Wednesday 26 July 2017

Americans sue Liverpool

Chris Bascombe

The dark spectre of Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jnr returned to Liverpool last night as the former owners launched a multi-million pound lawsuit against the club.

Hicks and Gillett are suing Anfield's new custodians, Fenway Sports Group, for hundreds of millions in damages following their ousting from the Merseyside club a year ago.

They are also taking legal action against their former creditors Royal Bank of Scotland, ex-Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton and the remaining members of the Kop hierarchy who oversaw the demise of the old regime. A date for a court hearing could still take months to determine, but papers have now been served on the key figures who forced Hicks and Gillett out of the club 12 months ago.

On the pitch, Liverpool return to action tomorrow with manager Kenny Dalglish vowing to protect Steven Gerrard from the cut and thrust of the Merseyside derby.

"The game is not the important thing -- Steven Gerrard is more important," said Dalglish, who welcomed Daniel Agger back to training after recovering from a broken rib. "We'll manage Steven as well as we can." (Daily Telegraph, London)

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