REVEALED: Liverpool FSG owners ‘rejected a £3BILLION bid from the Middle East to take over the club before John W Henry and Co signed Reds up to failed Super League’
- Liverpool’s owners FSG rejected a £3B bid to takeover the Premier League club
- The bid was made before the club announced their plans to join a Super League
- It is believed that the unsuccessful takeover bid was made from the Middle East
Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, have rejected a takeover bid for the club for around £3billion, according to the Mirror.
The report has said that the bid was made before it was announced about the Premier league champions plans to become a founding member of the controversial European Super League, which saw tremendous backlash and protest from fans.
It is believed that the bid was made from the Middle East.
Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, rejected a takeover bid for the club for around £3b
FSG are under pressure from fans to sell after announcing European Super League plans
There are other potential bidders – mostly located from the oil-rich Middle East – waiting to see whether John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner wish to sell the club following the backlash from their supporters.
The Reds faithful have made their voices heard with banners and protests outside Anfield wanting the club’s majority owners to leave and sell their share in the topflight side.
FSG took over the hot-seat back in 2010 when they bought the club for around £300million and have helped lead Liverpool to an incredibly successful period under manager Jurgen Klopp.
They have seen a 30-year wait for a Premier League title end last season and also another Champions League triumph.
Liverpool ended a 30-year wait for a Premier League trophy under FSG’s reign at the club
Earlier in the month, FSG sold a 10 per cent stake in the club to RedBird Capital for £543million, showing in some sense that their interest in Liverpool was waning.
However, their resolve was tested once again with a bid from the Middle East and they stood firm to hold onto their remaining stake in the club.
But Henry and Werner could now have a change of heart amid the fallout from the supporters and take home a tidy profit on their £300m investment.
FSG have put money back into the club during their reign – building a new Main Stand to boost Anfield’s capacity to 55,000 and also funded a new training facility at Kirkby.
Reds faithful have let their feelings be shown at the current owners after ESL plans
Henry was also instrumental in Liverpool’s switch in kit providers from New Balance to Nike, which went down well with their worldwide fanbase.
But any happy feelings they had towards the current ownership went down the drain as Henry quickly issued an apology after their ESL plans were revealed.
‘It goes without saying but should be said, the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans,’ he said.
‘No-one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.’
Club legend Jamie Carragher believes that the owners will struggle to continue their reign at Anfield following the failed ESL attempt.
Jamie Carragher believes that the owners will struggle to continue their reign at Anfield
‘I don’t see where they go from here, the owners. They apologised – that may make a difference but I even think long term it will be really difficult for them,’ Carragher told BBC Radio Merseyside.
‘Time is a great healer, we all know that, and they (FSG) have done good things at the club, I don’t forget that – the ownership which brought in Jurgen Klopp, you think of the new Main Stand, the training ground.
‘They have made mistakes along the way, but this being the biggest one. It’s just whether supporters can ever forgive them for it.
‘I think it will take a very long time for this to heal.’
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