The news broke on Monday that Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are interested in selling the club after running the club for 12 years.
Having brought the club for £300m in 2010, the Red’s American owners will now look to cash in for a whopping £4 billion and are looking for potential buyers, hiring investment companies Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to conduct the sale of the club. reports the Athletic.
Their reason for selling the club is said to be, according to the Mirror: the prospect of a massive profit, the collapse of the European Super League project – in which Henry was a prime mover – and a feeling that it will become harder and harder to compete financially with state-backed clubs such as Manchester United and Newcastle.
Interested buyers will now start to gather around the club and there are five that could potentially become the Red’s new owners, reports 90min.
List of all the potential buyers
RedBird Capital Partners
FSG sold a 10% stake in the club to bring based private investment firm RedBird Capital Partners in 2021 which saw Liverpool’s value rise to £5.32bn.
This deal was initially established to bring about financial stability during the Covid-19 pandemic, but RedBird may be interested in buying the club outright.
However, they did purchase AC Milan in the summer, and many will question whether they have the financial might to buy the Red as well.
Unnamed Middle Eastern Party
FSG was subject to a reported £3bn bid to buy the club for n an unnamed Middle Eastern party just before Liverpool joined up for the European Super League in April 2021.
John W. Henry rebuffed the offer back then, but this unknown entity could return with a much higher bid.
Thomas S. Ricketts
Thomas S. Ricketts is the co-founder of Incapital LLC and the current chairman of the Chicago Cubs.
Ricketts is believed to be interested in business ventures outside of the US and he was keen on acquiring Chelsea earlier this year. The possibility of owning Liverpool will surely entice him.
Sir Martin Broughton
The British businessman briefly served as Liverpool chairman in 2010 and is widely regarded as saving the club from the abyss as he facilitated the sale to FSG.
Dubai Royal Family
The Dubai Royal Family have held a long interest in buying Liverpool, and they could return to the bidding table in 2022.