Friday 20 April 2018

Liverpool chairman with a swift response to claims the club rejected a £1.5b takeover offer

Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner poses with manager Jurgen Klopp and principle owner John W Henry and his wife Linda. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner poses with manager Jurgen Klopp and principle owner John W Henry and his wife Linda. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has rejected claims that the Anfield club were on the brink of being taken over by a Dubai-based consortium after lengthy negotiations broke down earlier this year.

A detailed report in Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National claimed the group led by financier financier Amanda Staveley had tabled a bid that would have given Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group a huge profit on their initial investment in the Anfield giants.

The story had suggested that Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners group offered FSG an initial £1.2n in cash for Liverpool potentially rising to £1.5b if the club met certain targets.

Yet Liverpool chairman Werner offered a dismissive response to the report, as he rejected the claims surrounding a group that have are reported to have made previous bids to buy the Merseyside giants.

“We have better things to do than batting down rumours about negotiations with Ms Staveley,” Werner told the Liverpool Echo. “However, there's no truth to them.”

The National report claimed Liverpool's American rejected the offer as they believe the club will be worth more than that vast sum in the coming years, yet Werner's unusual step to deny the rumour appears to have ended the debate over the club's ownership for now.

PCP Capital Partners group are currently believed to be in talks over a deal to buy Newcastle United and Staveley has been spotted at recent games featuring the Tyneside giants after the club's owner Mike Ashley confirmed he is actively trying to sell the club.

Yet any notion that Liverpool will be changing hands any time soon appears to have been banished, despite increasingly vocal concern among Reds fans over FSG's frugal transfer policy over the last few years.

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