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'I hate to say that on record' - John Henry's FSG admission after Liverpool owners seal major deal

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John W Henry has conceded the Strategic Sports Group's investment in the PGA Tour now leaves Fenway Sports Group's "hands full".

And Liverpool's principal owner also admits FSG are now unlikely to be looking to expand their portfolio further due to the demands placed on them by their current stable of teams.

FSG, who have controlled Liverpool since October 2010, are also owners of National Hockey League team Pittsburgh Penguins, Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox and NASCAR's Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing.

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In January, FSG signed up as part of a £2.5billion investment into the PGA Tour alongside a number of other American-owned organisations to rival the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund's advent of LIV Golf.And in an interview with the Boston Globe, Reds owner Henry believes the growing demands make it unlikely FSG will be actively seeking to further their business interests going forward.

Asked what the investment into professional golf now means for FSG and its catalogue of sports teams, Henry said: “It means that we’re not looking to grow at this point.

"I hate to say that on the record, but we’ve got our hands full with Boston, Liverpool, this, Pittsburgh, NASCAR, real estate. We’re working on a couple of things that we were working on before we got involved here [with an NBA franchise].

"There will be other opportunities, I’m sure, that we’ll look at, but we are fully engaged. We’re not out there, and I think we’ve never been out there, looking for opportunities.”

Outlining the Strategic Sports Group was created, Henry said: “First, we did a Zoom with the independent board members of the PGA Tour, and they got excited about the potential of an American group stepping forward to help.

"They wanted to unify golf. And we thought, if we came in with a deal, we could help. It was almost unanimous. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you’re standing up a sports business for growth."

It's unclear what Henry's declaration means for FSG's aim of creating a multi-club model under their umbrella at this point, having restructured their setup in recent months with the addition of Michael Edwards to the fold as their 'CEO of football'.

Liverpool's former sporting director was brought back into the Fenway fold in March and officially began his role at the beginning of last month before Austrian Hans Leitert was confirmed as FSG's Head of Goalkeeping and tasked with restructuring the shot-stopping department at Anfield.

Julian Ward has also returned to FSG with the former Reds' sporting director coming back on board with the job title of technical director, while Pedro Marques was recruited from Benfica to become director of football development.

At Anfield, Arne Slot was brought in as Jurgen Klopp's replacement with Liverpool's new head coach starting alongside Richard Hughes, who joined from Bournemouth to become the sporting director.