Saturday 20 April 2019

Liverpool owners insist club 'is not for sale' after details emerge of huge takeover bid from Sheikh

Liverpool principal owner John W Henry
Liverpool principal owner John W Henry
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have released a statement stating the club is not for sale after reports emerged that the cousin of Man City owner Sheikh Mansour attempted to buy the Reds for over €2bn.

John W Henry and his partners bought Liverpool in 2010 after the the disastrous reign of American duo Tom Hicks and George Gillett left the club in severe financial difficulties.

The club has rebuilt over the subsequent years and under Jurgen Klopp they now look poised for a title challenge. However, a report in the Daily Mail says that Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan attempted to buy the club towards the end of last year, although FSG maintain that they would only entertain taking on a minority investor rather than selling the club outright.

"FSG have been clear and consistent: the club is not for sale," the statement read.

"But what the ownership has said, again clearly and consistently, is that under the right terms and conditions we would consider taking on a minority investor, if such a partnership was to further our commercial interests in specific market places and in line with the continued development and growth of the club and the team."

FSG invested heavily in the team over the summer, with big-money moves made to bring in goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, with Liverpool starting the season with two wins from two games in the Premier League.

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