Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will be eager to maintain the momentum of last weekend’s emphatic 7-0 victory over Manchester United when they lock horns with Bournemouth on Saturday.

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Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will be eager to maintain the momentum of last weekend’s emphatic 7-0 victory over Manchester United when they lock horns with Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Reds have endured a difficult campaign, but last Sunday’s stunning win against United has reinvigorated a side who are still in with a fighting chance of securing a top-four finish this term.

Regardless of where Liverpool do finish this season, a summer of change is in store. Reds icon Roberto Firmino has already confirmed he’ll be bowing out after eight years on Merseyside whilst Klopp is expected to be given funds to overhaul his beleaguered squad. As transfer speculation continues to rumble on, Mirror Football rounds up all the latest news from in and around Anfield…

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he was taken aback by Roberto Firmino’s decision to leave the club at the end of his current contract.

The Brazilian striker, who joined the Reds from Hoffenheim back in 2015, will move on to pastures new at the end of the current campaign. And the 31-year-old is unlikely to be short of suitors after playing an integral role in the success Liverpool have enjoyed in recent years.

Klopp has now spoken properly for the first time about Firmino’s impending exit and the German has conceded that he was “a bit” surprised when he was informed that the striker had decided to move on.

Liverpool have been boosted by the news that Colombian winger Luis Diaz is closing in on a return to first-team training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Diaz has made a big impact at Anfield since arriving from FC Porto last January but has been out of action since October after damaging the ligaments in his knee against Arsenal.

The 26-year-old also suffered a setback in his recovery back in December – but Jurgen Klopp has now confirmed that the forward is set to return to training in the next week or so and could return to action before the end of the current campaign.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he wants to replicate the rebuilding job he’s overseen on Liverpool’s attack in other areas of his squad in the summer transfer window.

Liverpool’s principial owner, John W. Henry, confirmed earlier this week that Klopp will be given funds to remodel his team in the wake of their disappointing 2022/23 campaign.

And although midfield is likely to be Klopp’s main focus after an alarming drop-off in performances this term, his latest comments appear to indicate that he also has plans to revamp other areas of Liverpool’s team once the current season concludes.

Takeover speculation at Liverpool has accelerated as Liberty Media and billionaire Stephen Pagliuca have became the latest investors linked.

The trail surrounding the Reds takeover had quietened down with reports up the East Lancs ramping up after Manchester United were put up for sale by the Glazer family. The Red Devils had reportedly attracted Middle Eastern investment – namely Qatari – with Sir Jim Radcliffe also lodging his interests.

This week there has been some potential investors named that could be brought in alongside FSG while they attract new shareholders. John Henry recently confirmed that he wasn’t selling the six-time European Cup winners, at least for the time being.

FSG provided the following statement to the ECHO last year: “There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumours of changes in ownership at EPL clubs and inevitably we are asked regularly about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool.

“FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club. FSG remains fully committed to the success of Liverpool, both on and off the pitch.”

Here we take a look at what has been said so far, why FSG may be selling, the view of Jurgen Klopp, and who could potentially buy the club…

LeBron James is increasing his equity in Fenway Sports Group – the owners of Liverpool, Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Penguins. US business outlet Sportico reported on Friday afternoon that James will strengthen his involvement as “part of a lifetime marketing deal” which was recently signed.

And in a statement released by FSG, the details were confirmed. The group said: “FSM [Fenway Sports Management] and LRMR Ventures have extended their longstanding strategic partnership into a lifetime deal that will allow FSM to continue to secure exclusive, global marketing and sponsorship opportunities for four-time NBA Champion LeBron James.

“As part of the agreement, James, and co-founder of LRMR Ventures Maverick Carter will receive additional equity in FSM’s parent company FSG. James and Carter became members of FSG’s ownership group in 2021.”

Liverpool principal owner John W. Henry says the commitment of Fenway Sports Group to the Reds remains “stronger than ever”, in an exclusive interview with the ECHO.

Since November and the revelations that FSG could be open to selling their majority stake in the club, rumours have been rife around what the future holds for Liverpool and its owners who took over in 2010.

