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Liverpool sale a huge relief for faithful fans

Liverpool fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief with the ownership battle of the club finally over and new owners finally instated.

They received a huge boost yesterday with the sale of the club after a court ruling allowed them to be bought by the men who also own the Boston Red Sox.

It is hard for people on this side of the world to understand the importance of the game and I don't know if they realise the fans' passion.

In Liverpool it is a religion.

They are used to success and for new owners to come in and not make any money and not bring success, it was always going to be difficult.

When you go back to Bill Shankly and those who followed him – they have all been winners. So to look now and see the current state of affairs, I can tell you that Shankly must be turning in his grave because this wouldn't have happened if he were in charge.

When you look at Liverpool and Manchester United, if they were companies they would have long been sent into administration and potential liquidation but the name and history behind them plays a big part in why they can do what they are doing now.

It's probably a double standard and sometimes if you are going to do one thing for one, you should do it for all of the rest.

I tell people all the time that in sport you can't do underhanded things because it comes back to haunt you down the line.

However, Liverpool fans can't celebrate this win in the courts just yet as they have a Merseyside derby this weekend, which over the years has been almost as big as an AC versus Inter Milan derby, or a Barcelona versus Real Madrid match.

Right now, with Everton getting their first win of the season and the coach performing well, this could be a tough game for Liverpool who have been struggling.

The game at Goodison Park will be difficult for Liverpool but they will be looking to get back on track. It's tradition that they perform to the highest standards.

In England the club is like a God.

The things going on around the club shouldn't disturb the players, they get paid tons of money to focus on their job.

They have to go out there and run their guts out for the club and the fans because they are the ones who pay their wages.

I didn't get a chance to catch many games during the international week because I was off the Island, but to see Kevin Davies get a chance to stake his claim for a spot with England was good to see. It has been long overdue and he has been a good player for many years. He is at that stage in his career when the game comes easy to him.

He is the typical English forward who is hard to play against. He can play with his back to goal, is good with the ball at his feet and difficult to knock off the ball.

If you look at his record of the past four or five years he has regularly scored goals and in my opinion was deserving of his place in the England team.

My West Ham United are slowly turning things around and as I said at the beginning of the season, if you give 100 percent you are going to get something out of the game.

If you go in 75-85 percent, it will be difficult. I just hope that the boys can go out there and give their all.

Nine out of ten times if you play your heart out you will win the game. But Wolves will be tough.

They are a side that know what they lack and what they have, and play accordingly.

The young guy they have up front, Steven Fletcher, who I rate very highly, can hurt you.

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Published December 10, 2010 at 11:14 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 10:14 am)

Liverpool sale a huge relief for faithful fans

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