” he concluded.

The American buyout of the club has stabilised Liverpool financially, and allowed Dalglish to splash the cash on new players throughout the summer transfer window.

By Gareth McKnight
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