Seven years ago, John W Henry emerged from the London offices of law firm Slaughter & May and declared: “We’re here to win and we’ll do whatever is necessary.”
Since Fenway Sports Group completed their £300million takeover of Liverpool in October 2010 there have been plenty of occasions when supporters have doubted the sincerity of those words.
The American owners have done plenty right - transforming Anfield with the impressive new Main Stand, appointing a world-class manager in Jurgen Klopp, renaming the Centenary Stand in honour of Kop icon Kenny Dalglish and committing to building a new state-of-the art first-team training facility in Kirkby.
However, on-field success has eluded the Reds. There have been a number of agonising near misses along the way, but just one League Cup triumph in 2012 has left FSG open to accusations they care more about balance sheets than glory.