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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) offer to sell a minority stake in the club

Liverpool Football Club owner John W Henry and his consortium Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have put up a minority stake in the club for sale. The Athletic [subscription required] reports that FSG, after successfully taking over the club from Hicks and Gillett back in 2010, are looking for minority stakeholders in the club.

FSG, in their time at the club, have overseen four managers, starting with Roy Hodgson, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. Under American ownership, Liverpool reached soaring heights and once again became the European heavyweights as they were back in the ’70s and ’80s.

Henry, who also owns the American Baseball team Boston Red Sox via the same consortium, visited Anfield earlier this season to witness Jurgen Klopp’s men demolish a struggling Bournemouth side 9-0.

John Henry helped FSG take over Liverpool from George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
John Henry helped FSG take over Liverpool from George Gillett and Tom Hicks.

As per the same report, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will assess the value of the club and will assist FSG in inviting offers for the said stake. In the 2011–12 season, Liverpool won a record 8th League Cup and also were finalists in the FA Cup final which attributes to the initial success of the new owners of the club.

Under Brendan Rodgers who came to the club in 2012, Liverpool almost won the 2013/14 Premier League title but could only finish a close second to eventual champions Manchester City. He was eventually shown out of the club following a poor league finish and then, Jurgen Klopp took his place in 2015.

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Under the German with the backing of FSG, Liverpool have won every trophy possible in the English top flight. The Reds also won the 2019 UEFA Champions League, the 2019/20 Premier League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and more recently, the FA Community Shield as well.

Jurgen Klopp with John W Henry.
Jurgen Klopp with John W Henry. (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)

In terms of infrastructure, Anfield saw a complete revamp under FSG, and the Reds also moved from their old training centre in Melwood to a state-of-the-art facility in Kirby. In terms of transfer business, the Reds have been one of the best in the market as well.

However, in the last few seasons or so, the owners have come under extreme pressure from the fans due to their lack of investment over the summers for a squad revamp because of which the Reds have been cornered to stick to the players at their disposal.

At the same time, Liverpool’s rivals are going from strength to strength making big moves in the transfer market, and that is one thing FSG do not have in their favour.

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However, coming back to on-the-field discussions, the UEFA Champions League draw earlier today seeded Liverpool with Real Madrid in the Round of 16. The Reds have a huge task ahead of them to beat Los Blancos.