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Liverpool debts rise to 87.2million after 21.8million loss

In the Red! Liverpool debt rises to 87.2million… and instalments on Downing and Henderson transfers are to blame

– a restructured period designed to bring alignment with the football season.

However, the loss was less than the 49.3million made the previous year and done against the backdrop of no European football, although Liverpool did get to two cup finals, winning one.

Some of the deficit was as a result of investing heavily in the transfer market – and the costs associated with bringing in the likes of Stewart Downing (20million) and Jordan Henderson (16million) in the weeks preceding the accounting period – while offloading other players at a loss.

Costly: Kenny Dalglish unveils his new signings Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Doni and Stewart Downing

Costly: Kenny Dalglish unveils his new signings Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Doni and Stewart Downing

But with the club's owners Fenway
Sports Group firmly focused on the impending arrival of Financial Fair
Play Ayre stressed there was necessary work to be undertaken.

'The key message for me is that we are
continuing to transition to the point we have been working on for
several years under this ownership – which is to continue to improve
revenues and manage our cost base effectively,' he said.

'The biggest cost base without doubt
is player trading and player wages – but these accounts demonstrate that
we are still working hard to improve that.

'I take comfort in the fact that the
work we have done, some of which costs us a lot of money in this period
and beyond, looks pretty painful at the time.

'But as long as you invest in it and
manage it in the right way, then hopefully it bears fruit as we go
forward and gives us a better platform to exist on in a different
environment and in a world where we are expected to break even.

'You never take comfort from any business that makes a loss but I am pleased that we're making the progress we are making.'

In the period relating to these
accounts the club offloaded 11 players, including the likes of Milan
Jovanovic, Christian Poulsen and Raul Meireles – all signings by
previous managers.

The then boss Kenny Dalglish – the
cost of whose sacking last May was included in 9.5million of 'exceptional payments' – wanted reinforcements for his squad and that
meant players had to be moved on to make room.

Lead: Downing scored the opening goal in Liverpool's 4-0 win over Wigan on Saturday

Lead: Downing scored the opening goal in Liverpool's 4-0 win over Wigan on Saturday

Contribution: Henderson has scored three goals for Liverpool this season

Contribution: Henderson has scored three goals for Liverpool this season

Reassurance: Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre

Reassurance: Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre

Boss: Liverpool owner John W Henry

Boss: Liverpool owner John W Henry

CAN'T SCORE STREET

Downing had a well-documented goal drought at Anfield, and his Wikipedia page was hacked to reflect that.

Downing

'We see a big charge within the
accounts for amortisation (depreciation in value) of players that have
been disposed of within the period that perhaps came in on a higher
cost,' Ayre told the Liverpool Echo.

'We've made losses as a result of
selling them but at the same time we've improved our longer-term
position in terms of our wage bill by reducing the wages for those
particular contracts.

'These accounts show investment in the
squad – players like Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates – and as we have
seen in accounts that flow from that – we will continue to invest in
the squad both for improved playing performance but also a far better
structure in deals that we have with players.

'So we are fortunate in some sense in that we know we are improving in this year and we are continuing to improve.'

In addition to transfer-related costs
captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez were among five players who
signed new contracts during the accounting period, since the end of
which FSG have injected 46.8million via a non-interest bearing
intercompany loan.

Turnover increased by 5million but so did wages, with the salary bill now around 142million or 70 per cent of income.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard

A dejected Luis Suarez

Out of the big league: Liverpool have not played in the Champions League since being eliminated from the group stage in 2009 and this will have affected their financial situation

'It's good to see that even in a year
where we have a downturn in fortunes by not playing European football,
we can bolster our revenues by performing in other areas,' added Ayre.

'It shows that we have a very strong and growing business that sits behind the football club.

'And as we approach things like Financial Fair Play and that type of environment, that puts us in a very strong position.'

The figures do not include the record
25million-a-season six-year sponsorship deal with kit manufacturers
Warrior, which came into effect last summer and could net the club a
similar amount through associated merchandising.

