Liverpool owners want to restore 'lustre' says chairman Tom Werner

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner insists owners Fenway Sports Group are working hard to restore the "lustre" of the club and they are prepared to continue investing in players to achieve that.

The signing of Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique for a fee in the region of £6million takes manager Kenny Dalglish's summer spending up to around £50million.

Add to that FSG's approving the spending of all of the £57million income of January sales Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel on club-record signing Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez and it is apparent the Americans are serious about rebuilding the club.

They performed a similar feat with baseball side Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series soon after taking over.

"I don't think anybody is working harder than we are right now to continue to see if we can recruit talent," said Werner.

"We are willing to spend pounds to upgrade the team and I think that both clubs, both the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool, are blessed with management that is tireless and smart and I think that is the essential ingredient.

"It's been our goal to try to improve our position on the pitch, and to try to create a environment for players to say they want to play in Liverpool and bring some of the lustre that all the fans know back to the club."

Principal owner John Henry said last month he expected the Reds to regain their top-four status this season.

Werner has a broader opinion on what FSG want to achieve.

"Our hope is that we can make our fans proud of what we have done," he added.

"I don't want to promise so much. I know John has said we're going to be top four, and Kenny says, 'well, why can't we win?'.

"But we just want to move forward - we want to be better this year than last year and just keep going on the right track."

As well as investing in players FSG have put their faith in Dalglish, who was given a three-year contract at the end of last season having taken over in January and effected an impressive turnaround.

"I can't think of somebody who embodies the relentlessness and the drive and the attitude of excellence better than Kenny," Werner told LFC TV in an interview to be screened tonight.

"Obviously we knew of him before we met him. I think he is a natural leader.

"I've had the privilege to watch him as he trains the men at Melwood and I just think he's so charismatic and I think he's been able to instil a sense of purpose into the club, and when he says something I think people listen."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
booksPhotographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years - but he says it wasn’t all fun and games...
News
i100
Sport
Aguero - who single-handedly has kept City's Champions League dreams alive - celebrates his dramatic late winner
footballManchester City 3 Bayern Munich 2: Argentine's late hat-rick sees home side snatch vital victory
News
Muhammad Ali pictured in better health in 2006
peopleBut he has enjoyed publicity from his alleged near-death experience
Arts and Entertainment
Tony breaks into Ian Garrett's yacht and makes a shocking discovery
TVReview: Revelations continue to make this drama a tough watch
News
news
News
peopleSinger tells The Independent what life is like in rehab in an exclusive video interview
News
The assumption that women are not as competent in leadership positions as men are leads to increased stress in the workplace
science... and it's down to gender stereotypes
Arts and Entertainment
Inner sanctum: Tove Jansson and friends in her studio in 1992
booksWhat was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Singer songwriter Bob Dylan performs on stage
films
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital