Liverpool Owner John W. Henry Says Reds Ahead of Schedule

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Liverpool owner John W Henry looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2010 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The celebration wagon may not have set off on its journey just yet, but Liverpool owner John W. Henry is confident of Liverpool's Premier League title hopes, saying his club are "ahead of schedule."

Ten points from their four remaining fixtures will guarantee the Reds their maiden Premier League triumph, and Henry has faith his side can get the job done, telling BBC Sport about the dynasty his Boston Red Sox have built that he feels Liverpool are now establishing, too:

We had our sights set on a top-four finish because we're building. It's a challenge with the way the league is structured, so if we were fortunate enough to win this year, I would say we're ahead of schedule.

We've been a part of something really incredibly special here [Boston] - we're beginning to feel we're apart of something really special there [Liverpool]. The history (at Boston) is irreplaceable. It's the same at Anfield. You've had European nights there and historic days that could never be replicated. People come from all over the world.

When (Liverpool chairman) Tom Werner and I were in Warsaw at a European Club Association meeting we were told by a number of executives from other clubs that the best experience they've ever had was at Anfield. So, we're committed to doing whatever it takes to get Anfield to where it needs to be over the next 20, 30, 40, 50 years and its challenging but it's also rewarding and we'll get it done.

As Henry hints, Liverpool's rise to the summit of the English top flight this season will have been something of a surprise even for those within the club, considering their last top-four finish came five years ago.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Liverpool co-owner John Henry looks on with wife Linda Pizzuti prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on January 18, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Ge
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However, with Brendan Rodgers once again developing a squad capable of competing for major silverware, the club can dare to dream.

A lot of the elements of that rebuilding process have, of course, come through the investment of Henry and his Fenway Sports Group, as David Conn of The Guardian points out:

Henry's comments come on the same day that Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were announced by Sky Sports as three of the six Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year nominees.

Although the Reds' fortunes this year have come as a result of far more than just the contributions of a few individuals, the nominations serve as some concrete recognition that Liverpool are once again housing some of the division's strongest talents.

It's a sensation the club may have grown unfamiliar with after going through a period which, by their standards, can be described as nothing short of mediocre.

ESPN's Miguel Delaney shows that the club have developed a knack for beating their fellow top-four hopefuls, too:

Henry will be as eager as any to ensure that Liverpool now stave off complacency for the remainder of their campaign, bringing the club their first top-flight honours for 24 years.

The Merseysiders' recent 3-2 win over Manchester City displayed a brand of passion and heart that not every player can muster and not every manager can blend, but Liverpool have concocted a potent brew for right now, at the very least.