Jurgen Klinsmann held secret talks with Liverpool's former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett in 2008 while Rafa Benitez was still in charge of the
Tom Hicks on Jurgen Klinsmann meeting that left him 'feeling like Donald Trump'

Tom Hicks on Jurgen Klinsmann meeting that left him 'feeling like Donald Trump'

Tom Hicks on Jurgen Klinsmann meeting that left him 'feeling like Donald Trump'

Tom Hicks on Jurgen Klinsmann meeting that left him 'feeling like Donald Trump'

Tom Hicks on Jurgen Klinsmann meeting that left him 'feeling like Donald Trump'

Tom Hicks on Jurgen Klinsmann meeting that left him 'feeling like Donald Trump'
Tom Hicks on Jurgen Klinsmann meeting that left him 'feeling like Donald Trump'
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Tom Hicks has confessed he felt like Donald Trump after his infamous secret meeting with Jurgen Klinsmann.

Former Liverpool co-owner Hicks held talks with Germany legend Klinsmann in January 2008 as they searched for a potential Rafa Benitez successor - despite the Spaniard still remaining at Anfield.

Klinsmann quickly turned down the advance and became Bayern Munich manager, with Benitez remaining in charge until 2010 when Roy Hodgson took the Reds hotseat.

At the time Hicks insisted Klinsmann was merely insurance, saying: "We attempted to negotiate an option as an insurance policy to have him [Klinsmann] become manager if Rafael left for Real Madrid or other clubs that were rumoured in the press.

"Or in case our communication spiralled out of control for some reason."

Tom Hicks has revealed all about his meeting with Jurgen Klinsmann

Now, over a decade on, Hicks has revealed the complete truth behind the chats and how leaks from all over the place left his relationship with fans in tatters.

"I feel like Trump in Washington with all the leaks," Hicks told Sky Sports.

Rafa Benitez was under pressure at Liverpool

"We were worried that we were going to lose Rafa, we had intelligence that he was going to move to Real Madrid and we had a chance to talk to Jurgen as a potential candidate so we had a meeting with the guy.

"Next thing I know it's leaked out to the press and the fans leapt to the defence of poor Rafa - also they hated the Americans and all of a sudden the adulation I felt in Athens was totally replaced by the angry feelings everybody had a few months later.

"I think the way our whole relationship with Rafa ended could've been avoided or done very differently, I got along with Rafa just fine, I think it was really between Christian Purslow and Rafa in the end, they ended up getting crossed wires."

Hicks spent three and a half years at Liverpool with George Gillett but despite reaching the Champions League final and posting a second place finish in the Premier League, the Americans ended their tenure in legal chaos.

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Tom Hicks on Jurgen Klinsmann meeting that left him 'feeling like Donald Trump'

BREAKING Cadet death crash driver, 23, pleads guilty to killing rapper

BREAKING Cadet death crash driver, 23, pleads guilty to killing rapper

A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of rapper Cadet by dangerous driving.

Jordon Birch, appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to face a charge of causing the death of 28-year-old rapper in the early hours of February 9.

Birch, of Grove Crescent, Woore, is also charged with causing serious injury to Kashif Usman by dangerous driving.

Wearing black trousers and a black jumper, and carrying a black bag, Birch faced the family of Cadet, real name is Blaine Cameron Johnson, in court.

Cadet was a back seat passenger in a Toyota Prius taxi on his way to perform at Keele University's student union when his cab was involved in a crash with a Vauxhall Combo van driven by Jordon Birch.

The south London-based rapper was pronounced dead at the scene on the A531 Main Road, Wrinehill, near Betley.

Cadet died in a car crash in February aged just 28

The defendant, Mr Usman and three other passengers in the taxi were rushed to hospital.

Cadet's family confirmed news of his death in a statement: "We the family of Blaine Cameron Johnson known as Cadet (Underrated Legend) would like to share the sad news that during the early hours of 9th February 2019 he passed away as a passenger in a taxi, en route to a performance.

"Right now we the family appreciate your patience and will share with you any information as and when we can. Thanks for your support in advance.

"Love The Johnson Family #cadetcadet #imbuff #underratedlegend #ripcadet."

Cadet was known best for his most recent single “Advice”, a collaboration with Deno Driz. It peaked at number 27 in the UK chart with 31 million views on YouTube to date after its release in October 2018.

He grew up alongside fellow rappers Konan, Krept, and Redz as part of the notorious Gipset gang.

As teens, the crew, based in Gipsy Hill, near Clapham in south London, gained considerable following towards the end of the noughties with videos of freestyles about gang life and London living.

The crew broke up in 2013 when its members decided to focus on their solo careers.

Cadet's cousin Casyo “Krept” Johnson, fellow member of Gipset, would go on to become one half of Mobo-winning Grime duo Krept & Konan.

Tributes to the UK star, who hailed from Clapham, South London, flooded social media following his death.

His cousin Krept led the tributes online saying: “My life will never be the same again. I love you and will forever miss you. I can’t believe it. I am heartbroken.”

Other tributes poured in, including from fellow rapper and Brit Award winner Stormzy wrote on Instagram : “Everyone loves you look at what everyone has to say about your heart and character.”

Krept helped organise a memorial in Hyde Park in February, inviting fans to join the family in remembering the talented grime star.

Cadet's mum made an emotional speech, saying: “I need you men to express yourselves, express your feelings. If it’s not to your mothers, to somebody, don’t hold it up, don’t keep pent up anger inside you, it’s not good.

"Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of you. Don’t waste it being in anger.”

Cadet was due to perform at Wireless festival in London this summer. Wireless his performance slot on the bill “as a time to reflect on the memory of Blaine”.

Since his death the rapper's friends family have set up the Cadet Trust in his name, to help youth projects within Lambeth and South London who require funding and support.

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