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Liverpool owner Henry asks for patience after poor start

Published on Sep 3, 2012 6:15 PM
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard reacts after losing to Arsenal in their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England on Sept 2, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Liverpool owner John W Henry has written an open letter to fans asking for their patience after Sunday's 2-0 home defeat by Arsenal condemned the Anfield club to its worst start to a league season in 50 years.

Henry's Fenway Sports Group (FSG) came under fire for the decision to loan England striker Andy Carroll to West Ham United without signing a replacement by Friday's summer transfer window deadline day and the poor start has led to further complaints. Responding to the criticism, the principal owner said it was"not through any lack of desire or effort" that the club had failed to sharpen their attack in a period which has garnered only one point from three league matches.

"I am as disappointed as anyone connected with Liverpool Football Club that we were unable to add further to our strike force in this summer transfer window," he wrote in the letter published on the club website (www.liverpoolfc.com). It is unfortunate that on this occasion we were unable to conclude acceptable deals to bring those targets in. No one should doubt our commitment to the club.

"In Brendan Rodgers, we have a talented young manager and we have valued highly his judgement about the make-up of the squad. This is a work in progress. It will take time for Brendan to instill his philosophy into the squad and build exactly what he needs for the long term."

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