FSG release statement amid reports that Liverpool are up for sale

The current owners of Liverpool, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), have released a statement to clarify their position on reports that the Premier League side are up for sale.

Multiple reports have stated that FSG will listen to offers for the Reds, whether that be as stakeholders or full owners.

Now, a statement which The Athletic released has confirmed FSG’s stance on Liverpool FC.

“There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumours of changes in ownership at EPL clubs. And, inevitably, we are asked regularly about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool.

“FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders – if it was in the best interests of Liverpool.

“Fenway Sports Group remains fully committed to the success of Liverpool, both on and off the pitch.”

So, as it stands, FSG are officially open to investors buying a percentage in their football club. However, this could also mean that Liverpool are up for sale entirely – or that we cannot rule that out as a possibility, thanks to the owner’s statement.

If FSG do decide to sell, though, it will bring an incredible, twelve-year partnership to an end.

FSG and Liverpool – over a decade of success

FSG, led by John W Henry and Tom Werner, bought Liverpool in 2010 when the club was in a precarious financial position. From there, they helped re-build the club’s finances and restored them back to Europe’s elite.

Under the US company’s ownership, Liverpool won every trophy there is to win in club football. They have claimed two League Cups, an FA Cup, and a Club World Cup. Additionally, they won the 2019 Champions League and claimed an elusive Premier League title in 2020. This was the Reds’ first league title in thirty years.

Of course, none of this would have been possible had FSG not hired Jurgen Klopp – arguably the best move of their current ownership reign.

Away from the pitch, though, FSG have also made plenty of adjustments. They invested heavily in redeveloping Anfield to improve Liverpool’s eternal home. For instance, the Main Stand restructuring in 2016 added over 8000 seats to the stadium.

Further redevelopment is also underway on the Anfield Road end, which will take Anfield up to over 60,000 in capacity.

All this has helped Liverpool return to the top end of football competition. However, in recent times, some fans have raised concerns over the lack of investment in improving the first-team squad.

After all, Liverpool do not have the same spending power as the likes of Man City and others. That is according to Jurgen Klopp at least.

As a result, FSG may have investors come in to inject some cash into their football club. Or, alternatively, a group may look to buy it outright.

Who wants to buy Liverpool?

As it stands, there are no solid offers to buy the Merseyside club (as of 7/11/2022). But CBS Sports correspondent Ben Jacobs (via Twitter) has said that: “There are both US and MENA-based consortiums actively considering a purchase [for Liverpool].”

Meanwhile, FSG rejected an offer of £3 billion for the club from a Middle Eastern group in April 2021. The same consortium may come back in with an offer if FSG are open to selling outright.

Finally, given that Forbes value Liverpool at £3.6 billion, any selling price for the Reds will likely be an eye-watering amount to give up, too.

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