FSG reject £3bn offer for Liverpool as potential bidders hope for U-turn

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Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group turned down a bid in the region of £3billion for their stake in the club as pressure continues to build on John W Henry.

The reigning Premier League champions have had a dismal season on the pitch and look unlikely to qualify for the Champions League following their draw against Newcastle.

Off the pitch matters have been no less troublesome, with their key role in European Super League proceedings seeing the owners slammed by a huge chunk of loyal supporters.

It has now emerged that Henry and his colleagues rejected a bid for the club before their recent Super League failure, with other potential owners now interested.

The Mirror’s John Richardson has revealed that the offer was made before European Super League talks became public knowledge, and is understood to have come from the Middle East.

Chairman Tom Werner has also come under fire following his part in the plans, with supporters groups briefly removing banners and flags from Anfield.

FSG paid around £300million for the club way back in 2010, selling a 10 per cent stake to RedBird Capital earlier this year for £543m – leading to doubts over their future.

The report adds that although the rejection came for the Middle East offer, the opinions of Henry and Werner could change with new offers set to be over £3b.

Henry said to fans earlier this week: “I want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of Liverpool Football Club for the disruption I caused over the past 48 hours.

“It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. No-one ever thought differently in England.

“Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.

“And I want to apologise to Jürgen, to Billy, to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud. They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption.

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  • “They were the most disrupted and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love your club and work to make you proud every single day.

    “I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward. More than a decade ago when we signed up for the challenges associated with football, we dreamed of what you dreamed of.

    “And we’ve worked hard to improve your club. Our work isn’t done. And I hope you’ll understand that even when we make mistakes, we’re trying to work in your club’s best interests.

    “In this endeavour I’ve let you down.”

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