Thursday, 24th October, 2013
Gerard Houllier, the former Liverpool manager who serves as the head of Red Bull's football division, has dismissed speculation that the drinks giant wants to buy his old club.
Red Bull, who already own New York Red Bulls in the MLS, Red Bull Ghana in Ghana, Red Bull Brasil in Brazil, Red Bull Salzburg in Austria and RB Leipzig in Germany, have been linked with bidding to take over an English club, with Liverpool reported to be their primary target.
But Houllier, who led Liverpool to an FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble, in addition to a Champions League place, in 2001, has done his best to kill the speculation.
Indeed, for the Frenchman there is simply nothing in the takeover chatter.
"The rumours are false", he was quoted as saying by Voetbal Primeur.
"This is not consistent with the philosophy of Red Bull.
"People would do well to follow what the example of what Red Bull Leipzig does in Germany. God willing we will play in the Champions League in a few years.
"It's a philosophy.
"The goal is to develop and train, Leipzig is the prototype. We started from scratch and then set the target of promotion, promotion, promotion and play in the Champions League."
RB Leipzig are currently sitting second in Germany's 3. Liga, in one of the division's automatic promotion places; the club have won promotion all the way up from Germany's fifth tier.