'We've had record sales of their products throughout this year,' said Ayre.

'We've also seen new sponsors come on board, notably Chevrolet and Garuda Airlines.

'If you have got a successfully
performing team and you have got an infrastructure which we now have and
the business ability to deliver revenue, then both of them coming
together would be a fantastic solution for the football club all round.'

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Kenny Dalglish: Managing in Premier League is nothing like old days

Managing in the Premier League is nothing like the good old days says Dalglish

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17:41 GMT, 19 December 2012

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes the definition of success has changed in the Premier League era.

The Scot, who remains the last Liverpool boss to have won a league title, in 1990, was sacked despite delivering the club’s first trophy in six years with victory in the League Cup and also reaching the FA Cup final.

Liverpool’s eighth-place finish persuaded owners Fenway Sports Group they needed to look elsewhere for progress, hiring Brendan Rodgers.

Legend: Dalglish won a host of trophies at Liverpool both as a player and a manager

Legend: Dalglish won a host of trophies at Liverpool both as player and boss

Dalglish is not bitter about his departure but admits that times have changed.

'Success is gauged in different ways.' said Dalglish.

'I am sure if you asked some of the clubs, fourth-bottom is success.

'Staying in the Premier League is important because the value of the league is a trophy in itself due to the financial reward.

Good old days: Dalglish believes that managers are judged differently in the modern era

Good old days: Dalglish believes that managers are judged differently in the modern era

Good old days: Dalglish believes that managers are judged differently in the modern era

Dalglish has only been back to Anfield once to watch the team he won three European Cups with as a player since his departure in May.

Patience: Dalglish believes that Rodgers needs time to adapt to the club

Patience: Dalglish believes that Rodgers needs time to adapt to the club

He stressed that was because of circumstances, but he also admitted it was unfair for him to comment on Rodgers' short reign.

'The last thing people need is for others to be giving their opinions,' he said.

'If you want to be manager of any club you have to adjust to the job.

'You just have to adopt whatever attitude you think is right whatever club you go to.

'And once you’re in, if you don’t adapt to it you are still going to have a problem, Liverpool is not exclusive in that.

Dalglish, who has recently been tipped for the vacant Scotland manager’s job, made clear that he had made no plans to return to the game.

'I have no ideas in my mind on what the future holds.

'Football is never going to leave your blood when it’s been your life but I can pass the time easily.

Happy days: Dalglish won the League Cup last season and has no regrets after his sacking in May

Happy days: Dalglish won the League Cup last season and has no regrets after his sacking in May

'If someone representing a job is going to come and ask me a question it will dictate what I do in the future.

'Until then there is no point in worrying about it.'

Dalglish was speaking at the launch of The Football Pools 90 Day Community Challenge at St Helens Junior Football Club.

Liverpool apologise to Fulham over Clint Dempsey tapping-up affair

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool issue grovelling apology to Fulham over Dempsey tapping-up affair

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00:10 GMT, 12 December 2012

Liverpool have made a grovelling apology to Fulham over the tapping-up of Clint Dempsey in the summer.

A statement from Fulham, expected today, will confirm that in return the club have dropped their complaint to the Premier League over the affair.

The peace deal came only after a personal visit by Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner to Craven Cottage chairman Mohamed Al Fayed was followed up by a letter from Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre admitting that the club’s behaviour ‘was wrong’ and ‘simply never should have occurred’.

Centre of attention: Dempsey was courted by Liverpool in summer

Centre of attention: Dempsey was courted by Liverpool in summer

The letter, sent last Friday, confirms that a meeting took place between Werner and Fayed, during which the former apologised for Liverpool’s actions regarding Dempsey last summer.

Fulham blame Liverpool for unsettling the player and creating the circumstances that led to his move to Tottenham on transfer-deadline day.

Ayre wrote: 'Please also consider this letter from me to be an additional expression of sincere regret and apology from our club to your club for our actions last summer. Our club can do better and we pledge that it will.'

