John Henry Rubs Elbows, Shares Beer With Liverpool FC Fans


John Henry may be busy trying to purchase a world-renowned soccer club, but that can’t stop him from having a beer with some hopefully soon-to-be-friends.

Henry, principal owner of New England Sports Ventures (NESV) spent his Monday in London trying to get his group’s bid approved to take over Liverpool FC.

Just a couple of days before, though, Henry was getting to know some of the loyal supporters of what Henry hopes will be his group’s next acquisition.

Henry stopped by the Phoenix Landing in Cambridge on Sunday, The Boston Globe reports. The Phoenix Landing is a known local watering hole for LFC fans, so Henry figured he’d stop in and get to know some of the new fans.

Kevin Treanor, the bar’s owner, said the visit from Henry was a total surprised and very welcomed.

“It was surreal,” he told the Globe. “He sat right down and had a pint. … I’ve been a Liverpool fan for 40 years and these are some bad times. I saw what he did for the Red Sox. From a pure business standpoint, he’s what we need.”

Henry and NESV’s attempt to purchase the club was stalled on Wednesday, though, when Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks was able to have a temporary restraining order placed, bringing the deal to a standstill for now.

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