FSG expected to fund three new Liverpool midfielders in 2023 despite club being for sale

Liverpool chief takes step back Credit: Alamy
Liverpool chief takes step back Credit: Alamy

Fears that FSG will freeze spending on Liverpool transfers because they are looking for new investors – which could include a full sale – have been put to bed by an expert in the field.

Liverpool face two very important transfer windows in 2023 and James Pearce of The Athletic claims that there is an acknowledgement from outside and within the club that they need three new central midfielders next year, with ‘serious surgery’ needed on the squad.

The midfield is a particular cause for concern with Jordan Henderson and Thiago both in their 30s and Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner all out of contract next summer. The loan more for Arthur Melo has been a particularly poor sticking plaster.

Of the other players to have featured in central midfield for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, Fabinho seems to have lost his pace and Harvey Elliott is only 19.

Jude Bellingham of course remains the top target for Liverpool but they face competition from almost every other major club across Europe.

There have been fears that Liverpool will halt their spending because FSG are looking for new investment in the club, but Tim Keech, co-founder of MRKT Insights, which ‘provides data-focused football consultancy to both clubs and investors’, has said that would be false economy.

“This process could take a year or even longer,” he told The Athletic. “In the meantime I don’t see it stopping FSG from spending money on the squad. The nature of that group is that they’re calm and rational. I think they’ll keep doing what they’ve been doing in terms of putting revenues back in.

“Any potential owner would get their own advice about the squad and what needs to be done in the next few years, and that would shape their valuation of the club accordingly. What are they set to inherit?

“If you stop buying players now that’s not a positive for future investors, especially when you consider that Champions League football can be worth up to £100million. Similarly, if you go out and spend lots of money on someone who isn’t going to contribute, that would be a negative.

“There are a lot of valuable assets in that Liverpool squad because in recent years they have made so many value for money transfers.

“Liverpool have such steady revenue streams that any buyer would be paying a premium because everything is in place.

“We’re talking about one of football’s crown jewels and they don’t become available very often. Manchester City was a project buy, a bit like Newcastle. You were buying a Premier League club and trying to turn them into a big club. Liverpool are already in the top five in the world in terms of profile and reach.

“There aren’t many people with £3billion to £4billion to spend. Then you’ve got potential issues in terms of who will be accepted by fan groups. But there will be a lot of interest. I don’t see it being one high net worth individual but a group of investors or another fund like FSG.

“We’ve seen a big spike in terms of Americans looking to invest in football. It could be a situation like at Leeds United where someone buys in and then gradually increases their stake at various price points over the coming years.

“We’re talking about an asset worth more than 10 times FSG’s initial investment of £300million. They could decide to sell a small percentage and still get back more than what they initially invested.

“They got the club at a very good price because of the circumstances around that sale in 2010. They have never taken money out, knowing they would get a great return the day they walked away. They could end up with £3billion profit having run the club so sensibly for the past 12 years.”

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