Along with announcing the club's Board of Directors had agreed to sell the club, Liverpool wants you to know that everybody supports the sale to New England Sports Ventures. At least, that's the only reason I can think of why Jamie Carragher's comments on today's announcement are featured prominently on the club's web site.
Just in case Reds supporters were unclear how horrific Tom Hicks and George Gillett were, why not let one of the faces of the club bring clarity:
And Carragher told Liverpoolfc.tv: "Everyone knows it'll be a good thing for the club.
"Hopefully it will be sorted sooner rather than later and we can start looking forward on the pitch and start improving results, which is what we need to do."
The last sentence is a bit strange and gets to the paradox of Liverpool's poor start, though it would be unfair to read Carragher's comments too literally. If we did, the response could see him casting the ownership turmoil as something standing between the players' and their ability to move forward. The surely can't be the case. After all, when was the last time Hicks and Gillett strapped on a pair of boots?
Still, that excuse has been prominently used by some, so if there is one benefit to the ownership chaos being alleviated, it's the fact that we'll never have to hear the rhetorical contortions being made by those who want to argue a team with Liverpool's talent and depth lacks the resources to succeed. When you see the likes of Milan Jovanovic, Maxi Rodriguez and Daniel Agger fighting for time, it's difficult to argue Liverpool lacks the players to win.
Regardless, it's interesting to see the extent to which Liverpool's pushing this story. Obviously, it behooves the club to try an embolden supporters who have, for so long, been hoping for good news regarding this ownership situation. It's about time they were given something to smile about. At the same time, there is something unseemly about the club's chairman turning politician, with one of its iconic players being put front-and-center of this new-found marketing campaign.
One day after a series of smarmy political maneuvers are required to settle the ownership of one of England's two most storied clubs, two of the club's most prominent figures are playing pitchmen. Perhaps Carragher is doing so far less than chairman Martin Broughton, but he got pulled into putting his name to quotes before the dust's even settled. If the dust doesn't settle the way Broughton plans, this will all seem a bit silly and a waste of time.
Even now, there is a combination of "you doth protest too much" and "you should be above this."