Your evening Liverpool headlines for Tuesday, February 7.
'What we’re seeing' - FSG handed potential boost in Liverpool investment search
While little has materially changed for Fenway Sports Group since they intimated that they were willing to sell their stake in Liverpool back in November, it is the potential for a minority share sale that remains the most likely outcome.
The sale of Chelsea for £2.5bn, allied with some FSG partners hinting at divesting their interest in the not too distant future, provided the catalyst for FSG to go to market and see what the appetite for a sale or investment into the club would be.
A full sale over and above the $4bn valuation that Liverpool has remains an option, but given that some investors have yet to glean the kind of returns that they would have been expecting from FSG investment, and with Liverpool such a valuable part of John W. Henry's sporting empire that is now worth more than $10bn that also features the Boston Red Sox MLB team and Pittsburgh Penguins NHL franchise, there is a growing feeling that a partial sale is more likely.
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Selling a stake in Liverpool would allow them to recapitalise the business at a time when cash flow is likely to be impacted given the need for the owners to commit to transfer spend this coming summer. Quite whether any capital raise, if a partial sale is concluded in time, aids that effort remains to be seen, but it would have its merits for FSG. For Liverpool to keep seeing its value rise and revenues grow it is vital that success is the bedrock of that, after all, it is the success that has arrived once more under Jurgen Klopp that has provided the leverage for global growth.
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EXCLUSIVE: Dietmar Hamann doubles down on Thiago opinion as 'impossible' Liverpool problem emerges
Pressure is part and parcel of modern football, especially for a manager. And, as Jurgen Klopp is beginning to discover, even a lengthy career in the dugout doesn't make it any easier.
Liverpool are in danger of not only failing to qualify for the Champions League next season, but not being in Europe at all. It was an unthinkable prospect at the start of the campaign, but now one that seems a frightening possibility.
The defeat to Wolves at the weekend was the latest in a now-lengthy run of results which will worry everyone connected with the club. From the owners, to the manager, the players and the fans.
Klopp took issue with one question during his press conference after the defeat at Molineux. That, along with Liverpool’s recent form, has led to increased suggestions the manager is having the most difficult spell of his Anfield tenure.
Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann certainly agrees with that premise, anyway. Speaking to the ECHO, courtesy of Freebets.com, the German explained why he thinks his compatriot is beginning to feel the heat in the dugout.
“If you look at Klopp’s reactions at times I think he is under pressure," he said. "Expectations have got bigger, and we also have to mention that he managed with this team for four or five years at the top of their ability.
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