Jimmy Rice 18 June 2007
George Gillett has revealed the club is about to enter “phase two” of its summer strengthening process – bringing players in.
The Liverpool co-owner says securing extended deals for current stars like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Pepe Reina and Xabi Alonso was phase one.

Gillett explained: “I sense that kind of pressure building from the media. I think the fans know that we have huge regard for Rafa. He has a number of initiatives and concepts and plans under way.

“We’re not going to do something just to try to prove something. I can assure you that we are working on different things.

“The first part was identifying a number of our existing star players whom Rafa wanted to sign on long-term contracts.

“That was the first step and it has been done. Now we’re moving on to phase two, which is bringing players in.

“For Tom and me, this really is about trying to win championships, and that takes commitment, no matter what sport.

“We are pleased with Rafa and his strategy. It’s not dissimilar to what he outlined to us in February. His belief is to look for players with the proper chemistry to enhance the team.

“We support Rafa. He has a programme under way and, as that unfolds, that will be the time for us to be judged, not now.”

Gillett’s son, Foster, will arrive later this summer to work with Anfield chief executive Rick Parry.

His father added: “This is a very fast-changing sport, where decisions often need to be made very quickly.

“There was substantial concern on Rick and Rafa’s part as to how, with the time differences, we could guarantee quick decisions and communication. This is a way of doing that.”

Credit : liverpool FC .TV

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