Boston Red Sox primary owner John Henry has said that the similarities between Boston and Liverpool was one of the motivations for him to buy Premier League side Liverpool in 2010.
In a speech to the Boston Chamber of Commerce Henry praised both cities for “toughness, intelligence, creativity”. He also recalled how the cities both have large Irish Catholic populations, have pioneered medical advancements and groundbreaking libraries.
When Henry purchased the Anfield club in 2010 from fellow Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett the club was in financial trouble and could have been forced in bankruptcy, but the situation has improved markedly since then – in part aided by the £50m sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea and increased income from television and sponsorship deals.
But this is not what attracted Henry to the team: ‘They play in the most historical cathedrals of sport. Anfield has 7,000 more seats than Fenway but actually you might say its a bit cosier than Fenway.
‘It’s no coincidence that The Beatles came out of that small town 50 years ago, and that the soccer club there is one of the most successful and biggest sports teams in history despite local economic climate.
‘There is a culture of toughness, intelligence, creativity that reminds me of New England. So I am sure I have answered your questions on ‘why Liverpool?”.