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Liverpool FC Is Up for Sale by Fenway Sports Group

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Forbes values Liverpool at $4.45 billion, about ten times what F.S.G. paid.

The Boston-based group has also invested within the team’s infrastructure, revamping its historic Anfield stadium with two recent stands and likewise built a recent practice facility.

But there was growing concern privately among the many ownership about whether the team can proceed competing at the highest of the league and in European competition against teams owned by Gulf states. Manchester City, which has been the dominant English team for much of the past decade, is owned by the brother of the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, and recently Newcastle was purchased by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. While Qatar has powered Paris St.-Germain’s rise to superiority in France.

City’s spending has been particularly hard to match, with Liverpool amongst a gaggle of Premier League clubs frustrated on the pace of an ongoing investigation into allegations City breached the league’s financial rules to fuel its success.

Should a sale undergo, Liverpool would yield an infinite profit for F.S.G., which has invested relatively little into the club in comparison with its biggest Premier League rivals in the last decade it has owned the team. Sound management, smart appointments and success in the usually fickle player trading market have as an alternative allowed the team to compete atop English and European soccer.

Since hiring Klopp, the team has managed to compete with City by improving its roster largely through money raised by selling other players, a process that has not been universally popular, with some fans believing the ownership’s prudence has stunted prospects for sustained success.

The success has also been marked by moments of missteps, including an effort to boost ticket prices that was reversed following a fan revolt. But the largest backlash got here in 2021 when Liverpool joined 11 other top clubs in attempting to breakaway and create a recent European Super League. Liverpool and American-owned Manchester United, Liverpool’s essential domestic rival with regards to global popularity, were on the forefront of those talks.

“I need to apologize to all of the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours,” Henry said on the time, making a rare public statement. “It goes without saying but must be said that the project recommend was never going to face without the support of the fans. Nobody ever thought otherwise in England.”

Those self same fans now face recent uncertainty.

Michael J. de la Merced contributed reporting.

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