In a rare interview, Henry has now spoken exclusively to the ECHO about the current state of play with regards to investment, FSG’s commitment to the future and plans in the transfer market.

“While we formalised a process that has identified potential investors for the club, we remain fully committed to the long-term success of the club,” said Henry.

“That has been the case since day one in 2010. Our efforts every day have been and continue to be focused on the long-term health and competitiveness of the club. Investment in the club is never for the short-term. This approach has been successful over the long haul with patience necessary from time to time.

“In regard to Liverpool Football Club our commitment remains stronger than ever. The club continues to make great progress with youth on the field and off. Our Foundation is well supported and continues to quietly expand the importance of its work in different ways looking for as many small kindnesses as possible individually and hopefully cumulatively.

“The people of this club starting with its manager, its players and everyone from stewards to management are committed to the club locally, committed to maintaining the club’s great history and equally committed to making new history in a way that our supporters can be proud of.

“Being a part of this club is something no one takes for granted.”

Read John Henry’s exclusive interview with the ECHO in full HERE.


With the Manchester United sale process having appeared to have reached something of an impasse over just how much they are worth, there has been more focus around valuations of football clubs.

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are understood to place a value of £4bn on the Reds – a figure some £3.7bn higher than the purchase price back in 2010.

Reports of would-be owners from the Middle East being in advanced talks were wide of the mark and FSG principal John Henry, in a recent Q&A interview with the Boston Sports Journal, finally put to bed the sale talk by taking the club off the table.

But are investors into European football prepared?

Speaking at the Financial Times’ Business of Football Summit at the Biltmore Mayfair Hotel in London on Thursday, where the ECHO was in attendance, Mike Forde, executive chairman at Sportsology, a firm that works with team owners, leagues and institutional investors, said: “I’ve been in the US now 10 years and early on I would often get this email from an NBA owner that said, ‘listen, I’ve got this team Newcastle and the broker has told me it’s only 15 minutes from London on the Concorde and it sounds like a great opportunity. The TV deal is two thirds of the NFL and I can buy it for 10 per cent’.

“And then they go through the process of the purchase they hit the first transfer window, and then the second transfer window and realise they’ve spent twice the purchase price in the first two transfer windows. Then you start thinking about what is the real cost of acquisition.

“If the team loses, unless you are the Boston Red Sox (who FSG also own) or someone like that, then you don’t really have a problem. If you buy into a team in European football and you’re not winning games then there is a pressure on the ownership straight away.

“The way to solve that pressure is the transfer market. They come in at a certain price and they forget about the bait price over the next two or three years.

“Sophisticated investors are thinking about the cost of being competitive, over the lifespan of the growth. When you have an exit, as part of a fund there is a five-to-year rise and a cost to being competitive. So what is that true cost?”

Read the full story HERE.


The owner of Italian side Atalanta and the Boston Celtics NBA team hasn’t ruled himself out of a potential investment play in Liverpool.

US billionaire Stephen Pagliuca, who has headed up operations at investment fund Bain Capital for the last 30 years, was part of the bidding process for Chelsea last year, reaching the latter stage of the race before losing out to Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.

Pagliuca, 68, had been one of the names linked with potential investment in Liverpool following the November reveal that Reds owners Fenway Sports Group were actively looking to sell a stake in the club in a bid to recapitalise the business.

Financial sources close to the matter in the US have told the ECHO that the Liverpool owners are leaning towards a ‘strategic partner’, potentially a media and entertainment firm, that could provide both capital and expertise to scale the business into the future.

Dave Powell writes.


Liverpool are likely to press ahead with their search for a ‘strategic partner’ investment.

Last week the Reds’ principal owner John Henry, in a Q&A with the Boston Sports Journal, revealed Fenway Sports Group were not looking to sell the club and a minority partner was their preferred course of action, with Henry stating FSG were ‘talking to investors’.

Back in December, well-placed financial sources in the US told the ECHO it was FSG’s preference to align themselves with a ‘strategic partner’, potentially a media and entertainment company that could provide capital as well as expertise in how to scale the business moving forward, potentially with one eye on accreting a minority stake into a majority over time.