Fulham’s official complaint followed a series of clumsy bulletins from Liverpool and their owners, the Fenway Sports Group. The first was an announcement on the FSG website that Liverpool had signed Dempsey from Fulham.

This was followed by an interview on the
Liverpool website with manager Brendan Rogers, in which he talked of
the USA forward in glowing terms.

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Full apology: Ayre has expressed regret on Liverpool's behalf to Al Fayed

Finally, pictures of Liverpool's new strip with Dempsey's name on the back were published.

The 29-year-old had been on a summer break in America when the FSG announcement was made, and Fulham’s complaint to the Premier League intimated that their relationship with the player who was last season’s top scorer had not recovered from that point.

Dempsey did not officially go on strike, but told Fulham he wanted to leave.

The club considered he was becoming a bad influence in the dressing room and he did not play a game for Fulham before signing for Tottenham.

On target: Dempsey scored in the recent defeat to Everton

On target: Dempsey scored in the recent defeat to Everton

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0: match report

Swansea 0 Liverpool 0: No happy return for Rodgers in first game back at Liberty Stadium

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00:14 GMT, 26 November 2012

There were warm handshakes, applause for both sets of supporters and slaps on the back for players past and present.

At first glance, it appeared Brendan Rodgers was a content soul after an intriguing game between Swansea and Liverpool.

His first return to the Liberty Stadium was always going to be a big deal and leaving with a point and a clean sheet could be construed as a positive.

Tussle: Luis Suarez worked hard up front against Chico Flores

Tussle: Luis Suarez worked hard up front against Chico Flores

MATCH FACTS

Swansea: Tremmel, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Davies, Britton, Michu, Pablo, Routledge (Dyer 67), De Guzman (Agustien 85), Shechter (Ki Sung-Yeung 46)

Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Lita

Booked: Chico

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson (Shelvey 77), Downing (Cole 77), Allen, Sterling, Suarez

Subs not used: Jones, Coates, Carragher, Sahin, Suso

Attendance: 20,621

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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To see the look on Rodgers' face,
though, before he headed down the tunnel told another story. His lips
were pursed, his gaze was wistful.

This was a game that, with some extra
quality in the right areas, Liverpool would have won. As it was, it was
the same old story: nearly but not quite.

'We wanted to keep our run going,' said Rodgers, whose side are unbeaten in their last eight Barclays Premier League games.

'I'd never say it was two points
dropped here. This is a difficult place to come. We are chipping away,
climbing the league and continually improving.

'If we can get the quality in the
final third to support what we have, then we have enough to keep the
team moving forward. It is a team who are coming together. I can see
improvement all the time.'

The improvement, however, will only
be slow unless Fenway Sports Group, the club's American owners,
appreciate what could potentially be gained with the right expenditure
when the January transfer window opens.

Contested: Leon Britton takes on Raheem Sterling (right) at the Liberty Stadium

Contested: Leon Britton takes on Raheem Sterling (right) at the Liberty Stadium

No way: Jose Enrique blocks Jonathan de Guzman's (left) path

No way: Jose Enrique blocks Jonathan de Guzman's (left) path

WILLIAMS V SUAREZ

Pre-match: The feuding pair were all smiles as they shook hands

8mins: Williams uses his experience, and considerable frame, to block a Suarez run into the box. The Uruguayan half-heartedly pleas for a penalty.

16mins: Suarez wriggles away from Williams, but is flagged offside, rightly, from Jose Enrique's pass.

23mins: Suarez is again free, this time at the near post, but fails to make good contact.

58mins: Suarez shows excellent skill to work a yard for a shot, which goes through Williams' legs and draws a smart save.

64mins: Williams sees a header cleared off the line by old Swansea team-mate Joe Allen.

71mins: Chico Flores gets the first yellow card of the day for bringing down Suarez.

83mins: A stray Raheem Sterling pass robs Suarez of the chance to shoot uncontested at goal.

Liverpool, after all, are only four
points behind an Arsenal side that Arsene Wenger still believes can
qualify for the Champions League.

