John & Tom are no Tom & George

Liverpool's new owners John W. Henry (L) and Tom Werner (R) applaud the teams before their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England, October 17, 2010. Henry's New England Sports Ventures, owners of the Boston Red Sox, completed a takeover of the Premier League club on Friday. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SPORT SOCCER) NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE ++44 (0)

New Liverpool owners John Henry and Thomas Werner, the principal owners of NESV, met with Liverpool council officials on Monday and the response has been positive.

Henry and Werner, instead of talking, are listening first – unlike previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Liverpool fan and Walton MP Steve Rotheram explained that despite the two sets of owners sharing the same nationality, they are very different.

“My first impression was very positive”, said Rotheram. “Although they are the same nationality as the last two owners, they are very different people.

“Their plans are to take the club forward in a positive manner.”

NESV are set to decide whether to redevelop Anfield or continue with plans for a new stadium and this is something that tops their agenda, with further talks set to take place between them and Liverpool city council.

Rotheram explained “They listened a lot more intently than the last two characters and were far more open to suggestions that they should look at the full regeneration of Anfield, not just the ground itself.

“He (Henry) said the new owners were clearly looking at ways of using the stadium outside matchdays to create new income streams.”

Reports suggest NESV’s preferred option is to remain at Anfield, but that they realise the importance of improving the whole Anfield area, not just the stadium.