We don’t want John W Henry’s recent comments to take the gloss off Liverpool’s excellent form, but they’re not exactly what the fanbase wants to hear right now.
FSG’s leader has claimed they may not choose to develop the Annie Road End as planned because it doesn’t make financial sense (basically meaning it won’t make a big enough profit…), due to fans protesting expensive ticket prices last term…
“I don’t know if there is a next step because ticket prices are an issue in England. That may foreclose further expansion. We’ll have to see,” Henry told AP, cited in the Echo.
Liverpool’s owners tried to implement £77 tickets upon the opening of the New Main Stand, but lowered costs after fan protests.
Respected journalist and Liverpool author Simon Hughes thinks Henry’s latest comments suggest the Americans believe they’ve now turned the club into the biggest ‘asset’ they can – hinting at a potential sale. Sarcastically, he says that winning trophies would obviously increase the asset more.
Aside from, you know – winning trophies – sounds to me like an admittance from Henry that the asset can be maximised no further.
— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) September 29, 2016
The Editor of the Echo Andy Kelly similarly branded Henry ‘short-sighted’ for his comments, which have got Liverpool fans well and truly riled this morning.
Don’t really buy this as would be incredibly short-sighted from FSG. Fans in ground worth far more than just ticket ££ – noise, loyalty etc https://t.co/4PdUKX1qn1
— Andy Kelly (@AndyK_LivNews) September 28, 2016
Kelly is spot on. A bigger Anfield with a £60,000 capacity brings us in line with Europe’s top clubs, and more importantly – gets more Reds consistently in the ground – thus increasing the loyal match-going support.
The fact Henry suggests expanding the Annie Road is not worthwhile because it won’t make him enough money is very disappointing.