That deficit might have been down to two had Rodgers been able to call on that extra quality to his forward line.

Luis Suarez cannot keep carrying
Liverpool on his own and the fact that only two of his team-mates have
scored in the Premier League since September 29 – Raheem Sterling and
Jose Enrique – shows where the team's deficiencies are.

That is where we need to improve,'
said Rodgers. 'We had 18 shots on goal, nine on target. But we need to
finish them when we arrive in good areas.'

It was Sterling and Enrique who went closest to breaking the deadlock here, though.

The former rattled the bar with a
thumping volley after 33 minutes, while the latter had an effort ruled
out for a marginal offside devision 60 seconds later after being picked
out by Suarez.

'I thought it was a goal,' said
Rodgers. 'But we played well. It was emotional returning to where I
spent a great time in my life.'

It looked for much of the opening 45
minutes that Rodgers would enjoy the happiest of returns with the
outstanding Glen Johnson and Sterling running amok down Swansea's left.

Not this time: Luis Suarez could not add to his 13 goals this season

Not this time: Luis Suarez could not add to his 13 goals this season

Close call: Enrique (back right) was adjudged to be offside when he put a Luis Suarez cross in the net

Close call: Enrique (back right) was adjudged to be offside when he put a Luis Suarez cross in the net

Eyes on the prize: Raheem Sterling battles with Ben Davies (right)

Eyes on the prize: Raheem Sterling battles with Ben Davies (right)

Johnson was denied by a fine stop by Gerhard Tremmel after exchanging passes with Suarez and also went close with a header.

Angel Rangel flung himself in front
of a Suarez blockbuster, while Enrique got in a tangle after another
superb cross from Johnson.

Yet Swansea were not without chances.
Pablo Hernandez bent an effort round a post after a rare mistake by
Steven Gerrard not long after Wayne Routledge had tested Pepe Reina.

They certainly contributed to a spectacle that contained 1,055 passes.

Clash: Nathan Dyer accidentally slid into Pepe Reina when trying to reach the ball

Clash: Nathan Dyer accidentally slid into Pepe Reina when trying to reach the ball

Whack: Both players stayed down after the challenge, but were on their feet within minutes

'Was it a point gained or two lost I think it was a good point,' said Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.

'Maybe Liverpool had more chances more than us but we had them. I'm pleased with my team.'

Laudrup was especially pleased in the
83rd minute when Suarez and Sterling failed to administer the ultimate
punishment after a quick break, and he remains more than content with
the way Swansea have started the campaign.

Rodgers left the impression he will be truly content only when reinforcements have arrived.

'It will evolve,' said Rodgers. 'The
guys are working well but you need to get your own type of players in
before you can say, “This is my side”.

'We will look to work with the players we have and hope to do some business in January.'

Centre of attention: Pablo Hernandez teases Dan Agger (right)

Centre of attention: Pablo Hernandez teases Dan Agger (right)

How Luis Suarez rages when a decision doesn't go his way

How Luis Suarez rages when a decision doesn't go his way

Brendan Rodgers praises Liverpool board for showing patience in him

Thanks for standing by me! Rodgers praises Liverpool board for showing patience in him after tough start to life in Anfield hotseat

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UPDATED:

18:45 GMT, 21 November 2012

Brendan Rodgers feels the backing given to him by owners Fenway Sports Group helped get him through a difficult start to his career as Liverpool manager.

The Northern Irishman endured a tough induction as he replaced club icon Kenny Dalglish and having reached mid-October with just one Barclays Premier League victory he found everything from his suitability to his methods called into question.

In an environment where even Roberto Di Matteo loses his job six months after winning Chelsea’s first Champions League title and also lifting the FA Cup Rodgers admits patience is a rare commodity in football.

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Things are looking up: Brendan Rodgers has guided Liverpool on a seven-match unbeaten run

Things are looking up: Brendan Rodgers has guided Liverpool on a seven-match unbeaten run

But after a number of early-season setbacks the Reds boss thinks the club is beginning to show signs of recovery and will continue to grow in line with his long-term plan.

