MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool’s owner confirmed Monday it is open to selling a stake in the Premier League club amid reports it is inviting offers from potential buyers.
Fenway Sports Group (FSG) said in a statement that it remains committed to the club, which it bought in 2010 and has guided to a new era of success.
In response to a report by Athletic, which claimed Liverpool were put up for sale, FSG said it would consider new partners.
“There have been a number of recent ownership changes and rumors of ownership changes at EPL clubs and inevitably we are regularly asked about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool,” it said in a statement. “FSG has repeatedly received expressions of interest from third parties looking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has previously stated that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders if it was It is in Liverpool’s best interests as a club.
“FSG is fully committed to Liverpool’s success, both on and off the pitch.”
FSG bought Liverpool in 2010 for just £300 million ($343.5 million), but the club is now worth £4 billion ($4.58 billion).
Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital paid 4.25 billion pounds ($4.87 billion) to buy Chelsea in May, the highest ever paid for a soccer team.
Liverpool has a huge stadium and a storied history as one of the most successful football teams in the world, having won the Champions League six times.
It has re-established itself as one of the leading clubs in Europe under FSG and won its first league title in 30 years – and 19 overall – in 2020.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has also helped the club win the Champions League, Club World Cup, FA Cup and League Cup since being appointed in 2015.
But he has spoken publicly of the difficulties in challenging Abu Dhabi-backed Manchester City in the transfer market.
“No one can compete with City in this,” Klopp said last month. “You have the best team in the world and you put the best striker on the market (Arling Holland). No matter what it costs, you just do it… What are Liverpool doing? We can’t do it like them. Let’s act. It’s not possible.”