After Henry’s comments put to bed gossip that had dominated the agenda since November, the focus has now shifted to accelerating the talks with potential investors and recapitalising the business ahead of what is likely to be an expensive summer rebuild that requires a significant dent in cash flow.

Dave Powell has the latest.


Newcastle director Amanda Staveley has explained why the Saudi-led consortium chose Newcastle United as opposed to Liverpool.

The 49-year-old claimed that they would have to spend “billions” in order to take over at Anfield, while namedropping London clubs; Tottenham and Chelsea.

Liverpool have been looking for investment since FSG made the announcement at the beginning of November. It has been a slow-moving process as Manchester United are also eyeing a takeover following the Glazer family’s decision in the weeks following the Reds announcement.

Speaking at the Financial Times Football conference, Staveley said, as reported by Rob Harris: “We didn’t go for the wonderful Tottenham, Chelsea or Liverpool” because “why spend billions.”


Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are said to be targeting major media companies as investors as they look for increased financial support.

The Reds had opened the door for further investment in November and while reports suggested the club were put up for sale, owner John Henry confirmed are not selling the club. During the Americans time in at the helm, Jurgen Klopp has helped steer Liverpool to the pinnacle of English and European football.

In an article from the Telegraph, FSG are examining major media companies as potential investors. Giants such as Liberty Media are said to have emerged as a contender for investment.

The American company are known for their ownership of global sport, Formula One (F1), when they took control of the franchise in 2016 after a deal worth £6bn. They also own Baseball team Atlanta Braves and the SiriusXM Group boasting an estimated net worth of £17.5bn according to Forbes.


Liverpool owner John Henry has confirmed FSG are not necessarily selling the club after months of speculation.

Fenway Sports Group were revealed back in November that to be in search of investment into Liverpool, but rumours surfaced of them being open to a full sale.

Henry, who doesn’t often speak in public, allowed for questions via email and confirmed his intentions not to sell the club.

The Times’ Paul Joyce wrote of Henry’s full support of Jurgen Klopp after a difficult season at campaign and there are reportedly ‘funds available’ for the summer.

His article claimed: “Liverpool’s principal owner remains fully supportive of Jurgen Klopp despite a difficult season for the manager. He also said funds will be made available to make changes to the squad.”


Liverpool owner John Henry says that he is not selling the club.

Reds owners Fenway Sports Group were revealed back in November to be searching for investment into Liverpool as they sought to recapitalise the business ahead of a potentially costly time, but with sales deck prepared for interested parties they were also reportedly open to a full sale.

Henry, who rarely speaks in public, allowed for some questions via email from Boston Red Sox reporters ahead of the first day of spring training in Florida, where he, wife Linda, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner and FSG CEO Sam Kennedy were present. And in the responses posed to questions from Boston Sports Journal writer Sean McAdam, Henry confirmed that FSG were not selling Liverpool.

“I know there has been a lot of conversation and quotes about LFC (Liverpool Football Club), but I keep to the facts: we merely formalized an ongoing process,” he said.

“Will we be in England forever? No. Are we selling LFC? No. Are talking with investors about LFC? Yes. Will something happen there? I believe so, but it won’t be a sale. Have we sold anything in the past 20+ years?”

Dave Powell has more, here.

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Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, the chairman of one of Qatar’s biggest banks, last night confirmed his foundation will bid to buy Manchester United.

The Glazer family, who bought United in 2005, set a soft deadline of 10pm on Friday night for offers as the Qatari made his bid official – in what is a potential blow to Liverpool.

It is also understood Ineos, owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, have made a bid to take control of United as FSG watch on with interest.

It is also expected that at least two offers for United from the United States will arrive, while there have been suggestions of interest from Saudi Arabia.


Sir Martin Broughton revealed he has personally been told by Liverpool chairman Tom Werner that FSG are in no rush to sell the club.

The former Reds chairman also revealed that the idea to sell Liverpool was brought on by Roman Abramovich’s £4.25 billion sale of Chelsea last year.

In an exclusive chat with the ECHO, Sir Martin said: “I spoke to Tom Werner and asked him were they seeking to sell? Were they seeking investment? What was the objective? And he said: ‘There isn’t one. We’re testing the water. If there is an offer that is a very high figure then we’d be daft not to look at it.

