According to David Lynch of The Sporting News, a joint “Saudi-Qatari consortium are planning a £3.2 billion takeover of Liverpool Football Club”.
With Fenway Sports Group’s recent announcement that the six-time European Champions were up for sale, the prospect of owning one of the world’s great sporting institutions appeals to investors worldwide.
The Saudi-Qatari group of private investors being linked to Liverpool FC is one of the most significant developments after FSG put the club out to tender.
This development may excite some Liverpool fans if the takeover is successful as they may now finally be able to compete financially with clubs like Manchester City. Others may feel differently at the prospect of having their football owned by investors from two Gulf States whose Human Rights record has been heavily in the spotlight in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup.
This week The Boston Globe, partly owned by John Henry, has reported that Liverpool are now leaning towards a partial sale of the club instead of an outright sale. It remains to be seen if this will be the case.
Since FSG took over Anfield in 2010, the club has won the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup — under Jurgen Klopp.