Is a Liverpool takeover in doubt, following the Manchester United bombshell?

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold places the ball on the corner during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg One match between Liverpool and Villarreal at Anfield on April 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England.
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Liverpool were expecting a takeover in the coming weeks, potentially from Qatari investors – but with Manchester United now the subject of rumours, where do the Reds stand?

Reports suggest that Manchester United could receive bids from a Qatar-based group within days, with big plans to invest in Erik ten Hag's squad and even renovate Old Trafford. Just last month, however, Qatari journalist Mohammed Saeed Alkaabi (opens in new tab) claimed (opens in new tab) that, "Qatar are giving priority to the acquisition of Liverpool Football Club."

So which club will the Qatari-based investors be putting their money into?

Liverpool and Manchester United could both be the subject of Qatari bids

A general view of the East Stand at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United before the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United and Sporting Braga on October 23, 2012 in Manchester, England.

Manchester United are under consideration by Qatar-based investors (Image credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Both Manchester United and Liverpool were put up for sale this season – and both for similar reasons. The sale of Chelsea last year has left other Premier League owners wishing to test the waters for how much they can make from their own clubs, while the failed Super League project has left a few American investors questioning their place in the English game. 

It is possible, however, that both northwest rivals could receive investment from the same nation. According to the Mail (opens in new tab), United's potential investors are unrelated to Qatar Sports Investments, who own PSG – and though the actual identities of the groups involved are unknown so far, they could be different investors to those interested in buying Liverpool. 

Sports finance journalist Alex Miller has claimed (opens in new tab) that the Qatar Investment Authority group (QIA) are the group "in talks with Liverpool FC." PSG's owners, QSI, are also said to be interested in investing in the Premier League (opens in new tab) following a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy. There is no reason why several Qatari investors could buy Premier League stakes, given the success of the 2022 World Cup, after all.

The Athletic's Matt Slater, meanwhile, has referenced interest in Liverpool from the American-based Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, too – so the Merseysiders may be sold to new American owners. 

Liverpool may just receive minority investment, with FSG remaining in charge 

John W. Henry, Owner of Liverpool and wife Linda Pizzuti Henry interact with Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry meets Jurgen Klopp ahead of the Champions League final (Image credit: Michael Regan - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

According to The Mirror (opens in new tab), Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are not interested in selling the whole of the club.

"A source has outlined that there's a growing feeling FSG aren't interested in completely selling Liverpool," they claim. "Instead, Anfield chiefs would rather welcome another minority stakeholder - like the 11 per cent RedBird boast - as a further 20 per cent sale could see FSG generate £1 billion."

FSG bought the Reds for £300m in 2010. 

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.