New Liverpool owner amused by false transfer speculation

Brooks Peck

If there's one thing football writers love to do, it's to make up fake transfer rumors. Granted, not all of them are guilty of this easy way to fabricate headlines that people eagerly gobble up, but more than enough do. And new Liverpool owner John Henry is finding this out first hand as reports of top players leaving Anfield in January conveniently pop up.

Says Henry on Liverpool's official website:

"We have recently read stories about our intentions for the forthcoming January transfer window and have a sense of humour about this type of inevitable speculation.

"As everyone knows we are new to English football, but not to sport, and we are studying all options. Opportunities and value will drive spending in January and in the future. [...]

"Stories about our top players leaving are destructive and unwarranted but we realise that this kind of speculation is also common.

"We intend to build on the strength of the current squad, not undermine it. And I can reassure our supporters that we have no intention of allowing the team to be weakened going forward."

The stories that prompted this statement were of Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina making use of secret clauses in their contract that would somewhere allow them to leave in January. Well, trustworthy journalist Guillem Balague says these exit clauses don't exist and neither player is interested in leaving in January. But that's hardly worth writing about, now is it?

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