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Two ex-players back fan takeover plans for Liverpool

Two ex-players back fan takeover plans for Liverpool

Two former Liverpool players have signed up to a member-share scheme to raise money to buy the club from American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr.
Phil Thompson and John Aldridge have each pledged 5,000 pounds (US$9,900; euro6,500) to Share Liverpool FC as part of the effort to raise 500 million pounds (US$990 million; euro650 million).
The two are among 9,500 people who have pledged to donate to raise money for a takeover.
"Liverpool Football Club has always needed its fans, now more than ever," said Thompson, a defender at Liverpool from 1971-85 who later returned to the club as a first-team coach and assistant manager.
"Not if, but when our current owners decide to sell, we as fans need to be in a position to help. If we believe we can make Share Liverpool work, it will happen."
Aldridge, a Liverpool striker from 1987-89, said the concept could set the standard for other clubs.
"It would be terrific if it led to other fans owning their clubs too," Aldridge said.
Share Liverpool FC said an 18-person group had been set up to deal with financial, regulatory and legal matters. The group will outline a constitution, agree a definitive package in return for the 5,000-pound payment (US$9,900; euro6,500), and clarify a number of regulatory issues.
"A formal letter could soon be sent to the Liverpool FC board to state Share Liverpool FC's intention to buy the club," Share Liverpool FC said in a statement.
"Liverpool fans buying a share in Share Liverpool would be entitled to a vote on who runs the club, with an elected official responsible for all major decisions at Anfield."
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Updated : 2021-02-26 10:02 GMT+08:00