Your evening Liverpool headlines as fans react to John Henry’s presence and Enzo Fernandez ‘very close’ to £112m transfer after Liverpool rumour.
Your evening Liverpool headlines for Tuesday, January 3.
How fans reacted to John Henry presence speaks volumes as FSG face clear Liverpool decision
As John Henry walked through the stands of Fenway Park to take his seat on Monday evening his presence was met with a chorus of boos.
Henry was at Fenway, the home of Fenway Sports Group -owned Boston Red Sox, to watch the annual NHL Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the latter a team that FSG purchased for $900m back in November of 2021.
The ire of some Red Sox fans present was directed at Henry for what has been a bitterly disappointing off-season for the Red Sox as they gear up for their 2023 season, one where they saw their star player, Xander Bogaerts, depart for the San Diego Padres and where they failed to land their major targets after being outbid by their rivals. On the back of a last placed finish in the American League East last season it was a bitter pill to swallow for Red Sox fans.
Those fans have become increasingly irate at FSG’s more recent tenure of the team, accusations of being too tight fisted when it comes to releasing the kind of funds needed to compete something that has been mirrored across the Atlantic at FSG’s most valuable team in their portfolio, Liverpool.
There have been numerous low points for Henry and FSG during their ownership of both the Red Sox and Liverpool. In Boston there has been anger in the past over the exit of their All-Star player Mookie Betts and former general manager Dave Dombrowski, while in Liverpool there has been ire directed the way of the Reds owners after plans to raise ticket prices, attempts to furlough staff during the pandemic and, most notably, the decision to push for a European Super League. In the case of the Reds, all were decisions that were reversed after fan pressure.
Enzo Fernandez is understood to be ‘very close’ to joining Chelsea, in a deal worth £112million to Benfica.
Liverpoo l have continued to be linked with the World Cup winner in recent weeks, but it now appears a fellow Premier League side have won the race to sign the 21-year-old.
Benfica president Rui Costa has repeatedly claimed Benfica are not prepared to offload star players in the middle of their season, though Sky Sports Italy have claimed Fernandez will join the Londoners for a fee worth €127m (£112m), which will be paid in instalments.
This news comes after Portuguese outlet Record reported that Fernandez was absent from two separate Benfica training sessions on Monday. It’s believed the midfielder flew to Buenos Aires following his club’s recent defeat by Braga to spend the New Year with his family, despite not receiving permission to do so.