Former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton has told Fenway Sports Group (FSG) what they should do about selling the Merseyside club.
Speaking on talkSPORT yesterday, the life-long Chelsea fan shared what he thinks John Henry should do – advising him to bring on minority investment at Anfield.
“My gut feeling is, I’m not sure whether it’s my feeling or what I think they should do,” Broughton said.
“What I’d like to see is them bring in minority investors and then gradually cede control to the minority investors.
“Rather than have a sudden transition from one set of owners to another, a more gradual transition I think would keep their legacy strong.”
Along with the Reds’ board, Broughton was the man who managed to get Tom Hicks and George Gillett out of Anfield.
This was thanks to his crucial court victory, which saw FSG takeover the club in a deal worth £300m.
Broughton tells FSG what to do
Having dealt with John Henry and FSG before, Broughton may have great insight for the Liverpool owners.
Although fans seem to want a full takeover rather than a minority stake being sold off, the possibility of the former chairman coming in would be an exciting prospect for the Anfield faithful.
Broughton led a consortium bid for Chelsea last summer, matching Todd Boehly’s £2.5bn acquisition, with another £1.75bn to be invested over a ten-year period.
This type of money would be huge for Liverpool, and it would allow Jurgen Klopp to start a full rebuild of his squad.
However, it now appears this possibility is off the table.
Realistically, Chelsea were the only club Broughton was seriously interested in, so bids for alternative teams are unlikely to come to fruition.
However, if FSG do end up desperate for minority investors, they should approach the former chairman with an offer.