Reds owner reflects on “emotional” year of success at club

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Liverpool owner John Henry recently shared his thoughts on the club’s success over the last year and how emotional it has been for all involved.

Henry and FSG will be celebrating 10 years of owning LFC come October. In that time, they’ve witnessed quite a lot at Anfield.

They arrived in the dark days of Roy Hodgson, appointed Brendan Rodgers after King Kenny’s departure in 2012 and then hired the best coach in world football, Jürgen Klopp, in October 2015, when Rodgers’ time was up.

Speaking to this week, Henry commented on the emotional end to a very long wait for Liverpool fans.

“It was a long time coming. Watching Jürgen get emotional made all of us emotional. It has been an emotional 10 years.

“Liverpool Football Club is a family and it’s really something extraordinary to be part of.

“I just want to say [to the supporters] that you’ve waited a long time for this and I know we all have to celebrate responsibly, but this really feels sort of like the gift that keeps on giving.

“Every day I get up, it’s front and centre that we won [in] England finally. So, that’s my wish for you, that every morning you get up for the next, as long as you can accomplish it, think about what we accomplished this year in Europe, England and I hope you feel as proud as I do.”

Henry said the club’s recent achievements were some of the most important in his career.

“The fact that we are champions of England, champions of Europe, the Club World Cup, the Super Cup is just an extraordinary accomplishment by this organisation and by these players.

“To be involved with that, to have been a part of it has really been the capstone of my career and I think all of us who have been a part of Fenway Sports Group.”

The Liverpool owner went on to sing the praises of Klopp and many others behind the scenes.

“I could go on and on about Jürgen and how his heart is larger than his frame, how his enthusiasm affects all of us positively every day.

“But I think what is important is he is determined every day to do the right thing, whether it’s with regard to what happens on the pitch, whether it’s regard to nutrition for the club. He is just determined every day to do the right thing and that rubs off.

“He works every day with Mike Gordon and Michael Edwards, two people that I’ve met that have the strongest moral code you could imagine.

“It’s quite amazing to be involved with people on a day-to-day basis who are really talented and really committed to what they do. The fact that it’s the kind of people – Jürgen and Mike and Michael and Tom [Werner] and Peter [Moore]. It’s an extraordinary group.

“To the staff, to the players, to all of you who expended so much effort over these last two years, I just want to say thank you from all of us at Fenway Sports Group.

“I know you get this from the fans, I don’t know if you get it from us enough but we really appreciate everything you did this year, this last two years. Thank you.”

Liverpool return to action on August 29th in the traditional season curtain-raiser, the Community Shield, at Wembley. The Reds will face FA Cup winners Arsenal before the Premier League season kicks off on the weekend of September 12th.

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