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With their new owners perched in the stands and the shackles of their long-running takeover saga finally cast off, the Merseyside Derby was meant to be the dawn of a new era for Liverpool.
Instead the 2-0 defeat served to highlight the depth of the problems engulfing the club and under-pressure boss Roy Hodgson.
To put their current predicament in context, this is their worst start to a campaign since 1953-54, and Liverpool fans will not want reminding they were relegated from the top flight that season.
Hodgson did his best to put to bed talk of a crisis in his post-match interview, but when a club with Liverpool’s history and reputation is edging towards the precipice of relegation, ‘crisis’ is perhaps more appropriate than the Reds boss would want to admit.
Buying 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.
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.
Updates at 0029 GMT, Thursday after Texas court injunction and Liverpool statement.
Liverpool were given the go-ahead to sell the club when a High Court judge backed the club’s board but another court battle could be on the cards after current co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett obtained an injunction in Texas to block the sale.