Pompey fans' focus is more on Lloyd than Liverpool
By Site reporter
Sunday 14 Mar 2010 21:54:00
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There’s one thing you can guarantee when Pompey visit Anfield on Monday night – the cameras will spend longer trained on the directors’ box than on the pitch.

Once again, the most intrigue to be found at a Pompey game will concern not whether the Blues can win their third away game of a wretched Premier League season, but what a prospective new owner of the club is making of what he sees.


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Rob Lloyd is likely to be at the game, rooting apparently not for the team he supports, Liverpool, but for the team he wants to buy, Pompey. Lloyd has met Pompey fans to outline his proposed takeover and initial reaction seems positive.

Lloyd says there is a ‘serious’ investor behind his consortium, but admits he can understand many Pompey fans will be skeptical until they see the colour of his money, having been down this road all too frequently in the past nine months.

Lloyd told Sky: ‘Certainly knowing the investor involved, he would tick all the boxes. He's very substantial. And I think he would be good for the club.

‘We've got to conclude the deal first of all. I'm not making false promises.

‘We're at early stages, there's a lot to do, there's a lot to do in 14 days. There are going to be a lot of sleepless nights. But let's get to first base initially.

‘This is not a short-term fix; you can see this club is absolutely on its knees. The fans and other people associated with the club have been hugely let down.

‘This isn't going to be fixed overnight. There's no question, no doubt in my mind this is going to take years. And it's baby steps, it's building the blocks, it's building the foundations and making this club into a successful clubs.’

Lloyd’s decision to go public with his plans took administrator Andrew Andronikou by surprise. He said: ‘I find it really strange he has taken this route. I want to hear from him as I have not actually spoken to him at all. I am waiting for his phone call.’

Meanwhile, Pompey go to Liverpool looking for their first Anfield win for more than half a century. A victory would leave them two points behind their closest rivals at the bottom, though with the Premier League still due to take nine points off them for going into administration, relegation appears inevitable.

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