The new owners of Liverpool, New England Sports Ventures, have admitted that adapting to the world of football has been a "culture shock" and that there are aspects of the way the game works which are "like the wild west."
John W Henry, the principal owner, and Tom Werner, the new chairman, have been shocked by the lack of transparency in football compared to American sport, the influence of agents and the power of players to push through transfers. "It's been a culture shock, there's no doubt about it," Henry said. "It's sort of like the wild west." In American sport, the salaries of players are available to the public, agents are strictly regulated and players only break contracts in exceptional circumstances.