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Liverpool suitors deny 2014 sale plan

The investment company behind the proposed takeover of Liverpool have claimed there is no way they would plot the sale of an asset they do not yet own.

Dubai International Capital felt the need to respond to a newspaper report yesterday which suggested they hope to sell the club in 2014.

But a DIC source last night assured Liverpool fans they would view the takeover as more than just a business deal and promised manager Rafael Benitez cash to rebuild the Reds squad.

They said: 'What DIC is doing is planning to make sure that, if a deal is done, Liverpool has the best possible funding in place going forward under DIC stewardship.

'This is particularly important as we would need to get on with the stadium early in 2007 and it takes time to sort out the necessary financing.

'This is also important in terms of making sure cash is available for the ongoing strengthening of the playing squad.

'Should DIC acquire the club, Liverpool will be well run, both on and off the pitch, and we are currently laying the groundwork to ensure that will be the case.'

But DIC officials have pointed out they are yet to successfully conclude their takeover of the club and that, as a result, talk of plans to sell it off for profit are premature.

The source added: 'DIC has not yet formally made an offer, never mind completed a deal. Certainly there are no plans to exit an acquisition we have not even bought yet.

'It (DIC) is a very serious investor with considerable resources at its disposal and the ability to take a long-term view.

'Equally, we believe that we understand the responsibilities that come with owning Liverpool Football Club.

'DIC has made it clear that, should a deal be concluded, it would not interfere in the day-to-day running of the club.'