Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp breaks silence on takeover talk after EFL Cup drama

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp breaks silence on takeover talk after EFL Cup drama

Liverpool advanced to the fourth round of the EFL Cup, adding to an eventful week at Anfield.

On Monday, Fenway Sport Group announced that the club was up for sale. The Athletic pu
blished a statement stating:

“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.”

“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.”

On Wednesday, however, when Derby County visited Merseyside, the Reds were seeking goals rather than bidders. 

Fortunately, following a tense 0-0 draw after 90 minutes, Jurgen Klopp’s team advanced thanks to a penalty shootout victory and Caoimhin Kelleher’s brilliance.

Jurgen Klopp has vowed to remain “committed” to Liverpool following this week’s sale of the club by Fenway Sports Group.

The Reds, who have ruled Merseyside for the past 12 years, are valued at up to £4.5billion, prompting Anfield officials to solicit offers to end their reign.

Klopp, who signed a new two-year contract extension in April that keeps him as Liverpool manager until 2026, has been silent since the news broke on Monday, but he addressed the media after Wednesday’s EFL Cup victory over Derby County.

“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.”

Klopp’s remarks echoed what his assistant, Pep Lijnders, said to reporters on Tuesday, prior to the hard-fought victory over Derby on penalties at Anfield following a goalless third-round draw.

“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.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp breaks silence on takeover talk after EFL Cup drama

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