Gary Neville claims Jurgen Klopp is 'protecting' Liverpool owners FSG

Gary Neville claims Jurgen Klopp is ‘protecting’ Liverpool owners FSG and insists it will ‘unfold as it has done at Man United with the Glazers’ when he leaves

  • Gary Neville has warned Liverpool fans to prepare for continued difficulties
  • Neville believes they could encounter similar problems as Manchester United
  • The former United full-back compared ownership issues between the two clubs

Gary Neville has warned that Liverpool supporters could be braced for similar struggles that Manchester United fans have had to suffer over the last decade.

United’s owning Glazer family, headed up by Avram and Joel Glazer, share a toxic relationship with their club’s most passionate supporters over concerns about debt, lack of investment in infrastructure, and rare success in recent years.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have celebrated Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, and Premier League titles during the same period, but problems this season have seen some Reds fans fume at the club’s Fenway Sports Group owners.

Liverpool were put up for sale in November, but the principal figure in their ownership model, John W Henry, revealed in February that the Anfield outfit wouldn’t be entertaining a takeover and are only interested in accepting a minority stake from investors.

Former Man United full-back Neville, has warned FSG could cause a rift with their own fanbase if Jurgen Klopp was to leave the club. 

Avram Glazer (middle) is the main figure in Manchester United’s owning Glazer family

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group have John W Henry (right) acting as their leading representative

Liverpool have enjoyed tremendous success in recent years but have struggled to compete this season

Speaking on The Overlap, Neville explained: ‘[Jurgen] Klopp is protecting the owners.

‘Sir Alex’s genius of actually being able to compile a squad together basically off low spend, relative to the other clubs like Chelsea and City at the time when they started spending, is he is shielding the owners and basically protecting them from what’s eventually going to come. 

‘I think the patterns at United where the Glazer family are that ultimately they have to leave because they failed in all three of the major sporting and non-sporting objectives.’

Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, interjected: ‘Which FSG haven’t failed in.’

Neville continued: ‘So my point is once Liverpool start to fail on the sporting objective, if Klopp doesn’t get the money or he leaves in the next year or two, you’ll start to see it unfold there in the same ways as it had done at United with the Glazers.

‘Liverpool’s fanbase is equally as passionate, love their club, want to see Liverpool at the very top, they won’t accept them being sixth and seventh now after what they have seen the last few years. 

‘They had that for 30 years, they accepted it patiently then,’ he added.

Jurgen Klopp faces a limited summer of spending in the upcoming off-season transfer market

Gary Neville has warned Liverpool supporters could face a similar ownership crisis that United are going through

Contrasting circumstances at the two north-west clubs mean Man United are up for sale, whereas Liverpool aren’t.

The Glazer’s are currently reviewing bids from potential buyers including a world record proposal from Qatar, along with Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Disgruntled United supporters held protests before Sunday’s Premier League win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford, marching to the ground and continuing their anti-Glazer chants throughout the game.

The club’s owners have failed to modernise Britain’s biggest club football stadium or their Carrington training complex, while in the same time Liverpool’s controlling party have built a new training facility and erected two upgraded stands at Anfield.

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