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Henry said it was too early to decide on specific plans, but noted the Red Sox are the second-highest spending club in baseball. Liverpool, under manager Roy Hodgson, is hoping to sign new players in the next transfer period in January.

“We are here to win,” Henry said.

Henry wouldn’t say whether NESV would build a new stadium for Liverpool or refurbish its existing one at Anfield.

Liverpool plays city rival Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park. Henry indicated he won’t attend, saying “I think it’s better for our first experience with the supporters to be at home.”

Liverpool’s next home game is against Blackburn on Oct. 24.

NESV was represented in the deal by Inner Circle Sports, a New York-based financial company.

Hicks and Gillett called the takeover was “illegal” and an “extraordinary swindle.” Hicks said Royal Bank of Scotland refused to allow him to repay Liverpool’s debts to prevent the sale.

“This was a conspiracy of the British establishment _ Royal Bank of Scotland, our chairman (Broughton) and our highly compensated employees,” Hicks told The Associated Press.

RBS was partly nationalized in 2008, with the British government taking an 84 percent stake after it was brought to the brink of collapse by the global economic crisis.

“This outcome not only devalues the club but it also will result in long-term uncertainty for the fans, players and everyone who loves this sport because all legal recourses will be pursued,” said Steve Stodghill, the Texas attorney representing Hicks and Gillett. “Mr. Hicks and Mr. Gillett pledged to pay the debt to RBS so that the club could avoid administration that was threatened by RBS. That offer was rejected.

“It is a tragic development that others will claim as a victory. This means it won’t be resolved the way it should be resolved. My clients worked tirelessly to resolve these issues but RBS would not listen to any reasonable solution and the directors acted selfishly and illegally.”


Associated Press Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to this report.