Liverpool have held talks with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) over the potential takeover of the club, according to finance journalist and Alex Miller.
The Lowdown: FSG selling up?
It has been a hugely disappointing season on the pitch for the Reds, with supporters also showing signs of unrest at the general running of the club.
The Athletic report however that there is no takeover offer on the table currently and zero sign of talks with suitors from Qatar.
The Latest: Journalist drops contray claim
Taking to Twitter, Miller, a finance writer and editor for The Mail on Sunday, claimed that the Reds have been in contact with QIA over the possibility of them buying Liverpool, disputing the claims from The Athletic:
“Mergers and acquisition people I am talking to, have confirmed there is definite interest (and talks) between QIA and @LFC – don’t forget QIA are potentially interested in “all big UK clubs”. Different sources with different info. It happens.”
The Verdict: Likely to split opinion
The ownership situation at Liverpool is a complex one, in terms of who eventually replaces FSG and whether or not supporters want to effectively be owned by a state.
The human rights records that exist with the owners of Manchester City and Newcastle United do not sit well with many, for example, and given the city of Liverpool’s reputation for being left-leaning, Qatari ownership would be controversial.
It has certainly reached a point where the Reds need FSG to sell up and move on, though, with the American owners simply not allowing enough funds to be available for new signings, particularly compared to their rivals.