Six deals under scrutiny
Liverpool business that would not have happened under John Henry and NESV:
The Spanish international signed for £6.3m as a 28-year-old in January 2005, but he failed miserably at Anfield, scoring just 12 goals in 61 appearances. NESV's belief in signing young players would have precluded the deal.
Signed as a 28-year-old for £20.3m in 2008, the Ireland captain would also have been judged by NESV to be too old to warrant such a high fee.
Though the Italian international's age, at 26, and pedigree would have made him a legitimate target, concerns over his injury record would have ruled out a £17m move.
The Argentina international (29) came on a free transfer boasting a fine pedigree, but his wages, believed to be around £70,000 a week until June 2013, may have discouraged NESV from such a long contract.
Undoubtedly a loyal servant, but John W Henry may have been concerned by the sight of a 32-year-old being handed a lucrative two-year contract just before NESV completed its takeover.
A four-year contract for a 29-year-old -- as well as a substantial £5m fee -- does not match the profile of deal NESV believes can help Liverpool develop in the long term.