Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Liverpool’s future after FSG put club up for sale.
Jurgen Klopp makes statement on Liverpool’s future after FSG put the club up for sale.
Liverpool has been placed up for sale by Fenway Sports Group (FSG), and manager Jurgen Klopp has broken his silence on the news following their EFL Cup third-round penalty shoot-out triumph over Derby County.
Following this week’s sale announcement by club owners Fenway Sports Group, Jurgen Klopp has vowed to remain “dedicated” to Liverpool.
The Reds are valued at a high of £4.5 billion, and Anfield executives are already accepting offers to mark the end of their 12-year rule on Merseyside. Klopp, who extended his two-year contract in April to keep him in charge of Liverpool until 2026, has been quiet since the news came on Monday, but he spoke to the media after Liverpool’s EFL Cup victory against Derby County on Wednesday.
“What I read they are looking for investment. Good idea, I like that,” the Reds boss declared post-match. “For me, it means nothing, whatever happens, if it does change, I am committed to the club.”
Klopp went on to say: “Chelsea got sold. We are looking for investors. It is completely different. As far as I know they (FSG) are looking for investors and that makes sense. Whatever happens I am committed to the club. Nobody had a heart attack when they heard the news.”
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As first reported by the Athletic, a statement from FSG confirmed their intentions to sell, having purchased the club in 2010 for £300million. “There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumours of changes in ownership at English Premier League clubs and inevitably we are asked regularly about Fenway Sports Group’s ownership in Liverpool,” it read.
“FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions we would consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club. FSG remains fully committed to the success of Liverpool, both on and off the pitch.”
Klopp’s comments echoed what his assistant, Pep Lijnders, told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the hard-fought win against Derby, as penalties were needed at Anfield following a goalless draw in the third round. “I always know the owners act in the best interests of the club and they always did,” Lijnders explained.
“I believe they always tried at least. This relationship was very important for us [him and Klopp]. Everybody who saw us in the last years, who realised who we are as a club, realised we have a strong relationship with the owners. They are good owners and I will explain a few reasons why.”
The Dutch coach added: “The statement was very clear. How did it distract us? This is what I like about our club. We are so focused. There was a small discussion between Jürgen and me but from that moment on we started focusing [on] a big game coming up.”