Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol has now shared a fresh update on a potential takeover bid for Liverpool which is emerging out of Qatar.
Speaking on Sky Sports today, as shared by Football Daily, the chief reporter claimed Qatar are wanting to buy or invest into a Premier League club, and the two teams they’re considering are the Merseyside outfit and Manchester United.
“Well, the situation is that the Qataris feel that they put on the best ever World Cup in November and December last year and they want to capitalise on that,” Solhekol said.
“They want to build on what they see as the success of the World Cup and one way of doing that is to buy a club in the Premier League or a stake in a club in the Premier League, because the Premier League is obviously the biggest most popular league in the world and the Qataris want a piece of that.
“Now, the good news for them is that they are spoilt for choice at the moment because there’s never been a time like this for anybody who wants to buy or invest in a Premier League club, because Liverpool and Manchester United are effectively for sale and there are lots of other clubs who are looking for investment.
“So, the Qataris want to buy or invest in a Premier League club. Liverpool, Manchester United are two of their targets. They are considering making a bid for a club.
“But I still think there is also the possibility that they may just buy a minority stake in a club rather than by a club outright.”
Qatar considering bid for Liverpool
As heavily debated during takeover talk, fans’ receptiveness to new owners will always come down to whether the prospective buyers are state-backed or not.
For example, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund bought Newcastle United for £300m back in 2021.
Following this, there was a huge uproar amongst rival fans, who disagreed with the so-called sports washing of a state with an extremely poor human rights record.
As a result, many Liverpool supporters claimed they would never allow state-owned investment, like PIF into Newcastle, at Anfield.
Therefore, the important thing to clarify here with Qatar is whether the bid will come from private investors or the state itself.
A private corporation would be received much differently, so the details of the prospective owners need to be established first, before judgements can be made.
Hopefully it’s positive news regarding a takeover, as FSG need to get the ball rolling imminently if Liverpool are to turn things around anytime soon.