Liverpool - The good, the bad and the Americans

David OwenCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2008

Tom Hicks and George Gillet arrived at Liverpool, heralding the dawn of a new era. They had money, they fully supported the manager, and were driven towards helping Liverpool reclaim its rightful position on the top of the Premier League. Or so we thought...

Since arriving, Tom and George, hereafter known as "those dumb Americans" have done a pretty good job of creating chaos. And everybody knows that nothing helps a side perform at peak potential better than absolute disorder behind the scenes.

No, wait, that's not right. Publicly admitting that they went out head-hunting Jurgen Klinsman to replace Rafa, didn't help their cause at all. Offering unlimited transfer period funds, only to back down whenever Rafa had someone in his sights also did them no favours.

To their credit, they did give him the funds to bring Fernando Torres (last season) and Robbie Keane to Anfield, but when you consider that Rafa was interested in Robbie, David Villa, Gareth Barry, and David Bentley maybe we're missing the actual point here.

Letting Rafa buy one quality player doesn't suddenly make you crowd favourites again. The fans remember the public rows between those dumb Americans and Rafa, and worse still, between themselves. Added to the constant rumours of the Dubai Investment Corporation (DIC) placing large offers for LFC, one wonders how much longer before we see the back of those dumb Americans. The sooner the better as far as I'm concerned