Former Liverpool chief confident that current owner builds Anfield dynasty


Liverpool have overturned their decision to put the staff on leave at Anfield – but their former CEO says there will be no similar overturning on the field, if and when the season ends.

The club’s American owners have met with such harsh criticism of Anfield’s non-playing staff that they have changed their minds.

They now hope the issue has been resolved – allowing the club to focus on national glory.

It has been 30 years since the club became the best dog in the league.

But without the coronavirus pandemic, it is almost certain that the men of Jurgen Klopp would have already put this ghost to rest.

Ian Ayre with Jurgen Klopp during his unveiling

As things stand, the end of their title charge continues to be surrounded by uncertainty.

No matter what happens in the coming months, former CEO Ian Ayre is confident the club will rebound – and take shape this season in the next campaign.

In doing so, they will let the rest play catch-up and recreate Anfield’s dominance in the 1970s and 1980s.

“I’ve been a Liverpool fan for 50 years and have always told people that we never do things easily,” said Ayre, of his MLS base in Nashville.

“Look at Istanbul, the 2012 League Cup final, Barcelona last year. This is the way of Liverpool, to a certain extent.

“They’ll either sort it out and win it this year, or they won’t, but whatever happens, they will bounce back.

Liverpool was on the verge of winning the Premier League when the season was suspended

“If not this year, it will be next year. Jurgen and everyone would say, “Bring him”, if they have to wait.

“When FSG bought Liverpool, one of the things John Henry said from the start was that he wanted to build this team to win and keep winning.

“He is a very smart guy, I have a lot of respect for him and what he says is absolutely correct.

“Look at last year, we got so close to the title and won the Champions League.

“Then we won the Super Cup and the Club World Championship and the club is on its way to winning the league. You can’t do it without having a solid team and a really solid base.

“It doesn’t go away overnight. This Liverpool team is very young compared to many teams and there will not be many players who will change their age or contracts this summer.

Liverpool lifted the Champions League last season

“If they are rightly allowed to win the league this year, they will be. But I have no doubt that if it doesn’t happen this season, it will happen next season. ”

Ayre is currently the CEO of Nashville SC, which saw its first MLS season ended after just two games.

The return of football anywhere in the world is debated, but Ayre believes that the health and well-being of people must remain the top priority.

And he is not a fan of matches played in empty stadiums, especially in MLS.

“It has to be safe and healthy for everyone to do it,” he said. “I think it’s important to keep an eye on the date and set deadlines for when you hope to get there.

“But the most important thing is to make the decision at the right time, at best for everyone’s health and safety.

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“I don’t really see the value of behind closed doors here. We don’t have the massive television offerings from the Premier League and others. Ours is a spectator sport. Our energy comes from the crowds and people who buy tickets.

“It will not be my decision, but it was not something we planned to do. Before the closing, there was a lot of talk about what we planned to do, but playing in camera was never really discussed.

“For me, we put on these glasses so that the fans would show up to be part of it and be part of it. I hope when we come back we will do it in full force and in front of full stadiums. ”


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