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Liverpool sale: Co-owners of rival Premier League club linked with Reds takeover

Chris Byfield

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Liverpool sale: Co-owners of rival Premier League club linked with Reds takeover

Crystal Palace co-owners David Blitzer and Josh Harris have been suggested as individuals that could be interested in taking over Liverpool.

On Monday the Athletic claimed that Fenway Sports Group (FSG) had put Liverpool up for sale and that a sales presentation had been readied for prospective buyers.

The American group, led by principal owner John W. Henry, also reportedly recruited major banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to assess the market conditions.

FSG subsequently responded by admitting they were seeking new shareholders at Liverpool while they did not rule out the prospect of a full sale of the club. They insisted however that they remain “fully committed” to Liverpool.

Much speculation has been made regarding who may want to buy the Premier League giants if FSG does choose to sell outright. Will it be another American venture capitalist? Will it be an oil-rich buyer from the Middle East?

Could Blitzer and Harris be interested?

The Liverpool Echo have suggested that US business partners Blitzer and Harris could rekindle a consortium involving Former Reds chairman Sir Martin Broughton and try to buy Liverpool.

The pair, who own Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (HSBE), currently has an 18% stake in Crystal Palace, but their attempts to purchase Chelsea earlier this year suggested they were willing to ditch their stake in the Eagles.

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At the time Blitzer said: "I love Crystal Palace, and people who know me well will know I love Crystal Palace.

"But there are a handful of teams/brands out there on a global basis, and Chelsea is one of them.

“The opportunity to invest in that particular situation with a very small number of people, frankly, given it was a complicated situation, we were comfortable giving that our best shot.

"We would have had to divest our interest in Crystal Palace had that come through.

“If that had happened it would have been a really sad day in one sense, but again back to the investment part it would have been a really interesting investment in terms of what's out there for Chelsea."

HSBE linked up with Broughton, who brokered the sale of Liverpool to FSG 12 years ago, in a bid to acquire Chelsea alongside Lord Sebastian Coe.

Could HSBE, who also boast the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils in their portfolio, attempt to buy Liverpool?

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Topics: Crystal Palace, Football, Liverpool, Premier League

Chris Byfield
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