Jurgen Klopp is delighted with this week’s announcement by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group that the club is open to new investors.
FSG, who bought the club in October 2010 with a deal worth around £300 million, are believed to be considering a sale, although they prefer to attract new investors by selling a minority stake.
Sky News reports that Liverpool’s US owners have asked Goldmann Sachs and Morgan Stanley to gauge buyer interest and the banks are expected to investigate whether some of the shortlisted bidders who have not bought Chelsea are interested in investing in the Merseyside- club.
Klopp declined to be determined whether FSG will sell Liverpool, but reaffirmed his commitment to the club, regardless of changes in the ownership hierarchy.
“Everyone said he [Liverpool owner John W.Henry] wants to sell the club, I read that we are looking for investors. That makes sense, I like that,” said Klopp after Liverpool’s Carabao Cup victory over Derby County.
“It means nothing to me. Whatever happens – I really enjoy working with our owners – but if that changes, I’m committed to the club.”
“As far as I know, we’re looking for investors and I thought that made sense. For me, while this process is going on, it’s important that we just go ahead and plan.
“These things take time and I’m not an expert on this, but if it happens and someone comes in or whatever, a lot of things can happen in that time. Not just football time, also in between.”
“At the moment nothing has happened. It’s just news, nobody had a heart attack when we saw it. We knew it. It’s a decision, that’s fine. We work very well with FSG. It’s a good relationship, nothing will change [on that front].”
What FSG announced this week
Liverpool is mainly owned by John W Henry, alongside FSG chairman Tom Werner.
FSG admits it is open to accepting new shareholders but has not gone so far as to say the club as a whole is in the market, although it has not definitively ruled it out.
Premier League clubs are rarely officially for sale as that would affect their value – and a statement from FSG read: “There have been a number of recent ownership changes and rumors of ownership changes at EPL clubs and it is inevitable that we will be asked about ownership on a regular basis.” of Fenway Sports Group in Liverpool.
“FSG has regularly received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders of Liverpool. FSG has previously said that we would consider new shareholders under the right conditions if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club.”
“FSG remains fully committed to Liverpool’s success, both on and off the pitch.”
Liverpool fan group Spirit of Shankly has written to Liverpool seeking clarification on FSG’s current position.
A statement read: “We have seen reports today that FSG has put Liverpool FC up for sale.
Spirit of Shankly has written to LFC for clarification and will await a response before commenting. However, we expect both the Supporters Board and SOS to be involved in part of the process so that supporters are at the center of every sale and the first thoughts of future owners.”
Carra: There may be something in the sales reports
Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher in the latest episode of the overlap:
“I can imagine there’s something in it. How strong it is in terms of full sales or trying to bring money into the club, I’m not sure. I think FSG has done a great job at the club, and I don’t know’ I don’t think they ever announced they have the funds from Manchester United, Chelsea or Manchester City.
“It was the owners who brought the title back, the owners who brought Jurgen Klopp, the stadium has been transformed, the training ground has been transformed. They have almost been a model for clubs like Arsenal.”
“I just thought that with so many American owners coming into the league, I thought there was some kind of power play where they could see something in the future, given what we’ve seen in American sport, so I thought that the owners would be here momentarily.
“Maybe they woke up Monday morning and read how much Manchester City have made commercially and thought, you can’t stop it, can you?'”