The Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry missed Sunday’s Premiership victory over Arsenal, as he stepped up his search for new investment for the Merseyside club.

Parry, along with the director Keith Clayton and representatives of the club’s advisers, Hawkpoint Partners Ltd, is in Dubai as he considers potential investors before Thursday’s annual general meeting at Anfield.

One of those who has expressed an interest, the Hollywood-based film producer Mike Jefferies, is also in the Middle East and insists he still hopes to play a role in the club’s future.

“I’m still trying to get together a consortium to turn the club around,” said Jefferies, who is attending the Soccerex football business forum in Dubai.

“I still think things need to change at Liverpool, where their market capitalisation is one-fifth of Manchester United’s.

“I want to see Liverpool competing at the highest possible level, on and off the pitch, at the level of the Manchester Uniteds, Real Madrids, Arsenals and Chelseas. There is a need to recapitalise Liverpool – it just needs to be restructured.”