The Texan and his son, Tom Jr, a fellow director, returned to Melwood yesterday morning, when they held further conversations with Benitez, listening to his well-documented frustrations and discussing potential transfer targets and how any such moves would be financed.
"We had a great meeting," Hicks said before yesterday's second discussion. "We talked about a lot of things and it was very positive and encouraging. We have agreed to meet again and it is a very healthy situation. Rafa is happy and wants to talk about where he is taking the club."
Benitez has a list of potential summer targets, including Barry, whose arrival would cast serious doubts about the future of Xabi Alonso at Anfield. Other targets include a right back, at least one winger and several promising young players.