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.
While Arsenal have historically been able to generate more money from matchday revenue as they have a bigger stadium, Liverpool have taken steps to bridge that gap and are by far the more popular with sponsors and commercial partners because they have the history and heritage which appeals to an overseas fanbase.
Liverpool FC for sale? John W Henry has quietly put the club on the market claims report in New York Pos
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.
The most recent Premier League takeover deal that went through was at Arsenal where Stan Kroenke bought out Alisher Usmanov. That valued Arsenal at around £1.8bn.
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.
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In their masterplan, theyll believe in four to five years Liverpool will be worth closer to £3bn, he continued.
According to the American newspaper, FSGs principal owner is holding talks privately over selling up
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).
Henry, whose company Fenway Sports Group bought Liverpool for $477million (£366m) in 2010, is claimed to be running a passive sales process”.
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.
Following the Mail’s report, FSG insisted they had no plans to relinquish ownership of the Reds anytime soon.
A statement from FSG in August read: “FSG have been clear and consistent: the club is not for sale.
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 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.
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.
This season they have yet to taste defeat in 11 Premier League games and are sitting second in their Champions League group.