OK, he probably has no idea who we are but in the comments found on the other side of the link above, 'arry provides some interesting fodder for the notion that the owners weren't at fault for Liverpool's current plight.
"The whole Liverpool debate raging at present basically centres around a team of top-level players that is not performing at its best - a temporary problem. It's as if the world is caving in at Anfield right now when, really, the only issue is a lack of confidence among the squad - but it will soon turn around.It is hard to argue that Hicks and Gillett have overseen some serious spending under their watch. You can add Joe Cole to the list for his salary even if there was no transfer fee involved. If you add Torres, Kuyt, Glen Johnson, JCole, Aquilani, Jovanovic, Kyriagos, Konchesky, and Maxi to what was already a solid team with some solid defenders (Agger, Carra, Skertl), a very good goalkeeper in Reina, a superstar midfield dynamo in Gerrard you SHOULD expect that the results on the field will be good. Compare that above list to the spending done by ManYoo, Chelsea, and Arsenal in the Hicks/Gillett years and I'm guessing you'll find that they certainly did their part as far as putting money into the team.
"In all of this, I have utmost sympathy for the Reds' owners, George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
"All they seem to have done is plough a fortune into the place and they stand to lose a fortune when they sell it. But, for all that, all they get is grief week-in, week-out.
"It's not their fault the expensive players who have been brought in are not performing as they
should be. The Liverpool team is full of world-class talent and some costly flops.
"Hicks and Gillett wrote cheques for star striker Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt, a member of Holland's World Cup final squad. Alberto Aquilani cost £20 million and has been a disaster - but is that the owners' fault?"
Were there sins committed and mistakes made? Sure. If you object to the debt that they saddled the club with then I completely understand but that has little to do with the product on the field. If you think they undermined Rafa by talking to Klinsmann then I can understand that but again, that doesn't explain the deterioration of the play on the field.
At the end, Hicks and Gillett have made themselves targets through their actions in the boardroom and their statements in the media but they spent their money trusting in a manager who won the Champions League. They got the players he wanted and they haven't delivered the goods (on a pretty regular basis) and now Liverpool are paying the price on the pitch.
I think the move to John Henry/NESV is a good one because he seems to have a better sense of how to hire the right people to run the front office of a sports franchise and then he generally keeps himself out of the limelight. That said, I don't expect that he'll be a magical tonic for a few years worth of poor choices in the transfer market.
Anyway, I thought the quotes from Redknapp were interesting and in true "Blogger Roundtable" fashion, I had to add my two cents in on top of it.
As someone noted somewhere on the web today - thank goodness for LIV (and baseball playoffs, the NFL, and Roy Halladay) because otherwise this would be an incredibly boring international break right about now.
Cheers - Neal