Qatar prioritising Liverpool takeover with huge bid set to be submitted in February
According to reports, Liverpool could be in the money very soon, with a Qatari-led takeover bid expected next month.
Fenway Sports Group put the Reds up for sale last year.
While the club has been extremely successful under the American ownership, fans have grown frustrated with the club’s lack of ambition in the transfer market.
Chelsea have spent £32 million less in six months under Todd Boehly than Liverpool have in the previous ten transfer windows.
FSG has backed Jurgen Klopp by bringing in Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, two players who helped Liverpool reach three Champions League finals and win one Premier League title in five seasons.
Last summer, the club’s owners spent big again, signing Darwin Nunez from Benfica.
The Reds, on the other hand, have not made enough signings in the last two years and are now paying the price.
Klopp’s team is currently ninth in the Premier League, trailing Fulham, Brighton, and Brentford, ten points out of the Champions League places, and 19 points behind leaders Arsenal.
The German has few options in midfield, and the players he does have appear to be past their prime or prone to injury.
A new midfielder this month appears to be an urgent priority, but it is unclear whether Klopp will be supported financially with the club up for sale.
However, the summer transfer window could be very different, with FSG hoping to sell.
According to The Telegraph, a formal bid is expected in February, with the auctions for both Liverpool and Manchester United now in ‘full swing’.
There has been a lot of speculation about who will buy the Reds, with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United States being mentioned.
And it appears that Qatar is the frontrunner in the race to acquire the Premier League juggernauts.
‘Qatar are giving priority to the acquisition of Liverpool Football Club and are seriously interested,’ said Qatari journalist Mohammed Saeed Alkaabi (via The Anfield Talk on Twitter). We’ll see in the coming days.’
FSG paid £300 million for Liverpool in 2010, rescuing the club from previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
According to Sky Sports, the Reds are now worth £4.4 billion, and Forbes estimates that they are worth £3.6 billion.
Last year, Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea to a consortium led by Todd Boehly for around £4.25 billion.
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