“‘If there is an investor that wants to come, we’d certainly be willing to look at that and we wouldn’t be at all surprised if we didn’t get either and we continued to hold it. We’re comfortable with that too. So it wasn’t that we have got an exit plan, it was more that testing the markets to see what is out there.’”


Liverpool have now been on the market for over 100-days and rumours have been flying all over social media about the potential interest from the Middle East.

Reds owners FSG are in no rush to sell the club despite what social media may think and the truth has now emerged over the reported interest coming from Qatar.

The rumour of interest from Qatar took a hold of Liverpool supporters as they started dreaming of the riches that could soon be coming to Anfield.

Dave Powell of the ECHO wrote in his latest piece about the ‘interest’: “Social media heated up with the Qatari rumours, but well-placed sources in the US with intimate knowledge of the situation have maintained the line to the ECHO that while there may have been interest privately in Liverpool no bid or expression of formal interest was presented to FSG that required any kind of high-level discussion, and no talks were held with the QIA. Claims of QIA chiefs being in Liverpool to meet with Reds owner John W. Henry were also erroneous.”


Sir Martin Broughton has revealed he spoke to members of a consortium of billionaires about potentially investing in Liverpool.

But the former British Airways chairman admits London is generally viewed as a more viable option to those looking to invest in Premier League clubs, despite Reds owners Fenway Sports Group open to offers for either a partial or full sale at Anfield.

Broughton did however suggest that some of the people already involved with FSG and the ownership of Liverpool FC could potentially emerge to play a more prominent role in the club’s investment in the future.

He said: “FSG have taken in other investors into their operations, so in some ways, they have kind of – Tom and John – created and realised some of their value by bringing other people into FSG level rather than Liverpool level and you know, some of those guys might come forward with a more direct investment in Liverpool at some stage.”

*Read the full exclusive interview from Paul Gorst here.


Liverpool are ready to fight back after a dismal season by funding Jurgen Klopp to rebuild his squad in the summer.

That’s according to Jonathan Northcroft of the Sunday Times, who is reporting that there is an acknowledgement within the club that younger, fresh blood is needed. The report also claims that Borussia Dortmund midfield star, Jude Bellingham, is among Liverpool’s principal targets.


FSG are searching for a sale of between 10 and 15 per cent, it has been suggested.

Although certain reports suggested back in November a full sale of Liverpool was on the agenda, FSG’s preference remains to only sell a minority stake in the club as they look to strengthen their ability to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the transfer market.

Offering an update on the situation, football finance expert Kieran Maguire has claimed FSG are ‘only looking for a 10-15% sale’ having ‘tested the market’.

FSG originally purchased the club for £300million and have set a valuation for Liverpool between £2.7bn and more than £4bn, based on conflicting reports.


Sir Martin Broughton says he has doubts over how much FSG are reportedly valuing Liverpool amid talk of a potential sale.

Broughton held a temporary position as chairman of Liverpool, as he helped FSG complete the takeover of the club in 2010. The 75-year-old, who was knighted in 2011 for services to business, has had his say on the reported valuation of £4bn which has been placed on the club.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Broughton said: “I would question whether they’ll [United and Liverpool] get the kind of prices they floated.”

He continued: “With Chelsea – and I think Arsenal and Tottenham would fall into the same category – the people we spoke to tended to be overseas billionaires who had a pad in London and the pad in London was in Knightsbridge or Kensington, Chelsea or something.

“So when they came to London, they went to Chelsea. They were football fans, and they were Chelsea fans… they’re not going to be bidders for Liverpool or Manchester United because they’ve got a pad in London and they’re not planning to move their pad to Manchester or Liverpool.

“So it’s a different type of buyer to the ones that we were looking for with our consortium.”


There’s not been too much noise on the potential sale of Liverpool Football Club over the past few weeks, but that might be about to change for their rivals, Manchester United.

According to the Mail, Qatari investors will launch a ‘mega-money’ bid for the Red Devils in the coming days.

The reports claims that sources have revealed a group of private, high-wealth individuals in Qatar, who are ready to takeover what they view as ‘football’s crown jewels’.

