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2005 07 05 Retrieve
[England midfielder finally confirms departure intent. Gerrard admits: ‘I want to leave’] The club has made it crystal clear we want to keep Steven at Anfield. Sadly, he has told us this afternoon that he will not accept our offer of an improved and extended contract because he wants to leave Liverpool. We very much regret the decision he has taken
- 2007 01
- Dubai International Capital (DIC) pull out of a takeover bid after they try in vain to force Liverpool to come to a decision while the club’s board consider a new offer made by American tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
- 2007 02 02
- American tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks. offer £435 million for the ownership of Liverpool. This includes £215m for the building of a proposed new stadium on Stanley Park. The club’s board, led by chairman David Moores and chief executive Rick Parry, unanimously recommend that this offer be accepted. David Moores sold his 51% majority shares in the club to the current owners - American businessmen George Gillett and Tom Hicks
- 2007 02 06
- The offer from Hicks and Gillett is accepted, valuing the club at £218.9m (£5,000 per share), and confirming debts of £44.8m. In their original press conference, Gillett promises work on Liverpool’s new stadium would begin immediately, saying: ‘The spade has to be in the ground within 60 days’
- 2007 05
- Liverpool are beaten by AC Milan in the Champions League final, with Hicks promising afterwards that serious funds will be made available to manager Rafael Benitez with which he can strengthen the squad. It results in the infamous soundbyte: ‘If Rafa said he wanted to buy Snoogy Doogy we would back him’
- 2007 Summer
- Liverpool embark on a major spending spree, adding Spanish star Fernando Torres, as well as Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun. Supporters welcome Torres, a club record signing at around £20m, in particular.
- 2007 11
- Benitez and the owners fall out over the Spaniard’s transfer targets for January 2008. Gillett and Hicks reportedly tell Benitez to ‘concentrate on training and coaching the players he already has’. Benitez responds with a frosty press conference in which he repeats that phrase in answer to every question. Liverpool’s form, impressive in the early weeks of the season, begins to deteriorate.
- 2008 01 14
- Hicks admits the club had made an approach to former Germany manager Juergen Klinsmann, with a view to Klinsmann replacing Benitez as manager. The meeting took place at the height of the feud between Benitez and the owners in November. Hicks says, however, that such a move was ‘an insurance policy, to have him become manager if Rafa left for Real Madrid’.
- 2008 01 22
- Liverpool supporters, who have formed the supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly, protest against the Americans’ ownership before, during and after the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. Banners pledge their support for Benitez, as well as urging Gillett and Hicks to sell to DIC, who are rumoured to be interested.
- 2008 04
- It emerges that Gillett and Hicks are barely on speaking terms, throwing the club into turmoil. Rick Parry, it transpires, was present when Gillett and Hicks met with Klinsmann the previous November, further souring his relationship with Benitez. Days later, Hicks rounds on Parry, accusing the chief executive of failing in his commercial and professional duties, and advising the termination of his contract. Parry would leave his role at the end of the following season.
- 2009 01
- Benitez is left frustrated by the club’s transfer policy, as funds are denied following the sale of striker Robbie Keane, and the club fail to act swiftly over the contract of Daniel Agger. Benitez himself refuses to commit to a long-term deal until assurances are made regarding the control of the club.
- 2009 03
- Rumours surface ahead of the Reds’ Champions League clash with Real Madrid that Benitez has quit. They prove to be unfounded, and days later it is announced that Parry will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Liverpool finish the campaign second, just four points short of Manchester United.
- 2009 06 18
- Former Liverpool Chairman David Moores Quits Anfield Board Of Directors. Moores confessed that he was left heartbroken and let down by the new owners, and he follows in the footsteps of chief executive Rick Parry in his decision to step down this summer after twelve years at the club.
