Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the team’s owners Fenway Sports Group won’t be rushed into selling the Merseyside club.
Asked about the speculation regarding a potential takeover, Klopp contrasted the Reds’ situation to Chelsea, who were forced into finding a buyer quickly earlier this year following the demise of Roman Abramovich:
“First and foremost, Chelsea got sold. As I understand it, we are looking for investors. It’s different. The situation is completely different. Chelsea got sold because the owner was in trouble, let me sum it up like this. There was urgency in the situation, we don’t have that here, not at all. For me, it’s just important that while this process, whatever it is, is happening is that we just keep going and planning. What will be, whatever will happen, these things take time.”
“I’m not an expert in this but whenever it will happen and someone comes in or whatever, until then a lot of things can happen in that time and we have to keep going not only football-wise but in between as well. I will make sure that will be the case and that’s all. In the moment, nothing happened, it’s just news and nobody had a heart attack when we got the news and thought: ‘Oh my god, how can we carry on’.”
It does look like the sale of Liverpool will be a long and drawn-out process. There is still a possibility that FSG will simply decide to sell a minority stake but, from the sound of things, they have already tasked (at least two) banks in the United States to find investors who are prepared to buy them out completely.
It means uncertainty about Liverpool’s future won’t last weeks but months, and there is no chance that there will be new owners in place for the January transfer window. It seems the club is very much in transition both on and off the pitch.