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Liverpool FC 2, Bolton 0: Comfortable three points overshadowed by ongoing Anfield turmoil

01 Feb 2010 09:00:00

THE Old Lady of Turin may be circling but it was an ageing Texan who was in the spotlight at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. A surprise visit from co-owner Tom Hicks ensured attention was diverted from Rafa Benitez's admission that he was flattered by Juventus' interest in his services. On the basis that Hicks only ever turns up for big showdowns in front of the Sky cameras, it's fair to assume he was on Merseyside to conduct some business. Supporters certainly left him in no doubt that they hope his trip involves ending the Americans' acrimonious three-year reign. New investment is undoubtedly crucial to ensuring the debt-ridden club don't endure another season like this one. Both in terms of building the new stadium in Stanley Park as well as adding quality to a squad in obvious need of reinforcements. The big question is whether Benitez will be around to mastermind the revival. Perhaps Hicks dropped in on Saturday to judge the mood on The Kop towards the manager amid a campaign of such dreadful under-achievement. Or maybe he crossed the Atlantic on a mission to convince Benitez to turn his back on the Italian job this summer. What he found was that most of the vitriol is still directed at the boardroom and not the dugout. Hicks certainly had plenty of time to ponder his thoughts as angry protesters ensured he was kept in the ground for his own safety long after an uninspiring contest had concluded. This was Liverpool's fourth successive home league win and it extended their unbeaten league run to six games.


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