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Henry preaches long-term thinking for Reds

Liverpool owner John Henry revealed the club’s transfer policy is all about building for the future.

Henry is the head of the Fenway Sports Group, which bought Liverpool in October and quickly won favour with the fans after installing club icon Kenny Dalglish as the new manager.

And although they invested over 50 million pounds in January – albeit from player sales – Henry said he will not be rushed into making big-money purchases for the sake of it, explaining that the club’s policy would be focused on the long-term, instead of short-term fixes.

“Speculation on players shouldn’t include those of a certain age,” Henry posted on social networking website Twitter.

“We are not going to be successful by merely filling short-term needs at LFC.”

Liverpool have already bought 21-year-old midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for 16 million pounds during this transfer window and they were also keen on signing 18-year-old striker Connor Wickham, who eventually joined the Black Cats from Ipswich Town.

His comments prompted a series of questions from fans of the Anfield outfit, who expressed their concern that rivals Manchester United had already spent approximately 50 million pounds on securing the services of David De Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones.

“Everything in sports is overpriced now – especially the cost of winning,” Henry responded.

“But you make your choices based on a plan. Some things happen early and some late. The important thing is that things happen. Sometimes what you avoid is important.”

Thu 30 June, 2011
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