Liverpool fans skeptical of another American owner

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“It’s been an absolute nightmare having someone like Tom Hicks and George Gillett in charge. Until we finally see the back of them, the supporters are still skeptical and cynical that they will try to pull something out of the bag.”

Hicks wants to sell for about 600 million pounds ($952 million) _ an ambitious figure that has deterred many potential buyers. He and Gillett bought the club for 174 million pounds ($276 million), taking on 44.8 million pounds ($71.1 million) of liabilities, and say their inflated asking price reflects the amount of money they had since invested in the team.

“We’ve never been happy with these two,” Tremarco said. “They’ve sold us down the river.

“They told us they were going to build a new ground _ they never did. They told us they were going to give us money for major players. They’ve bought one _ Fernando Torres. That’s it. We have lost some of our best players to pay debts off.”

The Liverpool board says it’s impressed with the NESV’s vision for the club and its history of success with the Red Sox, who ended an 86-year drought with a World Series title in 2004 before winning the championship again in 2007.

Fans will want to see a similar revival at Liverpool, which was a dominant force in English and European soccer in the 1970s and 1980s but has not won a domestic league title since 1990. The club did claim the Champions League title, the biggest prize in European soccer, in 2005.

“Liverpool fans are the best supporters in the country. They know their football,” said 45-year-old Noel O’Reilly, who lives next to Anfield stadium.

“They applaud opposition off if they’ve played better football than their own club. You don’t see that anywhere else in England. The club is the heart and soul of the city.”

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