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Author John W Henry open letter to Liverpool fans
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"I am as disappointed as anyone connected with Liverpool Football Club that we were unable to add further to our strike force in this summer transfer window, but that was not through any lack of desire or effort on the part of all of those involved.

"They pushed hard in the final days of the transfer window on a number of forward targets and it is unfortunate that on this occasion we were unable to conclude acceptable deals to bring those targets in.

"But a summer window which brought in three young but significantly talented starters in Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini as well as two exciting young potential stars of the future - Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi - could hardly be deemed a failure as we build for the future.


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"Nor should anyone minimise the importance of keeping our best players during this window. We successfully retained Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez. We greatly appreciate their faith and belief in the club. And we successfully negotiated new, long-term contracts with Luis and with Martin.

"No-one should doubt our commitment to the club. In Brendan Rodgers, we have a talented young manager and we have valued highly his judgement about the make-up of the squad. This is a work in progress. It will take time for Brendan to instil his philosophy into the squad and build exactly what he needs for the long term.

"The transfer policy was not about cutting costs. It was - and will be in the future - about getting maximum value for what is spent so that we can build quality and depth.

"We are avowed proponents of Uefa's Financial Fair Play agenda that was this week reiterated by Mr Platini - something we heartily applaud.

"We must comply with Financial Fair Play guidelines that ensure spending is tied to income. We have been successful in improving the commercial side of the club and the monies generated going forward will give us greater spending power in the coming years.

"We are still in the process of reversing the errors of previous regimes. It will not happen overnight.

"It has been compounded by our own mistakes in a difficult first two years of ownership. It has been a harsh education, but, make no mistake, the club is healthier today than when we took over.

"Spending is not merely about buying talent. Our ambitions do not lie in cementing a mid-table place with expensive, short-term quick fixes that will only contribute for a couple of years.

"Our emphasis will be on developing our own players using the skills of an increasingly impressive coaching team. Much thought and investment already have gone into developing a self-sustaining pool of youngsters imbued in the club's traditions.

"That ethos is to win. We will invest to succeed. But we will not mortgage the future with risky spending. After almost two years at Anfield, we are close to having the system we need in place.


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"The transfer window may not have been perfect but we are not just looking at the next 16 weeks until we can buy again. We are looking at the next 16 years and beyond. These are the first steps in restoring one of the world's great clubs to its proper status.

"It will not be easy, it will not be perfect, but there is a clear vision at work.

"We will build and grow from within, buy prudently and cleverly and never again waste resources on inflated transfer fees and unrealistic wages. We have no fear of spending and competing with the very best but we will not overpay for players.

"We will never place this club in the precarious position that we found it in when we took over at Anfield. This club should never again run up debts that threaten its existence.

"Most of all, we want to win. That ambition drives every decision. It is the Liverpool way. We can and will generate the revenues to achieve that aim. There will be short-term setbacks from time to time, but we believe we have the right people in place to bring more glory to Anfield.

"Finally, I can say with authority that our ownership is not about profit.

"Contrary to popular opinion, owners rarely get involved in sports in order to generate cash. They generally get involved with a club in order to compete and work for the benefit of their club. It's often difficult.

"In our case, we work every day in order to generate revenues to improve the club. We have only one driving ambition at Liverpool and that is the quest to win the Premier League playing the kind of football our supporters want to see.

"That will only occur if we do absolutely the right things to build the club in a way that makes sense for supporters, for us and for those who will follow us.

"We will deliver what every long-term supporter of Liverpool Football Club aches for."

JOHN W HENRY
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AKA...

Dalgleish was a clueless twat who wasted all our money
Downing/Hendo/Adam are shite
Dempsey is an overpriced carthorse

But best of all.... we need Michael Owen back
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Very odd to come out with such a statement so soon. Might not have been great against us yesterday but was not all doom and gloom IMO, tough fixture list to start the season and the WBA result was not ideal but far from being the disaster that last season was!
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All you have to do is arse kiss the fans and you'll go a long way. Worked for Kenny for a good few months.
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Liverpool fans are simpler than that, just say justice for the 96 and they will love you for at least a season regardless of results

if you get it embroidered on the shirts somewhere, you may stretch that to two seasons


[Edited on 03-09-2012 by Steve]
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quote:
Originally posted by Steve
Liverpool fans are simpler than that, just say justice for the 96 and they will love you for at least a season regardless of results

if you get it embroidered on the shirts somewhere, you may stretch that to two seasons


[Edited on 03-09-2012 by Steve]


Red nets and you get another season.
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quote:
Originally posted by Steve
Liverpool fans are simpler than that, just say justice for the 96 and they will love you for at least a season regardless of results

if you get it embroidered on the shirts somewhere, you may stretch that to two seasons


[Edited on 03-09-2012 by Steve]


Prepare to feel the wrath!
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The problem is that Liverpool are a mid table club and have been for a couple of seasons. The fans don't seem to have got that in to their heads and expect a lot more from the team than it can give at this moment in time.
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quote:
Originally posted by Steve
Liverpool fans are simpler than that, just say justice for the 96 and they will love you for at least a season regardless of results

if you get it embroidered on the shirts somewhere, you may stretch that to two seasons


[Edited on 03-09-2012 by Steve]


Shut up you fucking clueless twat.

