Liverpool have shown “great interest” since owners Fenway Sports Group confirmed they were looking for investment in the Premier League club.
This is a statement from FSG partner Sam Kennedy, who is also President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox and CEO of Fenway Sports Management.
The Liverpool owner group recently released a statement saying it is seeking outside investment but remains “fully committed to Liverpool’s success both on and off the pitch”.
Reports suggested that FSG was also open to the idea of a total sale, which Kennedy also alluded to in a commentary for The Boston Globe.
“There has been a lot of interest from numerous potential partners considering investing in the club,” Kennedy said on Wednesday, when anyone from the FSG has spoken publicly on the matter since reports of a potential sale surfaced.
FSG used the financial services of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to help with any possible deal, but Kennedy insisted it was not a process that would be completed quickly.
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“These are early days in terms of exploring opportunities to invest in Liverpool,” he said.
“[FSG president and Liverpool director] Mike Gordon has done an incredible job managing the club for the last ten plus years. He will take a step back from this role and [CEO] Billy Hogan will take on more and more. Billy is a person we are especially proud of in the Red Sox front office and grew up in our organization.”
There have been rumors about who could invest or even buy Liverpool as the club is valued at £3.78bn ($4.45bn) according to Forbes.
“Great companies grow by adding value to their businesses,” Kennedy added. “One way to increase this value from time to time is to sell assets or attract investors.
“Does this mean that FSG is going to sell Liverpool? I dont know. it [principal owner] John Henry [chairman] It was Tom Werner and Mike Gordon’s job to run Fenway Sports Group responsibly and they felt it was the perfect time to explore possible investment opportunities for the club.”