Why is John Henry talking to Manchester United and Arsenal?

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Liverpool owner John Henry has been on the phone to Manchester United and Arsenal, but why?

John Henry has been criticised this season for not having more of a physical presence at Anfield, as his commitments with other sporting teams and responsibilities have piled up around him.

He’s been on the phone talking to the club’s biggest enemy Manchester United, as well as London giants Arsenal, which could alarm a lot of Liverpool fans into thinking just what on earth he’s up to.

Well the good news is there is nothing sinister in his motives, as he’s simply talking to those clubs as they are the best examples of English football in terms of what it takes to be successful over a long period.

Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre has revealed that Henry has completely immersed himself into the world of English football and he just seems to be trying to get a better grasp of the game.

If anything his talks with United and Arsenal should be viewed as a positive thing because it shows he’s not about to leave Liverpool any time soon, which means they have a great chance to turn into a superb business and financial model.

It’s also a massive indication that Brendan Rodgers is in for the long haul, especially if Henry has been getting tips over how to approach the sort of managerial reigns that Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have enjoyed.

That in itself is a superb bit of news for the club, because Rodgers has got the side playing some of the best football in England this season and he has got to grips with several other areas of the club.

Liverpool have arguably the best youth system in the Premier League at the moment, which Rodgers seems to be able to deal with in the perfect manner. His balance between giving players a chance in the first team and dropping them back down into the Development Squad is superb.

So the main reason it seems Henry hasn’t been sat at Anfield throughout the season is because he’s trying to learn everything about the way English football is run from the top right down to the bottom.

He’s the owner of the club so while he’s not been present at every single game this season, he must have watched every Liverpool game this season as he continues to monitor the progress of his business.

The difference is he doesn’t seem like the sort of owner who is ever going to get involved with the football side of things in the same manner as a Roman Abramovich.

This is very important for Liverpool because it defines boundaries, allows the manager to build and continue his good work and allows Henry to develop a strong business model.

The only bit of bad news here is that he’s been ringing up United for tips.

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