Liverpool’s under-fire owners Fenway Sports Group are said to have rejected a bid from the Middle East to buy the club, the news coming amid the ongoing fallout of their involvement in the proposed European Super League.
The Reds’ American owners originally bought the club for around £300m back in 2010 and have since overseen the club’s first Premier League title, as well as a Champions League triumph back in 2019.
While previously in good favour among the club’s supporters for playing a role in the team’s rise back to the summit of English football, FSG have made a number of embarrassing U-turns over the years, and the club’s leading role in the hugely controversial European Super League has fuelled frustrations,
Although the owner John W. Henry has since offered a public apology for his role in the proposals, that has done little to temper a furious Reds’ support, who are now calling for the owner’s head.
Amid growing pressure for the club to sell, the Mirror report that Henry and FSG rejected a £3bn takeover bid from the Middle East, albeit one that came prior to the collapse of the Super League proposals.
As per the report, there is a belief that despite rejecting such an offer, the current turmoil could sway Henry and chairman Tom Werner to consider possibly selling the club in the near future.
FSG had already sold a 10% stake in the club to RedBird Capital for £543m earlier this month, with some viewing that a possible sign of their declining interest in the club, although the rejection of this reported takeover bid may suggest otherwise.
In truth, it’s a sorry state of affairs for what had previously been a positive relationship between the supporters and their owner’s, with Henry and co having overseen improvements made to Anfield’s new Main Stand, as well as helping build the new training facility at Kirkby.