Amidst the arrival of Roy Hodgson and continued conjecture on the futures of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, a genuinely good bit of news concerning the future of Liverpool Football Club has failed to slip under the radar of most Reds fans. Speaking at Roy Hodgson’s inaugural Anfield press conference last weeek, club chairman Martin Broughton reassured fans and the media that the sale of the club “can be done by the end of the transfer season.” With current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. lambasted for the spearheading the club’s decline, the news that the club could be rescued this summer will come as welcome relief to all involved with the Merseyside club. Broughton also confirmed that the club’s American owners, who were thought to be holding out for £800m for the sale of the club, “can’t block the sale of the club.”
Additionally, Broughton sought to reassure fans over the Anfield futures of the club’s most prized assets, stating “If I can just go on record again and say Gerrard and Torres are not for sale, we don’t need the money. We don’t have any desire or need to sell players in order to pay down the debt.”
Unlike the haphazard process which facilitated the American duo’s arrival at Anfield, the search to find their successors appears as though it is being carried out with increased diligence and care. Broughton said: “We will do a deal with what we consider to be the best bidder. The best bidder may not be the highest bidder. It’s about more than just money. It’s about stadium development, the team and the whole piece. One we’ve been through the process, the best bidder gets it.”
With all the doom and gloom surrounding the club of late, Broughton’s words will come as a timely reminder that measures are being taken to safeguard the future of Britain’s most successful club. If Broughton stays true to his word, the problems which have plagued the club for the past two seasons could be vanquished by the end of summer. A cause for optimism indeed.
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