London Calling

Liverpool's principal owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner talk Liverpool all night
(LFC TV Online screen image)

LFC Chairman Tom Werner Checks in From Across the Pond
Happy to Have Blown Up the Bridge; Thanks Philly for the Help

Liverpool Football Club Chairman Tom Werner calls into WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show this morning: "Nobody was happy about the season last year although I do think injuries had a lot to do with our results but we were determined this year to come out, we obviously, I couldn't have said that we were definitely going to sign Adrian [Gonzalez] or Carl Crawford but we were determined to improve the team and I think Theo had a game plan and this year he executed it. I think we're just delighted. I know that there's a great sense of anticipation for the year. I'm really looking forward to the beginning of spring training... Some years you have a game plan and you don't execute it. I think the Phillies [by signing Cliff Lee] helped us with our game plan this year, didn't they? ...To joke about it for a minute, we were determined to blow up that bridge from last year. ... I thought Christmas came early [on what happened to the Yankees]... Some years they [Yankees] execute their game plan. This year we executed ours... "

WEEI's Gerry Callahan: "Well the Liverpool Reds fans are pissed Tom, they think you're just spending all your money here, and just neglecting them..."

Werner: "[laughs] Well, you know each business stands alone, but I just want to finish back on, and you guys were kind enough to invite us on today, and this run [2011 Run to Home Base], I'm really excited about it, and excited to see if Gerry can beat me..."


Roy, Oh Roy

Liverpool's manager Roy Grady Little Hodgson watches from the touchline during their Europa League Group K soccer match against FC Utrecht at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England, December 15, 2010.
(Reuters)

Meanwhile, Back in the Complaint Department ...
While Disaster Looms in the Sox Bullpen, Henry & Werner
Went Back to Europe to Deal With Hodgson's Head

Adrian Gonzalez Wasn't Even Done Speaking About The Splendid Splinter When
John Henry Was Back on the Plane to Join Chairman Tom in England
Oh, And the Catching Situation Still Doesn't Sit Well in Boston
...The Starting Rotation Has 3 Big Question Marks
So Let's Watch the Made-for-TV Owners Address LFC Fans' Concerns:

LFC Now Video Part 1: Tom Werner Clearly Uncomfortable with the Giant
Responsibility of Being Chairman of Liverpool Soccer;
Henry Jet Lagged as They Break Down 3-1 Loss to Newcastle

LFC Video: Part 2: John and Tom Talk About Antiquated Anfield and
Roy 'Just Waiting to Be Fired Like Grady Little' Hodgson

LFC Video Part 3: John Is Still Awake; Tom Still Dazed About How Much They
Had to Spend on Two Red Sox Players to Take the Focus Off Liverpool

LFC Video: Part 4: Werner Quoting Oscar Wilde Now;
Henry Can't Stop Thinking About the 2-1 Defeat at Tottenham

Telegraph Sports: Low Points of the Season Under Hodgson
It's Just as Exciting as the NFL: Liverpool Nil, Utrecht Nil
Empire of the Kop: Why Hodgson Has to Go

"We understand... We saw Roy [Hodgson] today. And we saw the tape on Roy, and we do expect immediate improvement. Our intention is to add to the squad and to improve the quality of the match... [but] we have to attack this with our reasoned judgment and not do anything precipitous, not based on any one result." -- Werner to LFC fans on Grady Hodgson, who in 82 away fixtures in the Barclays Premier League, has only been on the winning side on 13 occasions

"I think we were making significant progress, and then, even in Tottenham, I thought we should have won that game, and if we played like that the rest of the year that we would have won. ... There's no doubt about it. The play that has gone on this year has been unacceptable. The results are unacceptable. And it's up to us to take responsibility going forward. My understanding is that players want to come here. I've heard from agents and various people throughout the league that Liverpool is a very, and from players this is a very attractive place for players to come to." -- John Henry on LFC TV Monday night


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