Liverpool owners FSG ‘reject £3bn takeover’ bid

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Liverpool owners FSG ‘reject £3bn takeover’ bid

Under-fire Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are understood to have rejected a takeover bid of almost £3bn for the Merseyside club.

Owner John W Henry has come under serious pressure from fans to sell the club over the past week, after news broke of his plans to become a founding member of the controversial breakaway Super League.

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Henry rejected an offer for the club | Michael Regan

His decision to participate without consulting the players, manager Jurgen Klopp or the supporters has enraged Liverpool’s fanbase – and they’ll be even more frustrated to hear reports that Henry has recently rejected a huge bid for the club.

The Mirror claim that Henry was presented with an offer close to £3bn prior to the announcement of the proposed Super League, and it is believed to have been from an interested Middle Eastern party.

But the American owner rejected their mega offer, despite the major losses he suffered over the past year. Liverpool, like every club, were severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and recorded a total of £120m in lost revenue.

The Super League was Henry’s way of recouping those losses, but the idea was met with fury from supporters and he quickly backed down – along with all other members of the Premier League ‘big six’. He also issued a public apology for his behaviour, specifically asking Klopp and the players for their forgiveness having failed to involve them in the decision.

Henry’s words have done little to calm matters on Merseyside, with many still demanding for him to sell up and leave the club. Other potential buyers are lying in wait, eager to see whether the owner will bow to the pressure and make way.

FSG have brought success on the pitch since purchasing the Reds in 2010, ending the club’s 30-year wait for a Premier League title in 2020. But decisions off the pitch, such as the Super League formation and the decision to furlough staff at the beginning of the pandemic have brought their values into question.

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