Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre has jumped to the defence of owner John Henry who seems to have gone missing from Anfield.
Where has John Henry gone? That’s the questions in the minds of many Liverpool fans who may be burying slight worries that the club’s owner is getting a bit bored of football so he’s decided to give Anfield a wide berth.
Don’t read too much into it because Henry is a business man, he has a huge portfolio and it’s a big commitment for him to take his seat for every single Liverpool home game.
Liverpool have a vision and it’s one which should develop over the next few seasons with a core of young players and a business model which is aimed at generating a profit season after season.
It would be nice if Henry was more of a public figure at the club this season but the slight dip in Liverpool’s form and his absence are not designed to be going hand in hand.
“I wouldn't read anything into John not being here. Two things: firstly he has had lot of work to do on the Boston Red Sox this year, they are approaching their pre-season now. Secondly, he also became a father again quite recently,” said Ayre in the Independent.
The other main reason why Liverpool fans should keep calm is because Henry has always maintained a good relationship with the club’s manager and the officials inside the club.
It would be more worrying if he’d stopped showing up at Anfield and stopped calling and talking to the key individuals at the club.
His support and commitment is also not all about his presence at the club but his commitment away from the pitch, developing Liverpool as a business and a brand.
These two things will increase Liverpool’s appeal to potential supporters around the world, bring surplus cash in which can then be reinvested in the club’s infrastructure and the squad as a whole.
Ayre has insisted that Henry’s investment and commitment to the Boston Red Sox does not conflict with his Liverpool ties in any way. Anyone owning two major sports teams around the world will find it difficult to juggle the two.
The whole debate over his commitment to the club seems to have started by people putting two and two together and coming up with five. The fact Liverpool haven’t been at their best this season hasn’t helped but there’s nothing in it.
Liverpool fans, do you want to see more of Henry at your club?
image: © kong niffe