Hicks: I have paid a terrible price

06 May 2010 10:27
Tom Hicks says he has paid a 'terrible price' during his co-ownership of Liverpool but has implied it could take two years to sell the club.[LNB] The American businessman and co-owner George Gillett are ready to listen to offers for the Reds after appointing new chairman Martin Broughton to help find buyers.[LNB]But when announcing plans to sell, Hicks also indicated that he believed the club have tripled in value under his control to an asking price of effectively £800million.[LNB]This suggested the Texan will not be willing to accept a cut-price, quick conclusion to his turbulent time at Anfield, which began in February 2007, and he has now reinforced that fact.[LNB]"From discussions we've had over the last two years, there are plenty of those people [potential investors in Liverpool] out there," Hicks said in The Times. "We've owned it three years. We won't own it for five.[LNB]"I can still be a fan. But I've paid a terrible price. I'm 64 years old. I don't want that any more.[LNB]"Jerry Jones [the Dallas Cowboys owner] is a good friend of mine, but his life and his family's life is the Dallas Cowboys. Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks are his life. This isn't my life."[LNB]Meanwhile, goalkeeper Pepe Reina admits the club need to find new owners in order to keep their best players.[LNB]A number of Reds stars have been linked with moves away from the club following their failure to qualify for next season's Champions League with vultures circling over Fernando Torres' head.[LNB]Reina is adamant it is vital to the club's future to keep hold of Torres and improve the squad if they want to be challenging for honours again after a massively disappointing campaign this term.[LNB]"It is important players like Fernando [Torres] see the club moving forward," Reina told the Daily Express.[LNB]"Let's see how it goes with the owners and the sale of the club. Once we are done with that, let's build a proper team, a proper squad, a competitive squad."[LNB]Reina, who recently signed a new six-year deal at Anfield, insists he has no regrets about pledging his future to the club despite the turmoil surrounding the side.[LNB]"Liverpool are one of the best clubs in the world. I see no reason to leave," added Reina.[LNB]"I've decided to play many years for Liverpool and I have no regrets at all with that.[LNB]"Any kind of player around the world will feel attracted by Liverpool. [LNB]"We are a massive club. Of course players will want to come."

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