The owners of Liverpool FC are considering a possible sale of the flagship English football club, according to The Athletic and The New York Times.
Athletic announced that the club is for sale and the ownership group, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), is inviting offers for the six-time European champions.
The New York Times and The Athletic, citing unnamed sources, report that Boston, Massachusetts-based FSG has hired Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to handle any potential transaction.
When asked about a possible sale of the club on Tuesday, FSG released a statement saying that “we would consider new shareholders if Liverpool were good as a club” but did not directly answer whether the club was for sale.
“There have been rumors of changes in ownership and changes of ownership at EPL clubs recently and inevitably we are regularly asked about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership of Liverpool,” the FSG statement added.
“FSG has received frequent expressions of interest from third parties who wish to become shareholders in Liverpool,” the statement added. “FSG have previously said that on the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders 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 came close to winning a historic treble last season.
After winning the League Cup and FA Cup, Liverpool won the Premier League title by a single point from Manchester City, and then beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final, 1-0.
This season, Liverpool have done very well in the Premier League title race and will face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Last month, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp told reporters: “Nobody can compete [Manchester City].
“You have the best team in the world and you put the best striker [Erling Halaand] in the market Whatever it costs, just do it. I know that the City Council will not like it, nobody will like it [but] You asked the question and you know the answer.
“What does Liverpool do? We can’t play like them. It is not possible. impossible It’s clear and again you know the answer. There are three clubs in world football that can do whatever they want financially. It’s legal and everything, fine. But they can do what they want.”
The three clubs were rumored to be City, Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle United, all of whom have Middle Eastern owners.
According to Forbes, Liverpool FC is the fourth most valuable football club in the world – worth 4.45 billion dollars – behind Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.