Liverpool have issued a withering response to reports that the club could soon be sold, insisting that Fenway Sports Group are committed to their project at Anfield.
A story in the New York Post had earlier brought up the possibility of John W Henry relinquishing control of the club, reporting that he had quietly signalled he was ready to sell for a figure north of $2billion.
A League Cup triumph in 2012 is the only trophy Liverpool have won since FSGs takeover, but the club as a whole has made impressive progress in recent years, with Jurgen Klopp proving a popular appointment as manager following his arrival in 2015.
But Liverpool have now moved to quell the speculation, with a club spokesperson noting: As loathe as we are to give a story of this nature a meaningful response, on behalf of the clubs ownership I can completely dismiss this unfounded speculation.
In August this year, the Daily Mail reported that a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour had failed in a stunning £2billion bid to buy Liverpool, which would have constituted the most expensive takeover in the history of football.
Sportsmail understands FSG are committed to the project they started eight years ago and, in addition, the spokesperson said: To repeat once again, the club is not for sale, including any “quiet process” or anything of that nature.
Despite their triumph, the Red Sox lost money in 2018, according to the Post, although there is nothing to suggest a direct connection between selling Liverpool and funding the baseball team’s losses.
A source quoted in the New York Post is alleged to have earlier said: Its for sale if he can get the right place.
The 2015/16 season saw Liverpool lose the League Cup and Europa League finals to Manchester City and Sevilla respectively and they reached the Champions League final in 2018.
Liverpool have always publicly insisted that the club is not for sale, while Sportsmail understands Anfield chiefs believe $2bn would be undervaluing the club in the current market.
According to the New York Post, the American has “quietly signalled” hes willing to hand over control if he receives an offer upwards of $2billion (£1.5bn).
The club would welcome additional investment but it makes little sense for the Fenway Sports Group to relinquish total control at this time.
It has been a busy month for Henry away from Liverpool… he was pictured popping champagne at the end of October as the Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to win a historic World Series.
The 69-year-old has regularly been seen at Anfield in the eight years since he purchased the club for £366m, watching them come close to Champions League success last season.
This latest update on Liverpool comes just months after Sportsmail revealed that a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour failed in a stunning £2bn proposal to buy the club.
Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan, an Emirati member of the family who govern Abu Dhabi, approached representatives of Liverpools owners over the course of several months in late 2017 and into early 2018.
He then made a £2bn offer that would have constituted the most expensive takeover in the history of football.
Sheik Khaled, although he does not possess the immense wealth of Citys billionaire owner Sheik Mansour, is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Gulf states.
Midhat Kidwai, the managing director of Sheik Khaleds conglomerate of companies, also met Liverpool chairman Tom Werner in New York.
Sportsmail accessed documents outlining the buyout that would have been a joint venture between Sheik Khaled and a minority stake Chinese partner.
Liverpool insisted at the time that discussions eventually failed and added that although Werner met Kidwai in New York, the deal never reached the stage where major shareholders John W Henry or Michael Gordon met the Abu Dhabi investors.
Liverpool owner John W. Henry has reportedly ‘quietly signalled’ his intention to sell the club.
Henry, whose Fenway Sports Group completed their £300m takeover of Liverpool in October 2010, has overseen huge improvements at Anfield over the past eight years.
The club won the 2012 League Cup, finished second in the Premier League in 2013/14, and were beaten finalists in the 2016 League Cup and Europa League, as well as last season’s Champions League final.
That has seen their value skyrocket, and the New York Post say Henry is eager to capitalise by ‘running a “passive sales process”‘.
The American is said to be ‘privately entertaining offers’, but is unwilling to run ‘an official auction’ for ownership of the club.
He is hoping to generate ‘a price well north of $2 billion’, which equates to around £1.537bn.
“It’s for sale if he can get the right price,” said one source, but neither Henry nor FSG were willing to comment.