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Saturday 18 November 2017

Dalglish on Red alert

But new order delays Anfield sale

KING Kenny or Martin O'Neill? While Tom Hicks and George Gillett hang onto Liverpool FC by their fingertips, betting on the next Anfield boss cranked into top gear and Kenny Dalglish is leading the field.

After winning a High Court decision which appeared to clear the way for a sale to the NESV group, another court in Texas rasied the stakes yesterday by granting a restraining order on foot of a $1.6b claim for damages by Hicks and Gillett.

It has also emerged that there may be as many as five different bids on the table for Liverpool FC, with values ranging from NESV's £300m to two unnamed groups mentioned in the latest legal action, who it has been claimed are willing to spend between £350m and £400m. Businessman Peter Lim is the most credible alternative to the NESV bid and he believes he is still very firmly in the game.

"The situation is in flux, Peter is monitoring the latest developments. He remains interested in buying Liverpool," said a spokesman for the Singapore-based tycoon.

In the midst of it all, Merseyside faces into a derby weekend with both clubs rooted in the relegation zone and both managers under ferocious pressure. Speculation suggests that Roy Hodgson will be given until Christmas to prove himself worthy but few around Anfield believe he will survive any longer than that.

Waiting in the wings and controlling the Anfield Academy operation, Dalglish is seen as the safe bet, someone with Liverpool in his blood.

O'Neill's name has never been far from headlines surrounding Anfield in recent years. His surprise exit from Villa Park leaves him unemployed and available without any expensive compensation issues.

While lawyers fight over the corporate structure of the club, Jamie Carragher was addressing the football side of things.

"We have changed the manager, we have changed the board and if things don't change now then the players will go too," he said.

"I hope we can look forward now. I don't think the protests have affected things too much, because the protests and marches were usually before or after games." However, Hicks and Gillett may have other ideas.

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