Saturday, October 30, 2010

Henry: Stars Are Staying Here

Liverpool co-owner John W. Henry insists that none of the club 's stellar names will be allowed to leave in January. As the Reds struggle for form towards the foot of the Premier League, reports have suggested that the likes of Fernando Torres and Jose Reina have clauses in their contracts that might allow them to leave in the next transfer window, with Manchester City continually monitoring Spain striker Torres and the Reds ' arch rivals Manchester United linked with goalkeeper Reina this week. However, Reds manager Roy Hodgson has already warned any suitors off of Reina, and NESV principal owner Henry has since insisted that the club's main men will be staying put, reiterating that the playing squad would not be weakened. He said on the club 's website: "We have recently read stories about our intentions for the forthcoming January transfer window and have a sense of humour about this type of inevitable speculation. "As everyone knows we are new to English football, but not to sport, and we are studying all options. Opportunities and value will drive spending in January and in the future. "Our clear focus from day one of our ownership has been - and will be - to improve the club and focus on what it will take to put Liverpool FC consistently in a position to challenge for trophies. "We intend to build this club the right way. "Stories about our top players leaving are destructive and unwarranted but we realise that this kind of speculation is also common. "We intend to build on the strength of the current squad, not undermine it. And I can reassure our supporters that we have no intention of allowing the team to be weakened going forward." On Friday, Hodgson declared his intent to strengthen his playing staff in Janaury. The Reds face Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday, keen to relieve themselves of their position within the Premier League 's bottom three.

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