'If you believe in a manager and put him in place and give him time what has been proven in this country is that can lead to success,' he said. 'I think those early months were always going to be difficult; you are trying to instil and implement ideas initially without a great deal of success.

'Those early months could have been difficult but in terms of myself, players and staff we were very much focused on our job and there has been no change in ourselves, only improvement.

'All you can do is have an inherent belief in how you work and I believe this is the way the club wants us to work.

'As a manager, in order to fulfil what you want to over the longer term you have to take care of the short term – that was something I learned in my job at Reading.

Game for a laugh: Luis Suarez (right) jokes with team-mate Glen Johnson (left) during training on Wednesday

Game for a laugh: Luis Suarez (right) jokes with team-mate Glen Johnson (left) during training on Wednesday

Taking no prisoners: Martin Skrtel (left) goes in on Joe Cole during training at Melwood

Taking no prisoners: Martin Skrtel (left) goes in on Joe Cole during training at Melwood

'I was given a three-year contract and took the job in the great belief I was brought in to change the philosophy and ideas of the club and 20 games later I was out of a job.

'That was the harsh reality of managing a football club and from that I learned a lesson.

'I have been grateful to the board here because in order for me to come here that (support) was something which was going to be important because if we were going to keep the club moving in the right direction it was going to need some stability.'

Liverpool seemed to have turned a corner in the last couple of weeks and they are unbeaten in seven league matches.

Despite defeat in Moscow a fortnight ago the Reds can also qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League should Udinese fail to beat Anzhi in Russia and the Merseysiders defeat Young Boys a couple of hours later.

Knees up: (left-right) Cole, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher prepare for the clash against Young Boys

Knees up: (left-right) Cole, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher prepare for the clash against Young Boys

Rodgers gets the feeling his side are over their teething troubles in adjusting to a new way of working, although he accepts they are far from the finished article.

But he expects them to challenge on the domestic as well as European front, especially once he has been able to bring in new players in January.

'Of course, in that short term you want success and you have to show there is improvement,' he added.

'I believe we are starting to show improvement and there is a real spirit and unity among us all.

'If we can stay like that and go through the pain together we can get out the other side and restore Liverpool to where it should be.

Man in the middle: Rodgers says he is building for long-term success at Liverpool

Man in the middle: Rodgers says he is building for long-term success at Liverpool

Eyeing progress: The Reds can qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday

Eyeing progress: The Reds can qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday

'But it is difficult in the modern game. There will be pain along the way, at times we will take two or three steps forward and take another step back, but that is a part of the journey.

'It is an opportunity for us tomorrow night. If the other result goes with us we can navigate our way through the group.

'We will improve in the second half of the season, this group will get stronger, and it will be easier going forward once we have supplemented the group.

'I wanted to build a competitive group and that means competing at the top end (of the league table).

'That is where every team wants to be and for us it is no different.'

VIDEO: Brendan Rodgers on Matteo in Spurs Press conference

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Kenny Dalglish: Luis Suarez racism row did not cost me my job

Suarez racism row did not cost me my job… but I would've handled it differently now, says former Liverpool boss Dalglish

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15:32 GMT, 1 November 2012

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish does not believe his handling of the Luis Suarez racism row cost him his job but admits he would do things differently in a similar situation.

The Scot was sacked at the end of last season after the club finished eighth in the Barclays Premier League, having won the club's first trophy in six years with victory in the Carling Cup.

However, the campaign was dominated by the Suarez issue which resulted in the Uruguay striker being banned for eight matches having been found guilty of racially abusing the Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Head scratching: Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists Luis Suarez did not cost him his job

Head scratching: Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists Luis Suarez did not cost him his job

Dalglish was criticised at the time for his belligerent defence of the player and the club's stance in general – ranging from the T-shirts the team wore at Wigan in support of Suarez to the statements which emanated from Anfield – also came under fire.

