It’s international week, Liverpool have made an unbeaten start to the season and sit level on points with leaders Chelsea, but while the owners situation may have quietened somewhat in recent weeks, the problem still looms large like a cancerous cell waiting to inflict itself upon the body.
Oliver Kay writes in The Times:
For the first time in what feels like an age, Liverpool appear to be quietly going about their business, but the silence from the boardroom is not necessarily golden. Rafael BenÃtez has been given no indication that he will be offered an extension to his contract, which runs out at the end of next season, and for as long as the club remain in the hands of Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr, the Spaniard appears unlikely to be offered any long-term security.
Yes, the two clowns are still ‘in charge’ of our club. No, the new stadium is not being built at the moment and no, our loyal manager is not being shown any loyalty or security. The question most fans want the answer to is if and when they will finally sell up?
The Guardian carries the same hope:
Both Liverpool’s new stadium and Hicks’ hopes of purchasing just 1% of Gillett’s stake have stalled indefinitely, with the global economic crisis cited for the construction delay and Gillett preferring to sell up to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The ruler of Dubai has not conceded defeat in his exhaustive attempt to purchase Liverpool but the Americans’ valuation of the club remains far in excess of what he is prepared to pay.