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One of the key elements that saw it gain some traction was the promise to kick back a greater revenue share through the English football pyramid, while the greater share of the media rights that the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea drive globally would be had by those at the top.

Before the failed launch of the European Super League, of which Liverpool and Henry played a significant role, the Fenway Sports Group supremo had been striving for change in alliance with Manchester United through Project Big Picture, another plan which failed to launch.

In 2018, Henry told the Associated Press: "Everyone in the league knows what the large clubs bring to the value of foreign rights, but the large clubs do not have the votes to change something that should have changed as media rights changed over the past 25 years.

That plan would have seen one of the issues that irked Henry, the wealth shared among Premier League sides that was underpinned by the success of three or four of the biggest sides, addressed through a redistribution of media revenues.

Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry has had a long-held interest in English football and its quirks.

In addition, grassroots football and lower league football is an important feeder of talent into the Premier League.

So taken was he with Stefan Szymanski and Simon Kuper's lauded book 'Soccernomics' that he sought out Szymanski to speak about the book and even provided a written recommendation that went on the back of Szymanski's follow-up book 'Money and Football'.
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