Liverpool in Question

Posted by admin | Players,Teams | Wednesday 18 August 2010 3:27 pm

The most successful name in the history of English football (with only Manchester United presenting even the semblance of a legitimate protest), the Liverpool Football Club has fallen upon hard times over the past season, both on and off the field. Liverpool’s play failed to qualify for the Champions League, a rarity for the club, while manager Rafa Benitez left the club after six seasons at the helm. Just a season after Benitez signed a new 5 year contract to stay with Liverpool, citing his love for the club, city and fans in the process, the relationship soured as Liverpool limped towards a 7th place finish. At year’s end, it was mutually agreed upon that the contract would be terminated and the team and long time coach would part ways. Benitez quickly caught on with InterMilan who, ironically, will be defending their Champions League title, where Liverpool will be stuck on the outside looking in.Off the field, current ownership often finds themselves at odds with Liverpool’s passionate fan base. A collection of fans have actually attempted to buy the team, with a proposed plan by which 100,000 supporters would front the money to match illustrious franchise’s steep price tag. Currently, the team is owned by American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett, but after a falling out between the two men, the future of Liverpool’s ownership looks shaky at best. There have been talks with an investment group called Dubai International Capital, with Gillett reportedly agreeing to sell though the move was allegedly blocked by Hicks. Furthermore, the team is in need of new stadium financing, something that will certainly not be accomplished given current conflicts and the uncertain economic climate. With so much uncertainty, it is tough to attract talent and keep current talent in place. On the bright side, star striker Fernando Torres recently announced he will stay with Liverpool and is still committed to the city and fans, despite a host of high profile suitors.

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