The Reds' former player and manager refused to shoulder all the blame for that approach, pointing the finger at more senior figures at the club.
Asked whether the Suarez saga cost him his job Dalglish said: “I don't think so. That was up to them (owners Fenway Sports Group).

Looking back: Dalglish

Looking back: Dalglish

'I can go to sleep at night knowing what I did I did to the best of my ability and if that does not come up to their expectations or they want to go in another direction – they own the club.

'The owners made the decision they thought was best for the club.

'They don't want to make a decision which is detrimental to the club because if they did that they would hang themselves because they have a huge investment in it.

'I think anything that is not done in a positive manner cannot help you but I was only the manager.

'There are other people with greater intelligence than me and greater responsibilities than me when it comes to something like this.

'I think [it was] the club as a whole. It wasn't just me [making decisions].

'The T-shirts were the players wanting to show their support for a team-mate.

'It might have been misguided and not have been right but it was not me who decided it.'

Dalglish added on talkSPORT: 'A lot of things were misguided, misinterpreted and misrepresented.

'I was always brought up to tell the truth and what I believed to be the truth I said.
'If it ever came up again I would do it differently – I would be less helpful and less forthcoming and I think that is sad.'

Dalglish, who was critical of the Football Association on a number of occasions last season, called on the governing body to revamp their disciplinary process to iron out anomalies.

Suarez was banned for eight matches while Chelsea captain John Terry received a four-match suspension having been found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand after being cleared in a court of any offence.

'There is no room for racism in football and the FA have a responsibility to clear it up,' said Dalglish.

Change up: Dalglish admits he would have handled the Suarez affair differently

Change up: Dalglish admits he would have handled the Suarez affair differently

Getting shirty: Dalglish says the controversial T-Shirt support for Suarez was not directed by him

Getting shirty: Dalglish says the controversial T-Shirt support for Suarez was not directed by him

'If they want to get it cleaned up they need to get closer to the rules and regulations and laws of the land.

'You can't be going to a tribunal with the FA and be seen [to be judged] on probability and you go to a court and it is 'beyond all reasonable doubt'.

'They have to get closer to the law and make sure the tribunal is independent.

'You get different degrees of punishment because there are different people with different interpretations. Why not have the same panel

'Also, what is the correct terminology, what is the wrong thing to say

'There are obvious ones out there you wouldn't dream of saying but they need to educate us and give us a guideline.'

Liverpool set to remain at Anfield

Liverpool set to remain at Anfield as city council announces regeneration plan

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21:30 GMT, 14 October 2012

Liverpool will move a step closer to staying at Anfield when the city council announce their plans for the regeneration of the area on Monday.

Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, have been wrestling with the idea of moving to a new site on Stanley Park or redeveloping Anfield, which has been the club's home since 1892.

Staying put: Liverpool look set to remain at Anfield

Staying put: Liverpool look set to remain at Anfield

The City Council, though, are expected to announce plans for a new 'Anfield Village' at a press conference and it is expected that Liverpool will pursue the a redevelopment and expansion of their current stadium.

Moving to Stanley Park was heavily dependent on FSG obtaining a naming rights deal to ease the cost but the finance involved in modernising Anfield will also be significant.

Plans: John Henry (right) had considered moving the club

Plans: John Henry (right) had considered moving the club

This has been a long-running saga and the club's most recent financial results, which were released in May, revealed Liverpool had written off a staggering 49.6million during their failure to relocate.

Liverpool opt to end stadium saga with 150m plan to stay at Anfield

Liverpool opt to end stadium saga with 150m plan to stay at Anfield

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UPDATED:

20:26 GMT, 22 September 2012

Liverpool's American owners will end
the club's 10-year stadium saga by committing to develop Anfield as a
refurbished 60,000-capacity venue, including 7,000 'corporate' seats.

The club publicly maintain that no
final decision has yet been made between refurbishment and a new stadium
but detailed plans are in place for a phased expansion of the Main
Stand and then the Anfield Road stand, Inside Sport can reveal.

The work is expected to cost about
150 million, a huge saving on the estimated 400m that a new stadium in
Stanley Park would cost, although an estimated 50m has been spent by
the club on designs and planning for a new stadium.

