After being away for a year and three days, John Henry has returned to Twitter to address fans of Liverpool FC.
The question now is whether he can actually buy the team. According to reports out of England, Singapore businessman Peter Lim issued a statement saying he was raising his offer to $507 million, with an additional $63 million to buy new players.
This from the AP:
The 57-year-old Lim said he would not need any financing to fund his offer and that all the money would come from his cash reserves. Liverpool, which won the last of its 18 English league titles in 1990, is off to its worst start to a season since 1953 and is mired in the relegation zone.
“I will be injecting ($63 million) in cash into the club for (manager) Roy Hodgson to bring in new players during the upcoming transfer window,” Lim said. “Liverpool needs to start winning again.”
The whole thing is a mess. As Kim tries to get in the mix, Henry’s New England Sports Ventures already has a signed agreement to buy the team from Liverpool board of directors. Meanwhile, team owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett contend that agreement is invalid. At the same time, the Royal Bank of Scotland holds a note on the team that comes due on Friday and also has a say.
The sides were in court today in London.
“Everyone is hoping for the best,” Henry said on Twitter today. “There have been enough twists and turns. Hopefully all gets sorted out soon; LFC moves forward.”