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Liverpool Owners Open to Selling “Minority Stake” in Club

According to CEO Peter Moore, FSG have no intention of giving up control at Anfield.

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Liverpool are open to a minority sale that would raise funds and pay off Fenway Sports Group’s initial investment without giving up their controlling interest in the club. Anything more than that isn’t an option according to CEO Peter Moore.

“The club has made it very clear that if the right partner is interested in a minority stake, they would consider that,” Moore told Arabian Business, adding adding that the club would never “discount people who say they are interested” from investing.

However, a full sale of the club isn’t—and won’t be—under consideration, and in line with that, last summer the club turned down a £2bn takeover bid from Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.

City’s own sale of a 13.79% stake in City Football Group to China’s state-owned investment consortium CITIC Group for £265M in 2015 after Mansour had initially paid £210M to buy the club in 2008 is the sort of deal FSG would likely be open to.

In the interview, Moore also addressed the club’s expected new kit deal, which could see the Reds stick with New Balance. But no matter the manufacturer, the club expect it to bring in around £75M per season, £30M more than the current deal.

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