If Tony Barrett, Paul Joyce and Andy Hunter backed up these claims by the Daily Star‘s David Woods, we’d listen, but they haven’t – which means we’ll take this story with a very large pinch of salt…
The report, which has got Liverpool fans talking, claims that a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family has lined up a £700m deal to buy our club, and talks with FSG have already begun.
The Daily Star ‘exclusively’ claim the identity of the bidder is unknown, but that it could be Sheikh Khalifa, the president of the United Arab Emirates, who has over double the wealth of Manchester City.
What’s more, the story (which isn’t actually satire), claims Jurgen Klopp will line up a blockbuster deal for Robert Lewandowski once we’re backed by the Middle Eastern billionaires.
FSG paid £300m for Liverpool in 2010, so would be making a hefty profit if this dubious deal came into fruition…
Still, it’s complete nonsense. And we’re only publishing this story to set the record straight. Tabloids recycle this tale every six-odd months, hoping fans will have forgotten the previous lies.
There is no evidence to suggest this is the case, but big evidence to suggest FSG are in it for the long haul. They’ve made Klopp manager on enormous wages and have spent huge money on redeveloping Anfield’s Main Stand.
Finally, Liverpool are not the kind of club that need or want to be bankrolled by billionaires. We’re big enough to stand on our own two feet, unlike Manchester City, Chelsea or PSG. With Klopp and this young talented squad, we can make moves on our own. Why settle for a dirty, shallow victory?