Burn effigies of these two goons

KOP THAT ... Martin Broughton is all smiles as Liverpool FC party leave court

LIVERPOOL’S board was last night battling to sell the club to New England Sports Ventures after a shock lawsuit from owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

The High Court gave the go-ahead to NESV’s £300million deal yesterday morning after ruling the American duo had no right to block the takeover.

Jubilant Kop fans hoped the sale to John W Henry’s company would be rubber-stamped at a board meeting in London last night.

But furious Hicks and Gillett refused to go quietly and issued a £1BILLION claim against Liverpool creditors Royal Bank of Scotland, chairman Martin Broughton, chief executive Christian Purslow, board member Ian Ayre, financial director Philip Nash and NESV – accusing them of an ‘epic swindle’.

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