JOHN HENRY insists owning Liverpool is not having a detrimental effect on his ownership of MLS baseball side Boston Red Sox.
But he admits there are concerns in the United States over Fenway Sports Group’s involvement at Anfield.
Henry, who has not been in England since the FA Cup final last May, has faced criticism from both sides of the Atlantic over the manner in which FSG have juggled their two main sporting investments.
“I think it’s affected perceptions,” said Liverpool’s principal owner. “I mean, everything affects you. But the things that have been said, repeated over and over again, are fairly ludicrous.
“The last time I was in Liverpool I think was in May of last year. I don’t know where this fraction comes from.
“You can say every major league owner is distracted if you want to try and make a case for it because they all have other businesses, other endeavours. I think they all do. The major thing is the perception.
“Imagine if I had nothing else to do other than run the Red Sox? What do you think would be different?”
Henry revealed some of the Red Sox’s partners have voiced their worries with the team having underperformed of late.
“I would say some of them are not okay because they read the same stuff that you write and probably some of them think we are distracted,” he added.
“But we aren’t. Last year’s losses on the field weren’t the result of Liverpool.
“I would say all three of us are intimately involved every day with everything that goes on at Fenway Sports Group. But every day is different. You have different issues that come up just about every day.”