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The problem is that Liverpool are a mid table club and have been for a couple of seasons. The fans don't seem to have got that in to their heads and expect a lot more from the team than it can give at this moment in time.


We know our team is no title contender at the minute, and all the fans know that. There's not one guy on the coach that I go to the games with that thinks otherwise. End of the day we need to build up a team again, we currently have a very young squad, which will potentially turn into future 'liverpool legends'.

Pisses me off to say it, but it'll mean we will probably have another average season in the league and again be in the europa, probably putting our all into cup games.
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You sound like you have your head screwed on about it all TBF. I'd probably be in denial if it was Man United
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quote:
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You sound like you have your head screwed on about it all TBF. I'd probably be in denial if it was Man United


It takes a season for it to sink in mate
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i cant work out why havent won every championship game, when we are a permier league club
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quote:
Originally posted by Whittie
We know our team is no title contender at the minute, and all the fans know that. There's not one guy on the coach that I go to the games with that thinks otherwise. End of the day we need to build up a team again, we currently have a very young squad, which will potentially turn into future 'liverpool legends'.

Pisses me off to say it, but it'll mean we will probably have another average season in the league and again be in the europa, probably putting our all into cup games.



Exactly how I see it. It seems to be other fans and media that have this view that all Liverpool fans are expecting silly things. None of my red mates talk like that.


I think that open letter is a bit of a mixed bag in all honesty, the biggest thing for me is that they seem to take their last piece of advice as gospel, they have done it with comolli, kenny, whoever advised them about hiring rodgers and now with ayre. They also need to clear up what there strategy is - it's all well and good saying you will only invest money in young players as they will have a better re-sale value, but I'm not sure that is true and it's something they are applying inconsistently (see trying to swap Henderson for Dempsey). I think there intentions are probably better than some others, but they still aren't quite sure what they're doing (see us ending up with no strikers) and they are probably going to be dissapointed if they think FFP is going to have much of an impact.

In the short term, I hope we get a real football man in the CEO role (who is left to run the footballing side and has clear lines of communication with the owners and the manager and who has a clear budget to work with), Ayre is good at commercial deals but sucks on the footballing side, and Rodgers needs to work with someone capable to help improve what he has to work with on the pitch.

It may get worse before it gets better, but I think Rodgers, given time, will ultimately help improve us.
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quote:
Originally posted by Robbo
AKA...

Dalgleish was a clueless twat who wasted all our money
Downing/Hendo/Adam are shite
Dempsey is an overpriced carthorse

But best of all.... we need Michael Owen back


I'd buy some new glasses mate
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last season you said that CL was the aim
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last season you said that CL was the aim


What's your point?

I'm sure you said that last season United's aim was to win something?
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Yes i expect them to im not saying otherwise though, you just posted, and i quote

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It seems to be other fans and media that have this view that all Liverpool fans are expecting silly things. None of my red mates talk like that.



Not sure how you can say your lot dont expect silly things when you posted in your own words silly expectations last season
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quote:
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Yes i expect them to im not saying otherwise though, you just posted, and i quote

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It seems to be other fans and media that have this view that all Liverpool fans are expecting silly things. None of my red mates talk like that.



Not sure how you can say your lot dont expect silly things when you posted in your own words silly expectations last season


Why you talking about last season you fucking idiot? Yes, our expectations were higher, look what we brought in, player and manager wise. It didn't end how we wanted it, but it looked brighter this time last year.
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Maybe they are just assuming this season will hold the same high expectations.
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Maybe they are just assuming this season will hold the same high expectations.


Or maybe you're just a simpleton?

I expect us to finish around 6th/7th this season and most fans I converse with hold a similar view. I find it a mixture of baffling and bizzare when fans from other clubs tell me what our fanbase is thinking Just because you can't shift the view that we're all talking about 'next season we'll win the league' like it's fact, doesn't make it fact As Whittie said, we weren't unjustified to be aiming for top four last season, but lots of things didn't go our way and ultimately we weren't good enough, but it's not like we were going about talking like we'd win the league is it?

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getting fighty in here
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This is usual aggressive behaviour from Liverpool fans when you poke them with a stick willay
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This is usual aggressive behaviour from Liverpool fans when you poke them with a stick willay


My responses in the thread are more factual than agressive Steve. No matter how you try to dress it up, the fact remains that the majority of your posts in here are largely ill informed and sleep inducing, as opposed to hitting any kind of nerve. I guess this could be down to a general lack of knowledge of the subject, but I'd be more inclined to think it's based on a broader lack of intelligence (given some of the 'common sense' logic I've seen you apply in other areas of your life).
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Originally posted by Tom
quote:
Originally posted by Steve
Maybe they are just assuming this season will hold the same high expectations.


Or maybe you're just a simpleton?

I expect us to finish around 6th/7th this season and most fans I converse with hold a similar view. I find it a mixture of baffling and bizzare when fans from other clubs tell me what our fanbase is thinking Just because you can't shift the view that we're all talking about 'next season we'll win the league' like it's fact, doesn't make it fact As Whittie said, we weren't unjustified to be aiming for top four last season, but lots of things didn't go our way and ultimately we weren't good enough, but it's not like we were going about talking like we'd win the league is it?




is that the same fans that wouldnt allow any racial abuse within the stadium and would escort anyone out that attempted anything racist?
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Lol

mind

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