- Liverpool Football club is the latest top club to be put on sale in 2022 after Newcastle United and Chelsea
- The current owners Fenway Sports Group made the announcement on Monday November 7 2022
- SportsLeo takes a look at potential Liverpool buyers that might change the future of the club
Liverpool Football Club current owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), have put the team up for sale.
Since taking over ownership of the Merseyside club in 2010, the group has presided over the Reds’ most prosperous spell in recent memory, which began with the 2015 appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager. Liverpool won their first Premier League championship under FSG’s direction in 2020, and they won their sixth Champions League trophy in 2019.
However, FSG has made the decision to engage “interested parties” with a “full sales presentation” in order to bring an extremely profitable and prosperous era to an end.
Despite rumors of FSG selling out, the news nonetheless comes as a great shock. Over the past ten years, FSG has significantly contributed to Liverpool’s success both on and off the field. As a result, the club’s infrastructure has significantly improved.
It goes without saying that FSG’s departure will leave a significant gap at Anfield, and any prospective buyer will find it difficult to fill it. Who will buy the Reds, though? Here are a few potential outcomes as sampled by SportsLeo.
RedBird Capital Partners
In 2021, FSG transferred a 10% ownership part in Liverpool to the New York-based private equity group RedBird Capital Partners, increasing the club’s valuation to £5.32 billion.
RedBird may be interested in buying the club outright, despite the fact that this arrangement was first made to provide financial stability during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although many may doubt they have the financial wherewithal to purchase the Reds as well, they did bought AC Milan in the summer.
Unnamed Middle Eastern party
Just before Liverpool joined the European Super League in April 2021, a purported £3 billion proposal to purchase FSG was made by an undisclosed Middle Eastern group.
The offer was initially rejected by John W. Henry, but this unidentified party might come back with a higher offer.
Thomas S. Ricketts
Thomas S. Ricketts is the current chairman of the Chicago Cubs and a co-founder of Incapital LLC.
Ricketts is thought to be interested in commercial projects outside of the US, and earlier this year, he was eager to acquire Chelsea. He’ll undoubtedly be drawn in by the prospect of being the owner of Liverpool.
Sir Martin Broughton
Broughton might make a comeback. The British businessman, who for a brief while in 2010 held the position of Liverpool chairman, is widely credited with saving the team from oblivion by facilitating the sale to FSG.
Broughton, a devoted Chelsea supporter who was interested in purchasing the Blues earlier this year, is unlikely to settle back in Merseyside. But he does have the cash.
Dubai Royal Family
The Dubai Royal Family has always had an interest in purchasing Liverpool, and in 2022 they might make another bid.
At the end of 2006, Tom Hicks and George Gillett beat them to the prize, but a year later, the American duo came very close to selling the club to the Dubai Royals before the deal fell through.
15 years ago, the Al-Maktoum family offered to pay £500 million for the club, and while a much higher offer will be needed this time, the Royals aren’t exactly in financial trouble.