2009 08 10 Retrieve
[Liverpool Offer Their Condolences After Death Of Espanyol Captain Daniel Jarque] Everyone at Liverpool Football Club has been deeply saddened by the sudden death of Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque following a heart attack on Saturday. The 26-year-old, who played against the Reds a week ago, died after a training session with his team-mates in Italy
- 2009 Summer
- Christian Purslow, financial expert and Liverpool supporter, is appointed as managing director. His brief is to find £100m of fresh investment, which will help satisfy Liverpool’s creditors. The playing side suffers, with Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa sold, and Alberto Aquilani and Glen Johnson added, but further funds are denied. September 2009 - Gillett criticises Benitez in a meeting with supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly. The American claims that Liverpool’s financial situation is healthier than that of Manchester United, and also denies promising fans that work on a new stadium would begin ‘within 60 days’ of his arrival at Anfield.
2019 04 12 Retrieve
[Liverpool legend Tommy Smith has passed away at age 74 after a five year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease] We’re deeply saddened by the passing of our former captain Tommy Smith, aged 74. The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Tommy’s family and many friends. Rest in peace, the Anfield Iron
- 2010 01
- Liverpool fans are left incensed after Tom Hicks Jnr, a board member at Anfield, responds to an e-mail from a supporter with a foul-mouthed tirade. Hicks Jnr is forced to resign, with commercial director Ian Ayre and financial director Philip Nash added to the board.
- 2010 03
- Reports surface suggesting a bid of £110m has been made from the Rhone Group - a New York-based private equity firm - for a 40 per cent stake in Liverpool. Gillett and Hicks fail to respond to the offer within the deadline.
- 2010 04
- Gillett and Hicks announce the appointment of British Airways chairman Martin Broughton, who will oversee the formal sale of the club as soon as possible. The Americans’ statement reads: ‘Owning Liverpool Football Club over these past three years has been a rewarding and exciting experience for us and our families. Having grown the Club this far we have now decided together to look to sell the Club to owners committed to take the Club through its next level of growth and development’
- 2010 05
- Sunday Telegraph reports that Dubai International Capital were close to a £500m takeover prove wide of the mark. The group that initially missed out on buying the club to Hicks and Gillett and were believed to be ready to commit funds for player transfers and for a new stadium.
- 2010 08
- Chinese investor Kenny Huang announces his interest in acquiring the club. After initial claims of backing from his nation’s government and ability to buy any player Roy Hodgson wanted, the 46-year-old officially announces his withdrawal from the race on August 21. The Huang situation was matched by the approach from businessman Yahya Kirdi. The Syrian - who headed a consortium of Middle East investors - initially claimed to be in advanced negotiations on August 4, before he announced he expected to conclude a preliminary deal before the season’s opening fixture against Arsenal on the 15th. Again, no offer was agreed.
- 2010 09
- In a bid to retain control, co-owner Tom Hicks attempts to refinance the £237m debt to the Royal Bank of Scotland. If unable to find fresh credit, the Texan could be forced to relinquish his investment on October 15. Reports emerge on September 19 that a £280m package had been agreed with private equity firm Blackstone. A large-scale campaign from Liverpool supporters follows and the company announces the following day that they had no intention of concluding a deal to leave Hicks stranded.
- 2010 10
- With the date looming to repay RBS or face a £60m penalty charge, rumours emerge that a proposed deal with the New England Sports Venture (NESV) - headed by multi-millionaire Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry - has been agreed on the 5th.
2014 01 08 Retrieve
[Liverpool defender Agger suffers calf strain] Agger will now undergo further assessment by the club’s medical staff to determine the extent of the problem.
2018 08 24 Retrieve
[Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group insist the club is not for sale following reports of a failed £2 billion ($2.6bn) takeover attempt from an Abu Dhabi consortium earlier this year] FSG have been clear and consistent in their stance that the club is not for sale. What the ownership have said – again clearly and consistently – is that ‘under the right terms and conditions we would consider taking on a minority investor, if such a partnership was to further our commercial interests in specific marketplaces and in line with the continued development and growth of the club and the team
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Pedro Chirivella to leave Liverpool for Nantes] Everybody at Liverpool FC thanks Pedro for his contribution to the club and wishes him the best of luck in his future career