JOHN ALDRIDGE: Liverpool FC can't move forward until club is sold

By John Aldridge on Apr 17, 10 07:39 AM in Columnists

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LIVERPOOL are now officially up for sale and the sooner we get rid of the American owners the better.

We can't move forward while Tom Hicks and George Gillett are still in charge and hopefully the appointment of Martin Broughton as chairman will speed up their departure.

Broughton is clearly highly regarded in the business world and we need him to find decent people who want to own the club for the right reasons.

We've been going around in circles for years now and it's time we got everything sorted.

Our club is in desperate need of new investment.

We've got to get that stadium built in Stanley Park and we need cash to strengthen the squad.

The new ground is vital if we are going to be able to compete financially with the other top clubs.

But the priority has got to be the team and this season has shown our weaknesses.

We have to get rid of those who clearly aren't good enough and get better players in.

There's a lot of speculation about Rafa Benitez's future with Juventus obviously keen to secure his services.

But whoever is in charge this summer must be given a decent transfer kitty. We can't be relying on cheap buys to make us competitive.

We've got no chance of getting fourth place now and with no Champions League football next season there's massive concern that Fernando Torres may decide to move on.

A top striker like Torres wants to play on the biggest stage but I think he should give Liverpool 12 months grace to see if we can move forward.

Even if we win the Europa League next month this hasn't been an acceptable season.

However, sometimes you need to take two steps back in order to take three forward.

This club needs stability and hopefully we'll soon have owners in place capable of helping to put us back where we belong.

Lack of firepower has cost Liverpool

THE stalemate with Fulham was so frustrating and it underlined what I've been saying all season - we don't have enough firepower.

When Fernando Torres doesn't play, we struggle for goals. David Ngog might be one for the future but he isn't dynamic enough.

I don't think Torres will be risked against West Ham on Monday as Rafa Benitez will want him fit to face Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

And without Torres I can see it being another tight game. I'd put Dirk Kuyt up front as we need someone up there with a bit of punch and guile.

We're playing for pride in the league now and we need to go into an intriguing tie against Atletico on the back of a decent win.

I was honoured to give Hillsborough reading

I WAS honoured to be asked to give a reading during the Hillsborough Memorial Service on Thursday.

The anniversary is always an emotional day and it was great to see so many people at Anfield to pay their respects. Well done to everyone who organised such a great service.

The battle for justice goes on and the families have our 100% support.

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