Senior FSG sources have dispelled the myth surrounding Qatar-led investment into Liverpool, though a trusted source has revealed the new likeliest outcome that’ll be greeted warmly by Jurgen Klopp.
Fenway Sports Group signalled their desire to explore a full or partial sale of Liverpool back in November. The American owners bought the Reds for £300m back in 2010, though the value of the club has increased ten-fold to around £3billion in the 12 years since.
Speculation has swirled over an alleged imminent takeover by QSI (Qatar Sports Investments). QSI is led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi who has been the president and figurehead at French giant PSG since 2011.
However, the Athletic’s James Pearce has now quashed rumours any such full takeover is imminent. Instead, the trusted journalist outlined the new likeliest outcome.
Pearce claimed FSG’s search for new investment remains relatively unchanged and anyone hoping for breaking news on that front is set for disappointment.
FSG remain ‘open’ to outside investment, though ‘senior sources’ within the group have dismissed the claims an outright sale is close.
US banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are ‘continuing to sound out investment’, though FSG are deemed to be in ‘no rush’ to up sticks and sell.
Likeliest outcome in Liverpool takeover stated
Instead, Pearce reported the new likeliest outcome is FSG will part ways with a ‘minority stake’ in the club. In that scenario, John W. Henry, Tom Werner and co. would retain majority control at Anfield.
That route is described as their ‘preference’, though it’s also noted there’s no breakthrough on the horizon in that regard either.
FSG have come under fire from certain sections of the Reds fanbase due to Liverpool’s limited spending power in the market.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are in desperate need of regeneration, especially in the midfield. Other positions have been addressed, with three recent signings named on a five-man list of players Liverpool’s next iteration should be built around.
However, the German boss continues to stress the money simply isn’t there for further January arrivals when quizzed in press conferences.
That’s led to disquiet among the Anfield faithful with on-field performances noticeably dipping this season.
However, in the event FSG get their wish and do receive outside investment, the likeliest scenario is Liverpool’s purse strings in the market would be loosened.
With Klopp continuing to push for Jude Bellingham as the headline attraction in a midfield overhaul next summer, any outside investment will be warmly greeted on Merseyside.