Barclays to assess Liverpool options

The bank, which is the main sponsor of the Premier League, is to

assess the options for the club through its Barclays Capital arm.

It is thought the move would calm fears about Liverpool amid

ongoing disagreements between the team’s American owners, Tom Hicks

and George Gillett, over strategy and financing. Liverpool, which

has been the subject of refinancing speculation recently, will also

install Martin Broughton of British Airways as chairman as part of

the move. It is understood lender Royal Bank of Scotland will

continue to be involved with the club, despite reports that

Barclays would move to replace existing banks RBS and US firm

Wachovia. Barclays and a spokesman for Liverpool’s owners declined

to comment.