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By ESPN Staff
Apr 8, 2008

Hicks misses Anfield clash for baseball game

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks will be back in Texas on Tuesday night as the Anfield men bid to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Hicks spent much of last week in London, it is believed trying to raise funds in his ongoing battle for control of Liverpool with fellow owner George Gillett.

The American was at the Emirates Stadium last Wednesday to see the quarter-final first leg against Arsenal, and was again in the directors' box there on Saturday to witness the league clash between the clubs.

But Hicks has since flown home to Dallas to watch the opening match of his Texas Rangers baseball team's new season.

He will again be represented at Anfield on Tuesday night for the quarter-final second leg by his son Tom Jnr.

The last time Tom Jnr attended a match at Anfield was for the Middlesbrough game on February 23, when he went for a drink afterwards at the Sandon pub near the ground to meet fans.

It was reported that he was spat at, had beer thrown at him and needed to be rescued by minders.

Security at Anfield is expected to be tight on Tuesday night and it is unlikely that Hicks' son will try anything similar this time.

Hicks senior said in the Dallas Morning News of his decision to watch his baseball team: 'Opening day in baseball is like a national holiday.

'I would never miss our home opener, but I will have the Liverpool game on my TV. I saw two great games over there last week.'

The saga of the club's future ownership may well now not be decided until the end of the season.

Hicks held discussions with banks and financiers in London last week, and has now returned to the US seeking financial backing from banks there.

Dubai Investment Capital, the company who are trying to buy the club, have claimed to have already agreed a deal with Gillett, who has made it clear he will not sell his half of the club to Hicks.

And legal advice has been taken over the possible veto Hicks has to stop Gillett selling to a third party. That could soon be tested in court.

If Hicks fails to raise capital for his US sporting empire - the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars - as well as the money he needs to fund Liverpool's new stadium, the takeover battle could come to a head by the end of May.

DIC still want to buy, and are prepared to wait for developments.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has pleaded for movement on both sides to break the deadlock.