The owner of Liverpool, American billionaire John Henry, denied that the giant English club was put up for sale, despite the search for new investments in it.
Finoy Sports Group – FSG, which is owned by Henry, said last November that it would “consider investing new shareholders if it is in the interest of Liverpool as a club.”
This sparked speculation about putting the 19-time England champion up for sale, along the lines of his eternal rivals Manchester United.
“I know there have been a lot of conversations and quotes about Liverpool FC, but I stick to the facts,” Henry told Boston Sports in an interview published Monday.
“We have slightly formalized an ongoing process. Are we going to stay in England forever? no. Do we sell Liverpool? no. Are we talking to investors about Liverpool? Yes”.
And he added, “Will anything happen? I think so, but it wouldn’t be a sale. Have we sold anything in the past 20 years?”
FSG, which also owns American baseball giants Boston Red Sox, paid 300 million pounds ($361 million) to acquire Liverpool 13 years ago.
Forbes magazine currently values the club at $4.5 billion.
It is expected that Manchester United will become the most expensive football club in history if the sale of the Red Devils is completed in the coming months.
British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, chairman of Qatar Islamic Bank, have both publicly disclosed their interest in United with bids expected to reach around $6 billion.
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