TI – David Peace: Why I took on Bill Shankly

If David Peace is growing tired of the repetitive nature of his promotional schedule, there are no outward signs. Indeed, given the importance of repetition to his writing, he seems to embrace it. And in Bill Shankly, the Liverpool Football Club manager revered above all others and whose philosophy mirrors the author’s in many ways, Peace has perhaps found the perfect subject for his latest novel.


GUARDIAN – Liverpool say ‘there is no truth’ in reports the club is for sale

• ‘Liverpool Football Club is not for sale. There is no truth in this’• Reports claim club ‘unofficially’ on market for £350mLiverpool have denied the club has been put up for sale by its American owners. Fenway Sports Group, headed by Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry, was reported to be ready to consider offers for the Premier League club.The group completed its purchase of Liverpool in October 2010, after a turbulent period under the previous owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks. Liverpool have been unable to play their way into the Champions League places since the new owners moved in, despite heavy investment in the playing staff, with manager Brendan Rodgers guiding his side to seventh place last season.The Sun newspaper claims Liverpool is “unofficially” on the market with a price tag of £350m but Liverpool and their owners state that is not the case.A club spokesperson said in a statement released to Press Association Sport: “Fenway Sports Group has made its position clear, Liverpool Football Club is not for sale. There is no truth in this story.”A spokesperson for Fenway Sports Group said: “Like so many rumours in the past about a sale of Liverpool Football Club, there is absolutely no truth in this. We have had no meetings with anyone about a sale, we don’t know who the source of the rumour is, and any suggestion of a sale is fabrication.”The Sun reports that Fenway Sports Group received a takeover proposal from the Saudi Arabian oil firm Saudi Aramco recently, and states that City banking sources claim two American billionaires could also be potential buyers.LiverpoolFenway Sports GroupJohn W HenryBusinesstheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


TAO – Luis Suarez announces intention to leave Liverpool, club say he’s not for sale

Luis Suarez has confirmed that he wants to leave Liverpool this summer and make a switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Over the course of three interviews in the past week Suarez has gone from suggesting he would find it hard to turn down Los Blancos to confirming he would like to leave Anfield, with the Spanish capital being his most likely destination. Speaking whilst in Uruguay on international duty, Suarez said: “My reason for leaving is not the money. If it were the money I would have left already. My main reason is my family and my image – that’s my priority now. “It’s a difficult moment for me. The coach and my colleagues know that they didn’t treat me well [in England]. I don’t feel comfortable here any more – they know it – so I think it’s understandable that I leave. “I don’t have any offer yet. I don’t know if I will finally leave or if I will stay. The club knows what I think and what I want. If I stay I will do my best but I don’t think that will happen because of all the bullying from the press against me and the team is very aware of everything.” Shortly after the quotes reached the British media, Liverpool Football Club reacted by issuing a statement which said the club expected the forward to honour his long-term contract at the club. “Luis Suárez is not for sale. Neither Luis or his representatives have communicated these feelings directly to Liverpool Football Club.” A club spokesperson said. “The club remains supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract. We will not be making any further comment at this stage.” The statement from the Merseyside outfit is similar to one they released after Fernando Torres handed-in a transfer request in order to push through a move to Chelsea. The similarity between the two statements suggests that whilst the club may be resigned to losing their top scorer after his latest outburst, they are looking to maximise the potential fee. Interest from Bayern Munich may help them in that respect, with a bidding war between the European champions and Madrid ensuring the Reds get the maximum return on the player.