According to David Ornstein, Liverpool has been put up for sale by its owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG). Since taking over ownership of Liverpool in 2010, FSG has guided the team through its most prosperous era in modern history.
The club has undergone several dramatic changes, including hiring Jurgen Klopp as a manager in 2015. Liverpool won both the Premier League championship and the Champions League during the 2018–19 season. Last season, they also won the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
Despite their successes, FSG has now decided to end its ownership of the Merseyside club. FSG has been highly profitable for the club both on and off the field, so this is a huge change.
Liverpool presents a fascinating prospect for potential buyers. In addition to a refurbished stadium, they also have a new training facility. They are also debt-free. As a result, there aren’t any expensive renovations that will require immediate financial investment from new owners.
Here is the list of five potential buyers for Liverpool:
Norway Sovereign Fund
The Norway Sovereign Fund represents a significantly better option for potential owners from the Middle East in terms of the club’s philosophy. The Merseysiders have a sizable fan base throughout Scandinavia.
Norway is a country known for its morality in politics and has a sovereign wealth fund. Former Liverpool striker Stan Colleymore made a similar allusion in his CaughtOffside blog.
Bahrain Sovereign Wealth Fund
An unnamed Middle Eastern organization reportedly made FSG a £3 billion offer for Liverpool in 2021. However, they declined the offer and went on to form the European Super League with other elite clubs.
The Bahrain Royal Family was reportedly the same Middle Eastern buyer with interest in the Merseyside company, according to some reports. According to iNews, the Bahrain Sovereign Wealth Fund Mumtalakat is said to be in charge of $18 billion worth of assets.
Mumtalakat already owns a majority stake in the McLaren Group and its Formula One team. Additionally, they are in charge of Ligue 2’s Paris FC, who could become a formidable rival if they decide to bid on Liverpool.
There is undoubtedly enough and more gold in Mukesh Ambani’s bank accounts to pull it off. The Indian business tycoon serves as Reliance Industries Ltd.’s chairman and managing director. His total wealth is $91.9 billion.
Rumors circulated that FSG repeatedly turned down Ambani’s offers to purchase the team. He already owns the Indian Premier League cricket franchise Mumbai Indians. He has experience conducting business in the sporting industry as a result. Ambani has the financial resources to provide the funding necessary to pose a threat to Manchester City.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Could Liverpool become the third soccer team owned by Britain’s wealthiest person? Sir Jam Ratcliffe is estimated to be worth $11 billion. Before Todd Boehly purchased the Blues in the summer, he was considering buying Chelsea.
Ratcliffe is undoubtedly wealthy and has the desire to purchase a Premier League franchise. The only obstacle appears to be Ratcliffe’s devotion to Manchester United throughout his entire life. He also disclosed that even though United was not for sale in the summer, he was still interested in buying the team.
Ratcliffe is one of the possible purchasers as the Old Trafford crowd put more pressure on the Glazers to sell the club. Given that Liverpool and the Red Devils have a bitter rivalry, Ratcliffe might not want to purchase them.
Dubai Royal Family
This one will polarize opinions, and for good reason. A moral conundrum arises from the possibility of the Dubai Royal family purchasing Liverpool. They have long had an interest in Liverpool and were in a strong position to purchase the team in 2006, but Tom Hicks and George Gillett beat them to it.
The silk-stocking royals may match FSG’s demand, but many Liverpool supporters are opposed to the concept. Dubai is one of the least democratic countries in the world.
Many fans have been turned off by the notion that the club is controlled by a tyrant, which is quite reasonable. Liverpool will, however, have a little issue matching Manchester City’s expenditure and desire if the Dubai Royal Family does decide to purchase the team.