Former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton believes the Reds are now worth at least £2billion, following the progress made under Fenway Sports Group over the past decade.
The American consortium paid just £300m for the Merseyside club back in 2010, and while Broughton doesn’t think the owners will be selling anytime soon, he does believe John W Henry & Co will have an exit strategy in place:
“This isn’t meant to be alarmist. But it would be normal to be thinking of an exit strategy. They have taken Red Sox from being an also-ran, traditional team to a very successful team.”
“FSG have a lot of money tied up in sport. They haven’t sold it. But the same equation must be going through their heads. What’s it worth? What did we buy it for? What could we get for it? Are we at the moment for selling or just happy to carry on with it?”
“Equally, they’ve been in the Red Sox for 20 years. They’ve been at Liverpool for ten years. They don’t look like guys who are rushing to cash out.”
While there is a minority of supporters who continue to criticise FSG due to a lack of investment in the transfer market, the success that the American ownership has brought to the club cannot be disputed.
Two Champions League finals, one European Cup, one World Club Cup, one UEFA Super Cup have all been achieved in the last two years, with the Premier League title expected to follow in the coming weeks.
It certainly hasn’t all been plain sailing, with some errors in both manager and player recruitment, but the system they have put in place alongside Jurgen Klopp has led to a significant turnaround in the club’s fortunes.