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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.
2015 11 28 Retrieve
[Former Liverpool defender Gerry Byrne dies, aged 77] The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with Gerry’s family and friends at this time
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
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Liverpool director Gordon avoids injury as private plane skids off runway] He [Gordon] would like to pass on appreciation to the amazing staff at Liverpool Airport and emergency crews for their amazing work
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[Due to December fixture congestion in which Liverpool are to play a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against Aston Villa on December 17, as well as the Club World Cup semi-final a day later on December 18, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he will field two different teams for both matches] Liverpool Football Club can confirm our Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at Aston Villa will take place on Tuesday December 17, 2019. As a result, we will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup
2019 12 22 Retrieve
[Liverpool issue apology after Club World Cup ‘Rising Sun’ posts cause offence in Korea] Liverpool Football Club has recently published two images that some find offensive. As soon as it was brought to our attention, we took immediate action to rectify those errors and remove those images. We would like to apologise to anyone who may have been offended and will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again
2020 01 07 Retrieve
[Liverpool announce Nike as new official kit supplier from 2020-21 season] We welcome Nike into the LFC family as our new official kit supplier and expect them to be an incredible partner for the club, both at home and globally as we continue to expand our fanbase. As a brand, Nike reflects our ambitions for growth, and we look forward to working with them to bring fans new and exciting products
We’d like to thank New Balance for their support over the last few years and wish them well for the future
2020 03 13 Retrieve
[Liverpool welcome Premier League postponement in wake of coronavirus despite uncertainty over title win] Liverpool Football Club continues to implement the government’s advice on the coronavirus outbreak and welcomes today’s Premier League statement to postpone all games, including Premier League, FA Cup, academy and Women’s Super League fixtures, in the best interests of players, staff and supporters
The club has implemented its own precautions across its sites to minimise the spread of the coronavirus by minimising contact where practicable and reinforcing the official medical advice for everyone to take responsibility for excellent personal hygiene
2020 04 04 Retrieve
[A statement from Liverpool regarding their decision to furlough] Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough. The club has confirmed those staff will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged. Last month the club also confirmed that it would pay its matchday and non-matchday staff while the Premier League is suspended. Even prior to the decision on staff furloughing, there was a collective commitment at senior levels of the club – on and off the pitch – with everyone working towards a solution that secures jobs for employees of the club during this unprecedented crisis. There is ongoing active engagement about the topic of salary deductions during the period matches are not being played to schedule. These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[Liverpool reverse decision to furlough staff amid coronavirus pandemic] We have consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for all concerned.
A range of possible scenarios were considered, including but not restricted to: applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which pays 80 per cent of salary and guaranteeing the 20 per cent payment; applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee to reimburse monies received at a later date; and, thirdly, finding an alternative means to cover our furlough costs.
It is as a direct result of this extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations at various levels throughout the club that we have opted to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that.
Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period.
But in the spirit of transparency we must also be clear, despite the fact we were in a healthy position prior to this crisis, our revenues have been shut off yet our outgoings remain. And like almost every sector of society, there is great uncertainty and concern over our present and future.
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Liverpool legend Dalglish tests positive for coronavirus] He would like to take this opportunity to thank the brilliant NHS staff, whose dedication, bravery and sacrifice should be the focus of the nation’s attention at this extraordinary time. He would also ask that they are given the space to do their jobs during what is an extremely challenging time for them and that his own family’s privacy is respected. He looks forward to being home soon
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Liverpool first stated that they would be furloughing several employees] We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Liverpool criticise city mayor over claims fans would break coronavirus social distancing rules if they win Premier League] As a club, we are aware of and disappointed by comments attributed to Mayor Joe Anderson in a media interview which was published today. As well as a lack of evidence to support such claims, we would also point to recent discussions with Mayor Anderson relating to the possibility of any behind-closed-doors football, which concluded that it is important that key stakeholders across the city continue to engage and work collaboratively. In recent weeks, we have engaged with supporters’ groups who have informed us of their determination to respect social distancing measures and, in the event of a resumption of football being announced, we would continue to work with them and other key stakeholders in keeping with our collective desire to achieve this crucial objective. As part of our ongoing operations, we are in regular contact with the Mayor and his office and we hope these conversations can continue. In the meantime, our primary focus remains responding to the humanitarian crisis which continues to unfold and in particular providing ongoing support to various NHS initiatives and those experiencing food poverty and social isolation
2020 06 05 Retrieve
[Chelsea champions & Liverpool relegated from Women’s Super League] Liverpool FC is disappointed by today’s decision on how the 2019-20 Women’s Super League season has been concluded, which will see the Reds relegated to the Championship. The Covid-19 pandemic has presented huge, ongoing challenges around the world, the majority far more important than football. The focus of our women’s team and staff since the beginning of the crisis was to be ready to return to WSL play when it was safe and proper to do so. We believe we would have been able to meet all operational requirements but a return to play was deemed impractical
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
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool release England international Nathaniel Clyne following injury-ravaged spell] Liverpool can confirm Nathaniel Clyne will depart the club at the end of this month upon the expiry of his contract. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to thank Nathaniel for his service and wish him all the best in his future career
2020 06 28 Retrieve
[Man charged after firework shot at Liver Building during Liverpool title celebrations] Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety. The potential danger of a second peak of COVID-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown. When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority
2020 06 28b Retrieve
[A joint statement issued by Liverpool FC, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Spirit of Shankly] During the evening the over-exuberance of some of those in attendance, who were setting off flares and fireworks, resulted in a small fire on a balcony of the Liver Building which had to be put out by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
We cannot stress enough that behaviour such as this is wholly unacceptable and those who were setting off fireworks and flares in the crowd were putting the safety of those around them at risk
Clearly we are still in a public health crisis and we need to work together with the public of Merseyside to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19
The potential danger of a second peak still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything we have achieved as a region during lockdown
The government has made it clear this week that if people continue to ignore guidelines around mass gatherings, whether they be at beaches or beauty spots, or for celebrations like we saw last night and the night before in Liverpool, then they have the ability to close down public spaces and will close areas if necessary
We all understand that fans want to celebrate, but now is not the time. We need to get through this first, and know that it is safe, before any victory parade can go ahead