Staying put: Anfield

Staying put: Anfield

Naming rights might have helped to subsidise a new venue but no suitable deal has been found.

Liverpool City Council have been working closely with the club on stadium options for years and for a long time were in favour of a new stadium, to be shared with Everton.

The council now believe that official confirmation on the refurbishment is imminent from John W Henry's Fenway Sports Group.

A council spokesman said: 'It does seem to be the case that the club have decided to stay at Anfield and that Liverpool officials are preparing to confirm the decision'.

Hints: Liverpool owner John W Henry seems to be in favour of the club staying at Anfield

Hints: Liverpool owner John W Henry seems to be in favour of the club staying at Anfield

The importance of resolving the stadium situation is highlighted by today's sell-out game against Manchester United at Anfield, which will generate about 1.5m in revenues for Liverpool.

The corresponding match at Old Trafford will generate more than 3m not just because United have more seats but better corporate facilities for which the club can charge more.

Anfield's 45,000-seat capacity and structure limits the extent to which Liverpool can mount a realistic challenge to rivals including United (who have 76,000 seats) and Arsenal (60,000) – on and off the pitch.

Henry himself has long been supportive of the idea that Liverpool's long-time home should remain their home.

He feels the club can develop without moving in the way that his baseball club, the Boston Red Sox, have done at their home, Fenway Park.

Henry dropped another heavy hint in June that a refurbished Anfield was his preference when tweeting a link to a blog by a Liverpool architect, Peter McGurk, that suggested Liverpool should stay put.

McGurk has no connection to the club or redevelopment.

Here to stay: Liverpool fans in the stands at Anfield

Here to stay: Liverpool fans in the stands at Anfield

Council regeneration plans for the area around Liverpool have provided a solution to the long-running problem of freeing up land for Anfield's expansion.

The council intend to acquire property for demolition and refurbishment – and crucially now have the option of applying for compulsory purchase orders if required.

The council will be hoping to avoid any drastic action by offering residents the full market values of their homes plus compensation and relocation costs.

LeBron James offers Liverpool players Las Vegas party if they win silverware

NBA superstar LeBron offers Sin City celebration for Liverpool players… if they land silverware!

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08:17 GMT, 3 September 2012

Fantasy football 2012

NBA superstar LeBron James has handed Liverpool players a huge incentive to get their season on track and land silverware this season: a massive party in Las Vegas.

Brendan Rodgers is under scrutiny after the Merseyside club landed just one point from their opening three games, but the Miami Heat star made a promise to captain Steven Gerrard in the summer which he intends to keep.

James has vowed to give the players a lavish party they will never forget in Sin City, co-hosted by his pal, rap star Kanye West.

Party time: Rodgers' players will be given a huge celebration - if they win a trophy

Party time: Rodgers' players will be given a huge celebration – if they win a trophy

LeBron told The Sun: 'I spent some time with Steven Gerrard and he is passionate about his team.

'Everybody in sport needs incentive and if the guys at Liverpool win something this year I will give them the best weekend of their life in Vegas.

'Kanye is in and trust me, nobody does Vegas like LeBron and Kanye.'

LeBron added: 'We will take them to places in Vegas 99 per cent of people don’t even know exist. There is Vegas and then there is Vegas.'

He plans to visit Anfield this season with Kanye and his other big hip-hop pal Jay-Z to meet the players again.

It's 17 months since James signed a deal with owners Fenway Sports Group to take a minority shareholding in the Merseyside club who have floundered despite massive investment in new players.

Sin City: James has promised a party of a lifetime in Las Vegas

Sin City: James has promised a party of a lifetime in Las Vegas

Sin City: James has promised a party of a lifetime in Las Vegas

But he has revealed he will jet to England to watch Liverpool play at some stage this season. And he's bringing some high-profile friends, too.

LeBron said: 'I am coming over to see a game soon with Kanye and Jay-Z so maybe we can talk more about the trip then.

