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Liverpool have new owners – what they need now is Torres back to his best

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SOCCER-ENGLAND/LIVERPOOL-SALEBuying Liverpool may prove the easy part for new owners who will be expected to spend freely to rescue the five times European champions from their worst start to a season in more than 50 years.

What John W Henry really needs is for Fernando Torres to recapture the form that made him the most feared striker in the Premier League.

While he, Roy Hodgson and the Liverpool fans wait for developments on the pitch, here are some of the other known unknowns around the club:

 Q – Is manager Roy Hodgson’s job safe?

A – The vastly experienced Englishman was recruited as a safe pair of hands in the wake of Rafael Benitez’s departure but so far there is no sign of a new dawn at Anfield. Hodgson cannot take the blame for that though.

Liverpool board leads 2-1 in court cases with end now in sight

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SOCCER-LIVERPOOL/Here we go again. After another legal victory in the High Court for the Liverpool board and main creditor RBS, all eyes turn to Dallas, where a new hearing on the ownership battle is underway.

Wednesday’s original ruling had, it seemed, paved the way for Liverpool to be sold for 300 million pounds ($479.8 million) to New England Sports Ventures (NESV) — owners of the Boston Red Sox — but that was before George Gillett and Tom Hicks obtained a temporary block in a Texas district court.

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