I’m not about to lay down a passionate defence of John Henry, Tom Werner and perhaps Mike Gordon here, but my understanding is that with an empire of that size, Henry et al. care about one thing and one thing only: the bottom line. Is the asset producing revenue, turnover and profit? And in increasing amounts? If yes, then they won’t give a flying f.uck about Kornmayer, Fabinho or Michael Edwards. If no, they’ll go out and hire Jurgen Klopp. They’ll provide the readies from time to time to buy, say, Bellingham (ahem!), but by and large they expect their sporting assets to be self-sustaining, self-funding (ask some RedSox fans). And when the numbers need to be shaved too closely too often, cue a sale of some sort or a new economic model. Sure you’ll have the PR exercises of turning up at Anfield and for CL Finals, etc. wearing a Liverpool scarf, but any notion that Henry et al. care passionately about the football of Liverpool Football Club is misplaced. They care about the asset and the asset only. If there was more money to be made losing in the CL semifinals with huge TV money and less money in winning it, with fewer TV appearances, they’ll take the semis everyday (but not say so in public). And as odious as that sounds, the truth is they’re significantly better owners than 90-95% of the others. You think the Saudis really spent years pining for the fjords of Tyneside? Financially we can survive a season, maybe 2, outside the CL. When it becomes 3 years, then we’ll see more than 1-2 marquee signings.