The group is expected to launch a bid before the current owners’ February deadline that they believe will blow any competition out of the water.

The bid would come from separate Qatari investors and not Qatar Sports Investments, who currently own Paris Saint Germain. It is believed to be a full takeover bid and not a minority investment.


RedBird Capital Partners, the New York-based investment firm that owns 11 per cent of Fenway Sports Group, are not currently in discussions to increase their shareholding in Liverpool’s owners.

RedBird, owners of both Serie A side AC Milan and Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse, have been the third biggest shareholders in FSG since they concluded a $750m deal with Liverpool’s parent company back in March of 2021.

The fund, which has over $7.5bn in assets under management, were linked over the weekend by reports suggesting they were considering increasing their 11 per cent stake in FSG, who also own the Boston Red Sox MLB team and Pittsburgh Penguins NHL franchise, as part of FSG’s search for outside investment and fresh capital into the business.

However, well-placed sources in the US have told the ECHO that there are currently no talks being had between the two parties over an increase in RedBird’s shareholding in FSG, nor are there presently any planned talks, with RedBird ‘not involved in the Liverpool investment/sale process’.

The ECHO does understand, however, that RedBird founder Gerry Cardinale won’t rule out further investment into FSG beyond the current 11 per cent that RedBird currently hold in the future, but the focus for the AC Milan owners on growing their portfolio is concentrated in other areas at present.


The search for investment into Liverpool by Fenway Sports Group will likely hot up in February and March as interested parties potentially make their moves formal.

FSG are open to selling their full shareholding of the football club should someone come in over and above the $4bn mark, although the preference of principal owner John W. Henry has been one of sourcing partial investment through an equity share sale that would allow them to raise capital to aid their required team building and other infrastructure projects.

There has yet to be any formal offers made for the club and serious discussions with any parties have yet to take place. There will be interest in an asset such as Liverpool, one with a global fan base and appeal, but FSG are in no rush to part company with the club. Instead, they would prefer to find a ‘strategic partner’ that could aid their goals, reduce some risk and burden on their shoulders and provide them with an exit route in the future through any minority investor accreting their interest into a majority stake over time.

The next month or so could well see some of the interest that has yet to show itself formally crystallise, with US institutional investors and private equity firms and money from the MENA region likely to be assessing their options.

Read the latest from Dave Powell right here.


Liverpool’s approach under FSG, always a divisive topic, has remained consistent throughout their tenure. Raise revenues to reinvest in the team in a sustainable manner and sell players no longer required at top market prices to prop up spending in the transfer market. While Manchester City may have spent big money in the pre-FFP years to build their own foundations to success, and where they have been able to add major talent at key times, they have started to pivot towards a model where spend is backed up to a greater extent by revenue and their ability to trade players at high prices.

Chelsea is a different beast right now. Football hasn’t seen a play such as theirs before and it is one that is impossible to call on just how it will play out in the long run. For all the headline spend the reality is that there will need to be a return on that investment at some point given that Clearlake and Boehly are committing capital from investors to their Chelsea project right now. They believe that can reach revenues of £1bn in time as new opportunities emerge through new markets, new technologies being able to reach a global audience and a broadcast landscape that will pivot from its traditional home to a new one that will involve more direct to consumer opportunities for clubs moving forward.


Dave Powell has more, here.


Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are “heading” towards a minority investment in the club rather than a full sale, according to reports in America.

And CBS’s Ben Jacobs claimed on Thursday that interest from the Middle East region and more specifically Qatar is yet to arrive at the hands of the club’s owners.

Speaking in a Twitter Q and A, Jacobs said: ” “Definitely some Saudi interest in #MUFC. February a key month after initial due diligence is done. Then we’ll see some groups shortlisted. #LFC heading towards minority investment. Nothing significant from Qatar yet.”

The ECHO’s Business of Football Writer Dave Powell has long reported that the Anfield owners are more willing to sell part of their stake on Merseyside rather than sanction a full sale.

After spending time with industry insiders in America last month, the ECHO reported that: “In terms of things moving quickly it is understood that isn’t the case and the expectation from well-placed sources in America is that it could be a fairly drawn out process where the final outcome may simply be minority investment.”

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