Liverpool not for sale – Chairman Werner

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Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner has reiterated “Liverpool is not available for sale”. He has insisted that club owners Feneway Sports Group(FSG) is not interested in selling the club.

Reds will be playing the Champions League final on Saturday against Tottenham in Madrid. This is their second final in their second season in Champions League under Jurgen Klopp.

What’s the Story?

There were rumours last summer that FSG might sell the club if they get an appropriate bid. A bid was also reported to be made for the club last summer for around £2b. The bid was rejected by FSG and no negotiations occur after that.

Red owners have insisted many times in past that they have no intentions of selling the club. Now, Liverpool’s chairman Tom Werner has reiterated that stance in his interview.

Interview

Ownership

Talking about the rumours regarding the club owners looking to sell the club, Werner said,

“Every time those rumours come up we bat them down. I hope people now know that we are focused on continuing the progress of this club.

“We have no intention of selling. We have reached a position where I think the club is in the best shape it’s been for a very long time. We have always said that our desire is to win silverware and we’re hungry to touch that trophy in Madrid.”

Jurgen Klopp

When asked about the future of Jurgen Klopp, as he has been recently linked with other clubs. Werner added,

We don’t really want to discuss his situation publicly, especially so close to the final,” Werner told the Liverpool Echo of Klopp’s future at Anfield.

“But I think you know that we think the world of him. We have already extended his contract once. All I can say is that it’s obviously important that he stays for as long as he likes. We believe that he’s committed to Liverpool.

“Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that when there is an atmosphere where people are empowered to work together as a team, great things can happen. Obviously, it starts with Jurgen and his outstanding leadership. That’s critical to everything that we’ve achieved this year.”

FFP

When Werner was asked about his views on FFP and recent investigation being made on Man City’s spending, he said,

“One of the reasons why we were pleased to become involved with Liverpool was that we believed in the importance of Financial Fair Play rules,” Werner said.

“I don’t know very much about what’s going on with the [City] investigations but all I can say is that we are strong advocates of the rules.

“We expect all the clubs in the league and all the clubs in Europe to comply. If they don’t comply then there should be punishments.”

Coutinho

Tom Werner also had some words for former player Phillipe Coutinho who left the club in January 2018 for Barcelona,

“I have only good things to say about Philippe. But I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play for one of the two big Spanish clubs.

“We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience big Champions League occasions by staying at Liverpool. I think he probably regrets his decision.”

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