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FSG chief John W Henry issues five-word response when asked about selling Liverpool

John W Henry attends a Boston Red Sox game with Tom Werner and Linda Pizzuti.
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Fenway Sports Group (FSG) chief John W Henry doesn't often speak but the Liverpool owner has opened up on a variety of topics in a rare interview.

In a series of conversations for a piece with the Financial Times, Henry spoke, briefly, about a variety of topics including Liverpool FC and his other sporting franchises, including baseball giant the Boston Red Sox and the ice hockey side the Pittsburgh Penguins. And he moved to downplay the idea that he might look to sell any of those assets.

Liverpool-wise, Henry paid tribute to Jurgen Klopp's 'simply magical' Anfield tenure. "The force of his personality and emotions lifted all of us who support the club to a level I’ve not seen before anywhere," he said.

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Asked directly if he would ever sell the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool or the Pittsburgh Penguins, Henry replied: "My wife and I live and work in Boston. We are committed to the city, the region. So the Sox are not going to come up for sale."

That doesn't directly address the possibility that Liverpool might be for sale at some point, with FSG having attracted investment in the recent past. Last September, it sold a minority stake in Liverpool to the US private equity firm Dynasty Equity after rumors that the whole club was up for grabs. But Henry added: "We generally don’t sell assets."

FSG has put into place a number of new appointments behind the scenes to move beyond the Klopp era. Michael Edwards has been appointed as the group's CEO of football and Julian Ward is also working with him. Meanwhile, Richard Hughes is the Reds' new sporting director, and Pedro Marques, a highly regarded technical director, has come in from Benfica.

The moves will help Liverpool move forward but the plan is also for FSG's soccer portfolio to expand. The process of identifying a second team to add to what would become a multi-club model is underway and Edwards would take charge of both operations under a considerably more wide-ranging remit than the post that he left in 2021.

Liverpool.com says: FSG has made mistakes at Liverpool in the past but it is clear that the planning for the long term has already begun. The multi-club model being turned to is something that Reds fans can keep an eye on. While many will find it unpalatable, Edwards has already explained that he sees that as the future of the sport. Liverpool and FSG will not want to be left behind.