Henry issues hands off warning

June 18, 2010 - Potchefstroom, South Africa - epa02209826 Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina (L) chats with Spanish forward Fernando Torres during their team's training session in Potchesfstroom, South Africa, 18 June 2010. Spain will face Honduras on 21 June at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg in a Group H match at the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry insists the club will not sell star players – most notably Spanish duo Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina, who have been linked with moves away from Anfield this week.

Henry said “I can reassure our supporters that we have no intention of allowing the team to be weakened going forward.”

“We intend to build on the strength of the current squad, not undermine it.”

Reports this week suggested the two key players have clauses allowing them to leave in January, but Henry said “Stories about our top players leaving are destructive and unwarranted but we realise this kind of speculation is also common.”

Henry also spoke of plans to spend in January and laughed off reports that manager Roy Hodgson would not be given money to invest in the squad.

“We have recently read stories about our intentions for the forthcoming January transfer window and have a sense of humour about this type of inevitable speculation.”

“As everyone knows we are new to English football, but not to sport, and we are studying all options. Opportunities and value will drive spending in January and in the future.

“Our clear focus from day one of our ownership has been – and will be – to improve the club and focus on what it will take to put Liverpool FC consistently in a position to challenge for trophies.

“We intend to build this club the right way.”

Henry’s positive comments will further endear himself to Liverpool supporters after NESV’s takeover this month. The American is again showing he is looking to deliver what is required for the club.