Henry: We won’t weaken Reds squad

John W Henry has told fans he will not allow the Liverpool squad to be weakened in January – despite "destructive and unwarranted" speculation.

Reports have been rife over the future of goalkeeper Jose Reina – and other star players – because of the recent instability at Anfield and the poor start made by the team to the Premier League season.

Reds manager Roy Hodgson yesterday warned Manchester United that Reina was not for sale, and Henry concurs that the club are aiming to build on – rather than dismantle – the current squad.

The American told the club’s website: "We have recently read stories about our intentions for the forthcoming January transfer window and have a sense of humour about this type of inevitable speculation.

"As everyone knows we are new to English football, but not to sport, and we are studying all options. Opportunities and value will drive spending in January and in the future.

"Our clear focus from day one of our ownership has been – and will be – to improve the club and focus on what it will take to put Liverpool FC consistently in a position to challenge for trophies.

"We intend to build this club the right way.

"Stories about our top players leaving are destructive and unwarranted but we realise that this kind of speculation is also common.

"We intend to build on the strength of the current squad, not undermine it. And I can reassure our supporters that we have no intention of allowing the team to be weakened going forward."