Some Liverpool fans will rejoice if Fenway Sports Group’s sale of the club happens, but the grass may not be greener on the other side.
It’s widely reported that Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry and chairman Tom Werner, who have been at the club for 12 years, are inviting offers to buy the club.
However, it’s not clear whether a deal will be done with talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan suggesting Liverpool could be sold for up to £5billion.
FSG bought the club in 2010 for £300million and have overseen a successful period in the club’s history under the guidance of manager Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool winning the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
They’ve also been succeeding off the pitch with the capacity of Anfield set to increase to 61,000 after the expansion of the Anfield Road End, which will be the second extension project of the stadium during FSG’s tenure.
FSG has also invested heavily into the redevelopment of Anfield and a new £50m training centre in Kirkby.
All this isn’t enough in the eyes of some Liverpool fans, with #FSGOUT often seen trending on social media, with one gripe being over a perceived lack of spending in the transfer market.
But the anti-FSG Reds fans have been warned that a change of ownership may not always have the desired effect and could potentially lead to problems for revered manager Klopp, talkSPORT’s Andy Goldstein telling them to ‘be careful what you wish for.’
On Monday’s Drivetime, Andy Townsend added: “When you look at this particular ownership group and what the club have won after years of being starved of the major honours, then this is an era where I’d like to think a lot of Liverpool fans would look back on with great fondness, not necessarily with absolute bitter, horrible and spewing this, that and everything else at these people.
“It’s difficult being an owner of a football club these days. Do football fans really think owners get so emotionally involved?”
Townsend later said: “Where the problem is going to be is if Klopp decides on the back of this.
“We just heard him say he likes to know the people he’s working for, but with ownership of football clubs nowadays you are sometimes working for people who have very little to do with the club, that you don’t get to have the kind of rapport that he feels he currently has.
“If his position is put under threat by the prospect of new owners then that will be a massive disappointment and I think a far more significant loss.
“A lot of Liverpool fans seem to want to see the back of these people and yet it’s the most successful period the club has had for a long time.
“They have been responsible for not all of that of course but a chunk of it.”
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