Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) rejected a £3billion offer to buy the Premier League giants BEFORE the European Super League announcement.
Reds chief John W Henry has come under intense criticism in the past week since the ill-fated breakaway announcement.
Protests by fans with banners before the game against Newcastle at Anfield highlighted the ill will from supporters towards their American custodians, who have been defended by manager Jurgen Klopp.
And, according to stunning claims by the Daily Mirror, Henry and the board rejected a bid – believed to be from the Middle East – before the Super League announcement on Sunday evening.
Due to fans not being allowed into Anfield, it is estimated FSG have lost close to £120million in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the bid was rejected and other potential bidders are now said to be hovering around the Premier League side, waiting to see if Henry or chairman Tom Werner change their mind.
FSG paid around £300million for the club in 2010 and watched Klopp and his men lift the Champions League trophy for a sixth time in 2019, before ending a 30-year wait for a league title last season.
Earlier in the month they sold a 10% stake in the company to RedBird Capital for £543m, an indication in some quarters their interest in Liverpool was waning.
But that was refuted with the refusal to cash in after an offer from a mega-rich consortium from the Middle East.
FSG have also invested in the stadium – building a new Main Stand to boost Anfield’s capacity to 55,000 – as well as a state-of-the-art new training facility at Kirkby which replaced their historic Melwood campus.
Other schemes to boost their revenue have failed to bear fruit however, after a fan backlash thwarted their attempts to hike the maximum cost of a home match ticket to £77 back in 2016.
Liverpool were one of six Premier League teams – and 12 across Europe – who signed up for the breakaway midweek league, meant to rival the Champions League.
But an epic fan backlash saw all English teams withdrew, along with AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid as the proposed competition crumbled.