The latest developments in Liverpool’s landscape highlight John Henry’s unequivocal stance on FSG’s commitment to the club, in the wake of reported Qatari interest following the failed Manchester United takeover. While rumors circulate about potential Qatari attention shifting to Liverpool, Henry has categorically stated that FSG has no intention of selling the club, dispelling speculation that arose after the United bid fell through.
In a statement to the Boston Sports Journal earlier this year, Henry emphatically asserted, “Will we be in England forever? No. Are we selling LFC? No.” This declaration comes on the heels of the Qatari group’s unsuccessful attempt to acquire Manchester United, prompting questions about their possible interest in Liverpool and the injection of substantial funds into a comparable venture.
Recent financial dealings reveal FSG’s ongoing commitment to Liverpool, with a minority stake sold to American firm Dynasty Equity for a sum ranging between $98 million and $195 million. The infusion of capital is earmarked primarily for retiring Liverpool’s existing bank debt, as reported by The Guardian.
While FSG solidifies its financial standing, Liverpool faces a potential shakeup in the sporting director role. Max Eberl, reportedly on Liverpool’s radar, expresses a desire to join Bayern Munich, according to Sky Germany. Eberl left his position at RB Leipzig, and despite Liverpool’s interest, he awaits a decision from the reigning Bundesliga champions on when they intend to fill the position—either in December or the following spring.
Eberl’s urgency to secure a new role could play into Liverpool’s hands, as he is unlikely to wait for Bayern for an extended period. Although Bayern remains the frontrunner, a move to Anfield is not entirely ruled out at this stage. Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan had previously attempted to bring Eberl to Merseyside in 2020 after his departure from Borussia Mönchengladbach, but talks were already underway with RB Leipzig at that time.
With the departure of Julian Ward, Liverpool seeks a long-term solution for the sporting director position, having handed Jörg Schmadtke a one-year deal and now navigating the intricate scenario surrounding Max Eberl’s potential move.