Still waiting for takeover announcement

Liverpool fans continue to wait anxiously for an official announcement that American sports tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks are to pay £470m for the most successful club in English football history.

Gillett and Hicks are both owners of ice hockey teams in the US, and their offer was reported to have been set for official notification to the stock exchange at 7.30am this morning. At least that’s how local media – press and TV – reported the situation overnight.

That time came and went without any announcement, but at around 8.30am the two businessmen arrived at Anfield. An hour later and Rafa Benítez arrived too, as reported by Sky Sports News.

The £470m cost will be split equally between the two men, with £215m said to be for the costs of building the new stadium, which will not be shared with the smaller club in the city.

It seems highly unlikely that this morning will pass without an announcement of some kind, and if the announcement is that the club are finally set to be taken over then it will be the biggest announcement made by the club in many years.