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FSG’s transfer intentions for Liverpool made crystal clear as takeover plan ‘revised’

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have revealed they are entertaining offers to sell part of their stake in the club, prompting plenty of speculation over the future.

 

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are still putting recruitment high on their agenda amid apparent changes to their takeover plan.

 

At the start of November, it was reported that FSG were open to selling the club after more than a decade at the helm. The news was followed by a revelation from Manchester United owners the Glazer family that they two were potentially preparing for a sale.

 

After a potential timeline began to emerge on United’s side, it has emerged that FSG are leaning towards a sale of a smaller stake rather than opening the Reds up to an outright takeover. Whether that is achieved or not, the owners’ transfer stance appears clear.

 

 

A “partial equity sale” is said to be the leading option, according to the Boston Globe. The same publication reports that player recruitment is at the top of the owners’ agenda, and such a situation may excite fans ahead of the January transfer window.

 

“Great companies grow by adding value to their business,” Fenway Sports partner and Boston Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said on November 17. “One way to increase that value from time to time is to sell assets or add investors. Does that mean FSG is going to sell Liverpool? I do not know.

 

“It’s John Henry’s, Tom Werner’s and Mike Gordon’s job to responsibly run Fenway Sports Group and they felt this was an ideal time to explore possible opportunities for investment into the club.”FSG and John W. Henry have owned Liverpool since 2010

FSG and John W. Henry have owned Liverpool since 2010

Liverpool spent big over the summer after losing the 2022 Champions League final, signing Darwin Nunez for what could become a club-record fee. However, the latest developments suggest the spending will not end there.

 

Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham continues to be linked with an Anfield switch after impressing for club and country. The 19-year-old has been tipped to leave Signal Iduna Park at the end of the current season, with Liverpool among a number of potential suitors.

 

The Reds have made changes behind the scenes over the last two years, with sporting director Michael Edwards stepping away and successor Julian Ward announcing plans to leave his post after just 12 months. Former Arsenal transfer chief Sven Mislintat is one of the names to emerge as a potential successor to Ward after ending a stint with Stuttgart.

 

 

Liverpool’s appeal in the next summer window could rest on their performances this time around, though, with a real chance they miss out on a spot in next season’s Champions League. Jurgen Klopp’s team will return from the World Cup break sitting seven points outside the top four, though they are into the last 16 in Europe after finishing second behind Napoli in their group.

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