The owner of the Liverpool football team, American billionaire John Henry, denied that the giant English club was up for sale, despite the search for new investments in it.
And Henry’s Fenoy Sports Group (FSG) said last November it would “consider investing in new shareholders if it is in the best interest of Liverpool as a club”.
This sparked speculation that the 19-time English champion was up for sale, modeled on his perpetual rivals Manchester United.
“I know there’s been a lot of talk and quotes about Liverpool but I’m sticking to the facts,” Henry told Boston Sports in an interview published on Monday.
“We formalized the current process a bit. Are we going to stay in England forever? No. Are we selling Liverpool? No. Do we talk to investors about Liverpool? Yes”.
And he added, “Is something going to happen? I think so, but it won’t be a sale. Have we sold anything in the last 20 years?”
FSG, which also owns the Boston Red Sox, paid £300m ($361m) to acquire Liverpool 13 years ago.
At the moment, Forbes magazine estimates the value of the English club at about $4.5 billion.