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Liverpool spent heavily this summer with the signings of Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert. The club is in a much better position than when they were under the ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett, with the Fenway Sports Group providing much more stability to the club. Chief executive Ian Ayre was speaking in Manchester today, and says the club have learnt from the mistakes of the previous regime.
"It is great for our supporters because they went through a difficult time and it is always devastating to see such a great tradition and establishment as Liverpool being in such great difficulty," he said. "It taught us the importance of sustainability and running the club properly. No-one wants to go back to those dark days again."
"There was a lot to focus on: we had to improve the squad overall and that took investment at a time when we had little cash and a lot of debt. And it is testament to our new owners that they invested heavily and we started to improve the on-pitch side."
One of their new signings Manquillo has been speaking this week about settling in Liverpool, and today he revealed that his transition from Atletico Madrid to Anfield has been made easier by the fact that Brendan Rodgers has been speaking in Spanish to him in training, and that fellow Spaniards Alberto Moreno, Jose Enrique and Suso are also on Merseyside.
"I get on very well with the manager here. He helps us with everything he can, which is great. He also speaks Spanish fluently too, so it’s really easy for us to communicate," Manquillo said.
"I have some fellow Spanish teammates with me over here too – Alberto Moreno, Suso and Jose Enrique are all here and there are some others in the squad who speak Spanish too, it’s been really easy for me to adapt."
Meanwhile, the club tried to sign QPR striker Loic Remy earlier this summer, but the deal collapsed over a reported medical problem. The 28-year-old has since joined Chelsea, and the French international appeared to complete that move without a hitch. Now, Remy has accused Liverpool of being dishonest over his proposed transfer to Anfield.
"I did not understand Liverpool's decision. It was not very honest from their side," said Remy. "I was not scared. I know exactly what I have, I met all the specialists in the world. A lot of players share the same situation as mine and Liverpool know it."