FSG has insisted that Liverpool FC is not up for sale, though they’re open to outside investments.
This is after details of a failed £2 billion takeover bid by an Abu Dhabi source has emerged. The bid is believed to be made by Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed al-Nehayan, the cousin of the Manchester City owner, Sheik Mansour, as reported by the Daily Mail.
With regards to the failed bid, the club has released a statement. “FSG have been clear and consistent: the club is not for sale. 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.”
Liverpool’s statement will surely be music to the ears of fans. This is because FSG has significantly invested in the club ever since they became the club’s owners. Among their investments would be the £115m redevelopment of Anfield’s Main Stand, a £50m commitment to build a new training ground, securing Jürgen Klopp on a six-year contract in 2016 and this summer alone spending £170m on transfers.
From the brink of financial collapse under Hicks’ and Gillett’s stewardship till being a lucrative club once more, we’ve come a long way. FSG rejecting such a huge offer underlines their unwavering commitment to the club, and that’s heartening for the fans. Hopefully, the financial stability that FSG has brought to the club translates to success on the pitch.