'From a business point of view if Liverpool do well, I do well, so it is in my interest to offer this incentive.'

Misfiring: Liverpool have taken just one point from their opening three games

Misfiring: Liverpool have taken just one point from their opening three games

Misfiring: Liverpool have taken just one point from their opening three games

Brendan Rodgers angry at Liverpool"s failure to sign transfer targets

Rodgers fury over transfers: Liverpool boss can't hide anger as players allowed to leave club

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21:58 GMT, 1 September 2012

Liverpool fans have erupted in fury at the club’s failures on transfer deadline day as the side attempt to register a first Premier League win of the season.

The future of managing director Ian Ayre is under scrutiny as he seeks to explain why top target Clint Dempsey ended up at Tottenham.

Anfield activists have flooded Twitter and club-related forums with the kind of vitriol not seen since former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett were forced out two years ago.

Not a happy man: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers failed to land any of his transfer targets on deadline day

Not a happy man: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers failed to land any of his transfer targets on deadline day

Manager Brendan Rodgers pushed Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing out the door in the last 48 hours of the window but long-time target Dempsey joined Spurs on Friday after Liverpool failed to meet Fulham’s 6million asking price. The club also failed to sign a senior striker to replace Carroll.

A frustrated Rodgers met Ayre at the club’s Melwood training ground on Saturday to seek an explanation why he has been left chasing four trophies with a painfully thin squad that contains one senior striker in Luis Suarez.

Rodgers has been assured Friday’s debacle will be taken into account if the club miss out on a top-four finish, and he has been promised he can bid for players in January, including Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.

Top target: Liverpool missed out on Clint Dempsey as he opted to sign for Spurs

Top target: Liverpool missed out on Clint Dempsey as he opted to sign for Spurs

The 39-year-old successor to Kenny Dalglish has to decide whether to let his displeasure be known when he answers questions on TV before Sunday’s game against Arsenal.

Liverpool fans, noted for campaigns to seek justice over the Hillsborough tragedy and to remove Hicks and Gillett, took to social media in their thousands, largely to blame Ayre and the club’s latest American owners, Fenway Sports Group, for missing out on Dempsey.

Some also pointed the finger at Rodgers for his hard-line approach towards Carroll and Adam that helped lower their value.

Carroll went to West Ham on loan and helped set up a goal for Kevin Nolan in the first minute of his Hammers debut against Fulham, although he later limped off with a hamstring twinge.

Another one slips away: Rodgers was keen on Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge but failed to conclude a deal

Another one slips away: Rodgers was keen on Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge but failed to conclude a deal

Adam cost Stoke just 4million — a third of what Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher, of relegated Wolves, each went for.

Ayre was criticised for leaving Melwood two hours before the deadline passed after finding out Spurs had signed Dempsey.

Principal owner John W Henry was widely slated, with a message on the influential Anfield online website saying: ‘Terrible approach from the money men.’

Paul Dalglish, son of former manager Kenny, tweeted Rodgers’s head would ‘explode with rage’.

Moving on: Andy Carroll left Liverpool to join West Ham on loan

Moving on: Andy Carroll left Liverpool to join West Ham on loan

It is believed Liverpool bid 5m for Dempsey and, with the American frustrated at their negotiating stance, he decided to move to Tottenham for 6m.

Rodgers had said he needed reinforcements. ‘Ultimately your principles are based on the players you have. You’ve got to have certain types of players to play that way,’ he said.

The Ulsterman is practically unsackable after huge pay-offs to Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson and Dalglish. But he said: ‘You’ve got to win games or you don’t stay in your job.’

Sold: Charlie Adam joined Stoke for 4m

Sold: Charlie Adam joined Stoke for 4m

He let Adam and Carroll go on the understanding replacements would be signed, saying: ‘If I had a choice on one or two matters then there might not have been change, but that sometimes gets taken out of your hands.’

The club decided they did not want to pay 6m for a 29-year-old like Dempsey. Rodgers’s only option now is to pursue free agents like Michael Owen.