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Liverpool Reject Enormous Takeover Bid From Cousin Of Man City Owner

Liverpool Reject Enormous Takeover Bid From Cousin Of Man City Owner
By Gavin Cooney

In 2010, as Liverpool Football Club was wrestled from his grasp, Tom Hicks remarked that they had been subject to an "epic swindle". John Henry and what was then known as NESV (later rebranded as FSG) paid all of £300 million for the club.

Eight years on, the club see themselves as being worth more than £2 billion. To misquote the ousted owner: "Tom Hicks isn't going to like that".

Adam Crafton and Matt Lawton of the Daily Mail last night broke the story that Liverpool recently rejected a takeover bid of £2 billion from Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan, a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour.

The £2 billion bid would have set a record for a takeover of a football team, but after talks with Liverpool chairman Tom Werner, the bid was rejected. All discussion ended in January, before Liverpool became even more valuable courtesy of their run to the Champions League final and their sealing participation in this season's edition of the competition.

FSG have responded by saying that the club is not sale, although they are interested in securing some minority investment.

After years in the wilderness under Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers, Jurgen Klopp - boosted by a considerable outlay on players such as Alisson Becker, Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keita and Mo Salah - has turned Liverpool into contenders for the Premier League title and is the first Liverpool manager to take the club into the Champions League in successive seasons since Rafa Benitez.

The full story is on the Daily Mail's website.


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