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Stadium crucial to Liverpool deal

Vilified Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett could have been acclaimed as heroes if their takeover in 2007 had triggered construction of a new stadium, contends chairman Martin Broughton.

The prospective new owners, New England Sports Ventures, created incredible goodwill by renovating historic Fenway Park for the Red Sox, and the Liverpool sale is contingent on the infusion of 100 million pounds ($158 million) into a facility to replace antiquated Anfield.

"If they had not been leveraged, then they would have started the stadium, and we wouldn't be saying what terrible guys these are," Broughton said of Hicks and Gillett, who bought Liverpool in February, 2007.

The pending sale is up against a deadline; if a payment isn't made to the Bank of Scotland by Friday, the team may be forced into administration.

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