Jurgen Klopp fully committed to Liverpool amid suggestion club may be sold
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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) could decide to explore a variety of available options in their bid to sell the Reds, with French giants Paris Saint-Germain reportedly said to be following a similar path to their Merseyside counterparts. It was revealed earlier this month that FSG were open to offers for Liverpool, who they have owned since taking over from George N. Gillett, Jr. and Tom Hicks back in 2010.
The group have confirmed that they are on the lookout for new shareholders but are adamant that they will only act in the best interests of the club, which could open the door to a handful of potential scenarios regarding how Liverpool’s change of ownership may unfold over the coming months. An outright sale is among the possibilities on the table but there remains a chance that FSG could stay involved in some capacity by securing external investment from minority stakeholders as opposed to relinquishing all of their shares in the club.
It has also emerged that PSG are on the lookout for minority investors, with L’Equipe reporting that Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) are open to collaborating with other shareholders but are not trying to push for a full sale. It is said that QSI are hoping to give up as much as 15 per cent of the Ligue 1 club and have been negotiating with an unnamed American investment fund as of late, with chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi having already received a multi-billion pound offer.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be able to follow suit, though, with no concrete progress having been made by FSG regarding any external investment as of yet. However, it has been suggested that the situation at Anfield may simply be a ploy to gain an insight into the club’s true value, with the Liverpool Echo claiming that the Reds owners are only ‘testing the waters’ to find out where they stand in the marketplace.
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Boston Globe journalist Michael Silverman has already suggested that Liverpool may not even be sold at all, with as many as four eventual outcomes said to be hanging in the balance as things stand.
“I believe there’s four scenarios,” Silverman told BBC Radio Merseyside. “One is someone just buys the club outright, another is someone buys a minority share now and over the years that becomes a majority share, or they simply get new partners who invest in the club, and Fenway Sports Group retains majority control. Or, they simply don’t sell at all.
“Maybe there’s a fifth scenario, and I’m not quite sure what that would be, but from everything I’ve heard and other members of the media have reported, everything is on the table. Yes, it’s very much in the early days, it doesn’t at all feel as if anything is imminent or about to happen.
“As far as what the outcome is, you can read between the lines that whenever someone from Fenway Sports Group decides to speak publicly, you have to wonder why are they doing this, and why are they doing this now? From everything that’s been out there, they’re early in the exploration stage and they want to explore every single option, see what’s out there, so that’s where we are at this moment.”
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